Does anyone remember "Where in the USA/Time/World is Carmen Sandiego?" That was an awesome game I used to play. Turns out someone just released a new game very similar to it but it uses some cool technology with Google Maps. Check it out. You can play online
I went to Nias yesterday for a livelihood meeting there and it went really well. We talked about what people were planning on doing and what they had to offer in terms of expertise. One thing that came about from me being there was that the UNDP is going to fly a couple rubber experts in from Medan to do an assessment of the rubber trees on teh island. I only had one meal on the island and had some great seafood. I was looking forward to some pork (Nias is a Christian island as opposed to Aceh) but didn't get around to having any.
There is a great article on FoxNews by a journalist who has covered both the tsunami in the Indian ocean and the earthquake in Pakistan. I think it is really amazing that these natural disasters have both happened in places that were closed to the outside world and having full scale guerilla wars (Kashmir, Aceh and Sri Lanka). The way these places have opened up are incredible. I know many people that have been trying to get to Aceh for 30+ years but have been unable to.
I've been getting in to classic gaming the last couple weeks. I've found a bunch of old games I used to enjoy. SimCity 2000, Where in the World/USA/Time is Carmen Sandiego, Oregon Trail, Swiss Family Robinson, Lemmings and so many more. These games are just as fun as they used to be. Looking through all the games that exist for the Commodore 64, Original Nintendo and Apple computers, where are all the good games now? Seems like all the new games are First Person Shooters, Racing and Sports games, Role Playing games or Real Time Strategy. Ah, the classics. Good stuff.
I just discovered that there is a new 20th Anniversary edition of the hugely popular Hitchhikers Guide to the Galexy Game. I played it a few years ago in the old text based format. The new one still is inherently text based but has cool graphics to help as well. For those of you who have never heard of it, it is based on the strangely intelligent book, radio show, TV series and movie by Douglas Adams, who also designed the game. Playing it reminds me of my early childhood games like "Swiss Family Robinson" Check it out.
I've heard a lot of hype about the TV show Firefly and the movie Serenity so I decided to check it out. I was a little suprised at first when I bought the DVDs of the first season. I thought it was an Anime or something with a name like Firefly. Turns out it is a Sci-Fi. I started watching it last night and I have to say it is pretty good. The story is ingaging and interesting. I do have one beef with it though. Everyone keeps saying it is fresh and original. The whole time I was watching it I kept thinking, this is a rip off of Star Wars.
Rainy season is in full swing here in Indonesia. It has rained almost every day for the last couple of weeks and probably will for the next three months.
In Bandung there are two seasons, the rainy and the dry. There the rainy season lasted for 9 months and it rained almost every day at 3:00 for an hour or so.
Those of you who have been reading my blog a while know that I joined a gym last year and really enjoyed it. Here in Meulaboh there is no gym so I've been really missing being able to go. While I was in Medan this last week I purchased a universal gym to put in my house. It should arrive sometime today. I'm excited to be able to work out again!
Sorry to everyone for being so late in posting. I've been on RnR for the last week in Banda Aceh and in Medan. It has been a really awesome and relaxing trip. It was really nice to not do much work and to hang out with friends. I'll hopefully be posting much more again now.
I've driven the road between Meulaboh and Panga three times in the last four days. Each time I do it, the song "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts keeps going through my head. If ever there was a broken road, it is the one between Panga and Meulaboh. It has actually gotten better since I first drove it in June but still is nowhere near good. The total for the trip is 80 kilometers (50 miles for us Americans) and the road almost exactly splits into four equal parts. The first 20 Km is flat straight and almost no broken road.
Oh, I forgot to mention, while I was flying down the road bending over to minimize air resistance and maximize speed, I suddenly saw something I don't like. Walking across the inside of the visor of my helmet was a spider about the size of a half dollar. I immediately slammed on my brakes and threw off the helmet. I did it right where a bunch of indonesian kids were and they thought it was pretty funny. I told them I did it because there was a spider inside and they thought that was even funnier. I didn't think it was very funny.
I finally made it back from my trip. It wasn't really so bad but still an insteresting trip. The road south of Banda Aceh was mostly under water. That made it pretty interesting. The mud wasn't as bad as last time but it was still pretty bad in places. I didn't get stuck either. This morning though my bag opened up as I was doing about 120 Km/hr and I didn't notice it. I lost my toiletries bag and one of my sandals. I now don't really have any shoes to wear. I'll have to go buy some stuff to replace it all. Luckily my cellphone, iPod, Computer, bible and medications were all safe.