Nintendo’s Financial Struggles Continue, Even With Mario Kart 8

Maybe they should add more virtual content, meaning older games we all love! That was a huge selling point for Wii U and so far, the games available for download are largely unwanted.

TIME

Even the smash hit Mario Kart 8 doesn’t seem to be able to save Nintendo and its Wii U. The Japanese video game giant posted a loss of 9.92 billion yen ($96.7 million) between April and June, according to its first fiscal quarter earnings report. Nintendo had a profit of 8.62 billion yen ($84 million) during the same period last year.

It’s not a great start to the fiscal year for a company that posted an annual operating loss during its last three. Sales for the company were also down, with revenue of 74.7 billion yen ($728 million) falling 8 percent from last year’s figure of 81.5 billion yen ($794 million).

The Wii U recovered at least somewhat from its disastrous 2013. It sold 510,000 units in the quarter, more than triple the 160,000 it sold during the period last year. Software sales were also way up, mostly thanks to…

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Let’s Talk About Something Ridiculous

I just read through this article of the top ranked colleges.  It lists the price of a degree and how much, on average, they make starting out in their new career.  You can read it here.  

So much of what you see is degrees costing anywhere from about $90,000 to $192,000 with earnings starting from approximately $45,000 to $73,000.  Most are in the $50,000 range, particularly the schools which cost over $150,000.  WHY?!  Why, why, oh why would you ever pay almost $200,000 for a freaking UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE!?  What is wrong with people?  I don’t care how rich your parents are, that is just absurd.  And then you only make $50,000 per year?  So, if you live at home with your parents like a loser at twenty-three years old (because many people take five years to complete this insanely expensive venture) you can maybe pay off your student loans in four years if you literally spend money on nothing else.  Which is unrealistic.

I thought David’s loans were expensive, but if we had almost $200,000 in debt going into our marriage, that would be soul crushing.  How can you even think about moving forward in life with that much money hanging over your head?

Well, it’s probably because debt isn’t “real.”  It’s not a tangible thing that you have to deal with on a daily basis.  You ask for the large sum of money, and you get it.  No real questions asked, other than your parents’ tax information.  It’s like pretend monopoly money.  You go through college never thinking twice about it.  And then people graduate.  And then they realize that, oh shit!  I didn’t actually learn anything of value in college except how to write a twenty-five page research paper.  Well, darn.  That doesn’t put people very far ahead of the competition.  

This is a slippery slope that is dangerous for our economy and people of my generation.  I can’t even imagine what going to university will be like in eighteen years when Hazel is ready.

 

 

© Carli Garrison and cllgarrison, 2014.

Titles are Hard

Whoops!  It’s been a few days since I’ve updated with a real post.  I’m not even sure why, really.  It’s not like I’ve been crazy busy or anything.  I guess when you’re a mom, time just slides by without you even realizing it.  Yesterday, I had no clue what day it could possibly be other than Monday.  I mean, I had no way to even make an educated guess about the date.  Sad, spongey, soggy mom brains.  Yeeeuck.  

And because of said mom brains, I can hardly even remember what’s been going on!  We did try Hazel on some rice cereal and some oatmeal, but both made her tummy upset.  The first day, we fed her some rice cereal at around noon, and then that night she was up about four times.  Four times!!!  This is a baby who sleeps 8 hours minimum and has since she was about six weeks old.  So you can imagine how frustrating that was.  Erin informed me that some moms get up every night four times with their babies.  Terrible!  I could barely get through the first few weeks waking up every three hours, I can’t imagine doing that for months on end.  My next baby will probably hate sleep and be up all night now.  ANYWAY, I quickly decided, F This Crap, and we will be waiting until this weekend to try anymore solids.  

And, I saw Godzilla this past weekend at the lovely dollar theater.  Was it worth seeing for a buck fifty?  Sure.  Will I see it again?  Probably not.  I really only wanted to see it because I like Aaron Taylor-Johnson (the lead actor.)  This weekend, I will probably see the new Apes movie at the regular theater, because David highly recommends.

I’m going to be getting David’s anniversary present ready this weekend too, meaning I’m going to buy all the stuff I need and then put it all together the day of while he is at work because, procrastinate.  Five years, people!  Coming up fast.  

Okay one more quick thing and then I have to go, because I have a million other things to do while this child is napping.  If anyone has any REAL WORLD advice on how to get my dogs to not be so nervous around the baby, please post it in the comments or email me!  She is going to be crawling soon (God help us all) and they still aren’t so sure about her.  Alex particularly gives her the ears-back-with-side-eye and nobody tells you what to do at this point.  All you can ever find is garbage like, “ohhh bring home a blankie with the baby’s scent on it” blah blah blah.  Yeah, sure, whatever.  The dogs don’t even see the baby because guess what!?  The baby is held and cuddled and not flopping around on the floor with the dogs.  So all they’ve done is see this little human-like thing that screams a lot be held to this high standard, and now that she is on the ground, they don’t know what to think about it.  So, help please if you have any advice or suggestions.  Also keep in mind my pets aren’t allowed on furniture, only Sookie is allowed on the couch, and she isn’t the one I’m concerned about.

She loves that "puppy"

She loves that “puppy”

This is before her first ever bite of cereal.

This is before her first ever bite of cereal.

Alex does love kissing babies.

Alex does love kissing babies.

Check out that Smeagol hair.

Check out that Smeagol hair.

 

 

© Carli Garrison and cllgarrison, 2014.