The Scatterbrained Syncretist

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Friday, January 12, 2003

I still haven't finished Final Fantasy X. Final Fantasy X-2 will be released in Japan this I should finish the game or I won't know what is going on in the sequel.

I loaded my saved game and found my party in the middle of a field (The Calm Lands). I was completely lost. I had no idea where I was going or what was happening in the story. I wandered around, having random encounters, did some chocobo riding...but I just couldn't remember what the heck I was supposed to be doing. I guess I'll have to go back to an earlier save point where I know what is going on. Pretty pathetic...huh? Well...I have time, it will be months before FFX-2 is released in the US.


Friday, January 12, 2003

Things have been quiet in cloudcuckooland. People haven't been in the mood to play games, so our messages mostly consist of updates from my weblog and an occasional greeting, joke or link to an interesting site from on one of the members. Everything has been very quiet. We have had some out-of-group discussions.


Saturday, February 15, 2003

Anne attended the protest in New York today. She emailed cloudcuckooland with this question:

Any thoughts on days events??

I haven't heard from Alan for a while. I got an email from him that asked:

Are the protesters blindly leading us into a future of unimaginable horrors?


Monday, February 17, 2003

The people who have the most to gain from a strong UN...are destroying it. Very puzzling.

Meanwhile, in cloudcuckooland, we have been comparing the relative merits of The Cheeky Girls with those of Tatu. It's a blizzard thing.


Friday, February 21, 2003

I find myself thinking about the peace protesters. They say that America is the Fourth Reich. They are saying that Zionism = Nazism. They are saying that Bush = Hitler.



Saturday March 1, 2003

What's so strange about dolls with pets?


Saturday March 1, 2003

A few weeks ago, Aliya sent me a link to this site. It provides information about the links between web sites. Naturally, I entered my own URL and looked at who was linking to me.

I knew about most of the links, but was surprised to see The Art of Peace on the list. I was aware of the site, but hadn't noticed that the blog at untold millions was on David's blogroll. He had linked to my site without asking for a reciprocal link. I guess he was more interested in providing resources to his readers than building his own traffic. I sorta like that.

The Art of Peace explores issues in an optimistic, responsible and creative I often disagree. David is gracious and we sometimes exchange email. Today, I read a post there and left this comment.

Now, back to .Hack.


Friday, March 7, 2003

The anti-war people and the anti-Saddam people continue to argue past each other. Maybe they use language in such different ways that dialogue becomes a merry-go-round.


Monday , March 10, 2003

David Weisman at The Art of Peace responded to my comment last week. He is looking for alternatives to war. Can't really blame him. We continue our discussion of how and when it is possible to modernize societies using peaceful means.


Wednesday , March 19, 2003

Anne, like everybody in cloudcuckooland, is alarmed at the prospect of war in Iraq. She emailed this petition to the group.


Sunday , March 30, 2003

David Weisman at The Art of Peace objects to the Iraq invasion. He says he did not hear any serious planning as to how we could create a democracy...

I wonder about the utility of detailed planning in such dynamic circumstances.


Tuesday , April 15, 2003

David Weisman at The Art of Peace wonders about the creation of democratic institutions in Muslim countries. I respond that democratic values are needed first.


Tuesday , April 22, 2003

Alan likes to provoke me, so he emailed me and asked:

"What is your take on the museum lootings?"

It's a nasty piece of work..


Thursday , May 1, 2003

Russ from BC, Canada found one of my notes and was kind enough to email me. Here is my reply.


Tuesday August 26, 2003

OK...OK...I still haven't finished Final Fantasy X. It's been so long that I've forgotten where I am in the game and should probably start over. Anyway, I am too busy not finishing .Hack to worry about Final Fantasy. And I am not playing .Hack because I am too busy not playing Amplitude. I don't even want to mention all the anime I am not watching.

The world is full of wonderful art and entertainment...but I have been working. How embarrassing.

Our email group, cloudcuckooland, has been inactive for months...I should probably declare it dead.

David has returned to The Art of Peace and I find myself in a conversation with him about affirmative action.

Monday, October 6, 2003

Haven't touched FFX and FFX-2 is scheduled for release in November. Even worse, my shrink wrapped copy of .hack: Outbreak is sitting on the table. And I still haven't had any time to get past the middle point of .hack: Mutation even though I like the game.

Instead, I have been taking pictures of Reversed Double Helix by Takashi Murakami.

David has rereturned to The Art of Peace and has replied to my affirmative action post with Is patriotism a crime? I respond with a note about advantages.