Ah well. Today we put on the 360 and got this:

So I went here (again, link courtesy of kardiez) and went through all the instructions... I got, predictably, the code "0102" which stands for: "Who the frell knows what is wrong with your frelling machine?!"

But I called 1-800-4-MY-XBOX (1-800-469-9269) and a woman named Rebecca was incredibly patient and helpful and is shipping a container for me to send our beloved but now dead 360 back to Microsoft for analysis. And as Sevenar and others commented, it is covered for some reason.

The bad news is we'll be 360-less for about 3 weeks. So we'll have to wait to see if Wayne's light-up pants really do help him defeat the Akrid menace on Lost Planet.

The good news is we still have our XBox so we can still film with OboeCrazy. Meanwhile Spyton (who, it turns out, was not responsible for the 360's destruction) is going bananas. Because WoW, Halo 1 and 2, and the 200-zillion other games and arts and crafts we have are evidently not sufficient to keep him occupied.

When I was a kid my sister and I had Lite-Brites, Dawn Dolls and an Erector set. (Only the rich kids had Legos and Barbies.) We also had two sticks and a rock. Of course, we had to share the rock.

Ah well.

I'm gonna go over to my mom's house and do some piano recording over there to cheer myself up. And here's the next HAFT. If any of you know who the action figure is in the last panel you can have some of my paltry 8 mod points. The hint is that he is a disputed character, and evidently several people claim to own his license. I got him a while back, mostly because I thought he would look cool for this exact purpose in HAFT. Yes, I am caught in a horrifying and self-perpetuating cycle of photographing action figures, seeing a need for new action figures, purchasing action figures, photographing action figures, etc., etc., etc.

I need a 12-step Action Figure Theater program intervention!

Halo Action Figure Theater: The Steve n' Lois Chronicles Presents:
Episode 46: Schmastral Plane ("Jacques Brel est vivant et bon")

PS: I sat and thought for a long time (about 40 seconds) about whether the correct term should be astral plane or astral plain. I see it written both ways on the web. A plain would be like the description of a vast flat area of geography, like "the plains of Africa," whereas a plane is a geometry word to describe something defined by three points in space. If we think of this mythical place as an actual place, then it seems to me it should be "The Astral Plain", but if it is some sort of freaky hyperdimensional weirdoland where Doctor Strange and the X-Men always go to fight galactic terrors outside of the flow of time, then "The Astral Plane" seems like a more valid and technobabbly term.

What are your feelings about this controversial topic? Also, do you prefer odds, or evens?

Today's Controversial Vocabulary Words and Phrases
Astral Plain
Astral Plane
hyperdimensional weirdoland