|The paedophile hat and jacket, modelled not-so-beautifully by myself|
I also went to the opticians last weekend and have got myself new glasses to replace the ones I broke a couple of weeks ago. I'd forgotten how damn expensive they can actually be if you don't want ones that look like complete ass. Because I went to Specsavers I got free extra shit with the glasses I bought, though it's one of those things where the "free" stuff is clearly worked into the massively inflated price you pay to begin with. I had the choice between a second pair of glasses that I would never need to use, an anti-glare tint that supposedly makes driving at night easier, except I rarely drive at night, and reactalight lenses, which is what I went for. Basically it means that when I make the transition from a light area (eg. a garden in the sun, full of snow) to a dark area (eg. a shed) my glasses render me totally blind for several seconds. Still, they're fairly cool.
One thing I've never really understood is why you're meant to go to the dentist every six months, and yet people only get eye tests every other year or so, probably longer if they don't wear glasses. Apparently I have a small scar on the surface of my eye (caused by me being a retard with contact lenses a couple of weeks ago) and I'm not allowed to wear contacts for a week or so in case I get it infected and all hell breaks loose on the surface of my eye. Which I'm pretty damn keen to not let happen.
When you've got teeth troubles the standard procedure to fix your teeth is to use a high-speed drill to take out more of your tooth, and to then shove a hunk of metal in the gap. That's pretty hardcore shit as far as parts of your bodies go. Plus, if shit goes wrong with my teeth, I can most likely live with it. I'm sure false teeth are a pain, but ultimately if you have false teeth you can still eat stuff. Hell, if worst comes to the worst, I've got a blender. Plus teeth are fucking robust. I'd rather not go through the pain of having teeth problems (wisdom teeth coming through is painful enough), but the fact is that I could probably continue living normally if I had issues with them.
My eyes, on the other hand, are a different story. If shit's going wrong with my eyes, I'd like to know about it before it gets serious. If my teeth hurt, I'll go to the dentist, and presumably get a filling or something and life moves on. If my eyes hurt, then I'm pretty sure that shit is already going down. I'd probably rank my sight as being pretty fucking high up the list of "senses I'd rather not lose", and I really don't get why people aren't encouraged to get their eyes tested more often. At least more often than for teeth. Plus you can diagnose other shit through your eyes. My grandfather was diagnosed with high blood pressure after an eye test (not long before he died from a heart attack), and you can diagnose diabetes too. And as medical tests go, eye tests are pretty damn fun. Except for the one where they let you sit in the dark and stare at a blinking LED for a bit before they flash a ridiculously bright light in your eye to photograph your retina. That one isn't so cool.
In other news today, Ketsui, ESPGaluda and DoDonPachi Dai Ou Jou were included on MAME! By which I mean, they were actually released a couple of weeks ago, and I wasn't paying enough attention to anything to notice!
But still, I've been waiting for Ketsui and DDP DOJ for like two or three years now, and it's totally awesome that they're finally out. I'm a huge fan of Cave, and their shmups are my favourite shmups (I quite like Touhou games too, but each run takes like twenty minutes, if not longer, and most of the devout fans of the series seem to be complete weeaboos). I'm not quite so much of a fan as I used to be before HarmoNicks continually thrashed all my high scores and took most of the motivation out of me, but I still love them and they're my favourite arcade games by a large margin after the Tetris Grand Master series. DoDonPachi is my favourite shmup game, and with the exception of a few I'm not a huge fan of, I love pretty much all the Cave catalogue that I've managed to play so far (Toaplan's are decent too).
I even have the t-shirt:
|T-shirts courtesy of the awesome Matt "Lordstar" Lord|