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RMPA Conference UpdatesThis year's Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conference was a smashing success. We were at the Radisson hotel in Salt Lake City. Our research team arrived on Thursday night and stayed through Sunday morning. Our presentation was titled "The Effects of Jury Deliberations on Verdicts and Perceptions of Guilt in Trials Involving Police Deception During Interrogation". Essentially, we are studying the interrogations where the police lie and tell a suspect they have a witness just to get him to confess, even though there is no witness and the defendant is probably innocent. We're looking at how the jury sees these and if they can pick up on them, and if so, how it affects their deliberation. Pretty awesome stuff. It went over well and some of the bigwigs were extremely excited.
Speaking of important people, have you heard of someone named Elizabeth Loftus? Take a moment if you'd like and check the wikipedia entry on her. What the entry does NOT say is that Loftus has written 22 books and more than 500 scientific articles. I shook her hand, got a picture with her and she came to our presentation and LOVED it. For a psychology student like myself, this is seriously a big fucking deal. She's a celebrity in the psychology world, and on top of that this is getting my name out into the field and increasing my chances of a good career right out of grad school.
The rest of the conference was mostly devoted to attending the presentations that other students were putting on. Some of the most interesting ones involved the effects of media multitasking (e.g. texting) on short term memory, the effects of "sexting" on sexual promiscuity, the different types of interpretation and their encoding of traumatic events, and tons more. There were multiple times where I had to make a difficult decision between two presentations that were going on simultaneously. It was rough at times.
Salt Lake City is, in a word, MORMAN. Good Lord, is that city Morman. From the aggressive liquor laws to fucking Ben & Jerry's closing at 8pm, the level of control those folks have is astounding. There was actually propaganda on my hotel door. On the other hand, it does make drinking that much more satisfying when you have to go through so much effort to acquire alcohol.
Kurrent Events at Hastings
At the suggestion of our video games/music manager at Hastings, we decided to host a Mortal Kombat midnight release tournament party. It was pretty awesome; we had brackets and people were koming in to play for a kopy of the game. I, meanwhile, took a brief break from my shift and went around town to kollect pizza and build hype. The video games manager was so thrilled at the success of the event; I'm not sure I've ever seen him that happy. The tournament was a very big success. We had 20+ people signed up to play and many more showed up to watch and shop, driving up sales konsiderably for the day.
But how about that Mortal Kombat? I for one love it. The return of the series to 2D was a good choice, simplifying things down so that players kan focus on kombos instead of sidestepping. The fighting engine also feels kompletely refined, though it is still relatively easy to spam attacks. Regardless, I am having a blast with the game. There's lots to do, the characters all feel kompletely unique, and the story mode is delightfully ridiculous and cheesy. I also welcome the return of the Krypt. It's a lot of fun to pick out a kontainer and then wonder what it is, though it occasionally sucks to spend 1000 Koins on something like koncept art for a stage that I don't even kare about. Everything else about the game, however, has made it my kurrent favorite fighting game of the year and most likely on my Top 10 overall games for the year. So far, anyway.
It appears that I now have a mouse in my room. Maybe. Last night, while playing Mortal Kombat, I saw movement in the corner. Suddenly, a little brown mouse ran across the floor. I blinked and he was gone. Is this the next level of madness? Or is there truly a rodent dwelling in my room? It may be the source of the noise, but I also heard the noise in the hotel room in Salt Lake City, so we shall wait and see.
Taking the advice of my best friend Samantha, I decided to name the little guy Clancy and began plotting his untimely demise. I wanted to give Clancy a proper death, so I got some traps that are enclosed rather than the normal snap traps. These close around the mouse and presumably crush him (I cannot say for sure, the trap's box curiously remains unclear as to the manner of death). It appears pretty ruthless, however; arming the trap involves winding up the large wheel a full 360 degrees and a spring can be heard tightening.
One of my friends was appalled at this. I was forced to promise her that Clancy will get a proper burial and memorial service upon his demise. I am now taking suggestions for songs to be played at Clancy's funeral.
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, Shinier
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Using images exclusively from Giant Bomb was kinda fun. Should I keep doing it?