August 26th, 2009


From Twitter 08-25-2009

  • 08:31:04: If I already have the complete DVD sets of a series, why does Amazon think I'd want themed sets of episodes as well?
  • 10:43:39: As annoying as hold music can be, I prefer it to when the phone just beeps while you're on hold.
  • 11:56:05: Hey, Endless Shrimp is back at Red Lobster! Maybe I'll go there someday when I'm feeling particularly gluttonous.
  • 12:03:30: @eehouls Oddly enough, this doesn't look like the vehicle of someone who succeeded at free-market capitalism.
  • 12:04:53: @JaredofMo They're to make more money from gullible people who will buy the same stuff twice, of course!
  • 12:09:20: I had a dream about having too many school assignments that I hadn't started, and another about some weird beach.
  • 13:28:32: @themall Worse than EB Games?
  • 13:49:26: Video: A magic show for a chimp in overalls?  Only in Japan!
  • 14:32:41: I guess I'll marry the one who's not right for me. I've done it several times, and it's always worked out all right.
  • 14:32:57: (And no, that isn't about @NowIsStrange. {g})
  • 16:27:52: @themall I think they bought out Babbage's, too
  • 16:29:46: @3x1minus1 Well, Beth thinks I'm married to the cat.
  • 16:57:25: @3x1minus1 Wishful thinking?
  • 17:34:44: No, Newt Gingrich, the United States is not a Christian nation
  • 17:51:53: Link: We All Need a Mushroom Kingdom - Press the Buttons examines the appeal of video games.
  • 19:19:26: Link: Sonic Adventures - Overview of the Sonic the Hedgehog games
  • 19:31:35: @NowIsStrange Hey, if they served us more quickly, you wouldn't have had to wait so long! But maybe I should go by myself.
  • 19:32:20: @kattmoff Just so long as the elves aren't replaced by those dancing Eurotrash girls.
  • 19:32:56: @NowIsStrange The article doesn't actually mention Newt. It just brought him to mind, because he's obsessed with the US being Christian.
  • 19:33:28: @JaredofMo Maybe its load was THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!
  • 19:34:03: @kingsthings Yes, but they won't.
  • 20:34:01: A dance studio's musical this year will be "Snow White and the Several Dwarfs." Apparently she didn't bother to count 'em.
  • 22:16:53: RT @jlbellwriter RT @comicgoodness: Superman supports universal health care! Do... do Republicans hate Superman?
  • 22:18:20: @poisonyoulove Because Democrats are afraid that, if they actually DO something, it will mean the coming of the apocalypse.
  • 23:14:43: We know the CIA is behind the times because they destroyed torture tapes, not torture DVDs.
  • 23:16:07: @oz_diggs Maybe he was just asking WHICH Ozma, since it IS the standard names for female rulers. {g}
  • 23:16:41: How can they advertise Kool-Aid as having less sugar than soda, when you can add as much or as little sugar as you want?

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Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do

When Mario made the jump (get it?) over to Game Boy, the designers apparently wanted something different from the old plot of rescuing Princess Peach Toadstool from King Bowser Koopa. So instead, he rescues a DIFFERENT princess from a DIFFERENT monster. The monster is the alien Tatanga, and the princess is Daisy of Sarasaland. Her nation is made up of four worlds [1], one based on Egypt, one on Easter Island, one on China, and the other underwater. While I don't think Sarasaland itself is ever revisited after Super Mario Land, Daisy herself worked her way into the sport and party games based on the Mario license, perhaps simply by virtue of being the only other human female to have a significant role in a Mario game. In fact, the makers of the sport games seem to have been so desperate for fellow humans to compete against the Mario Brothers that they introduced a whole lot of generic people who otherwise had nothing to do with Mario into the golf and tennis games. Incidentally, one of the extra human players in Mario Golf is named Plum, which seems to fit in pretty well with the names of Mushroom World royalty. Maybe she's a long-lost princess or something. But I digress.

Since Peach and Daisy were both going to be in the same games, the developers had to come up with ways to differentiate the two princesses. While they eventually settled on blonde hair for Peach, Daisy is often shown as a brunette, although she's apparently officially a redhead. Some of her earlier appearances in games with full color showed her with tanned skin, which makes sense considering that Sarasaland seems to be a warmer environment than the more temperate Mushroom Kingdom. The tan didn't last all that long, however.

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[1] Just out of curiosity, does anyone know the actual meaning of the Japanese term that's translated as "world" in the English versions? They're certainly not worlds in the usual sense of the word (well, except maybe in Super Mario Galaxy), but more like countries, provinces, or just general regions. Sonic the Hedgehog's description of each level as a "zone" makes more sense.