Atari 800 XL Games I owned

The OpenEMU project for the Mac OS X is the best all-in-one-emulator I’ve seen thus far for any platform.

Trying to remember all the games I owned as a child for the Atari 800 XL:

  • Alley Cat
  • Captain Beeble
  • PacMan
  • Ms. PacMan
  • Super Cobra
  • JumpMan
  • The Dreadnaught Factor
  • Moon Patrol
  • Buck Rogers
  • Tennis
  • Montezuma’s Revenge
  • Shamus
  • Boulder Dash (can’t remember which sequels)
  • Pole Position
  • Pit Stop
  • Pitfall
  • Donkey Kong Junior
  • Popeye
  • Mario Brothers
  • Dig Dug
  • River Raid
  • Pastfinder
  • Frogger
  • James Bond 007
  • Gremlins
  • Qix
  • Jungle Hunt
  • Galaxian
  • Keystone Kapers
  • Zaxxon

Will need to revisit that list.

The Canadian versus US Experience

For those of us who were not born in North America, but were transplanted here have a considerably high sense of identity crisis. But even that dissipates as each places ultimately colours who you are. And this applied directly to my experience as a young 17 year old in cold Toronto — both weather and human interaction wise.

So it took a few years, and you kind of adjust and blend in. Instead of being extroverted, you become introverted, and somewhere along the line you straddle both spectrums.

Now as an expat in the US, and California of all places… It seems like this was the place that would’ve been perfect for a young 17 year old to live in. It’s not cold, its got technology oozing out of it, and people speak their mind without self-censoring it. The stiff upper lip syndrome of Canada, is not at all found in the US. I consider this to be a good thing. And this, above everything else that is great about my homeland of Canada, is something I wish we encouraged. The Americans have something right even if they can’t get universal healthcare right.

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy Based on Neuro Science Research

Here’s what brain research says will make you happy:

  • Ask “What am I grateful for?” No answers? Doesn’t matter. Just searching helps.
  • Label those negative emotions. Give it a name and your brain isn’t so bothered by it.
  • Decide. Go for “good enough” instead of “best decision ever made on Earth.”
  • Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don’t text — touch.