February, 2005

Getting ever so close to spring, 20 days, I can make it

Feeling: Drained


Wow, what an amazingly bad weekend. Well, it wasn't all bad, it's just that the bad things out weigh the good things by far. I will now disclose all the stuff that happened.

Friday night I met with several DDR friends, some who I hadn't seen in awhile. That's good. Driving home from the arcade I slid on ice and bent the front-passenger wheel of my car which now needs to be replaced. Very bad. Then, I developed the symptoms of food poisoning. Extremely bad. I had terrible pain in my stomach, and although my body kept wanting to, I prevented myself from vomiting. That's good because I -hate- throwing up. But because I didn't throw up I had diarrhea for two days. That's just gross. But I found that bismuth (the active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol) turns your excrement black. That's pretty cool. But I wasn't able to sleep Friday night because of so many trips to the bathroom. That's bad.

Saturday was Angel's 20th birthday, which is good. But I missed it because I was praying for the sweet mercy of death to consume me. That's bad. Saturday evening I was able to eat solids again, which is good. And I also finished reading American Gods, which was both heart breakingly sad and enchantingly good. However, my apartment company finally realized (after over a year) that they were giving me free cable and shut it off. Bad. However, this makes it safer for me to get a cable modem. Good.

Sunday, the feeling of razors slicing through my intestines had left. Good. However, I noticed that my computer's processor was behaving the same way as my previous one, and I can't find the invoice so I can't return it. Very -very- bad.

Anyway, enough of my boring life, on with the updates. I've added a new game to the electronic game music page. It's the music of the SNES port of SIM City. Amazingly, Nintendo spent a great deal of time on the port and produced a game that rivals the original in terms of quality. The music, however, is better than any other version, and way above average as far as games go.

The new spotlighted item is American Gods, which is a truly amazing book. I certainly suggest it to anyone who likes fiction. I'm currently working on a new page for it as well.

Friday, yay!

Feeling: Okay


Yay, I got a full eight hours of sleep last night, it felt so good. Of course, I probably would have got more if I didn't stay up reading American Gods. I'm on the last section (four) and it continues to be amazing.

I've added four more fonts to the video game fonts page.

I've also added links to the hint books and the 7th Guest novel to the Doll House.

Tomorrow is Angel's Birthday. Two decades. Wow, that's old!

Who needs sleep? Tell me what's that for?

Feeling: Sleepy


At work we have gained a new client, which is good news. However, they decided they wanted to be setup at 5:00 AM. This meant that someone had to be at work to handle support at the same time. The bad news is, that that someone is me. I had to wake up at 4:00 AM, after a going to bed at my usual 1:00 AM. It kind of goes without saying that I'm not very chipper this morning, but I said it anyway because this is my web site and I can do whatever I want.

I've added a new section to the games page that houses different video game fonts.

My high resolution flags page has two new flags added to it, the national flags of Latvia and Libya.

And for good measure, I've tossed up some new unusual city names.

Dead on my head, wasting time on my own

Feeling: Okay


A man is chased by hungry tigers off the edge of a sheer cliff. As he falls he is able to grab hold of a small outcropping on the cliff. The drop is several hundred feet down ending in sharp rocks. Above him the the tigers growl and lick their chops. He notices a small strawberry plant with a few large strawberries on it growing on the outcropping. There is certain death in either direction and his grip is failing. What does he do? ...
He eats the strawberries.

American Gods totally rocks. I just made it to part three.

Today was the last strip of Queen of Wands a web comic that I've been reading for some time. Although I'm sad to see it go, the good news it that the cartoonist is planning on reposting every comic with commentary starting Monday. So for those of you who haven't heard of it, you might want to check it out.

I think I'd be good for you, and you you’d be good for me

Feeling: Okay


I played a few games of DDR last night, but still no Paranoia Survivor.

I've added two new items to my ingredient list and also added a link for every entry to its Wikipedia article.

On this day, back in 1997, cloning of a complex organism became a reality when scientists at the Roslin Institute in Scotland birthed Dolly, the cloned sheep. Many people were disgusted at this scientific achievement, calling it an abomination towards God. I personally think that it's just a obvious step in the advancement of our medicinal learning.

Oh the wax, it's...
dripping, I like it between my...
fingers, I figured...

Feeling: Okay


The lock-in was great fun and I have the pictures to prove it.

My one year DDR anniversary (February, 20th) has past. I spent it playing DDR with the same person that introduced me to it to begin with, Kimberly. And while I've cleared all but six songs in 8th mix, I still haven't beaten Paranoia Survivor.

This morning at work I booted up my computer to a nice blue screen of death. It looked like I was going to have to reload the whole thing and lose any documents that I didn't have backups of, which really sucks. I tried running the Windows repair program, and amazingly it actually worked! In all the times I've tried to use it, and for every account that I've heard other people using it, it's never worked before, but for a very relieved me, it worked.

On this day back in 1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published their infamous Communist Manifesto. So many years later we've seen nearly every communist government fail. Even still, communism is thought to be the paramount of governmental evolution. It certainly looks good on paper, but as soon as you throw human beings into the mix everything just falls apart.

Thanks for scraping my windows.

We've got to get together sooner or later

Feeling: Cold Sore


I still haven't beaten Paranoia. That song is really pissing me off. I can tell I'm getting better overall because I keep getting better scores on my other songs though. The lock-in is tonight, so I'll get plenty of practice through an all night session of DDR. This Sunday is also my one year DDR anniversary. It's been a wild rush through the songs... HA!

My cold sore has finally run it's course and has begun healing, but it'll probably still be visible for another week. How annoying.

I resized the icons for the books and music pages. They fit a lot better now.

Also, I just want to say again that American Gods is an amazing book. I've only finished the first section, but I'm totally in love with it.

Think of me what you will I've got a little space to fill

Feeling: Cold Sore


Paranoia is ever elusive, but I'm getting better at the slow downs.

A new question has been answered by my gurus. Whee!

I've started to shrink down the size of the individual review icons which can be seen on the film page. I can fit more icons in an area, and the page loads faster. Hurray!

Today is Billie Joe Armstrong's birthday (lead singer for Green Day).

Stupid nerve ganglions and their dumb infectedness

Feeling: Cold Sore


Still no Paranoia, but I was able to get a AA on Love Love Shine. I'm still getting better. There are only four days until my one year DDR anniversary. I hope to have Paranoia beaten before that time. Plus, this Friday is the lock-in, so bonus to that.

On this day in 1978 Ward Christensen was kept inside during a Chicago blizzard allowing him to create the first computer bulletin board system and started a modem revolution. BBSs were all the rage until the Internet became mainstream in the late 90's. Because BBSs are the precursor to the Internet, many of the characterizes of the Internet come from programs that made their rounds on the old BBSs. I still remember my past days of making ANSI art and playing Legend of the Red Dragon. Good times.

I'm on chapter seven of American Gods, and I'd just like to reiterate how awesome this book is.

Virus = Bad

Feeling: Cold Sore


I still haven't cleared Paranoia. I did, however, almost max combo Can't Stop Falling In Love Speed Mix. I lost the full combo with only three steps left, what a rip-off. I think I hurt my knee playing because it's been sore all day, but I'm sure playing more DDR will fix it.

I've started reading American Gods which arrived over the weekend. I'm on chapter four and so far the book has been amazing.

I've also added three more ingredients to my list, including the highly debated monosodium glutamate.

Hey, it's good to be back home again

Feeling: Happy


The weekend was a blast. I was able to see Katie for the first time in a few months, I got to show off my mad DDR skillz, walked out on a ice covered pier in sleet, and I got to sleep under creepy dolls. The best part of the weekend was driving home in icy rain. You can tell from this picture I took of my car when I got home that it was an uneventful drive.

I've added a new section to the pointless data page. I'm creating a database for the ingredients you find in common household items and what they actually used for and how they effect your body. It's rather tiny right now, but it will grow.

I've developed another cold sore. Second cold in a row, second cold sore in a row. How nice.

How to play all pious when you're really a hypocrite

Feeling: Happy


Last night, while grocery shopping, I saw a girl who, seven years ago, was an attractive, yet cruel, cheerleader at my high school. Now she is over-weight and looking terrible. As we passed, I saw her, she saw me, but neither of us acknowledged each other. Perhaps she didn't remember or recognize me. A spiteful thought entered my head and I had to bite my lip to prevent an evil grin. It has come full circle. The nerd is now successful, the cheerleader is now ugly. I know it's rather juvenile to be pleased with another's misfortune, but I so desperately wanted to shout, "I told you so!" I guess social justice really does exist. I can only hope that she will become a better person now that the shoe is on the other foot, because I obviously haven't.

Also, last night, I almost beat Paranoia Survivor! I even made it past the crossovers and only had about twenty steps left, but my energy finally gave out at the last minute and I was unable to finish it. I expect to have it beaten by next week. My bulk candy order arrived as well! Four pounds of Super Bubble. It should last a couple months hopefully. They had a super huge order of 23 pounds, and I'll probably get that next time.

I'll love you just the way you are if you're perfect

Feeling: Okay


I played twenty four songs worth of DDR last night. I still can't beat Paranoia, but I'm getting further in it. Also, I'm almost over my cold!

My gurus have finally gotten around to answering another one of your silly little questions.

Perhaps it's just me. but shouldn't a company called American Leather sell stuff that's made in America?

I'm sure a few of you nerds might remember back on this day in 1996 when the computer Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov (the World Chess Champion of the time) at chess for the first time ever. What a day for programmers!

How 'bout getting off of these antibiotics

Feeling: Sick


Being sick really sucks. Being sick twice within a 30 day period is just plain wrong. I usually only get sick once a year, so I'm just going to assume that my immune system just wanted to get it out of the way for 2005. Yeah, that has to be it. No update yesterday as I spent most of the day in bed or on the couch.

I did get a little work done yesterday at least. I finally hung my framed Lord of the Rings posters. I also read the last chapter of The Universe in a Nutshell, although I only understood about half of it.

Obviously, there is a new Say No image. This time it's those creepy little garden gnomes. You think they're made of lifeless cement, but you know they come to life and murder small woodland creatures when you're not looking.

On this day, back in 1895, the sport of volleyball was invented at a YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

I'm twice as smart and simply twice as sick

Feeling: Inept


Long weekend recap starts now. Friday evening, I went to the arcade and played DDR. Then, I met up with Amanda and Rachel and we hung out and played some pool with a few other people which was cool. I sucked pretty bad at pool, but still won all of my games.

Saturday, I ran some errands. Picked up a new wiper blade for my car and some new used clothes at Goodwill (that place rocks). I was going to head out to a DDR tournament in East Lansing, but instead my brother was taking the family out for my mother's birthday. I just had to mention to him that I took her out first. I'm such a better son. I also got my hair cut, nothing drastic, just a few inches. As a great annoyance, I started getting sick near the end of the day.

I awoke Sunday still with annoying cold symptoms which I still have. Around 5:00 I dolled myself up for dinner and I was looking real smooth. I needed a few things first so I stopped at Meijer (similar to Wal-Mat). While traversing the isles I saw this really cute lady presenting a new cleaning cloth. She was pitching her product, but I wasn't paying attention to it, I was more captivated by her. She finished up and was cleaning her booth when I walked past her and mentioned that I enjoyed her presentation. I kept on walking, I wasn't trying to hit on her, but amazingly she struck up a conversation and I learned a great deal about her. Not only was she into theater, photography, and The Simpsons, but was also majoring in human sexuality. Eventually, she had to start setting up for her next show, I hadn't noticed but we had talked for over a half hour. I got her name, and said good-bye, never expecting to see her again. Now, a normal person would have asked for her number, but I just walked away. In my mind, I built up plenty of reasons why it makes sense not to see her again. For example, she lives down near Detroit which is over an hour away. Second, although I asked a great deal of questions about her (because I was interested in her), she never asked me anything about me (which I attribute to her not being interested in me). Of course, she may have just been nervous, but I like my cowardly version better. So instead of possibly enjoying the company of a nice lady, I went home and watched a few episodes of the first season of MacGyver. Yeah, I'm cool.

The battle's fought and the game is won

Feeling: Happy


Dinner with my mother was nice. We were able to catch up on what's been happening in our lives, and just shoot the breeze.

I finished reading Roald Dahl's "The Witches". One of those kid's books that I never read as a kid. Wow, what a screwed up book! I certainly prefer the magic that the Jim Henson Company put into the movie over the killing spree of the book. Thus, this is another book where the movie is better.

I moved January to the Old News page.

I have a long weekend of DDR planned, so this should be a fun weekend.

Bye bye Miss American Pie

Feeling: Pensive


I hung out with Angel last night, always a treat. Today, I'm taking my mother out to dinner for her birthday. I'm such a good kid.

In 1959 Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper all died in a plane crash. The plane was called "The American Pie", which is where the Don McLean song comes from. Today is "The Day the Music Died" and it is a tragedy in the musical community.

I don't think google.com's new language translation for Japanese is quite ready for use. I translate a sentence from English to Japanese and back to English and this was the result:

English: I would like to purchase two dozen bags of your finest rice so that I may enjoy a meal with my large family.

Japanese: enjoyed the meal to which I have my large family, I desire the fact that two dozen sacks of the United States where you are best are purchased.

Yeah, still needs a little work.

Let's take the time to find ourselves again

Feeling: Contemplative


My new hard drive arrived yesterday! I now have 280 GB of disk space. Kendra is so beefy now, I love it.

Today is Groundhog Day a truly pointless day where we trust a rodent to give us extended weather forecasts. I guess it's not much worse than our current meteorologists though. Also, today is my mother's birthday.

I placed an order for the Neil Giamen book, American Gods. I've heard good things about it.

If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?

Feeling: Okay


Okay, I think I've got all the emails off my old account transferred to my gmail account. My old account is very iffy right now, so if you aren't sending your emails to my new account you may be waiting for awhile to get a reply. Any email link from my web page will use my new account. The real problem is trying to update every other location on the web where my email address is.

Yesterday, I played some more DDR. I'm obviously getting better, but I still have a long way to go before ever hoping to clear the final six. My new shoes seemed to work quite nicely for keeping grip though, so that was cool. I also met a member of Troublesum in the flesh for the first time.

As a programmer, I have a constant supply of candy at my desk. My candy is all modern, but you can see how far we've come by reading about the history of American candy.