On Nintendo’s Japanese website, a “how to play” video for SSB Brawl has leaked important information to the smash community. Although the video has been edited since, it originally displayed a brief segment about sticker power-ups, with three new characters icons on the white bar at the bottom of the screen. These three characters are Jigglypuff, Lucario and Ness. Fans of Ness and Jigglypuff may rejoice to see their favorites return in Brawl. Lucario may well be the replacement Pokemon for Mewtwo. Check out the screenshots below:

Here’s the orginal unedited Japanese video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfb2l-iYlRo&eurl=http://brawlcentral.com/


The Second Amendment

The Raven

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door –
Only this, and nothing more.’

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; – vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow – sorrow for the lost Lenore –
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore –
Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me – filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
`’Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door –
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; –
This it is, and nothing more,’

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
`Sir,’ said I, `or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you’ – here I opened wide the door; –
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before
But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, `Lenore!’
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, `Lenore!’
Merely this and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
`Surely,’ said I, `surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore –
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; –
‘Tis the wind and nothing more!’

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door –
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door –
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,’ I said, `art sure no craven.
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore –
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning – little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door –
Bird or beast above the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as `Nevermore.’

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered – not a feather then he fluttered –
Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before –
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.’
Then the bird said, `Nevermore.’

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
`Doubtless,’ said I, `what it utters is its only stock and store,
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore –
Till the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden bore
Of “Never-nevermore.”‘

But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door;
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore –
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking `Nevermore.’

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o’er,
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o’er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
`Wretch,’ I cried, `thy God hath lent thee – by these angels he has sent thee
Respite – respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore!
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

`Prophet!’ said I, `thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil! –
Whether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted –
On this home by horror haunted – tell me truly, I implore –
Is there – is there balm in Gilead? – tell me – tell me, I implore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

`Prophet!’ said I, `thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us – by that God we both adore –
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore –
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

`Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!’ I shrieked upstarting –
`Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken! – quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted – nevermore!

Lack Of Sleep Deadly?

           I recently read a news article recently that drew some shocking conclusions that any person may want to know about. Apparently a new study indicates that those who sleep 5 hours or less are twice as likely to die of heart disease. A 17 year study of more than 10,000 workers showed that getting around 7 hours of sleep is optimal, while over or under this number can have hazardous affects. Sleeping less than 5 hours a night has consistently been linked to high blood pressure, and greater risk of cardiovascular disease as well. Many point to the trend of busy lifestyles and tremendous work routines as a primary cause of lack of sleep.

           On the flip side of the coin, getting 9 or more hours of sleep is also thought to have negative consequences. According to a previous study, those who slept well over 9 hours a night also had a much higher mortality rate.

           I guess keeping a consistent 7 hours a night is the way to go.

           With loaded work schedules, rising gas prices and food bills skyrocketing, it’s no wonder people are failing to get enough sleep. The scary part about this study lies in the fact that so many people fall into the category of 5 hours of sleep or less. It is not uncommon for 5 out of 10 people in a room to not sleep nearly enough, while exposing themselves to high risk of heart problems in the future. Who knew that not sleeping enough could have the same affect on your blood pressure as candy or a sugar-filled can of soda? I for one enjoy sleeping, especially for 7 or 8 hours at a time. No one likes to be a groggy, coffee addicted zombie in the morning anyway, so why not just get some sleep? There’s always counting sheep right?

(stats and findings from: Lack of Sleep May Be Deadly, Research Shows By Ben Hirschler )

iPod Therefore I Am

           Apple recently rolled out a slew of updated mp3 players for this holiday season, as well as a massive $200 price drop on the ever popular iPhone.

           The iPod Shuffle has been reinvented with a myriad of new colors. Still sporting a snazzy clip and ultra tiny design, the new shuffle holds up to 240 songs for just under $80.

           Up next is the new version of the most popular music player in history: the iPod Nano. According to Steve Jobs, the iPod Nano is the world’s most popular mp3 player, and the biggest selling product in the lineup. But customers continued to voice concern over the years, particulary harping at Apple to put video capabilities on the nano. Well fans of a video nano don’t have to wait any longer. The new ipod nano for this holiday season sports new colors, a totally new all stainless steel design, and the sharpest video screen Apple has ever put into an ipod. The new nano has full video playback, coverflow, and a brand new enhanced interface for music playback. A super sleek 6.5mm thick, the newly designed nano is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The new iPod Nano comes in both 4gb and 8gb models, reasonably priced at $149 and $199 respectively.

           Apple iPod nano (3G), actual size

           Next in line comes the original iPod that we all know and love. The king of mp3, sultan of sound and icon of the music player universe has not been left in the dust. This time around Apple has decided to not just change the appearance, but the name of their device as well. Instead of simply the iPod, the newly designed ipod will be dubbed the iPod Classic. The new iPod Classic features the same all stainless steel design as the nano, better battery life, an enhanced interface and a much sleeker design than ever before. Thinner and more affordable than its predecessor, the iPod Classic still has all the music, videos and photo features you have come to know and love. The iPod Classic will come in both an 80gb version and whopping 160gb version. That’s right, you can hold nearly 40,000 songs with 160gb of pure music bliss. The new iPod Classic starts at $249 for the 80gb model, and $349 for the massive 160gb version.


          Last but not least comes a completely new device from the minds at Apple. The stylish iPod Touch will also be featured amongst the crowd of redesigned music players. A cross breed between the iPhone and normal iPod, the iPod Touch features all the touch sensitive controls of the iphone, but for a cheaper price. Complete with a huge screen, touch sensitive interface, and wifi capabilities, the iPod Touch definitely stands out. The iPod Touch comes in two models, an 8gb model for $299 and a 16gb model for $399. Although a bit pricy, the iPod Touch may prove to be just the right device for those who don’t need an iphone but still dig the unique control scheme and amazing screen quality.

Neil Young – 2007 Tour Dates
October 18 Boise, Idaho Morrison Center
October 20 Spokane, Washington INB Performing Arts Center
October 22 Portland, Oregon Keller Theatre
October 23 Seattle, Washington Wamu Center
October 30 Los Angeles, California Nokia Theatre LA Live!
November 8 Minneapolis, Minnesota Northrop Auditorium
November 10 Detroit, Michigan Fox Theatre
November 12 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Theatre
November 13 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Theatre
November 15 Washington, D.C. Constitution Hall
November 18 St. Louis, Missouri Fox Theatre
November 26 Toronto, Ontario Massey Hall
November 27 Toronto, Ontario Massey Hall
December 2 Boston, Massachusetts Orpheum Theatre
December 3 Boston, Massachusetts Orpheum Theatre
December 5 Wallingford, Connecticut Oakdale Theatre
December 9 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tower Theatre
December 12 New York, New York United Palace
December 13 New York, New York United Palace