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Work is crazy and will continue to be crazy for some time.  I am in dire need of a mental health day but there's no way I can take one for at least another few weeks.  

Hooray, then, for retail therapy via Amazon.  I preordered the Spaced and TV Funhouse DVD sets, both of which drop next week.  (We already own the Spaced DVD, and we'd managed to unlock our old DVD player to play UK DVDs, but we're now using the PS3 as our primary DVD player and in any event, this new set has tons of cool extra features.)

I've bought 5 or 6 books over the last few months and haven't finished any of them.  I was reading The Essential [Harlan] Ellison, and I was enjoying the hell out of it, but I was persuaded by a number of external influences to pick up The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, and I'm very glad I did because it's absolutely wonderful.  Check the AV Club and NYT reviews, if you're interested. 

Quick impressions of the E3 press conferences can be found here.  Even quicker impressions are offered thusly:
  • Sony:  humble; good stuff is coming next year
  • Microsoft:  disjointed; good stuff is coming this year; Netflix; FFXIII FTW
  • Nintendo:  fuck you
Pretty much agree with you; the 360 FF13 grab was certainly the news of the show. (Having bought a PS3 two weeks ago, and having FF13 be one of the incentives to do that, I'm not sure how I feel about it.) I was actually hoping the big N would do what they did last year, and save one of their big titles (Super Smash Bros. Brawl) for the floor and not the keynote, but nothing's popped up since then.
When pressed, Reggie Fils-Aime expressed shock that people could be disappointed in their press conference, and then it was revealed soon after that the Zelda and Mario teams are hard at work on the next Zelda and Mario titles. Whoop-de-fucking-do.

It sucks, but the truth is that Nintendo doesn't have to cater to the hardcore crowd any more, and it would probably hurt them financially if they did. My Wii has been collecting dust now for months, and E3 has done nothing at all to get me ready to clean it off.
Well, at least it was still better than their abysmal 2003 conference, where their big thing to show off was a Gamecube-GBA connecting Pac-Man. Oy.

I do sorta feel like they blew out all their big franchises early in the Wii's lifecycle, and sort of wonder where they will go from here. Although truth be told, of the Zelda, Mario, and Metroid iterations for Wii, the only one I've gotten around to was Mario (which was an incredible game.) Maybe it would have been better to space things out more -- Zelda one year, Mario the next, Metroid the next, Smash Bros. the next, etc. But it says something, I guess, that with Twilight Princess and Metroid Prime 3 sitting under my TV, all I really want to do is play Rock Band.

On the other hand, I found Wii Sports to be incredibly engaging, much more than the Wii demo I expected it to be. I still bowl and play golf on it pretty regularly. I'd like to think they can find a good balance between innovative ideas and solid entries in the old franchises, but we'll see.