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April 15th, 2018

Garden week 5

It's time for the weekly garden photos. These were taken yesterday morning. The weather was unexpectedly cold and raw, and it's slightly less so today, and then tomorrow it's back to 81 and sunny. Weird weather this spring.

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Huxrin's garden is coming along; I put bird netting over it this week so critters would be hindered in digging there. Onions on the left, carrots in the middle, the stuff on the right does not seem to have done anything.



By now the corn is getting big enough that it could shade the boxes in the middle, so I have to move them to the back behind the tomatoes, I suppose. And the tomatoes are above the cage tops now!


Everything's still growing along. And in that blue bucket in the background...


Mom took some of the tomato suckers and is trying to root them to get more tomato plants. She did this last year too and we had plenty of tomatoes.


Speaking of which, here's the Cherokees. There are now some tiny little new tomatoes as well (not pictured).


And here are the Better Boys.


And now, the part you've all been waiting for... the Mystery Seed Box!

First - last week I planted yellow squash seeds in the 5 places since nothing else was growing there. It looks like I got 2 squash plants, which is fine.


But the mystery seed, the one in the lower left of that photo, I don't know what that might be. I still think some kind of melon or squash, but the leaf shape isn't familiar to me. Suggestions? And we'll find out eventually anyway ^_^

Despite the weird weather, we've had plenty of rain, so I haven't had to water very much, and rain is better for them all anyway.

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Games I thought I would love, but didn't.

1. A Vampyre Story
This is what happens when the graphics guy decides he can write a game. It is a completed game. It looks very nice. It is not a well written game. (Voice acting is weird too.)
The puzzles and writing are very uneven. For example, at one point the characters get into a big list of not-great puns. Okay. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I can get through it for the puzzle.
And then you learn that you can't skip ahead in dialog. So if you accidentally start the big list of puns again, you have to sit through it... again... listening to the characters giggle at their own cleverness. It hurts.
Some of the jokes are very juvenile (like the puns) and then without warning there's a brothel and a whole scene in there, so I have no real idea who the audience is for this game. I never finished it. At least I got it for, like, $1 in a bargain bin somewhere.

2. Tales from the Borderlands
Discussed elsewhere in another list, but essentially: I loved the first installment enough to want the rest. Then there was the eyeball incident and some other weird stuff and it just... kinda... yeah.

3. Final Fantasy 7/9/onward (8 is a weird case)
I never liked FF7, I think because of the goofy Popeye arms when it first came out, but I also had a really hard time liking the characters. Then the infamous "you have no choice but to kill this character you grew to love" came up and I was done with the game.
FF8, I love the character designs, but the storyline is weak and tbh I don't even remember what the heck everyone was supposed to be doing now. I mean, saving the world is a given, but other than that, I don't know.
I never played an FF game after that.
Toly did play later FF games and I know 10 was finished? I think? I don't know about X-2? I just feel like the game stagnated, all the character designs have been interchangeable for years (okay, there's rabbit people in one game, I know that) and bland as a beige room.

4. Runaway: A Road Adventure
European games in my experience believe in "Life is hard and fantasy should be harder". Runaway has some... unique character designs, and it's set in modern day. But there are some annoyances too.
The main character needs glasses until he doesn't. Apparently they're brainyspex, not actual "I need these to function" glasses. Ticks me off.
On the menu/inventory screen, if you let it sit too long without doing anything (maybe you're doing something else IRL, or you're studying your inventory to see what you have/can combine), the MC appears and bangs on the window. "Too long" is not that long at all IIRC. Super annoying. LET ME JUST LOOK AT MY INVENTORY DAMMIT
Then it has pixel hunting and lots of it. For those of you not aware what this is, this is a nasty trick in adventure/puzzle games where you have to search for the single pixel on the screen that is the item you're looking for. An example might be, you need to find a nail in a dark mine to hang the lantern on. The nail is exactly one pixel. It's a dark gray nail. In a dark mine. Runaway had more than one of these.

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