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Sleep is not for me. Nor is the PS3. - Paint It Black
Living the American dream one heartbreaking piece at a time
Sleep is not for me. Nor is the PS3.
Last night lady_curmudgeon and I went to the store to get some supplies so we could bake up a batch of the 'mudgeon's delicious chocolate chip cookie bars. While I was in the pharmacy getting a new bottle of Naproxen for my poor, poor wrists (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a bitch, my friends) I also acted on the advice of a friend and picked up some Valerian capsules to try. I was hoping that I might get a better night's sleep thanks to one of these little pills and last night was the first night I got a chance to try something that apparently works quite well for most people out there in the world.

They didn't help me at all. Like most of my nights this one was full of the standard routine: Toss. Turn. Awaken, get up, pace, go back to bed. Repeat.

I'm mildly disappointed but not entirely surprised -- I've been dealing with an entirely broken sleep pattern for the last few years and my past experiences with over-the-counter medication have all turned in results that were far from satisfactory. However, one night does not by any means represent a perfect trial so I'm going to keep taking the pills as directed (1 capsule, 30 minutes before bed, with a glass of water) for the next week. Hopefully something will change and I'll get a decent, uninterrupted night's sleep. I don't really believe that I am going to achieve anything remotely close to that goal, but hey... what have I got to lose beside the $11 I paid for the bottle of capsules?

In other news, I found something that yakko and ottr will probably enjoy -- if they can deal with the horribly cliche music. Via our friends at BoingBoing we are given a link to an anti-Sony song from folks who have been betrayed by their PS3. Further evidence that the only real console battle here is between the Wii and the Xbox 360. I didn't plan to give them any more of my money anyway (not after they diligently tried to root-kit my PC because I made the mistake of wanting to play one of their audio CDs) but it's interesting to see how the reasons to ignore their new console continue to pile up and a greater backlash builds in response.

In news unrelated to sleep and consoles: the 'mudgeon and I will, later this evening, be complete fools and brave the elements of the storm to attend a birthday party for markvd. Several coworkers of mine should be there and we will undoubtedly drink and commiserate and harass the birthday boy well into the evening hours.

sail me down the river

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quoting_mungo From: quoting_mungo Date: February 24th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I lost my last shred of attraction for the PS3 with the announcement that the PS3s released in Europe won't have hardware-supported backwards compatibility, just software emulation.

And they're still going to charge me more than they charged the American buyers. The fact that this announcement came after the non-refundable preorders were placed? Just makes everything worse.

I'll get a PS3 when they give me one for like $200 or so. Maybe. If they bother making games that are more than just "look at the pretty graphics".

urocyon From: urocyon Date: February 24th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
yakko From: yakko Date: February 24th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup... the video just reiterated the same things I've been thinking all along:

- MS only cares about online games which I don't find to be fun. That's OK; they're a business, not beholden to me. They don't get my money, though.
- Sony has no idea what they're doing and who they're trying to sell to. They clearly forgot about the lessons they should've learned in 1994, when Sega did the same thing and Sony became the leader. Their console costs too much as a console, but is a cheap Blu-Ray player. Too bad absolutely nothing I want is on Blu-Ray, so no need!

While waiting for Nintendo to decide when to ship the Wii, I have a few old platforms I can still get games for. Games which I may actually enjoy without breaking the bank.
asetwoman From: asetwoman Date: February 24th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Valerian gives many people weird dreams. Ask me about that later because it's just too weird to type out. But good idea getting the capsules and not the liquid, as the liquid is VERY stinky.
linnaeus From: linnaeus Date: February 24th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
What form are the valerian pills in, chalky tablety things, or capsules filled with the dried herb? Ra might at least be able to get some use out of the stuff, as cats seem to love it. I've read that it affects them in the same way that catnip does, but then again it might just be that they're attracted to anything that smells like ass.
loboguara From: loboguara Date: February 25th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay. That video is awesome.

The height of their hubris was two events, one in which they dismissed the Wii as an impulse buy, and the second in which one of their execs said they'd give $1200 to anyone who found a PS3 in a store.

If that was honored, I could pay cash for a house. All the stores around here have PS3s sitting on the shelves, but a Wii is a "grab it as they come in!" mob scene as soon as they get a shipment. I was lucky enough to be in a Target when three came in. I got one, the others were gone in ten seconds.

And it's LOTS OF FUN TO PLAY. Plus Nintendo wisely launched Zelda as the flagship single-player title, and it came with fun party sports games.

Sony's launch titles were...um...er...


I'm not quite sure how execs can be more broken off from reality and prone to hubris than the Japanese commanders before the Battle of Midway were, but they've done it.

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