Sunday, December 23, 2007
"What on Earth would your Xbox blog about?" you ask? Simple. It talks about the games I play! Check it out!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The method used to select conversation choices is very easy, with all choices as a "spoke" on a wheel. It's so effective it becomes second nature.
That being said, I decided to see what if there was anything on Zazzle that was Mass Effect related. I found this shirt, which is a template that allows you to change each text option. Check it out!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
This is a great step for IE's standards compliance. Watch the video interview with some IE devs explaining what this all means.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Sorry folks, apparently this shirt has been removed due to copyright issues. But here are some other cool gaming related t-shirt sites I found:
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Well, first, he is apparently not mentioned in the game. There is simply a lawyer character who believes in banning violent video games. Jack Thompson is sure it's a jab at him.
"...the fact that the lawyer, killed on Niko's first mission, would bring up video games, makes it clearly a reference to me..."
Hmmm, you know, come to think of it, I could be mistaken for Mario...maybe I should sue. Come on, Mr. Thompson. Seriously? The fact that the Florida Bar had to impose disciplinary action on you, and that you lost your license to practice law in Alabama says to me you're basically an idiot.
I wasn't planning on buying GTA 4, but now I may do so just so I can play that mission and pretend it's you.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Apparently, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has decided to censor the remarks from the E! taped airing of the award show this Sunday. This is in response to complaints from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
Great. Now we have to start censoring comments from comedians that are not meant to be insulting, but rather funny.
How on Earth does her jokingly saying she is denouncing Jesus become a censorable offense? Who is she hurting with this? It's not like she called religious people idiots, or made derogatory comments about those who believe. She made a joke.
It's 2007, people. Why are we so Victorian in this country? Why can't we all laugh at an obvious joke, and stop being offended by the littlest things?
Oh, and by the way, suck it, Jesus. The Internet is my god now!
Monday, September 03, 2007
10. Military Drilling
No need to be politically correct when it comes to the Pythons making fun of homosexuality. Right, stop that. It's silly.
First aired: December 7, 1969
9. How Not To Be Seen
First aired: December 8, 1970
8. Ministry of Silly Walks
A more physical sketch for the Pythons shows Michael Palin trying to get a grant to develop his silly walk, which isn't very silly at all. At least not compared to John Cleese's.
First aired: September 15, 1970
7. Fresh Fruit
How about teaching us how to defend ourselves against someone with a pointed stick? I guess bananas are more dangerous.
First aired: October 26, 1969
6. Cheese Shop
Another John Cleese classic. Just how many cheese's are there?
First aired: November 30, 1972
5. Funniest Joke in the World
This sketch shows just how far the Pythons take an idea. Storytelling at it's craziest.
First aired: October 5, 1969 (first ever episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus)
4. Dead Parrot
The Dead Parrot sketch showcases John Cleese and his verbal prowess. How many different ways can he say the parrot is dead?
First aired: December 7, 1969
3. Argument Clinic
This sketch shows how clever the Pythons were for their time. Or at least that they were smoking something in the 70's.
First aired: November 2, 1972
2. The Lumberjack Song
It's so well known that, besides Spam, it's probably one of the most mentioned, mimicked, and memorable songs they have ever come up with.
First aired: December 14, 1969
Arguably the most influential Monty Python sketch ever. It brought life to the term "Spam" for unwanted junk email. (Wikipedia)
First aired: December 15, 1970
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Ok, that's way faster than it ever was! So now my question is, was my old modem holding me back, or did Comcast do something?
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
So I am probably not the right guy to write any sort of review of Apple's OS X since whenever I get near a Mac, my skin starts to burn and I inexplicably start vomiting pea soup.
But thanks to Meowcules, I can now read about how OS X is not all that...which is music to my ears after hearing nothing but brainwashed praise for Jobs and his minions.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The best part is in the comments section on Engadget. Apple fan boys talk about how impressed they are at how long the phone stayed on while blending, saying things like "Say what you will about the iPhone, it sure must have some serious durability." Come on, people! They're BLENDING an iPhone!
Monday, July 09, 2007
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Thursday, May 31, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
The campaign is meant to collect different viewpoints from notable figures and customers, and foster debate and discussion by printing these quotes on their coffee cups. One such quote did just that...started a heated discussion on whether Starbucks is promoting anti-god sentiment.
"Why in moments of crisis do we ask God for strength and help? As cognitive beings, why would we ask something that may well be a figment of our imaginations for guidance? Why not search inside ourselves for the power to overcome? After all, we are strong enough to cause most of the catastrophes we need to endure."
This was written by a customer in Canada. It's his viewpoint. It is attributed to him...not Starbucks. They have also printed some quotes that could be construed as pro-religion. Two different viewpoints by two different people. Discuss.
So what really grinds my gears (as Peter Griffin would say) is that some people are so upset by this that they are boycotting Starbucks! WHA?!? Come on, people, this is in no way saying that they, as a company, are anti-god, pro-god, devil-worshippers, or Twinkie-eaters. It's plainly stated that they are simply trying to spur discussion. Done.
This is not a religious issue. It's an issue with people. People that are so sensitive to attacks on their belief system, that they are ready to make a stand when there isn't even anything to get standy about.
Starbucks...great job. Great job on a great campaign meant to start discussions. Mission accomplished. Great job on not buckling down to oppressors. And great job on making a damn good cup of coffee.
Oh shit...I hope saying your coffee is damned isn't going to get me in trouble now.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Guitar Hero II for the Xbox 360 is the latest installment of the popular Guitar Hero franchise. For around $90 you get the game and a plastic Gibson Explorer guitar. Start the game and start jamming! GH2 is a rythym/timing game where notes fly at you and when they cross a certain point, you play them on the guitar. Miss enough notes and you fail the song.
The magic of GH2 is in the music and presentation. The HD video is great, and the music is even better. You get to play such classics as "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath, "Carry on Wayward Son" by Kansas, and "YYZ" by Rush. Freakin' sweet!
In easy mode, you only use 3 of the 5 fret buttons on the guitar, and few, if any, chords (holding down 2 or more buttons at once). In medium mode, you use 4 buttons, and more chords. I haven't gotten past medium mode, so I'm not sure how hard or expert mode fares, but I'm sure it's not simple!
Since I play real guitar, I wondered if this game would feel, well, cheesy. To my pleasant surprise, I actually felt like I was jamming with a band on stage. It's that cool. The whammy bar on the guitar also helps up the coolness factor.
Well, enough of my yappin'. Time to jam.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Well, I'll know soon, since I just ordered this baby. I've played one at Guitar Center, and I must say the sound and feel of this instrument is great. Especially when you look at the price tag. A traditional PRS can run in the thousands of dollars...a bit too rich for my wallet. The SE Custom line goes for around $550. I happened to find a good deal online for $499 shipped. Can't beat that!
I've been reading many reviews on this guitar, and the general consensus is that you are getting a better-than Les Paul guitar for quite a lot less. Ok, yeah, it's not a traditional PRS...but this is as close as you can come without taking out a loan.
So what's the difference besides price? Well, PRS's can usually split their humbucker pickups into separate single coils...the SE cannot...at least without some modifications :-) Also, as I've mentioned before, the SE is manufactured on an assembly line, and therefore isn't quite as unique sounding (or looking) as a traditional PRS. But from what I've read, PRS personally inspects each and every SE that comes out of the factory to make sure it stands up to the quality PRS is known for.
I'll report more when I get a chance to play this puppy!
Sunday, April 01, 2007
On the other hand, I switched from SBC DSL service to Comcast Cable Internet and couldn't be happier. The speed increase is phenomenal, and the service has been very reliable.
So it was with mixed emotions that I looked at the Comcast High Definition offerings. I've actually waited quite a while before making this move because the HD box is the same Motorola series we used to have that was problematic. Also, I have heard about the rumours that Comcast would be offering the Motorola boxes with the Tivo software, known for it's amazingly simple user interface. The current software on the Motorola boxes is known to be a bit more complex and harder to use.
But we've had a 42" plasma widescreen hanging on our wall for over a year now, and we've only been watching standard definition video on it...truely a crime. Honestly, I was getting tired of waiting for the Tivo/Comcast deal to come through, and I wasn't about to spend $900 on a Series 3 HD Tivo (less now, but still expensive).
What it all comes down to is that after a discussion with some co-workers of mine who have the HD Comcast service and DVR, I came to the realization that renting this box from Comcast will provide me with better TV than I have now, and waiting isn't doing me any good.
So I called Comcast and asked what I needed to do. Basically, for an extra $20-ish more a month than what I was paying already, I could have a dual tuner, high definition digital video recorder, and tons more channels to watch, as well as On Demand access. The DVR still uses the Comcast user interface (though Comcast tells me the Tivo one is a few months away), and it can record two shows at a time. It holds roughly 15-20 hours of HD content, or 60-80 hours of standard definition video.
Suddenly, our TV is brand new. We can see the blades of grass on a baseball field. We can order many free on demand shows, including some Discovery documentaries that we enjoy. So far, I'm very happy. And it was not at all painful.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Let me repeat: They are handing out PC's and Xboxes...In exchange for weaponry...PC's...And Xboxes...For weapons.
Ok, so the idea is to cut down the violence by getting rid of high caliber street weapons such as machine guns (worth one $700 PC) and hand guns (worth an old Xbox...NOT the 360). The lucky gangsta's who receive the loot will hopefully stay inside and play games or go online (do they have Internet in Tepito?), instead of shooting people on the streets.
Now I see a lot of room for abuse of this system. I mean, I would certainly turn in my gun to get a PC, go online and find an old gun on eBay, and get another PC. Do this enough times and I could start my own "Dell" in Tepito...I'd name it "Del", and the marketing practically writes itself: "Del - Las Computadoras de Tepito, Ahora sin balas" (which translates to "Del - Computers from Tepito, now without bullets")
Ok, so it might still need some work. But this entire concept really sounds like it will start an entire new form of currency.
"One taco, a side of guacamole, and beans. That will be a .38 and 10 bullets please."
"You got change for a .45?"
I gotta run...need to plan my next trip down to Mexico.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
After backing up my files to my home network, I put in the DVD and let Microsoft take over. The install was smooth and painless, and in within the hour I was up and running. I had to install a few updates, and that was it. A brand spanking new OS on my old Inspiron 8600.
Now, my laptop is a few years old, but when I got it, it was pretty sweet. I have now upgraded it to 2GB RAM, but the rest is the same...a Pentium M 1700Mhz, 60 GB 7200 RPM hard drive, and ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 with 128MB RAM. Not too shabby, but definitely not a power gaming machine. Vista rates my laptop a 3.5 on the Windows Experience Index, a scale from 1 to 5.9, where the lowest number your PC gets in any of the five categories (Processor, RAM, Graphics, Gaming Graphics, and Primary Hard Disk) becomes your overall score. In other words, it's not an average. It's a "long pole", or "bottleneck" rating. In any case, I think a 3.5 is not too bad for a laptop. It allows me to run all the bells and whistles, including the Aero UI.
I was concerned about ATI drivers that supported OpenGL properly, since none have been seen with any of the betas or release candidates, and I need to be able to run Second Life, an OpenGL application. I decided to take the leap anyway, since I could still login to SL with my desktop machine if I couldn't get it to work in Vista.
The good news is that ATI had upgraded drivers, and OpenGL support was part of the update, but the bad news is that they still caused SL to crash on startup. After searching a bit, I found VistaSL, a homebrew version of the SL client that had removed some of the offending OpenGL calls to get it to run in Vista. Works like a charm! Granted, this is a temporary solution, and updated ATI drivers and a proper SL client from Linden Labs would be best.
In any case, in the 11 days I've been running Vista, I've managed to do a few things:
- Get a working version of Second Life
- Install Virtual PC 2007
- Get Windows XP SP2 to run in a virtual machine
- Get Linux (Ubuntu v6.10) to run in a virtual machine
- Install a sidebar gadget called Vista Hot Corners that provides Exposé-like window shuffling
- Install Outlook, Photoshop, Firefox, VNC, SnagIt, Trillian, Notepad++, and TweakVI
- Burn a DVD (with Windows DVD Maker) of short video clips I had laying around, complete with animated menus and scene selections.
And so far, it's been a treat! Being able to run Windows XP is great since I can still have access to IE6 if I need to test any web pages. Also, it's fun to play with Ubuntu as well. Windows DVD Maker was drop dead simple, and the result was very professional looking.
It seems to me that everything is running just as well or better as with XP (with the exception of Second Life, which seems a bit choppier, but that may be the result of ATI's bad OpenGL support mixed with an unoptimized SL client).
All I have to say so far is that Vista is a definite step up from XP, but could benefit from better driver support from ATI. Hopefully that will come in time.
Bottom line: Muy buena Vista!
Friday, March 02, 2007
Yourminis looks way better and has some great features, but it just seems to run a tad on the slow side. Believe me, when you use a page several times a day, just a few milliseconds of delay to find what you want becomes annoying.
I'll keep my eye on them, since they are still very new and could actually optimize their platform for better performance. But until then, I'll stick with the lean, mean, HTML machine.
And to my friend Roy, I agree with your comments. Flash is a great platform and any company basing their product on Flash could be an innovation leader, if they know how to balance power, performance, and usability.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
What I like:
- Easy RSS feed addition
- OPML file import/export
- Interesting widgets built in (calendar, Gmail, clock, to-do list, Digg feed, calculator, notes, bookmarks, full browser, search, video, etc.)
- Beautiful default look
- Drag & Drop windows, lock 'em down, change opacity, colors, etc.
- Publish your "minis" or your whole tab of minis.
- Social feel. Very Web 2.0.
- Multiple tabs
- Inline web browser makes loading a news story convenient
- The ability to load any image as my tab's background
- Is Flash going to be too heavy for my browser's start page?
- Are more interesting widgets coming?
- Do we need another widget platform? Can't we all just get along?
- Will we be able to further customize the look of our minis, or the basic mini windows?
So far, I really like what I see. It feels more polished to me than Netvibes or Pageflakes. They apparently have over 800,000 users so far, which is not bad, but still lags behind their competitors. But I still question the use of Flash...it's a great tool, but there are many people who would prefer to stick to standard HTML for a much lighter weight start page. We'll see!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
First, I started hating Apple way back when they were a small, proprietary hardware shop with an OS that was very closed to tweakers. Back then, it made sense to dislike them because anyone savvy with computers knew that an open hardware architecture meant you could do lots more, and the Mac of the day was anything but open, not to mention how much more money the hardware cost. PC's were cheap, modifiable, expandable. No brainer for me.
Apple floundered for a while to the point where I was getting ready to celebrate their demise. But then they had a turnaround (in part due to the success of the iPod), Steve Jobs rejoined, the fanatics rejoiced, and Apple actually did something I never thought possible: they switched their OS from a proprietary system to a UNIX based system which is much more open, mature, and expandable. Apple added their lipstick and made it pretty. Contrary to what you may think, I have always appreciated Apple's design skills. Their stuff always "looked" good.
My opinion of Apple, at this point, raised significantly and I now actually respect them for this decision. So why do I still dislike them in general?
First, the company is "elitist". What do I mean by that? Well, their attitude is basically "Our shit don't stink". That by itself is not a big deal, since they are a company and are entitled to profess their greatness. But they do take it to extremes, with Steve Jobs acting as the savior, prolonging and hyping product releases until people salivate and their heads explode. And those commercials, although funny, position Apple as the "cool" computer, and PC's as "nerds".
Ok, so the company is a little bit snobby, and I *could* look the other way, but what really grinds my gears are the elitist Apple "fanboys". Yes, that term gets tossed around a lot these days, but a fanboy is a good term for the most die hard of Apple worshippers. Now, I have lots of friends who use Macs, and are NOT fanboys. They simply use it because it's the best tool for them. Fanboys are the ones who look down on PC users and let them know it. They are the ones who "ooooh" and "ahhhh" when Jobs pulls a Shuffle out of his pocket. They are the ones who abbreviate Microsoft as M$. They are the ones who blindly buy anything and everything Apple just because it is made by Apple. They are, quite frankly, akin to religious zealots who can never have their faith thwarted. Honestly, these people give a decent platform a bad name...at least to me.
For example, I went to an Apple store to look for a case for my iPod (yes, I have an iPod and I DO like it), and the person behind the counter was a total fanboy snob. I simply asked if they had any other cases other than what was on the wall, and he gave me a look that said "omg, I can't believe how big an idiot you are, Mr. Uncool geek", and actually said to me, in a mildly condescending tone, "If it's not on the wall we don't have it", and then just walked away, all bothered. I felt like saying "get a real job", but held back.
For those that will inevitably tell me that Macs are just better than PC's because "they just work" or "they are virus free", well, you can all just eat me. Yes, I agree the Mac arguably has a better user interface. Yes, it does work well and it IS a solid machine. And YES, it has less viruses (because it has a lower market share and is therefore less of a target). But, NO it is NOT the platform of choice for anyone who considers themseleves gamers. And NO, it is not cheaper than comparably equipped PC's, although it has made strides in that direction. And NO, they are not perfect. Neither are PC's. Far from it.
But I will always be a PC guy as long as Windows remains the market leader. Compatibility with the rest of the world is useful. And yes, I know that the Mac can output Word files, write Excel spreadsheets, read email as good as any PC. But where do you go if you need any sort of tech support? It's a bit harder to find that geek friend who can help you with your computer if what you have is a Mac. Sure, the numbers are growing, but let's face it. Right now, the industry standard platform for most businesses (as well as the gaming industry) is Windows on a PC.
My bottom line here is that I respect the quality of Apple products, but severely dislike the environment in which the company thrives...faith and fanaticism from a crowd of sheep who think the company can do no wrong. Again, not everyone who uses a Mac falls into that category...but enough do to leave a bad taste in my mouth.
With that, I leave you with one of my Zazzle creations:
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
So for all you 24 fans, here's a little something I whipped up.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
She asked me at one point what I wanted, and I said I wanted an Xbox, but she said, and I quote, "I'm NOT gonna get you ANOTHER way to play video games!"
Well at that point, I thought the only way I'd ever get one is to buy it myself and risk a few days of rolling eyes and "whatever" glances.
But she surprised me. She decided that it's MY birthday and I should get what I want :-)
Now if THAT doesn't make her the best wife ever, I don't know what does!