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September 22, 2008

Wario loves Austin Powers... or does he!?!?!

In Mario Kart Wii, all the big Mario characters put aside their differences and race go-karts, all the while saying various short phrases, most of them involving their own names.

I've discussed Wario's kart sound bites before, and Mario Kart Wii adds a few to his repertoire. (One new one which I personally enjoy is "So long, losers!" which I often say to my coworkers when I leave the office, and very few of them find it amusing.) But the most interesting one is "Yeah, baby."

When I heard that for the first time I thought, Wario is so profoundly evil that he quotes Austin Powers. It was a bold new step for him, probably the most villainous turn in his entire career.

Then I read this interview with the voice of Mario and Wario, Charles Martinet:

I originally did the voice for Donkey Kong in the same way... *Donkey Kong voice* "Ooh! Ooh! Ooh yeah! DK, baby!" You know, so then we had a real-time Donkey Kong... but now, of course, I think it's all computer-generated sounds, so...

So, in truth, Charles Martinet just likes saying yeah and baby, sometimes putting characters' names in between the two. So I learned a lesson. Don't overanalyze video game sound bites.

Posted by Will at 12:21 AM | Comments (2)

September 18, 2008

Readership is down, posts continue to be erratic

Here's a look at unique visitors and number of visits since May 2005. (For whatever reason, I don't have logs going back any further.)

Readership peaked in June 2007, and if you look at the posts for that month, it wasn't notably more exciting than most months. I haven't been able to hit those levels again, the closest being March 2008, which seems like a more interesting month to me, and at the very least has a more random assemblage of words that could lure people in from google.

One might think that the way to get more readers is to post more. But that's clearly not the case, because as you can see, posting has always been erratic and has nothing to do with anything.

June 2007 had 6 posts, slightly above average. My record for posts per month was 9, which I did in February 2008 and May 2005, both pretty lackluster in terms of views.

So, my solution for more readership is to continue in my erratic posting habits. Thanks for reading.

Posted by Will at 11:25 AM | Comments (3)

September 15, 2008

Attention Insomniacs!

Paraphrase Theater: Tommy - The Next Day will be playing at 2AM on Comedy Central's Atom TV tonight! You can read more about it here:


And, if you don't want to stay up that late, you can also see it on atom.com anytime, but you didn't hear it from me.

Posted by Will at 4:44 PM | Comments (3)

September 14, 2008

I've been to two weddings in the last two weeks

After going to Comic-Con with only a disposable camera I bought at the airport, I finally broke down and bought a digital camera.

I forgot to bring it to the first wedding, and brought it for the second wedding, but left it in my hotel room the whole time. So, in lieu of showing you pictures from the past two weekends, here's a picture of my camera, which you will probably never see in real life.

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September 3, 2008

Would you believe I'm in a claymation video

This is another blink and you'll miss me type of thing, but...

Get Unplugged

Depending on the shot, I'm either talking about Phantom Menace or NES games that I've played.

Posted by Will at 10:20 AM | Comments (1)