December, 2005

How do you measure a year?

Feeling: Sleepy


There is another new soundtrack and composer in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. The short, but spectacular, soundtrack of Diablo is now online.

My DDR page has been updated with my latest high scores, including a 16 on Freckles!

I also got The Darkness' new album titled "One Way Ticket to Hell... And Back". This new album doesn't have any songs I would classify as glam metal like the previous album, the songs are a bit more lighter. It kind of reminded me of ABBA on crack. Overall, I like the album, especially the songs: One Way Ticket, Knockers, and Hazel Eyes. I was impressed that the booklet and backing are a quality high glossy paper, not the cheap stuff you usually see.

"The Laughing Corpse" arrived today. It's the second book in the Anita Blake series.

When I first started back in 2001 I put copyright years at the bottom of each page to keep track of when I had created them. Once 2002 hit, I'd have every page on my site updated by the end of January, and thus the latest year would be shown. The size of my site now has become so large that several pages now go multiple years without an update even with the constant updates I do. That induces a strange feeling in me that is hard categorize. I'm kind of happy that I have so much stuff that even over the course of a year I can't keep up with it, but I'm also a bit disappointed that I ignore some of the pages and they become old and dilapidated. Looking back at the HTML code from these early pages is scary to see how far I've advanced in my web design skills. It's just something I notice at the end of each year, but now it's even more prevalent.

This is my last update for this year. I took Friday off for vacation and I'll be visiting Kimberly and then going to a New Years party with Hope for the weekend. 2005 has been a successful year for me. I switched my email provider to gmail, got a new web server, did great at DDR (4 songs left), I beat several new videogames, attended several ren faires, lock-ins, and LAN parties, made some new friends, read several books, picked up several new albums, went to Cedar Point, acquired and lost a girlfriend, Queen of Wands ended, my grandfather survived three strokes, saw RENT and a few other great movies, saw Rilo Kiley live, took down GM's web server on accident, and posted tons of videogame music. I'm pleased with it.

I'll see you all in 2006.

Who decided the year should end in December anyway?

Feeling: Sleepy


I woke up this morning to a very strange dream.

There is a new soundtrack and composer in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. This time I reviewed A Boy and His Blob.

Last night two of my books arrived, Neil Gaimen's Ananasi Boys, and a hard cover edition of Guilty Pleasures.

I've added some lovely commentary to one of those stupid 15 Ways to Make a Girl LUV U lists.

I survived another Christmas

Feeling: Drained


It's all over. The tinsel, the trees, the lights, the wrapping paper... finally over. Not to be seen for another year. Good.

I've convinced almost everyone I meet not to buy me anything for Christmas and that has worked out for everyone except my parents who just don't get it. Well, I did get the Complete Calvin and Hobbes collection, so that's pretty cool.

I had a three day weekend which was great. Most of the time was spent lounging in front of my computer. As such, I recorded five new videogame soundtracks. The first one is Chip's Challenge which is in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. Also, I got my USB to MIDI converter so I can now use my Roland MT-32! Expect some awesome soundtracks in the near future.

While cleaning some of my metal jewelry I noticed something about myself. I really like to inhale noxious fumes. I know they're bad for me, and I know they irritate my sinuses, but I really like them. The metal cleaner had ammonia in it, and even though it burned to inhale it I just love the smell for some reason. The same is true with gasoline. Strange.

Here's a word of wisdom: Don't accidentally slice your nipple with a razor. It really hurts!

There was a minor RENT script fix thanks to Casey Staggs.

Mallmas time is here

Feeling: Happy


Okay, so I still have a flat tire, I just bought two new tires, and I fixed all my steering and what not. Lots of problems with the car. But to make things really happy, I just received a summons for jury duty. I blame Christmas. Speaking of which, that is on a Sunday, which means I don't even get time off. Stupid holiday.

I finished reading The Shining last night. It was a decent book, and there were a few times when I became a bit uneasy, but I never once put it in the freezer.

I've added meta ID tags to all the songs in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. I'm also working on a new videogame soundtrack to add. I should have it completed early next week.

I'm disappointed. Three other people are sick at the office, but none of them have the same symptoms as I. This means that I didn't make everyone sick. Bummer.


Feeling: Happy


I've written a letter to Santa that hopefully will get me something special for Christmas.

I'm almost completely not sick anymore, although three people at my work are now sick, heh heh heh. I figure by the weekend I'll be fit as something that's fit. Not a fiddle, because that would just look weird.

Anyway, I've been dealing with the annoying Mallmas spirit. All these extra shoppers are making it harder to deal with buying groceries. Also, I have a flat tire. Stupid cars and their stupid need for tires.

Oh yesh, for you northern hemisphere people, today at 12:22 AM was the winter solstice making today the first day of winter. Yay. On the plus side, the days are getting longer. On the minus side, the days are getting colder.

We're whalers on the moon, we carry a harpoon

Feeling: Okay


I dropped a cool $350 into my car today to get the steering fixed. That's my Christmas present to me.

While eating lunch today at a nice Mexican restaurant I spied a gruff looking truck-driver-type man wearing a fishnet shirt under his normal t-shirt. Upon closer inspection I noticed that it wasn't a fishnet at all, but that the man had -really- hairy arms. Yuck.

An awkward pause, then what's my line?

Feeling: Okay


The Rent page has been updated with several new MIDIs thanks to the talent of Andrew Stromyer. I also updated the news article links for the movie.

I've added the game Exult to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation, which technically isn't a full game, but it does have a great title track.

I'm almost over my cold completely. It's about freaking time too! My immune system has been taking is precious little time.

Dig through the ditches and burn through the witches

Feeling: Okay


I spent this weekend in the village of Vicksburg, which is about as quaint as it sounds. I hung out with Jessie and her family, which was a great time. I took Jessie to try her feet at DDR, and after a bit of convincing I was even able to get her to perform in public. She did very well for her first time. Another DDR disciple, yes, all people will convert eventually.

On this day in 1974 the Altair 8800 went on sale making it the first home computer ever. Also, it's already been four years since the release of the first Lord of the Rings trilogy, my baby is so grown up. Marla Sokoloff (hot babe) turns 25 today.

While looking for an original edition copy of Snow Crash, I found one at Wal-Mart for $20. The book is being sold used for around $40 and new for over $100, so I jumped on the chance to buy it at Wal-Mart's expense for not knowing the value of their merchandise. That was a week ago. Today I received an email notifying me that the order was cancelled. Oh well, it seemed too good to be true anyway.

On the topic of Internet ordering, I have three new orders. Neil Gaimen's Anansi Boys, Laurell K. Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures, and a USB to MIDI converter for my Roland MT-32.

Close your eyes, block out the pain of a thousand lives

Feeling: Blah


Okay, the new soundtrack is in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. The soundtrack for Dune 2000 is now available for download. Also, the VGMPF celebrates it's first meaningless milestone by having 1 GB of music online!

There is also another Ask A Guru question and answer for your sick demented pleasure.

There are also eight more production photos in the Clue page.

This weekend I'm heading out to visit a Jessie, a friend of mine who lives in Vicksburg. I don't answer my phone anyway, but if I did, this would be the reason why I'm not answering it. Of course, I'll have my Internet connection up all weekend so you can't get through to even leave a message either, but that's why God created email (which I don't check on the weekends either).

I have to pee

Feeling: Blah


I'm still hocking out big globs of mucus from my nose and throat, but I'm feeling better overall. Whee.

I wrote an essay about how annoyed I am with non nerds using the term nerd on themselves.

I hate it when answering services say "you may start your message now", because then they continue to say "after your message you may press pound for more options". If you start your message when they tell you, the first couple seconds of what you say won't be recorded. What lame company created this?

I'm working on a new game soundtrack, and I hope to have it up tomorrow.

They make me sick, you make me sicker

Feeling: Blah


Yesterday I was nice and sick. I don't know who I picked it up from but I had a terrible sinus head ache, along with the sore eyes, and raw throat. It was fun. Anyway, I'm feeling passable today, and I'll probably be fine by the weekend. I was also able to get some new tires for my car which fixed the shaking. Good.

My dinner at Big Boy was pleasant. It was a full house, it seems I wasn't the only one who missed it. The interior is much more modern and open and the whole restaurant is now non-smoking. On the down side, they have an almost completely new wait staff. I only recognized about five people from the twenty or so they had working there. It was to be expected, but I was hoping to see a few others in particular. Oh well, I'm sure I'll enjoy the new faces as well.

The gurus have created several more cool answers to you hot questions.

I do this thing where I think I'm real sick,
but I won't go to the doctor to find out about it

Feeling: Sick


I have a lovely sinus headache right now. Screw that, I have plans.

Friday night I got my first DDR score of less than 20 greats by getting a 16 on Sobakasu Freckles. I was quite stoked.

Saturday saw me at Amber's final choir concert which was very good. They sang songs in multiple languages and some of them were very technical. It also allowed me to watch and examine several people very closely for a prolonged period of time. This is something I love to do because I'm somewhat of a voyeurist. Usually, if you stare at a stranger for longer than a few seconds they call you a freak, but concerts let you do it for several hours. One of the things you begin to notice after studying people is that a lot of people look alike through their facial structures and minor physical actions.

On Sunday I went to my old neighborhood Clarkston, Michigan. I was a bit bummed to see that my old junior high school has been torn down. However, as a bonus I ordered some take out from Greg's. If you live in the Clarkston area and haven't purchased breadsticks from Greg's you are missing out (be sure to get the cheese sauce). Oh yeah, there was also a family Christmas of sorts with soup. Sigh.

I forgot to put some pictures of the lock-in up so check back at the lock-in for the last five pictures.

Also, after several months of fixing and remodeling, Grand Blanc's Big Boy is opening today. Let's just hope that the wait staff is still composed primarily of young attractive women.

I will burn for you, feel pain for you
I will twist the knife and bleed my aching heart

Feeling: Cold


Aaron Ostrander has correctly answered the Red Knight puzzle without any hints. Great work.

The first movie in the Narnia series The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is out today. Let's hope it lives up the the book.

I've updated the Hitchhiker's Guide page with the latest DVD movies.

Hey, take a look at this PDF. My sunburn is famous! Although, I don't remember anyone actually asking permission to reproduce my photo. Oh well, it's for a text book, I'll let it slide.

This weekend I'm have my family's Mallmas party. We've long since done away with the lame Secret Santa thing which is good, because the gifts always sucked anyway. I'm thinking I should buy a small precooked chicken from the grocery store deli and take it with me to spite them. Then I can eat it in front of everyone and laugh at their pitiful soup. But I don't think I'll do that because then Santa might consider that a "naughty" thing to do, and then who would buy me presents? Oh wait, I have a job! Up yours Santa!

I'm going to haunt you everyday

Feeling: Cold


Kudos to Beau for successfully solving the Red Knight puzzle without needing any hints. On that same vein, I solved another puzzle in the Fool's Errand. There are seven puzzles left and I'm stuck on one that doesn't make any sense to me at all.

I had an annoying dream this morning.

There are four more game fonts Mortal Kombat 2, N-Gage, Pokemon, and Turok.

I spoke with my mother who informed me that instead of having a turkey or ham for our family's Christmas dinner we'll be having soup. I'll repeat that so it can properly sink in. For the family Christmas, my parent's are making... soup. I'm going to disown them, I swear. I feel like my family is personally slapping baby Jesus in the face.

Let it go, the damage in your heart

Feeling: Cold


I picked up two new movies last night, Terminator 2: Extreme Edition and Stargate: Ultimate Edition, both for $5 each at Meijer. Merry Mallmas to me. I also updated my wishlist just in case.

Today, with wind, it's 10F and it's not even winter yet! Curse you global warming people!

I've updated my lyrics page with some alphabet quick links to get you around the page faster. This will do until I break out the pages by artist. I also added a mini review for the band Guns N' Roses.

The Peanuts Christmas Special was on ABC last night. Friday you can expect to see I Want A Dog For Christmas Charlie Brown. Good times. If only the networks kept the same tradition alive for Halloween as well.

And the best of your days, will all vanish in the haze,
when you're on drugs

Feeling: Okay


A typo in my last puzzle was found and it has been fixed. So if you found it slightly difficult before, take another look at it now and you might find that it is easier.

The LAN party wasn't very impressive this time. There were fewer people than usual, and I didn't even bother playing any games. Most of the time was spent copying shared files. The lock-in was better, but still a little annoying because certain people hogged the tokens making it very difficult for everyone else to play any games. Either way there were still plenty of people to enjoy the night with. I'll have pictures up soon.

I also got to hang out with Heidi which is always fun. Regardless, waking up before noon should not be allowed.

I finished watching the Neverwhere miniseries on DVD and made a review for it. I like the idea of making a book into a miniseries and I kind of wish they would do that with the Harry Potter movies instead of the mangled versions that we've been getting. The BBC produced it, so the production value is low compared to the USA which makes it a bit harder to become immersed in the world. Also, I'm really getting tired of hearing the sound effects from videogames being used in movies (from DOOM and Magic Carpet). On the plus side, the acting was very nice and the miniseries followed closely to the book. I would suggest the book over the miniseries of course, but if you're not much of a reader you should still experience the story through the DVD.

Today is the birthday of Johnny Rzeznik who turns 40 today. He's aged very well, I would have pegged him more to be in his early 30's.

Pride and joy and dirty dreams and still surviving on the street

Feeling: Excited


*Dramatic howl of pain* Nooooo!

Adobe is buying Macromedia. This sucks. Adobe had one major competitor in the digital graphics market and they are buying them. Good-bye Fireworks, good-bye Flash and Shockwave, hello Adobe. I hate Adobe. I hate Acrobat, I hate Photoshop, I hate Illustrator. Why must the computer graphic gods torture us so? What have we done to deserve poorly designed, bug-ridden programs? Why? Oh well, I'm still sticking with Corel, so I'm safe for now.

In more promising news, I'm going to an all-night LAN party -and- arcade lock-in tonight. I'll attend the LAN party at 7 PM and then I'll probably switch over to the arcade around 11 PM. Good times.

Actual Reality! Act up! Fight AIDS!

Feeling: Sly


After beating two cryptograms without any hints I now have only eight more puzzles left in The Fools Errand. Oh yes, and if you haven't yet seen it, check out my interesting little puzzle.

Today is World AIDS Day. Don't forget that it's still out there and bigger than it has ever been.

I updated my DDR page with my latest accomplishments.