Archive for January, 2011

Square Enix and You: The FFXIV Fiasco

Friday, January 28th, 2011

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“Final Fantasy is an RPG,
The only one that I need,
It’s the RPG for me!
Final Fantasy is all that I play,
All other games are lame,
It puts them all to shame….”
– Chocobo Robo Voice, Legendary Frog, 2001

Oh Chocobo Robo Voice! Who doesn’t know of Legendary Frog’s flash animation of wonder regaling us on the glory days of Square and Final Fantasy? I was reminded of this lovely song rather brutally after happening on this video by Gametrailers.com.  As they do every year, Gametrailers gives their own “awards” to the best (and worst games) of the year.  I know this is a bit of “old news” as it were, but I still can’t help commenting on it as what piqued my interest was not “Best Game of 2010” but “Most Disappointing Game of 2010.”

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My Journey Through Egypt (Index)

Monday, January 24th, 2011

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Since all my entries are scattered and I had to do a lot of back-dating in order to get things published on the correct day (due to my lack of wifi while on the road in Egypt), I decided to make  a static index page that contains all of the individual pages listed in chronological order.

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Whale Shark in Egypt

Monday, January 24th, 2011

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Hi everyone! My name is Whale Shark (my owner was very original ….) and I am from Okinawa (Churaumi Aquarium actually!).  Okinawa was a great place but I decided I wanted to see more of the world! So I want to tell you about my trip through Egypt! Egypt was a very dangerous place for a whale shark (where’s the water??) but I learned many things…

Author’s Note: Warning, this post is very picture intensive. And no I’m not crazy… really! … Uhhh…

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Final Thoughts on Egypt

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

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Well it’s been almost a week since my return from Egypt and I’ve one last thing to say to wrap things up.  Just little tidbits of wisdom and trivia I’ve picked up while on my 16 day journey….

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Egypt Day 16: Coptic Cairo, The Citadel, Souqs, and Goodbye Egypt

Friday, January 7th, 2011

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Since our flight wasn’t until 11pm at night, we decided to enjoy our final hurrah in Cairo.

With the help of our tour guide who arranged a day van for us, we headed for Coptic Cairo, the center for Christianity in Cairo. Most of the churches here are Coptic or Greek Orthodox. By chance we caught the tail-end of the Greek Orthodox ceremony of epiphany in the Church of St. George. We also stumbled upon the Church of the Virgin Mary, the place where it was believed she and Joseph sought refuge when they fled Israel. I also got my first chance to visit a synagogue, a Jewish church. And of course, a visit to Coptic Cairo is not complete without a trip to the famed Hanging Church, named such because of its open-floor design which allows you to see the goings-on of the avenues below it.

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Egypt Day 15: The End is Nigh

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

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And today marked the final day of our tour. We said goodbye to Ingrid as she headed off to Petra. The rest of us piled into our bus after breakfast, ready to make the long trek back to civilization.

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Egypt Day 14: Underwater Paradise at the Red Sea

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

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Despite my pangs of regret for opting out of the Petra detour, I managed to have a good time.

I was woken by the soft rays of dawn streaming through my hut. Rather than return to bed, I decided to head out and watch the sunrise over Saudi Arabia opposite the gulf.  Since it was still early I dosed a bit more in my hammock before finally rousing for breakfast.

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Egypt Day 13: St. Katherine, the Sinai Desert, and Paradise

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

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I woke up having one of the best night’s sleep in a while (probably because there was no call to prayer at 5am in the morning).

After breakfast we headed to visit St. Katherine Monastery, along with hoards of other tourists. St. Katherine is one of Egypt’s oldest monasteries. It was founded by Greek orthodox Christians. It’s name is derived from a saint named Katherine, who was beheaded in Alexandria. Legend has it that her remains were carried by angels to the peak of Mt. St. Katherine. It was found fully intact by some monks who brought it back to the monastery and named it after her.

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Egypt Day 12: Sunset on Mt. Sinai

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

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“Here, not for the first time, I fell deeply in love with the landscape….I longed to reach out and stroke the great gaunt flanks of the mountain falling away into bewildering foot-hills and plains of dazzling sand.” – GW Murray, Dare Me to the Desert

Amazingly I woke up today feeling much better and not sick as a dog like the previous day (I thank God for that). So we once again left at the wee hour of 5am heading off toward the Sinai Desert (a lovely 8 hour drive).

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Egypt Day 11: New Years Day in Islamic Cairo

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

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Happy New Year! Our overly cheerful train attendant woke us at the lovely hour of 4am with a hearty “Wake up Breakfast!” Blurry-eyed and sleep-deprived we stumbled into our hotel in Cairo. Our tour guide gave us 4 extra hours to sleep in which we were grateful for.

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