Recent Car Purchase (Twist Ending)

As some of you know, I have decided to ditch my old Honda Accord for a NEW 2013 Honda.

When I went to the dealership to buy a new vehicle, I was presented with lots of information.

No sharing for you!Not only should you use Honda products in conjunction with it, but the car will shut down if I use any motor oil or brake fluid other than Honda motor oil or brake fluid. Windshield washer fluid from another manufacturer is acceptable under certain circumstances, and as long as the other company has filed papers with Honda and been granted special status. I can buy cheaper coolant from other manufacturers, as long as I pay Honda a fee.

A Honda Accord.If I get maintenance from any facility other than a Honda facility, any future repairs on the vehicle will become inconsequential. If I ever decide to whip out my toolbox and perform ANY repairs by myself, I get a warning and one penalty point against my account. A total of three points, of course, permanently deactivates the transmission, engine, and ignition system.

Every three weeks or so, Honda agents come to my home without my knowledge or permission, and give my car a new paint color. If I ask them to leave or otherwise interrupt them, they set my car on bricks and take away my tires, until I let them finish.

When I confronted the sales rep with the fact that some of this information is disheartening to Honda customers and asked if there is any resolution to this, or if there is hope for change to this, the response is that I should just keep my pre-2013 Honda or acquire a pre-2013 Honda on the used market.

…Then I looked up at the wall and noticed that I was not at a Honda dealership, but I was actually ordering the Xbox One.

Patent Lawsuits Clusterfrak

Came across a video recently. The content is not so important as this image I got from it. The author said, “The Last Four Years of Patent Lawsuits in the realm of smartphones. Is this promoting the ‘progress of useful arts’?”

Chart of smartphone patent lawsuits 2008-2011

This image is the of patent lawsuits for the years of 2008-2011 and this is just smartphones!

To-Do List For Life: 3-4-2011

I have always been an advocate for writing down one’s lifelong goals. Over two years ago, I actually did it. Here’s an updated and reworded list. A few of the items have been removed from the list. Some have been revised or reworded.

    • Produce a Game– I have a lot of ideas in my head just waiting to be expressed. I have fantasized about being a Game Designer* for years. My favorite game format is the Trading Card Game, but there are a variety of formats that appeal to me.
    • Produce Several Works of Fiction– I have lots of ideas for stories in my head. Lots of concepts. But you know what they say- “If it isn’t written down, it doesn’t exist!” I should write my ideas down before those ideas go away. I have started writing down some of them. **
    • Backup All My Paper Documents on Digital Format– I have knocked a lot of this out of the way. What remains are a few a lot of fake Pokémon cards I designed, mostly from 2002-2006.
    • Prove to the World We Can Survive Without Intellectual Property– Perhaps by releasing content using a fund-and-release method or some other established IP-free method (or maybe by a model of my own invention!).
    • Win a Pokémon TCG Premier Event– Never done it before. This is not necessarily a difficult goal to achieve, but when you judge more events than you play in, your number of chances for winning an event go down. Starting in September, I’m going to be doing a little less judging and a little more playing, so I may get closer to this goal.


  • Do Something Noteworthy– You know, something that makes people remember me. Accomplish something that smart people will remember after I”m dead. Perhaps something that will get me my own page on Wikipedia.
  • Compose a Video Game Song Compose a song used in a commercial video game. The soundtrack of a movie or TV show would be good too, but video game is what I’m shooting for.

Here are some goals from my previous list that I have removed:

  • Learn Japanese– If they want foreigners to learn their written language, they should make it easier to learn. Using symbols (instead of a phonetic alphabet) is an archaic concept. And yes, I am aware that there are a lot of homophones in Japanese. In all seriousness, the amount of work required for this relative to the payoff is low.
  • Learn the International Phonetic Alphabet- not really useful if you”re not a linguist.
  • Become Leader of the Largest Pokémon TCG League in the World– I quit being a Pokémon TCG League Leader in September 2009. Now, I am primarily a Premier Event judge and a player.
  • Discover the Best Way to Play Rock, Paper, Scissors– Turns out this was actually done in 1999 and 2000, with a tournament in which people designed computer programs that would play RPS against each other.
  • Finish Every TV Series I Liked Watching– My life has stabilized significantly since I wrote my first to-do list, so I do not miss out on TV as much. There are still a few series I”ve never finished watching, but if I don”t get to ’em, no biggie.

*Keep in mind that “game designer” does not mean “graphic designer” or “programmer”. It’s not somebody who writes the code for the game or somebody who designs the graphics for the game, but somebody who designs the game: the game’s rules, objectives- how the game works. Sorry for those of you already in the know, but many still seem to be confused as to what a game designer is. And yes, I do write code and I do design graphics in my day-to-day life. That will not change.

**As for what format they should be, I think the cost of publishing a TV show (streaming to the internet or to DVD) is discouraging, but publishing stories as a comic, novel, serialized light novel, or radio drama might be a possbility. Any format is fine with me as long as it makes sense.

There are a few I think would be ideal if published as a comic book/illustrated novel.  The idea is to have it  published one volume at a time. The readers will be informed that it is a fund-and-release system; they will be given an opportunity to contribute funds.  Once a certain funding threshold has been reached, the next volume will be published.  I’ve also considered writing a children’s story in the form of an illustrated book.