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Nov 30, 2006
Nov 30, 2006: Another sudden video game addiction occurred - FF2. 3 dreams recalled in one night occurred for the first time. The high rate of recalling dreams continues and I've exceeded 500 dreams. A major update to the "about me" section has been done. I also made another animation in record time. A discovery with me and my music was also made, but has yet to be confirmed.
#1 Another sudden video game addiction - FF2: The previous time I had a sudden video game addiction was during September and October. The reason was getting hooked with drowning the fox on Sonic. This time, however, it was because I had nothing going on and I couldn't make up my mind on what to do. As it started off, someone active on the HWW forums went somewhere and as a result, seemingly disappeared. This caused a major reduction in the activity on the forums. I tried getting involved with other things, but quickly lost interest. With nothing else to do, and nothing on on TV (yes, I hate that "paid programming" stuff), I began playing my video games again and I soon got hooked with Final Fantasy 2 from Final Fantasy Origins. Although, previously, I tried playing it before, but I kept on encountering enemies I couldn't defeat and would take out my characters in one action. FF2 quickly became one of my top favorite games as it quite well resembles some of the things I do in my mind game - getting weaklings to become a powerhouse. I had two characters with nearly 4000 HP, for example, and when I got Gordon for the first time, of which had just 64 HP, it was much like my mind game (only much less extreme), and I quickly got him up to 1500 HP, still half of what the next highest had. Unlike all other Final Fantasy games, a regular battle (random encounter) was more difficult than any other boss I've encountered (and it made Emerald Weapon or Ruby Weapon from FF7 look easy). The other FF games are too easy and have nothing in the way of challenges. FF2 is one of the most difficult games (even with easy mode used). Even the final boss was surprisingly easy - just use osmose 16 on it then, with the maxed evasion, just focus on attacking. I found quite a few bugs and secrets in the game, and from reading Wikipedia, found that they were all known bugs. By losing about 20% of the avaiable HP or MP (dropping from 1000/1000 to 800/1000 or from 640/1000 to 440/1000, but not 914/1000 to 793/1000), you have a good chance of prompting an HP or MP increase. FF2 became the third game in the series I've completed, with FF7 being the first and FF1 being the second. #2 500 dreams at last!: Since the beginning of the year, I predicted I'd have 500 dreams by the end of the year. Well, it turned out I was a whole month early. The main reason for being early is my record rate of recalling dreams being sustained for a long time. From 477 dreams on Oct 31, I have 503 dreams on Nov 30, an increase of 26. That's 26 dreams in 30 days. Usually, it'd be 15 dreams in 30 days. I now wonder if I'll make 700 by the end of 2007. About halfway through 2009 is about when I'll reach the 1000 mark. #3 3 dreams recalled in one night - a first: For the first time ever, I recalled 3 dreams in one single night. Until Nov 10, 2006, the closest to it in terms of odds, is having two dreams recalled in one night for two consecutive nights or, for 12 consecutive nights, recalling at least one dream. Another possibility was the case where I recalled two dreams in one night, but both were remarkably well-recalled. Having 3 in a single night has never happened before until now. #4 Record rate of recalling dreams continues on: Strangely enough, for almost every day in November and extending back into October, I've recalled the night's dream. In just this 30-day time span between updates, 26 dreams have been recalled. #5 Major update to the "about me" section: From reading other forums pointed to in my website's statistics and access log, I saw that there were some forums about my website and there seemed to be some misunderstandings. One example is that they say I speed up my songs. It's actually quite rare that I do and if it involves my MP3 player, this is required in order to counter a bug in my MP3 player since it plays back the music at a slower-than-normal speed. The adjustment factor of 1.378046 is used to counter this bug. From this, I figured I should just rewrite the entire section. Instead of just these bits of details, there were many other details left out that I recall and a more in-depth look at the history of me and music. As a result, I otherwise rewrote most of the document from scratch. This soon turned into other areas such as my TV-viewing and movie-viewing habits, how I am with food and drink, including past meals I once prepared long ago. I spent several days typing the details. Despite this, there are still 7 documents yet to be made. Oddly enough, I noticed that something on the "about me" index was seemingly not available even though it was... in 2005. For some odd reason, I forgot to edit the section for the "special abilities" page, real special abilities I have, one of which to be moved to another area yet to be made. #6 FF1 World - 42 days straight: Since Sep 24, 2006 going on until Nov 5 (Nov 6 is where I listened to other music longer than the song as a result of the sudden video game addiction), a span of 42 days is now the second-longest nonstop streak of the same song. The previous record was 46 days straight. Still, that's nearly double the record as it was at the beginning of the year. In Winamp, you can see just how many plays I've got for that song. Compare it with my last posted screenshot, in the October 2006 blog (click the screenshot to view the full size version).
Although I've been swapping songs a bit after this, you can see the only song in the list with over 40,000 plays, nearly double what it was before this. Also note the equalizer settings for the song played in the screenshot. There's a big difference with the 4KHz band, although I usually have it set very low or minimized. It's extremely rare this happens and this is slightly slower than true speed (92%). I did have to turn my speakers down a lot though, to like 35 dB rather than my usual 50 to 60 dB. #7 3 new songs: From my addiction to FF2, I encountered many new songs. Although there are 5 to get, I managed to get 3 of them. FF2's battle music is my top favorite of FF2. I don't have the music from being in a cave yet, of which is my second-favorite. The victory music, my third favorite, is tricky to get in full and the other I don't have. The music from what the game called the "world map" is my fourth favorite and that from the towns is my fifth favorite, my other two that I got. #8 Another animation and in record time: By reusing the scenery from my first animated cartoon to save 2 1/2 days, I made yet another animation in 2 days (3 if a day-long pause is included). 2 1/2 years ago, it took me 6 hours to make a 100-frame animation. It took me 2 days to make an animation of 1500 frames with extremely rich detail, a record to the extreme. If it weren't for mistakes and confusion, 18 total hours would've been spent, but it was more around 24 hours or so. Ever wonder what the spinning board is like in my mind game and the effects it has? This animation, using the same design as my animated cartoon, explains it in great detail. #9 When will I speed up or slow down songs - a new discovery: Although not yet confirmed, I discovered something that seems to hold true quite well. Ever wonder why I slow down some songs but speed up others and prefer others near true speed? Take Out Where the Lake Is. This song seems to have a fast-paced rhythm to it and is loaded with lots of eighth and sixteenth notes at a rather high tempo (about 160 quarter notes per minute or so). I like the slower speeds quite well but dislike anything much above 80% true speed. Although 62 to 72% true speed is the best area, it is the only known song to sound decent below 1/3 of the true speed, to only 30% true speed. Now take Target Zone, a very relaxing song. It sounds best especially beyond 160% true speed to even as high as quadruple the true speed (400%). Desert Zone is decent near true speed, only a tad slower (95% true speed is otherwise near true speed since there's little difference between this and true speed). On Nov 23, I made this discovery first in my mind, but forgot to write it down into my notes. What's the discovery? Look closely at the details. OWTLI is fast-paced and is liked at much slower-than-normal speeds. Target Zone is peaceful and is liked at much faster-than-normal speeds. Desert Zone, which is neither peaceful nor "active", is liked near true speed. The discovery is that, the more "active" a song is, the slower the preferred speeds will be. The more relaxing a song is or "inactive", the faster the preferred speeds will be. OWTLI and Battle Zone are very active and sound good well below true speed. Target Zone and "Oh What a World" are "unactive" and sound best well above true speed. Desert Zone, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (one of very few songs with lyrics well-liked), and FF1 World are neither active nor inactive. Most songs tend to obey this active/inactive concept, however, there are odd exceptions. "Mountains so Beautiful", from World 5 in Felix the Cat (NES game), is a strong inactive song, but has two valid ranges. Around 70 to 85% true speed (don't exactly recall) and from about 120 to 150% true speed (vaguely recall), are the best spots. Why doesn't it sound good from 85 to 120% true speed but does some ways outside here? This is where my discovery falls apart at. What causes these "splits" that some songs have and others don't? To explain, consider OWTLI, a song with such a split. From 62 to 72% true speed, the best area, my favorite instrument, the bass in the form of numerous quarter notes, sounds best and sticks out very well but a balance occurs with this instrument and the others which causes this speed range to be the sweet spot. At around 85% true speed, this bass instrument sounds good again when it doesn't at 76% true speed. As a result of this behavior, of which is unexplained on why it happens, splits occur. Still, the general principal is still present which gives decent evidence I'm on to something. To verify it, I'd need to evaluate many of my songs and predict the effects of new songs not yet tested at speeds other than true speed. #10 200,000,000 seconds and still counting: What's so special about the number 200 million? It's the amount of time, in seconds, since I last went on vacation. While working on the update to the "about me" section, I realized the 6 1/3 years value as being very close to 200 million seconds. I worked out a few numbers and found that it was almost right on. Although the exact date since the last vacation is not known, it's either July or August of 2000, likely mid July to mid August (Jul 11 to Aug 21), 200 million seconds ago from today puts it right in the middle part of this range. There's still no vacation in the foreseeable future to occur so it'll like continue counting past 200 million. #11 Hamsters - I don't want 'em: I may not have mentioned it in my blog, but I happened to have hamsters. At first, I liked them and wanted them, but having to clean their cage out dropped my motive. At first, when I got them, my motive was 2.2. That may not seem that high, but that's about typical for most pets, even the dogs. By mid October, it dropped to 1.2 which is rather low and by mid November, it dropped to neutral. Any lower than neutral and problems start. I saw this coming and began making plans on trying to get rid of them - sell them to a pet shop, give them to my sister or someone else, or let my parents deal with them. At first, I was cleaning their cage once a week, but as the motive dropped, it gradually got longer and longer to passing a month. This bothers me but with the low motive, I'm unlikely to do much with them. I started by getting them a new cage from their old one and even taking them out and playing with them a bit. Now, with the very low motive, this doesn't happen any more. The only thing where the motive is above neutral is feeding and watering them, but eventually, that, too, will drop to neutral and below and I want to get rid of them before this happens. If you recall from my June 2006 blog, there was a house I went to for a painting job where I met someone I've seen from my least-liked school. There were two pet hamsters here. Four days later or so, I saw the animals moved to my house since they weren't fed or given water during all that time. It caused the dogs to bark a lot. Dad suggested I take them into my room so they'd stop barking, but I told him I didn't want them. I otherwise had no choice. I never wanted them in the first place. Although my motive back then was at 2.2, it dropped gradually over time. From late June to mid November is how long it took to drop from 2.2 to 1. 1 is neutral. Below that, it goes negative. Since early November, when they were at 1.1, I've been tempted to getting rid of them. When it dropped to neutral, I was finally convinced to tell my mom to look into getting rid of them. I avoided my dad because he wants me to keep them. Knowing the seriousness negative motive has for this, mom was my best option. I predict that during early December, motive would go negative and by late December or early January, it would be so low, feeding them would seem out of reach so I know I must get rid of them before this. With 1.1 motive, almost everything takes over the activity and when only it and neutral-motive things are left is when I bother doing anything with it. Although music is indeed higher, I can listen to music at the same time and thus is not a problem. Through the many years, I've developed many tricks to working around these sorts of things. Two of which are mentioned here. #12 Caught a cold: On Nov 17, my dad came home from work with his cold. When he did, I began isolating myself much more than I usually do to prevent from getting it as much as possible. I managed to delay it for about 4 days, but soon got it myself and it was for 5 days that I had it and the cough remained for quite a long time. I followed my previous trick of blowing my nose frequently to prevent a cough (it worked before), but that failed this time. At one time, the third day of my cold, I couldn't speak as loud as my normal voice is and it was of a very low pitch, like 150 Hz (an estimate). #13 Scientific American and Astronomy magazines: As I tend to do with TV where I'm frequently watching educational TV shows, I got two magazines to see if they're worth getting. Because, when I got to the bathroom, I take 15 minutes or so and have otherwise nothing to do but turn the bathroom scene into a game, and since this has gone on for two months without change, I wanted something else. I got Astronomy magazine since I've always had a strong interest with the cosmos and things related to it (Big Bang, M-theory, planets (including those around other stars), etc.). In the matter of 5 days, I went through the main articles. When I got the "Scientific American" magazine, I was a bit disappointed. It wasn't because of its design or anything, but because I got the wrong one. I didn't know there were 3 varients of it. I wanted just the main "Scientific American", but the one I got was "Scientific American Mind". I otherwise didn't see the original. Two days later, I subscribed to it by going online since I found it to be faster. #14 Christmas list so far: Since October, I've had 2 things on my Christmas list for this year. The first, originally, was a subscription to Scientific American. Since I happened to have seen "Astronomy" at Wal-mart, it soon added to my list. Astronomy wasn't quite what I thought it was as it includes star charts and things that I don't really need. I'm mainly after the facts and discoveries made. Since I got the wrong "Scientific American" magazine, I don't know how it is and thus, at the moment, it could go either way. The other item, now X-ed off my list, was a game my sister was telling me about. It was a game that supposedly contained FF3, FF4, FF5, and FF6. I searched Wikipedia and discovered a disappointment. The one I found, "Final Fantasy Collection" I think, was never released in North America and thus not possible for me to play. Although it doesn't contain FF3, it had the other 3. Because the game was not released in North America, I think I find annoying, this item has been X-ed off my Christmas list. #15 Monitor replacement issues - system error on their end: It's now been 1 1/2 months since I began wanting to replace my monitor. If you recall in my previous blog entries, they were out of stock. Despite a month supposedly out of stock, they found that a system error on their end prevented the details from uploading to their shipping department. With that supposedly cleared, they were out of stock at the time. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, a 4-day delay occurred, the main thing I hate about holidays - extra delays. As of this update, I have not yet received the replacement. #16 C programming - how on Earth do you display an image!?: I spent nearly a day looking around to see how images are displayed in C programming and I still can't find anything. Even Audacity's source code (Audacity is open source) doesn't get me anywhere where it would otherwise be used (the play button and things are images) as what I'm seeing doesn't make sense. The day I posted a help question on HWW was when I got my sudden video game addiction. As with Gamestudio's programming language, I'm about as talented with C as I was during April or May of 2005. #17 C programming future plans: Rather than my 2D game being the first game I make, it'll be something much simpler, given my law of experience. If you've known my website for years, you'll probably have one idea on what it is. If you may recall around 2002 or so, I had a pinball game with a few bumpers, a pong-like paddle, and an otherwise very simple layout design. I recall asking someone to write a script during this time for such a game. Unlike back then where I had no programming skills, today is much different. I have almost all of the programming skills needed. It's just displaying images, playing sound effects, and having a function called when a key is pressed (I can see how this might be done, but I have yet to test it), that I don't yet know, but I can design the mechanics (of which I've already worked out), fix the bugs, and make the various objects without too much trouble. My 2D game is much more complex than this game is. My 2D game could take as much as 30,000 lines of code in C as it is today, but this game would take maybe 2000 lines or so. If you've played the Atari, you already know how the game may be, except that I'll be using 24-bit color instead of 2-bit (or maybe 4-bit) color and a much higher resolution (640x480 instead of 320x240 or something). The exact details are not yet known and my general plan is, at the moment, secret. I may, later on, reproduce one of my games in the games section, one I can do, and at my own level. Hit-a-bump version 4 (rolling marbles down a slope) seems a likely candidate. Marbles: Lights Out seems too complex at the moment (due to the advanced physics it uses). Rolling in the Danger seems like another candidate. After this would be my 2D game. This plan is not a guarentee and I may just jump to my 2D game after that pinball game since I'd otherwise have the neccessities needed upon finishing the pinball game. The game, as I had it in 2002, was like this:
This is how I envisioned it in 2002. You had a "paddle" that kept the ball in the field. You scored points by hitting the bumpers, targets, lights, and other objects and the higher the level went, the faster the ball would go. I don't recall the precise details, but my first game in C would resemble this, but in much better quality and resolution (this is 160x112, only 6% of the size I'm thinking about - I stretched it to double the size so it's easier to see). The magenta thing on the far left is the launcher. The bottom is where you find the various stats like the score, how many balls are left, and the current level. Shown here, the ball is in the area with the bumpers. #18 My belief in ghosts: Do I believe in ghosts? Although I don't resort to the supernatural or anything religious to explain things as I look toward a worthy scientific reason for it. I do believe in ghosts. When a violent death occurs, a lot of energy is left around and this energy is part of what makes a ghost. Phychics sense such energy to envision things as I often hear they do. I got this idea after watching the show "A Haunting" a few times. Although I have yet to confirm whether or not anything mentioned is true, I believe that objects flying across the room seemingly on their own at 30+ mph is possible. There are many things scientists don't yet know about. With certain conditions, you can make something levitate without magnets or anything else that's obvious. Ghosts would otherwise be something like these forces, only as a "living" form. #19 The "Fox and the blue water quiz" - a common thought: At times, I often recite a gameshow-like thing where the only contestant does very bad at answering otherwise "basic" questions. Although not exactly the same thing, this is very close:
Host: Alright, time for the first question. You are standing by a pool of blue water and the two-tailed fox is with you. You should: A. Jump in. B. Put something in it. C. Just look at it. D. Walk away from it. E. Get very far away from it. F. Get up high above it. G. None of the above.
Contestant: Uh... (1 second pause) A?
Host: Oh, sorry, wrong answer. Try again.
Contestant: C maybe?
Host: Nope, not C.
Contestant: B seems good.
Host: Try again as it's not right.
Host: Getting closer but not quite.
Contestant: I don't get it. G?
Host: It is one one of the listed options other than G. Come on already.
Contestant: Alright then, E.
Host: Unfortunately, that's not right either. The correct answer is F, get up high above it.
Contestant: Yeah, and what's wrong with blue water?
Host: Once you jump in, you have 30 seconds to live, otherwise you drown.
Contestant: (two second pause) Ever heard of getting air?
Host: Anyway, onto the second question. Using those same options, what should the fox do?
Contestant: F, get up high, in your case.
Host: I think I must have given you a trick question, but F is not the right answer.
Contestant: Okay, then E, get very far away from it.
Host: Nope, not right either.
Contestant: I don't get it. D?
Contestant: This gameshow can't be that hard! Fine then, B.
Host: Nope, try again.
Contestant: Between A and C.... (Half second pause) G?
Host: Again, this option is not used and thus not correct.
Contestant: This is ridiculous. C, just look at it.
Host: I'd hate to have to say this, but even C is not correct. A is the correct answer, the fox should jump in.
Contestant: You are very confusing. You are telling me that, by jumping in, you have 30 seconds to live. Why should the fox jump in while you get a way?
Host: The two-tailed fox is aquatic - it lives in the water, any kind of water. You are not and thus you should avoid it.
Contestant: Yeah but, the fox will lose its life after being in it for 30 seconds.
Host: Ah, but it revives itself within a few seconds and thus you can keep putting more and more foxes in there.
This is the same concept.
Nov 1: I was awakened as someone called for me (on the phone). I then get a nosebleed. As a treat for this rude awakening (my nose being the worst), I get a dream with a page worth of details. Even into November, the high recalling rate just continues on. I first ate watching TV. I checked my E-mail and my forums then began working on the "The Spinning Board" animation. I formed the main plan and got a start on the miniature story. It's like I'm narrating it. Yep 1450-some frames. I have more because I made enhancements to it. The first case was a looping case. This one has the same thing at the start (and the same launch speed), but an example of a different case - going off at an awkward angle. It functions as a demonstration of various things in my mind game. In this case, it's all about the spinning board. I watched TV for a bit after then resumed. Half a day and I have the foreground scenes left. I may also add a 3D effect, of which I found the algorithm for. I'm still at FF1 World. True speed on my computer and 73 1/3% true speed on my MP3 player. Woke up at 12:13 PM and went to bed at 2:18 AM. Nov 2: And the recall rate continues on. Dream #479 was recalled, of which used 3/4 of a page in detail. I first cleaned out the forums and checked E-mail. Still no monitor replacement yet. I continued on with my animation until I ran into a problem. The first of the foreground stuff is done. On foreground frame number 9, the board starts to spin. The problem is knowing how to orient the board as I don't know what length it is. I posted a question on HWW but never got a response, even to the time I went to bed. I ate watching the news. With still no response, I tried looking through Audacity's source code to see how images are displayed. I still don't see how so I searched Google and even that didn't get me anywhere. I then watched 2 hours of TV - "A Haunting" for one. I returned without any response so I researched the case for how to display images. I couldn't find anything and lost interest. I then browsed at my site stats and then my log files. I found 2 forums mentioned. I checked for any references to my site and found one. I soon, while searching the logs, ran across a case from "Portal of Evil". I found 4 new threads there from my last visit. I recall being there in 2002 or 2003 or something. It died down and when I returned a year or so later, I had to log in to post anything and stating that I had to be 18 to register. Normally it's 13 so that bothered me, a lot. Back when I was there, this wasn't required. I never posted there since as a result of this and my motive is double-digit negative (-40). While looking through some of the threads, self-censoring bad words, I saw details about GG13. I got a small start on the city world map plan, but quickly lost interest in the matter of a few minutes. Yep, it's that UV mapping issue again (plus, map-making like that is just plain boring considering everything will change anyway. I also got an odd phone call for business data updates. I've also received a second free pen in the mail, about 13 credit card offers, 2 yellow pages directory listing ads, and other such stuff in the mail, all of it junk mail. "Earn 3% cash back" seems to be the typical case for those stubborn credit card offers. Yeah, pay $100 for something, you get back $3 and pay an additional $8 for the interest - it's a loss and not worth getting. I'm still at FF1 World with true speed on my computer and 73 1/3% on my MP3 player. I changed the speed of FF1 World to 60% true speed. Woke up at 1:04 PM and went to bed at 3:46 AM. Nov 3: Rats! I don't recall any dreams from the night. Spinning board animation now done with 1562 base frames and 1550 when optimized. It's 3 minutes long. I took out Sonic while converting since it would've taken a long time as from the previous experience. I first checked the forums and E-mail. I then ate. Then it was returning to the forums. I was still faced with the issue of finding the length of the spinning board, and that HWW went dead for hours. I was the only one on for 3+ hours at one time. I just went with what little I had and continued on. I only spent 11 total hours at it. I made revisions to the spreadsheet as well and encountered a problem. Factor out time spent on fixing mistakes and the adjustments, I could've only spent 8 hours at it, possible completion within a single waking period. For that kind of detail, that many frames, and that many layers of objects, doing this animation in one single day was unheard of even as late as Jan 2006. A 1000-frame animated GIF seemed out of reach, but I've passed 3000 and could go to 4000 with twice the complexity of my cartoon. That's pushing my current upper limits. I'm now even visioning a blank-looking scene that only has a lake in it. Rather than the current straight-line-only method, it has a more natural shape - curves in all directions (except up and down (height). Woke up at 2:52 PM and went to bed at 7:32 AM. Nov 5: Yay! A fun dream using 1 1/4 pages of detail - that's #480! 20 to go! I first cleaned out the forums and checked my E-mail. I ate watching TV. I returned to the forums and continued researching how images are displayed but still didn't get anywhere. I then tried starting another animation, but 5 minutes in, I lost motive. I then tried getting parts of my 2D game converted to C, what I could, but 10 minutes later, I lost motive. With the forums dead, nothing on on TV (paid programming stuff after 2:00 AM is a major influence on this and is extremely annoying), and lost motive with everything else, I took out Sonic again and began drowning the fox making a second fox drowner for Carnival Night Zone Act 2. It wasn't as decent as my original one (not the previous one on my website). That lasted about 2 hours. With the forums still dead, I returned to FF1 reaching Crescent Lake/Mount Gulg and level 40. This is my least-liked part of the game, except the usual - battles. This lasted the remaining 3 1/2 hours. I'm still at FF1 World. That's 42 days straight and it seems I have no sign of letting up. 4 days I tie the recently-set record and 5 to break it. I could probably go on for 50 or more days. This has been a very weird year with me and music. At the start, it was 22 days straight for the record. Then comes Winter Land at 27 days, not a big difference. Then comes Battle Zone going on 46 days, more than double my old start-of-year record. Now comes FF1 World at 42 days and still going. I'm at 62% true speed on my computer and 62 1/2% true speed on my MP3 player. Woke up at 5:41 PM and went to bed at 7:59 AM. Nov 6: Dream #481 recalled - what's with this!? 2/3 of a page of detail though. From the moment I woke up, I played my games. It was FF1 for about 2 1/2 hours then, while browsing the instruction manual for Final Fantasy Origins, I wanted to play FF2. I played it for about 12 hours then ate. Earlier, when I tried FF2, I kept encountering enemies doing 500 damage. I spent 2 hours figuring what I needed to do at the very start. I was stumped on what you were to do at first as well. Now, I'm much further now having one character with 300 HP. In my earlier attempt, I never made it into the 100's. After I ate, I contacted Philips again. I haven't received the replacement yet due to an issue on their end - stock related. They've been having issues with getting the stock in. Once done, I briefly checked my E-mail then returned to FF2. I soon ran into powerful enemies I could handle and began fighting them. HP increased 50% in the 2 hours I spent at it. I still have FF1 World playing on my MP3 player. Woke up at 7:12 PM and went to bed at 3:50 PM (±10 minutes). Nov 7: Guess what? Dream #482 was recalled. It's only 2/5 page in detail, with 4 things recalled in 2 parts. The day has 6 parts. I first played FF2 and continued the "training" in the far western area of Semitt Falls. There were lots of tough enemies. The warlock is my favorite as well as spiketoise (aka "the turtle"). I ate watching TV - CNN Headline News was the only thing on. Third, I worked on reformatting mom's remake duty checklist for her work. I ran into a problem and needed her but she went to bed so I couldn't. I resumed FF2 for a while getting a ton of items. Between "berserk scroll", "sleep scroll", and other such items, I've already got 150,000 gil, 90% of it from selling the junk I got from enemies. When mom woke up, I went at clearing up mistakes, numerous inconsistancies (nearly 30 (!)), and otherwise spent 2 hours at it. There are 3 separate checklists. One is for a 2-on, another for 3-on, and a third for 4-on. That's supposedly the number of servers going to be doing the duties. An example of an inconsistancy would be washing counters. This task appears on the 2 and 4 checklists, but not on the 3. Another example would be restocking cookies. Only the 2 has this but the 3 and 4 don't. There were 30 or so such instances, both about equally common. When done with all that, I was back at FF2 for 6 more hours. The enemies are west of Semitt Falls where a forest meets the sea and mountains. The enemy, "Warlock", dropped off numerous good items, as well as ogre mage. It soon dropped off a bunch of "mage's staff" items, a weapon far more powerful than anything else otherwise available. I got 4 of them and development progress got really slow. I went off to the area went of Altair where very powerful enemies were, those I ran into earlier that did more damage than all my character's HP put together. By now, I stood a chance against them and slowly began to adjust. The battles were very tough, harder than any boss I've ever faced (Emerald Weapon on FF7 was much easier). I used life spells so much at first, it was already up to 2/3 of way to a level up after just 10 successful battles. The battles lasted for nearly 20 minutes at times with numerous close calls. From full HP and MP to almost no MP at all, it was a real challenge. By the end of the day, Firion, my dedicated fighter, was doing 10 hits for each weapon, the mage's staff. He now has over 1000 HP, but only 42 MP. Strangely enough, FF2 and FF1 are the harder of the FF series. FF7 is easy. FF9 is a bit tricky, due to the faulty strategy guide and that I'm stuck, but is otherwise decent. Normally, in such games, I've never had this degree of challenge. FF2 is now my second-most-liked game of the FF series. FF7 is my most liked, FF1 is the third, FF9 the fourth, and FF8 being my least liked. I haven't played FF10 as I don't have the system and I've never seen 3 through 6, let alone what system they come on. I'm still at FF1 World, but losing interest in it. I wonder if I broke my old record. Woke up at 1:07 AM and went to bed at 7:16 PM. Nov 8: There's #483, a page in detail. Man, what's with recalling dreams so much lately!? 17 to go to 500 and over 50 days left in the year.... I first played FF2 until 11:50. Firion and Gus now have over 2000 HP with Firion past 2500. It appears as if, if a character takes big damage in battle without cure, the HP increases rapidly. The same with MP. I got cure12 now. I ate after this watching TV. Right after I got done eating, I began running backup on my computer. I knew this would take hours so I let it run while playing FF2. Before starting FF2, however, I watched something about space balloons. At the end of the day, all characters had at least 3000 HP. I then began looking for even stronger enemies. I recalled those guards in Fynn and tried fighting them. They were much weaker than I thought they were, but had decent armor. I was looking for good towns to get better weapons - Mysidia was the answer. I discovered how to get weapon mastery to level 20 making level 30 within reach. The trick is to "artificially" prolong the battle and keep using it. Dark Flan was a great candidate for this. Attacking it rarely does any damage, no matter how strong the weapon. I tested the idea by repeatedly curing the enemy. In one battle, lasting just 15 or so minutes, I went from 11-0 to 11-60 mastery. It seems completely possible to see 20-0 and maybe even 30-0. With 30-0, that's up to 30 hits in one action, unlike my current 11. This has many benefits as well. By repeatedly curing the enemy, magic and spirit increase as well as MP. Strength increases from the huge amount of the "attack" command being used. From the prolonged battle, the enemies make several hits which causes endurance and HP to go up as well, even evasion and possibly magic defense. With the 4 characters at it, the victory music makes almost 2 full loops after the intro just from the increases from this method. It works for spells too - imagine fire20.... It now seems as if FF2 is better than FF7. As I'm seeing it, as soon as I get the canoe, I can be on the way to where I'm at now without having to follow along with the story. Just continue fighting progressively stronger enemies. As I look at the map, it appears as if you can go almost anywhere by foot (or canoe). Then again, even the canoe may not be required. I made no progress with the story though. I should attempt for 20 hits for tomorrow. The backup was finished, but I was disappointed. A DVD states of a 4.7 GB capacity. In Winzip, I split the ZIP file into 1.5 GB chunks (1536 MB). When I tried to burn the data DVD with the backup, there was a major overflow which confused me. Instead of the 4.5 GB as the 3 chunks would otherwise be, it seemed like it was 4.9 GB. I knew I had to spend several hours again rerunning backup with a smaller split size. Woke up at 5:18 AM and went to bed at 10:15 PM. Nov 9: Another day, another dream. That's #484.... 3/4 of a page in detail. I first ate watching TV. I restarted the backup. It now seems like I need a secondary hard drive for backups. It took 3 DVD-R's and 7 hours to zip up everything. As to FF2, I continued the quest for 30 hits but got bored of it. I contined on a bit with the story and lost Mindu, one of my "powerhouses". I soon got Josef, who was very weak compared to my other 3 - 235 HP versus 3500+ and 5 MP versus 72 (Firion is really behind in MP). From losing Mindu, I also lost the "ogrekiller" weapon (an ax). Within one day, I got his HP decupled and MP vigintupled. He's up to doing 11 hits. After getting him "trained", I began heading for Mysidia again to get the powerful weapons and armor returning to the part of gaining more hits. I soon reached 16-99 and it didn't seem to go any higher. With a weapon and shield, up to 23 hits are made, 3000 damage on goblins and the strangler. 1000+ damage seems to occur almost every time. From prolonging the battles, I played around with damageless spells. Toad quickly became one of my favorites due to its effect. When used on multiple enemies, the effect is that of it raining frogs, about 60 of them. It also has a rather funny-sounding sound effect. If on a single enemy, 4 frogs do a dance around it. I found it very funny so I went off to find large groups of enemies. My characters are hard to hit due to their high evasion - Maria especially with "8-73%" noted in the status. I spent the last 3 hours playing around getting the toad spell to level 4. I've actually had it for quite a while - the warlock or orge mage dropped it as treasure. I successfully ran backup and burnt the DVD I needed. Woke up at 10:22 AM and went to bed at 6:01 AM (±2 minutes). Nov 11: I slept almost 14 hours! It's a first as well - 3 dreams recalled in one night. The first one, a weird one, involving the grocery store takes 3/5 of a page in detail. The second only takes 1/3 page and the third took 3/4 page. I spent 111 minutes writing all those details and the first remarks about this to the point. From there, I was going to eat, but the pizza cooker tray wasn't washed and parents were sleeping. I played FF2 again continuing on with the story in the game. I got Gordon who was surprisingly weak - just 64 HP. I really had to get his HP up. I got him to 1500-some HP. Maria's toad spell reached level 7 by then. From mom waking up, I asked her to wash the pizza cooker tray. I ate at this point. I took a shower right after then resumed FF2. I had to wait until about 1:20 before I could leave. I first went to the flea market - mom. There was a one dollar charge to even enter so I avoided the pay by not entering. I had to go to the bathroom but had difficulties finding it. Because I had to wait a while, this used up a good chunk of time. The first set of doors were locked. I returned to get assistance 3 times but soon asked someone in there to show me. They pointed to a restroom to the left and I could see the sign. I ran toward it, peaking 13 mph since it was wide open with no one in the way, but the doors were locked. They were the most familiar ones. I then was led to a second bathroom that was very isolated and very tricky to get to. The first one appeared to be a janitor's room rather than a bathroom - no toilet. The bathroom was 12 feet further away and around a wall. Fortunately, I didn't have to go badly. I recall seeing bad words. There was a brand of a toilet paper dispenser called "Scott" and scratched into the walls was "Scott is a [insert 5-letter bad word here]". After this, I returned to the "lobby" to wait. I had little interest in the flea market, barely 1.2 compatibility. Note that it's positive. Since I had to pay a dollar just to even enter, a -1.6 affector was added making the motive -1.3. I turned the "lobby" into a game after the style of my 3D game - George Game 13. I soon left for Wal-mart to get groceries. They didn't have much in the way of pizzas. They had tons of supreme - 40 of them, but nothing in the way of cheese. Supreme has a -180 compatibility meaning I won't buy it, even if paid $20 for it. Digiorno didn't have wheat crust available so I grabbed the 5 remaining ones. Freschetta only had one measely pizza available. I had to go with much less liked Red Baron, which has half the compatibility (and 1/4 the sustainability) as Digiorno. I had to get 6 of these to get the full 13 pizzas I need to last 2 weeks. I left for home and mom wanted movies so I stopped at a video rental store. I checked out the games they had. Yep, if it's not a sports game, there's a 95% (or even greater) chance of it being rated T or M. Sports Games (football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, etc.) are the only E-rated games I saw. For this kind of thing, there's a 0% chance I'll get anything. I looked at FFX-2 and FF12, both rated T, but otherwise of little interest. Considering I don't have the system nor do I want it due to a major lack of games, I didn't get anything. I left for home waiting for my blankets to dry. I put stuff away then played FF2 while waiting. I got the ship and Leila, the first left-handed character. While in the dreadnought, I fought a few "captain" enemies - Maria's toad spell or attack (since she tends to be the first to go) is easily enough to take them out and they have decent items as well. I got the ship and began looking for stronger enemies. Why the game designers would put an enemy doing 300 damage so early in the game is one thing I don't get. Good thing I powered up Gordon to 1500 HP. I went to bed and fell asleep while writing the day's events as I was awake for 23 hours, less than half my record of 53 hours. Woke up at 8:43 AM and went to bed at 8:43 PM. Nov 12: I woke up with yet another dream. I also woke up to find that yesterday's events were don't as I fell asleep writing them only 1/3 of the way done. I was awake for 23 hours afterall. I first played FF2 until 3:10 PM which is when I ate. I returned to FF2 extracting 3 songs from it - the battle music, my highest favorite, then the music from when in a town, followed by the music when you are on the world map. There's also the victory music, but it's hard to get a full loop unless I get a very long battle where nearly everyone's aspects change and several changes are made. Either that, or the rare item drop off case. I checked my E-mail since I was on the computer. By 8:00 PM, only 2 1/2 hours later, I was back at FF2 until I went to bed. I cropped the 3 songs and made loopable versions of them. Firion is now just shy of 6000 HP and Gus past 6500 HP. Maria tends to evade everything except spells. Imp, an enemy I had major trouble with due to it's "muddle 16" attack, is not much of a hazard. Leila once attacked Maria due to the confusion from imp's "muddle 16" attack and, even while doing 8 hits on the enemy, couldn't hit Maria once due to her extreme evasion. Maria's toad spell is at level 8 and further mastery is tricky. Cure is maxed at 16-99 mastery for Maria. Woke up at 8:23 AM and went to bed at 11:05 PM. Nov 13: How many dreams in a row has it been? I recalled yet another one, only a half page in detail though. I first processed the battle music of FF2 for my MP3 player. It was the first song to use the 1.378046 adjustment factor. I also added a note to my site to indicate a possible delay. I then ate returning to FF2 afterwards. I made no progress with the story in the game, just battling lots of enemies. Firion now has over 6000 HP and Gus just past 7000. Maria is very slow in gaining HP as she evades practically everything. Evasion is "9-79%" with agility almost maxed at 89. For the last 3 hours, I began levelling up some spells adding lots of status ailments to enemies. Some enemies could get all four I could add - blind, cursed, sleep, and paralyzed. This is in order from my most favorite to my least favorite with the first two being almost tied. I like the icon used for blindness - eyeglasses with the eyes looking back and forth. With multiple status ailments, the icon make 4 frame changes (3 fps) before switching to another icon 1 1/3 seconds later. That's otherwise all that happened. My MP3 player is at the new battle music from FF2. I changed to it from FF1 world as soon as I had it - 11:30 AM or so. It's 5/6 true speed (83 1/3%). It's in the best speed area. Woke up at 8:35 AM and went to bed at 10:53 PM (±1 minute). Nov 14: Great, just what I needed - another dream. This one uses a half page in detail though. I played FF2 a bit then ate. I returned to FF2 then chacked my E-mail and only my forums. I also contacted Philips again - they're still having stock issues. I then went at cleaning the hamster cage as it's been a month due to my extremely low motive (into negative territory for that). See news item #11 for more details. As to FF2, I still didn't make any further progress in the story, but a lot with spells, HP, and MP. Maria has Toad 10 and nearly at Toad 11. Gus's curse is at 8, nearly 9, and blind is at 7, nearly 8. It's funny adding tons of status ailments to enemies. Both Firion and Gus have 7770-something HP. Maria has just over 820 MP with Gus just short of 800. If 20% of the HP/MP is lost is one battle, there's a good chance of an increase. My MP3 player is still at FF2 Battle. 73 1/3% true speed is very good during the most-liked part 3 (of 4). Parts 1 and 3 are the long ones (3 being the longest), and parts 2 and 4 are very short. Woke up at 9:57 AM and went to bed at 11:30 PM. Nov 15: Man! How many dreams in a row has it been!? You guessed it, using 1/2 page in detail, I recalled another dream, a video game one. I first played FF2 getting Firion to over 8000 HP and Gus just shy of 8000. I ate watching TV then returned to FF2 for the remainder of the day. Firion and Gus both have over 9000 HP. Maria's agility is maxed and around 8:00 PM, I found a big bug in the game. As a result, I got Firion's fire magic from 3-19 mastery to 10-0 in, get this, 40 minutes. That's not a mistake either. I got Maria's toad spell to level 16, the maximum, but under an hour from 10-0 to 16-99!? Sounds like a bug of class 4 severity (moderate) as it allows the user to cheat and then some. Before the first mission is done, cure, fire, ice, and bolt at level 16 is easily within reach and you don't even have to use the spell or MP, as long as you have at least 15 MP, you can do it. 16 hits per attack is also easily in reach that early. By 5 hours' game play, this is entirely possible. The downside is that it's boring. I went from 14-0 mastery of the toad spell to 15-0 within a single 3-minute battle, 2 1/2 minutes spent at exploiting the bug, the rest is finishing off the enemies. I made a huge amount of progress with the story now about to unseal the Mysidia tower. My MP3 player is still at FF2 Battle. Woke up at 9:38 AM and went to bed at 5:12 AM. Nov 16: Yeah, of course, one more dream recalled, just 2/5 of a page in detail. I first watched a lot of TV until about 7 PM when I ate continuing to watch TV. I then went on to play FF2 by 10:00 PM. I continued until I went to bed. I got Gareth, who, again, was rather weak, so I boosted his HP and MP using my usual tricks. Since Firion and Gus were right next to 10,000 HP, I spent the last 3 hours trying to get them there. Only 2 HP gains each are needed. I happened to have 2.6 million gil, up from 2.1 million. I made little progress with the story. Without using the instant mastery bug I discovered yesterday, I got Gus's osmose spell halfway to level 6 from 5. I saved MP this way so I can fight more enemies without having to stop at an inn. As long as it's not used on the undead, it's better than an expensive, near-worthless ether. MP3 player still at FF2's battle music. 73 1/3% true speed sounds best with 76 2/3% very close only a bit worse. 75% true speed seems the optimal, only a bit toward 74%. Woke up at 4:10 PM and went to bed at 4:03 AM. Nov 17: After recalling so many consecutive dreams, I didn't recall any this time. I first played FF2 maxing out Firion and Gus's HP at 9999. I continued on with the story getting Ultima. I levelled it up to level 12 using the bug I found and in only an hour. I ate after this. I checked E-mail and found that a system error occurred with Philips and the monitor replacement. They don't have one in stock so I need to wait for this. With my great involvement with FF2, this isn't all that bad. During this time, I was about to reupload someone's website from my backups I've had for a while, but was unable to without the full FTP details (URL for one). It was very late (past 10:30 PM) so I had to wait until the next day. I returned to FF2 getting to Jade Passage, the last area as far as I know (given the word memory system as a clue since everything is there). I only went a few steps into the area, mainly going back and forth just after the entrance. I just battled enemies and encountered something really weird. It's not that uncommon to get the same group of enemies or that combined with a preemptive strike each time 12 times in a row. Yet, this is barely the tip of the iceburg. How about, for each attack, the exact same damage numbers in the exact same order 12 times in a row on top of that. Getting 2 identical values is about a 1 in 150 chance or so, but getting the same 10 numbers 12 times in a row in the exact order is ultra rare - something around 1 in 1E27. Furthermore, the hit count values, although a bit varied, were always in the same order 12 times in a row. This is much more likely to happen than the damage values, but considering 16 hits as the maximum (9 for Leon), there's a broader range. There's a 1 in 100,000 chance (1 in 1E05) of this. Since gil received after a battle is random in FF2, it becomes even more amazing. I got 8000 gil each and every time for 12 times in a row. In a later setup, I got 7000 gil instead (and different numbers, hit counts, etc.). Finally, the same character order went. This, too, varies some. This is a 1 in 1E40 occasion. Not only did I get this once, but 4 times. The first loop just involved a preemptive against 4 "Great Malboro" enemies. The second was a swap between 4 abyss worms (osmose 16 is very decent here) and white dragon (of which dropped the same items). The third run involved a loop like the second one, only a series of 8 battles. I went through 2 loops until I broke the loop with a small change in actions. The loop was reset again only a bit different which was the fourth time. I went to bed by then. Dad caught a cold and I'm worried he'll give it to me so I'm isolating myself much more. Woke up at 1:28 PM and went to bed at 3:59 AM. Nov 18: Yay! Another dream.... 3/4 page detail and it has a fun ending with pretty scenery. I first played FF2 doing my usual of fighting monsters. My sister was here. I visitted her briefly then returned to FF2 until my dad wanted me to look up details on how to record from cassettes onto a computer. I ate after this, finished watching the show on TV, then resumed playing FF2. By 2:50 AM, I completed the game in full. I started a new game and by 2:08 play time, the first half upgrading weapons and armor, sowrd skill is maxed for Firion and Maria - 16-99, taking barely 25 minutes to go from 3-0 mastery to 16-99 seems extremely fast, more than quadruple as fast as I thought. I finished the first mission and got Mindu right away. With the 4th character, I could get Gus's sword and ax skill maxed. It took under an hour to do that. As to the final boss, I was surprised at how easy it was. Just osmose it right away taking out all 540 MP. Magic attacks have perfect accuracy but physicals almost always miss. This makes the final boss a true wimp. Due to 13-99 evasion and using blink 4 on the weakling, Firion, Maria and Gus never got hit at all, even though I didn't use blink on them. This was otherwise the easiest final boss of the now 3 finished Final Fantasy games. Those enemies like warlock and spiketoise were hard at the time and I used them to power up with. It was much more difficult to find my way than to defeat the final boss. That was all I didn for the remainder of the day. Woke up at 3:35 PM and went to bed at 7:22 AM (±1 minute). Nov 20: Although I recalled another dream, it barely takes 1/5 of a page in details. I wonder if I have 500 yet. I first began editting my website - history and me and music in greater depth. Also planned are those for TV and movies, food and drink, as well as travels. Helping dad to get MP3 Rocket to connect to the net was a side task as well as getting a friend's website up and running again. I ate around 3:30 since nothing was on on TV for a long time. I returned to my history of music and otherwise finished it. Until I verify how long I've been at FF1 World, it won't be finished. It's so close to the record that it's not readily apparent. Stage 2 is a more precise look into it, but I just need the start and end dates. While contacting the place my friend was using for the hosting, I began processing the song from FF2's world map. I finished that leaving only the FF2 town song left, the only other one I recently added. There's the victory and cavern music yet, such as the one from Semitt Falls. I never played FF2 at all today unlike the past several days. My MP3 player changed to FF2 World. Woke up at 6:14 PM and went to bed at 9:32 AM. Nov 21: Yahoo! Another dream to add using 2/3 of a page in detail. I first continued on with the section about music and finished it, except for one part since I don't know whether or not FF1 World set the record or tied it up. I ate afterwards watching TV. I then returned to my projecting adding details about TV and movies. The only thing not done is the FAQ. There's still food and drink, travels, and the newly thought of doctors and meds. Much of the day was spent at this. At the end, I bulk-uploaded my friend's website from my backup and fixed the bugs. I also contacted Philips as well to see what was going on. I got bored of FF2 World and changed to Desert Zone at 95% true speed. For 2/3 of the day, I remained at Desert Zone then changed to OWTLI at 68% true speed for the last hour. My MP3 player is at 65% true speed. Woke up at 7:01 PM and went to bed at 12:13 PM (±1 minute). Nov 22: Rats! No dream was recalled. I first watched TV then checked my E-mail and forums while wating TV. I returned to TV but ate. I continued watching TV until 4:00 AM. From there, I continued editting my website finishing the TV/movies part and I finished the travel/vacations part. While doing it, I discovered that it's been 200 million seconds since my last vacation, the starting point of the mid 9-figures range (logarithmic scale). From which, the first signs of getting a cold appeared - soar throat due to my runny nose. I went to bed rather early and when in bed, I was feeling quite cold, even though it was 77°F in my room which is the high end of my comfort area. OWTLI is at 85% true speed on my computer but still 65% on my MP3 player. I had a very hard time going to sleep due to my soar throat. Woke up at 9:47 PM and went to bed at 10:13 AM (±1 minute). Nov 23: Boohoo! No dream recalled. I first watched TV, checked my E-mail, TV again, then browsed Wikipedia for a bit then ate. Because I only had the lesser-liked Red Baron's available, I had one but barely ate 1/4 of it, even though I had to delay eating (short of a bag of popcorn) for several hours since the pizza cooker tray wasn't washed completely. I returned to Wikipedia first browsing through stuff with top-level domains including those I've never seen or heard of. I went onto chemistry-related things (hexane being the first then water). I went on with things related to antimatter. While browsing through this, I listened to Forensic Files. I washed two dogs - parents. I went to bed right after. I'm now starting to get bored of OWTLI, even though it has been only 3 days. I otherwise slept through the Thanksgiving dinner since I went to bed 5 hours prior. I'm pretty sure that this isn't the first time this happened. Woke up at 11:25 PM and went to bed at 1:06 PM. Nov 24: Nice! I recalled another dream, taking a half page in details. I first began watching TV then ate continuing to watch TV. My voice was very low-pitched and low-volume speech is impossible (excluding whispers). I finished the full part about food and only have the drinks section left. I returned to watching TV - Magic School Bus. I browsed through Wikipedia at details about Final Fantasy to see if one game I wanted existed, a game with FF3 through FF6 in it. I found what it was, but the fact that it wasn't released in North America made me disappointed scratching one item off my Christmas list. The other is a subscription to "Scientific American" magazine. When done, I took a shower so I could go to the grocery store tomorrow. I continued with the drinks section completing to the area where I start the history of drinks at school. I'm constantly changing songs on my computer, soon settling on world 7 from Super Monkey Ball 2 (82% true speed). My MP3 player, however, is at Winter Land, at 110% true speed. Woke up at 1:07 AM and went to bed at 4:36 PM. Nov 25: A space-alien dream, a rarity. I first continued the update to the food and drink section almost finishing it. I ate watching TV 3 1/2 hours later. I left for the grocery store at 9:07 AM. Unlike before, they had everything I needed. As usual, I got my pizzas and stuff. Due to my cold, I got stuff for it. Unlike before, I got 2 magazines - Astronomy and "Scientific American Mind". I was intending on getting the main "Scientific American", but Wal-mart didn't have it. At least, I got the subscription card I was after. After putting stuff away, I spent nearly an hour browsing through the two magazines I got. I briefly resumed editting the food and drink page. I was interrupted an hour later assisting my dad with the computer and his music stuff. I swapped between these until he caught on. I finished the food and drink section. With little time left, I need to start the usual update stuff - the dream journal and the blog. I barely got a start on the blog just mentioning the main headlines. Woke up at 3:59 AM and went to bed at 4:57 PM. Nov 26: Taking 70 minutes to write 1 1/4 pages of detail for a moderately well-recalled dream was the first thing I did after dealing with a nosebleed. I first began working on the headlines listing them. I added details to the major headlines that I could process. Because I don't yet know if FF1 World set a record or if I have 500 dreams, I flagged a bunch of notes as needed. I had to eat, but, due to an upset stomach, I couldn't eat the full thing. From then on, it was doing stuff my parents got me at - putting up concrete board for putting glass tiles on since sheetrock wouldn't work. Since some supplies were missing, a trip to Menard's was needed. This lasted nearly 2 hours (2:35 PM we got back home). First my dad used some of that putty stuff he just got. I assisted with screwing in screws. It was about the main thing I did, other than letting the dogs in and out and, once, near the end, holding up one of those concrete boards. Since eating, I was unable to work on my website update. The weekend is over so I should stand a better chance. I got 4 days to do it. I still got my cold. Woke up at 2:57 AM and went to bed at 5:22 PM. Nov 27: 1 2/3 pages of detail used in yet another recalled dream. It starts nice, but turns bad and unfortunate, but probably recalled well enough for it to be a story, something I haven't had in a long time. It was until 7:46 AM that I finally finished. It took longer due to my runny nose and, less commonly, my mind drinfting off at random times causing sudden jumps in time. I first checked my E-mail as usual. Continuing with updating my site was after that. I got all known headlines done and started working on my dream journal. I have 499 dreams at the moment, oh so close to 500. I added 9 of 22 dreams and made a few changes to the dream journal taking the case of 3 dreams recalled in a single night into account. With 4 days available, I need to do 1/4 of the update each day. There are 19 pages daily details and 17 in dreams as well as the blog. It's the equivelent of typing half of my first episode of "The Story of the Wonderful Adventure", and in only 4 days. At 6:15 PM, I had to help my dad teaching him how to record from a reel-to-reel player on his computer. It took nearly an hour. A blizzard is about to strike and it seems quite bad. I'm still undecided on what song to play next. My MP3 player is still at Winter Land though at 110% true speed. I later changed it to 115% true speed. Woke up at 5:48 AM and went to bed at 10:35 PM (±3 minutes). Nov 28: 2 dreams recalled in one night - that's 501! I first ate watching TV. I then checked my forums and my E-mail. I continued on with the dream journal finishing all but the day's 2 dreams. I also organized my dream journal's FAQ since it was quite messy and unorganized. I'm otherwise a little behind schedule. The only other thing I did was subscribe to "Scientific American" magazine. I'm still at Carnival Night on my computer with my MP3 player at Winter Land, at 115% true speed. Woke up at 9:55 AM and went to bed at 11:46 PM. Nov 29: Twice in a row I recalled two dreams in one night. That's the second time that happened. I first checked my E-mail and forums. I then worked on my website update until 5:10 PM or so when I ate. I watched TV until about 9:00 PM and I worked on my update during the TV ads. When done, I continued on. I finished all daily entries, headlines, and made that one adjustment I couldn't do earlier since I didn't know how long FF1 World went on for. All that's left are the day's events for today, updating the main index, and, if I get another dream, adding it. I'm also getting temptations to rewrite my story. Unlike my previous attempt where I used book format, I'll combine the play format I've used wince early 1996 with the format used with movies. Also unlike before, I want to shorten the story some since, after all, if it were a movie, it'd last 5 hours. Woke up at 12:39 PM and went to bed at 3:29 AM (±2 minutes). Nov 30: Sure, no dream recalled.... I first worked on finishing my website update and did that in about 2 hours. Next was checking E-mail and forums, including HWW, but not Gamestudio. How to display an image - you use DrawDibDraw or DirectX. I didn't make any further progress with programming. I soon tried getting into my story again trying the format combinding stuff, but lost motive very quickly. With the forums dead, again, I played Minesweeper. After several games, I checked the forums - dead. I went on to play Spider Solitare, a game my mom has been involved with. I went with easy at first winning 2 of 4 games. I tried medium difficulty next and won one game out of 5, the last game. Yep, the forums were still dead so I began playing Freecell until I went to bed. December, the last month of the year, is where my luck is slightly above neutral. I'm still at Mountains So Far Away. Woke up at 12:24 PM and went to bed at 6:55 PM (±2 minutes).
The news entry headlines in bold are color-coded for a reason. They tell how big the event was for the headlines and how good my day was for the daily entries. From May 2006 onward, a slightly different system is used, of which has triple the precision. For dates prior to this that use color coding, from the white color, skipping two to red and so on is used. Here's what each color represents (for updates to before May of 2006):