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Sony Has Always Sucked

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Sony and I have never gotten along. When I was young, anything made by Sony that I purchased would inevitably break within a few days or not work at all. Small radios, headphones, and the like. I'm so very serious about this - I even once bought a package of Sony blank cassette tapes - AND NONE OF THEM WORKED! Couldn't record a thing on any of them.

I've never liked Sony. Ever. So it should not surprise me when, at the launch of one of my favorite games, they'd bend all of us dedicated and supportive fans over the table and stick their greedy dicks in places they don't belong (and without proper lubrication, mind you).

Anyone who knows me, knows I love Everquest. I've got a a site dedicated to my characters and even an Everquest blog (and if you didn't know, now you do). I honestly don't play as much as I used to, and even then The Worm and I's EQ marathons were confined to lazy Sundays with nothing better to do. We've had accounts since 2001, when it was only $9.95/mo to play - we've stuck it out with EQ through thick and thin all for the love of the game. The account price went to $11.95/mo and we were there. We bought every single expansion pack that Sony spewed out - even when towards the end we knew they were only being put out to line Sony's pockets, not for the fans. If an expansion pack came with a little something extra, we spent the extra money.

So it was with no qualms that we pre-ordered Everquest II back in early September so that we could get the "bonus stuff" and a collector's tin. I hate Sony - so why was I surprised when launch date, November 9, rolled around and the UPS man was not at our door with our new game.

We hadn't received an email telling us anything - in fact, last we'd heard everything was moving along smoothly and our order was going to be shipped on time. I got on the official site and after much searching, I found the answer in a forum member's post (a shame that's how I had to learn what was going on) - the "excuse" was that there was some "problem" with the collector's edition tins going through customs.


An hour later I'd called Best Buy down the road and asked if they had any copies of EQII still in the store. We planned to just buy the regular game, cancel our order and upgrade to the Collector's Edition at a later time (which you could do).

The girl answered in a monotone: "Best Buy, how can I help you?"

I asked if she had any copies left in the store.

She got very excited: Oh my GOD - we have, like, SO many of them. There's a CD version and a, um, DVD version and then there's a, uhhh, collector's-something with a tin."

Thirty minutes later we had our game. So how is it SONY had problems with customs and the tins, but none of the stores did? I wonder.

THEN I learn that Sony is only allowing you FOUR CHARACTERS. From the point of view of an alt-whore, this is unacceptable. Most MMPORG's let you have numerous characters on how-ever-many servers. The original EQ allowed you 8 characters per server. EQ II gives you four characters PERIOD - no matter which server they're on. Why would they do this? I read in the beta forums, the beta testers pleaded and begged with Sony to change this - that they explained how wrong this was to people who love playing lots of characters on online role-playing games. I read the post was 30+ pages long and contained over 900 individual posts. Sony never responded - and why? Because they plan to offer you the option to BUY more character slots with the first expansion pack. You have to BUY more character slots - something that is normally given to anyone paying a monthly fee to play on a certain game! Sony must've sat down and said, "What's something that EVERYONE - even the most casual player of our game - would buy if we added it?" Bam. Fuck you, Sony.

The game is AMAZING - and if the servers ever come back up, I'll get to playing it again. I really love it, but I'm very, very unhappy with the way Sony is handling things. There are people, like us, who have dropped literally hundreds of dollars over the years into this game. And what's the thank you? How do they show their appreciation for their loyal customers? They botch up the shipping on special edition pre-orders and then lie about their fuck-up and then they expect you to PAY to have more than four characters on a game people are used to having tons and tons of characters on various servers. It's the shitty topping on their conglomerate, greedy cake.

I love Everquest & Everquest II - I hate Sony. 'Nuff said.

List of Awesome Birthday Presents I Received this Year:

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

A gorgeous, heavenly-sounding set of large wind chimes
Mad Libs 40th Anniversary Edition
A foil picture of Isis & Osiris
A scrumptious-smelling large candle
Clue the board game
A set of ceramic black canisters with silver tops for my kitchen
A set of large plastic bowls with lids in varying sizes
A hand-held mixer
A 9x13" pan, casserole dish, and four serving bowls - all glass
$60 in rolled quarters
A doz. red roses delivered to work last Friday

Books (I always get lots of books):

My Life by Isadora Duncan

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being a Sex Goddess

Lemuria & Atlantis: Studying the Past to Survive the Future
(I also recommend Andrew's first book Atlantis: Insights from a Lost Civilization)

Fairie-Ality: The Fashion Collection

The Artist's Way

It was a *great* birthday! Thanks to all the well-wishes, e-cards, & nice thoughts.

Yearly Self-Interview: 2004

Saturday, November 6th, 2004

I've decided that every year on my birthday I will have this interview with myself, to see how I've changed & grown. Here's the first installment:

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004
Age: 27

Who are you?
I'm Shanna - no more and no less.

What religion do you practice?
I practice no religion - I don't believe in organized religion. The idea that one set of beliefs can "work" for a mass amount of people is silly to me. People are so diversified and unique - it's like "heaven" being the exact same place for every one person. Impossible! How can my heaven and your heaven be the same? My heaven might include sipping Chardonnay under an impossibly ancient oak and having conversations of centuries past with it while watching Def Leppard perform for me 24/7 a few feet away. Obviously that is not going to be everyone's idea of heaven. I think it's the same with religion. My "religion" changes every day - as do my ideas and opinions. I take from countless traditions and build my own. I think religion is a very personal thing. Your beliefs really should be reflected in the way you live your life - that's the true statement of your "religion".

Are you in love with yourself?

Do you trust yourself?
No. I trust no one and I trust myself even less than that. That may sound odd, but think about it - we lie to ourselves all the time. I, personally, have and do cause grievous bodily harm to myself in the form of blades, narcotics, alcohol, and fast food. I force myself to exist on a limited energy, unhealthy food, and no "relax" time for body, mind or spirit. The worst thing you can do is trust someone - that causes expectations and it's hard to just go-with-the-flow when you have those hanging on everyone and everything.

Name one thing you'd like to accomplish before your next birthday.
I'd like to learn to knit & crochet. I'm of the opinion that one can never have too many hats & scarves, and I would love to be able to make my own. I love sweaters, too, so it just makes sense. I'd also love to incorporate making afghans back into the family, as my grandmother and great-grandmother both did so.

Where do you hope you'll be a year from now?
Right where I am, though a bit wiser, with a raise, another cat joined to the household, and knitting my own scarves. I would also like to be walking without a cane by that time.

What was your biggest accomplishment since your last birthday?
Getting off the crutches!! I'm also so very proud of getting published, but that was kind of effortless on my part.

End with two quotes; one that sums up last year & one that reflects your wishes for the upcoming one:

"Not till we are lost, in other words, not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves."
- Henry David Thoreau

"A man can know nothing of mankind without knowing something of himself. Self-knowledge is the property of that man whose passions have their full-play, but who ponders over their results."
- Benjamin Disraeli

Today, Twenty-Seven Years Ago…

Saturday, November 6th, 2004

The day is here!

At 10:53am it will be official - I've been gracing this Earth with my awesome, funky presence for exactly 27 years!

Happy Birthday to Me!

A Little Bit of Jargon

Friday, November 5th, 2004

I'm listening to one of my most-favorite CDs right now - it's actually this very eclectic mix made by my good friend, Miss G (if ya nasty). Miss G, along with my best friend since time immemorial, Miss B, make absolutely the BEST mix CDs ever. Seriously - they should market this shit.

This particular Miss G mix, "Donkey Show 2" jumps around from the Pet Shop Boys, PM Dawn, Shea Seger, The Eagles, India Aire, Tom Petty and even Beyonce. Some of the artists I don't know but every song is great - except for "Bootylicious". I like the song, per se and to an extent - you don't hang out with a bevy of gay men and not learn to yearn to dance to the likes of Beyonce, Madonna, and even Britney Spears on occasion. It's just that I have to change it when she gets to the "you're not ready for this jelly..." part. I cannot get my mind around this lyric - it's so gross and weird sounding. Not ready for this jelly? Jelly? Apparently I am not.

Today is my Birthday Eve!! That's right, tomorrow is the big day! My birthday present to myself this year is that I'm going to teach myself to knit, and eventually crochet. I've been wanting to do so for years, but I'm really going to do it now. Any birthday money that I get I'm going to spend on my first set of supplies (needles, yarn, etc.) I've already found a good starter site and I'm just going to dive right in! Any ideas/thoughts/suggestions from any knitters would be appreciated!

I'm going to be 27 - I'm very excited about that. Also, my Moon moves into its native sign 53 minutes before my actual time of birth. I don't know if it's like that for everyone at the age of 27, but I know another person who turned 27 this year who's Moon went into its native sign on his birthday. Could be why important things seem to happen in a person's life at 27. 2+7=9 and numerologically speaking 9 is an important number for growth and change.

We are definitely going to Renaissance next weekend. I did not get my dress as I so hoped I would and may just grab something there. I know it's going to cost me dearly to do it that way, but it's important to me. I vowed to myself I'd return this year walking and I'M DOING IT! I promised myself if I did so I'd get a lovely Renaissance dress to walk around in, and I plan to honor my oath to myself.

Did I mention that my birthday is tomorrow??

NOW, I'm off to get some more work done on my Nano-novel. I'm behind - but I am up to 2,410 words; better than last count of, what, ten??

Who Are You Honking At?

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

It seems that Baton Rouge drivers wait to show their asses the most when I'm PMSing. I believe it is some great conspiracy - all Baton Rougeans plotting and planning to drive their absolute worse at the time of Shanna's bitchiest time of the month. I'll get you all back one day - just you wait!

So I turned left onto a street in the small subdivision I live off of. I saw a woman coming, but she was far away, even though she was driving in my lane.

People always park their cars on the side of the street here - always. For some reason, some people (like the lady this morning) think that means they have to drive completely in the other lane to avoid passing even the slightest bit by the parked cars. It makes no sense to me, really.

So I'm coming along, and obviously the light was in her eyes because I could clearly see her trying to shield them with one hand. She sees me coming, swerves back over in her own lane (where she should've been in the first place, thank you) and then...then...the fucking bitch honked at ME! She honked at me as if to say "Get out of my way!" She was in MY lane! She was driving on the WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!! And SHE honked at ME!! Where, pray tell, was I supposed to go??! How DARE I make her drive on the correct side of the road - close to those cars that aren't even that much on the road to BEGIN WITH!! The audacity of me, driving down the road in the correct lane! What in the hell is wrong with me?

Stupid. Fucking. Bitch.

And I'm the one who gets hit at the polls. Asshats like that never get into accidents.

What a lovely way to start the day.

Who’s The President? Nobody Knows.

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

Remember the old days when we went and voted and at the end of the day we had a new president?

So it's probably Bush, but it might be Kerry, but it's most likely Bush but there's still a chance it could be Kerry.

Nothing like solidarity, huh? No, there's nothing quite like not having your shit together for the whole world to witness.

I got so tired of hearing reporters talk and banter and try to stir up interesting things to say that I almost put the TV on mute to watch the election results. If it hadn't been for Dan Rather's dry, where-in-the-hell-did-he-come-up-with-that-shit quips, the night would've been unbearable.

A few of my favorite gems:

"I wouldn't bet the doublewide on it."

"...thinner than turnip soup."

And my absolute personal fave, which actually sent Mr. Rather himself into guffaws:
"If a toad had side pockets he'd carry a handgun."

HUH? I don't know what Dan is smoking, but I want some. I know I'm not hip to anything political or news-related, but does that statement make sense to anyone??

I seriously haven't forgotten to post about my Halloween festivities, but all of this election brouhaha and fender-bender mess has kind of stuck the Halloween-horrors on the backburner.

Also you should know that it's only THREE DAYS AWAY from my birthday!! Happy-3-days-away-birthday to me.

For those of you worried about Stella, she's fine. She got me to work with no problems today and is at this very moment regaling every other car in the agency's parking lot with her exciting bleeding-for-our-country tale. Oh yeah, she's milking this for all she can. I love that bitch.

One of my favorite quotes goes thus:
"My mother always said I'd never amount to anything because I procrastinate. I told her, 'Just wait.'"

So it's not an excuse, but it is a reason why I haven't added anything to my Nanowrimo novel-in-progress. I promised myself I'd get at least 100 words down today, so we'll see how that goes. What can I say? I suffer from acute lethargic deference, also known as lazy procrastination.

Happy Hump Day...