Microsoft Points, Buy 2 Get 1 Free (almost) Trick

Ok, not so much a trick, really. Since Circuit City is clearing out all their inventory, they’re also selling Microsoft Points cards at 30% off (currently). That means if you buy two, you almost get an entire third 1600-point card for free.

1600 Microsoft Points = $19.99 Regular
1600 MS Points x 3 = $59.97 Regular

1600 MS Points = 13.99 Discounted
1600 MS Points x 3 = 41.97
Savings of $18.00

4800 / 59.97 = x / 41.97
( 4800 x 41.97 ) / 59.97 = x
Buy 3359 MS Points, get 1441 free.

If you plan on buying MS Points for Xbox Live things later in the future, you might as well get a bunch now while they’re way cheaper, instead of paying full price later. It’s almost like getting a discount on cash.

You’ll have to peel yourself out of the recliner and actually go to the store though, because the website is shut down and therefore accepts no online orders. Considering I got Fallout 3 for $20-off using MyPoints to get a $20 Circuit City giftcard, forking over ~$42 and getting ~$18 worth of free points wasn’t such a bad hit to the pocketbook.

Truly Amazing Literary Innovation: Blueful

Every once in a while I come across something so amazing that you just have to sit there in silence for a few moments to wonder at all of the planning that went into a project. One such finding is the literary work called Blueful. I don’t want to spoil it, but you’ll have to know a little bit about how the Internet works to be able to read it fully, and you don’t just click to get to the next page. It may require a bit more effort.

It takes some time, so make sure you’ve got some free.

When you’re done, you’ll know it was all worth it.

Like long, tender kisses.
In the rain.

Monday Amateur Music: Pivo Vdvoem – Tu Es Foutu

I downloded this off YouTube some ages ago and keep it in my FLV directory for when I have no Internet (occasionally) and need randomy entertainment. I recently tried looking for it again (comes up on just about any search on YT for “balalaika”) and the version I downloaded had been titled, “two dudes, an accordian, a balalaika, and a chick”.. I had originally tried searching for balalaika music (the triangular guitar-thing in the video) after getting the Koharu song, Balalaika stuck in my head, as it’s rather catchy and my favorite of hers.

The people in the video are Russian, but singing a song in French. The pair are actually in a group called Pivo Vdvoem (but don’t ask me to pronounce it), and there are a couple other videos of theirs on YT, all in black and white, with the same gal in the background. The balalaika player is sporting an unusual haircut, which reminds me of one of the kids (Clem) from the American comic strip, Rose Is Rose (linked to a particular strip with said kid) so I’m sure it has a name.

The accordian-like instrument, as one commenter notes, is not an accordian — it’s a “bayan” because accordians have piano keys on one side, not more buttons. Someone else also noted the song’s title, “Tu Es Foutu,” (often called Tu M’as Promis) which I found here (with English translation).

Weekly Speedrun: Marble Madness Arcade

I’m gonna try to make a new thing for the site, a weekly something for each day of the week. I’ve decided for Friday it should be a videogame speedrun (completing it as quickly as possible). This one is for Marble Madness. I used to play this on the NES, but this is for the old upright arcade machine that uses the giant trackball similar to the old TRON arcade machine. Enjoy!

Chewbacca Noises From Random Objects

I revisited a video I’d seen quite some time ago, the first one shown below, and found that there had been other postings of Chewbacca-sounding objects collected for our bored-out-our-minds amusement:

Opening Nightstand Door (the best one)

Schoolroom Desks Sliding Against Another

An Old Steering Wheel.. Injecting Something?

Slam-Prevention Device Moans As Door Closes

Trash Compartmen On a Train

In-Line Water Heater Adjustments

You said it, Chewy.