A bootleg Famicon console from Thailand. My mother brought that for me and it got me through most of my teenage years. It broke when I was about... 14-ish? My aunt got me a new one less than a year later. That one either broke or "vanished". Then I had another one from some local garage sale, which didn't work well, and one more a year later that did work, but at the time I kinda quit playing. I still have that fourth one, though. I should really connect that, but these last three/four months... I really shouldn't bother.
What I should
do though, is finally get my shit together and resume working on my cels/canvas/statues. There really is no reason to NOT finish them. The house really calmed down recently and I feel I'm getting my genki back. One would say that's a good thing, but apparently my subconscious disagrees. I had a dream that I had to return my remaining reserves (1/3rd of the apartment cost) to the bank, which would mean I could no longer afford it. The net result would be that I would never see the other 2/3rds back again, nor my apartment, which I wouldn't be able to afford. There's surprisingly little progress in the apartment. 3, 4 months to go and I haven't even seen it from the inside yet. I got a letter from the kitchen guys, but my crazy housemate took it with him by accident and he hasn't brought it back yet.
Speaking of money, the government is going to stop making traveling cost tax-deductible. This would mean that aside from a reasonably light (though significant!) mortgage, my soon-to-be single-born Internet/TV/Phone bill and the energy bill, I'm going to have to hand in over 300 Euro's a year in traveling expenses to a tax service that is displaying surprisingly little service for my taxes. It's funny how the government is trying very hard to 'encourage' labor, but discouraging travel to it. We're supposed to be living on top of our working location, I guess. Not only would that mean I'd live in the middle of toxic fumes, but I'd also be living in Barneveld, if you can call that living at all. Being shunted from the community because you've outgrown fairy tales that grown-ups still believe in. For living in the now, instead of after my death.
I can't seem to catch up with that last bit of extra sleep I need. The week before last week I shifted my hours by sleeping excessively in the (long) weekend, last weekend was also relatively long, and I managed to keep my hours 'regular'. However, last Friday I got a line from arguably the world's greatest Shampoo fanartist, Phillipe Poulin
, also known as MegaPhilX and PhilShampoo. The works displayed on his site are but a selection, and after the year 2000 his amount of Shampoo fanarts went on a steep decline, but this year he's really picking it up. Since I made a reasonable name for myself as a Shampoo fan (STILL proclaiming myself the world's number 1! Ego!), he turned to me for inspiration. Amusingly, I've recently updated my DeviantART
, and he was intrigued by a work of mine called Pure Beauty
. He has already released a colored re-trace
of the image and I have to admit, I love it to bits.
He added me to MSN, and ever since, I've spent my evenings and parts of my nights catching up with his past and his works, and likewise he's been catching up with mine. It's like I've got a twin brother from Canada, albeit more successful and married with a Chinese woman. REALLY? I SO JELLY dammit! Anyway, he showed me a lot of his 'rejected' works, which were stunningly beautiful, so I've spent the entirety of last night creating an homage wallpaper to him, featuring four of this works on a nostalgic under-layer. He was impressed with the first concept, and, to be honest, I was, too. With his blessing, I might upload it to my DevART (and show it off here).
Games, ah yes, there's that. I've dropped DDO for a while again, playing Audition on-and-off, finished Assassin's Creed 1, started Assassin's Creed 2... And then Steam came up with another indie game offer, and I ended up buying and playing Cave Story +. Cave Story was an awesome freeware game, and the new updated graphics, new music and added features did not take away enough nostalgy for me to not WANT NAO! Two screens, so one screen is reserved for people chatting with me, the other for Cave Story, and both feature the test-drive wallpaper of my homage. It's been a hectic, but not at all stressful week so far.