January, 2006

Maybe this time, I'll be lucky

Feeling: Happy

2006/01/31

I set a few more personal bests in DDR last night. Go me.

I've been seriously considering ditching my phone and dial-up and going over to a cell phone / cable modem. Yes, I know, I'm a tech geek, I should have done this years ago, but I'm also cheap. However, with the dropping prices, it's becoming more and more accessible to go that route. The problem I have is with control. With my phone and dial-up, there are no contracts, not hidden fees, everything is obvious. With cell phones and cable modems I have to worry about yearly contracts, and having a company like Comcast have control of my web traffic. That's a scary thought considering the only reason I want more bandwidth is to breach copyright laws.

I added the last 25 films to the AFI Top 100 list. Now that I have the list up, I just need to watch about 90 more films to get an opinion on them. That shouldn't take long at all.

There is a new poem called Fly Away Songbird which I started writing a couple of months ago, but finally completed today.


The night is beckoning although I have nowhere to go but home

Feeling: Cheery

2006/01/30

On Saturday, several of us from the arcade crowd took a visit to Ann Arbor to celebrate Nate's birthday. I ate at Mongolian Barbecue for the first time. The food was pretty good, because I made it myself (I could have cooked it at home). After lunch we went to Wizzywig, which was pure anime overload. A bit nauseating, but I did get a cool little slime doll. I was distraught when I found out that when I first beat Dragon Warrior several of the people I was with had not even been born yet. We finally arrived at Pinball Petes and played plenty of silly games, in particular DDR. After we were all sweaty and gross we headed up to a cafe and annoyed all the students trying to do homework.

I spent Sunday shopping and cleaning and I finally got around to putting new wipers on my car, though I still need a new serpentine belt. It was nice and warm all weekend, but it's supposed to get cold again. Go figure, it's winter.

I got a picture of the awesome melting snowman that Nikia made me. It's done a la Calvin and Hobbes, as you no doubt can tell.

Sometimes I really don't like having friends. They can do the stupidest things, and you just want to smack them and tell them to grow up. It's frustrating, when they know what they're doing is wrong, and they do it anyway.


All won't be lost if I'm governed by my own uniqueness

Feeling: Rebellious

2006/01/27

My weekend plans have fallen victim to influenza. Not me, but the person I was going to visit. Now I need to come up with something new to do over the weekend.

I now have the top 75 movies in the AFI Top 100 list. Almost done with the list.

I keep getting spam from companies claiming they can increase my sex drive. These guys just don't get it, what I really need is something to decrease it! Seriously, I'm like an excited rabbit.


Abstinence makes the church grow fondlers

Feeling: Disgusted

2006/01/26

Some people say that the US patent system has too much power. Some people claim that they allow patents on things that they shouldn't. I totally disagree. I think that the United States patent office is very decisive in what they allow to be patented. Take for example the patent filed in 2001 by AT&T. They tried to get a patent for sending emoticons through text messages. I'm not joking! AT&T actually tried to get a patent for those little smiley faces that you see -everywhere- on the Internet. They want government protection to say that they own the rights to allowing little smiley faces to be sent. Well, luckily the US patent office had a shred of intelligence and didn't allow the patent... What's that? Oh right... they -did- allow it. AT&T now owns the rights to emoticons through text messages. Wow.

I really wish that I was joking about that, but take a look.

I added another 25 films to the AFI Top 100 list. I haven't seen about 80% of these either.

Some people go out and buy personalized license plates for their cars. Some people just use the normal randomly assigned ones. The problem with the random ones is that you can still get strange occurrences like this.

I have this tiny cyst in my left earlobe that is bugging me to no end. It's similar to a zit, only under the skin so you can't pop it. It should go away on its own in a few days if I could just stop playing with it. It's driving me crazy; I want to take a hallow needle and just jab it through my ear to get rid of it!


When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
- Oscar Wilde

Feeling: Happy

2006/01/25

Okay so I gorged myself at El Potrero and felt sick for a few hours afterwards, but man do they have great Mexican food.

I've decided to write some opinion reviews for every movie in the AFI top 100. Problem is that I haven't seem most of them, so I'll have to watch a lot more movies. I've currently made it through the first 25. I'll add the rest soon, and then continue to write reviews for them as I watch more.


Atheism is a religion in the same way that not collecting stamps is a hobby

Feeling: Okay

2006/01/24

I had a weird dream about driving my car into this huge wetlands and destroying the engine from driving through a couple of feet of water. Then I lost my wallet in the water and when I found it all the information on my credit cards/license had worn off. So then I had to move away, but I wasn't living in my apartment, but with a bunch of people whom I don't know.

My copy of The Illustrated On the Shoulders of Giants by Stephen Hawking arrived today. I'm still reading the Laughing Corpse, but I'll get to it soon.

I feel the need for Mexican food tonight. El Potrero, here I come.


All the words are gonna bleed from me
And I will think no more

Feeling: Drained

2006/01/23

The weekend had its ups and downs. Friday night I picked up my iAudio player which worked great, for about 15 hours when the left directional stopped working. Now I need to send it back, whee. Saturday I hung out with Heidi and we went bowling. Sunday I visited my father.

I've updated the unusual city names page, but I'm still way behind on the submissions.


Will that whole mad season knock you down?

Feeling: Inept

2006/01/20

I really hate hearing about the emotional problems of a friend, because I always think that I could solve their problems. I listen to how they think they will be happy when they are with someone new, or have something new... Always things that are not part of themselves. Always looking to something else for completion. I want to smack some sense into them and explain to them that their solution is to look inside themself, that is where you become comfortable, that is where you find peace. So, when I get depressed, what do I do? I look to other people, I look to other things. Something to take away my boredom, something to give me ambition, something outside of myself. I'm such a hypocrite.

Now I feel worthless, like nothing I have done matters, because I have yet to release anything of value into the world. People still aren't in awe by me, I can't impress anyone with wealth, strength, or power. I'm just an average person, just another nobody in a sea of nobodies. I sound like a sissy emo kid. Well, I know this depression won't last, and I should probably get off my butt and do something to make it go away.

On a more humorous note, you know that lame joke where you ask someone if they have a henway, and then they ask "what's a henway", and you say, "about four pounds"? Well, I've been pulling that joke left and right, and it's hysterical. People know the answer, but it's been so long since they last heard it that it's like reliving the old "what's under there?" joke from elementary school.


If I jump in this fountain, will I be forgiven?

Feeling: Anxious

2006/01/19

Alanis Morissette's first popular album, Jagged Little Pill is now part of my collection.

I took advantage of Mervyns' going out of business sale last night, and now I own a new pair of khakis, a dark red button-up shirt, and a jean jacket. I was a bit apprehensive about the jean jacket. I haven't worn one in about, oh, 20 years. Now I have the proper attitude to do it though.

I updated the DDR page with my high scores as well.


Promise not to mind if you go your way and I go mine

Feeling: Cold

2006/01/18

My newest album, Eve 6 - Horrorscope, arrived last night. Not as good as their debut album, but certainly good. Hits include "Promise" and "Here's to the Night".

I had a darling little sex dream this morning.

There is a thick dumping of snow today. Thus endeth the heat wave. It was good while it lasted.

Andrew Stromyer has sent me three more RENT midis which have been added to the page.

You know how when you build up your arms, you're supposed to lift the weight with your arm and not your wrist. Well, I kind of forgot about that. My left wrist is now sore.


You're living in America
Where it's like the Twilight Zone

Feeling: Happy

2006/01/17

Did some good old fashioned DDR playing last night and topped some of my old high scores. I picked up my first AA on CRASH. Go me.

There is a new list of simple questions that have been answered thanks to the gurus.

There is one more list called What Men Should Know that I have added my usual commentary to. This on is a bit worse than the others in case you get offended easily.


Why are entire years strewn on the cutting room floor of memory when single frames from one magic night forever flicker in close-up on the 3D Imax of my mind?

Feeling: Flirty

2006/01/16

Quick weekend recap, went to Grand Rapids to visit Nikia, Katie, and Joanne. Went bowling watched The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I'd totally nail Susan AKA Anna Popplewell. Big lips = Major turn-on.

I've been doing some house keeping on my web site. Mostly just file renaming and html clean up. Nothing to special, but it should be done.

I ordered a portable audio player today. It's a JetAudio iAudio M5. I picked it because it's one of the few players that has a hard drive and also supports Vorbis audio.


If I'm elusive I will surely be sought after often

Feeling: Happy

2006/01/13

The night out with my friends last night was great. There were several of us singing along with RENT in the theater. Luckily, there weren't any other people sitting near us or they probably would have had us kicked out.

My guru think tank has answered another question.

I'm heading out to see Nikia and Katie this weekend, whom I haven't seen in forver.


All I wanted was to see her naked!

Feeling: Excited

2006/01/12

I finished reading Neil Gaiman's "Anansai Boys" last night. It was a great book and a testament to Neil's writing style. It has plenty of the mystic world of gods and magic existing in our world and it also has the accurate descriptions of various locals which make it seem more real. My next book is the second Anita Blake book, The Laughting Corpse.

I'm the only person I know who loves chocolate stuff, but still hates Cocoa Puffs cereal. It just doesn't taste good at all to me and I'd wish General Mills would stop putting it in the verity pack. Same with regular Cheerios for that matter. Honestly, if I'm eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Golden Grahams do you seriously think I'm going to want plain flavorless Cheerios?

It supposed to make it up to 50 degrees today! I'm lovin' it, but tomorrow is supposed to drop back down below freezing. Live it up today.

I planning on going to see RENT one last time before it leaves the theater. I'm going with a group of friends (provided I can get there in time).

GM has already released the 2007 model lines and it's January 2006. Am I the only person who sees something wrong with that? Honestly, it's getting to the point where they're going to outpace themselves by an entire year. I can just see the 2014 vehicles coming out in 2008.


All I wanted was to see her naked!

Feeling: Excited

2006/01/12

I finished reading Neil Gaiman's "Anansai Boys" last night. It was a great book and a testament to Neil's writing style. It has plenty of the mystic world of gods and magic existing in our world and it also has the accurate descriptions of various locals which make it seem more real. My next book is the second Anita Blake book, The Laughting Corpse.

I'm the only person I know who loves chocolate stuff, but still hates Cocoa Puffs cereal. It just doesn't taste good at all to me and I'd wish General Mills would stop putting it in the verity pack. Same with regular Cheerios for that matter. Honestly, if I'm eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Golden Grahams do you seriously think I'm going to want plain flavorless Cheerios?

It supposed to make it up to 50 degrees today! I'm lovin' it, but tomorrow is supposed to drop back down below freezing. Live it up today.

I planning on going to see RENT one last time before it leaves the theater. I'm going with a group of friends (provided I can get there in time).

GM has already released the 2007 model lines and it's January 2006. Am I the only person who sees something wrong with that? Honestly, it's getting to the point where they're going to outpace themselves by an entire year. I can just see the 2014 vehicles coming out in 2008.


What I wouldn't give to meet a kindred

Feeling: Happy

2006/01/11

I added three new game fonts Killer Instinct, NEC, and Perfect Dark.

Today is unseasonally warm. Most of the snow has melted, and it well above freezing. Although I kind of miss having snow around to play in, I can't really say I'm upset with the warmth.

I'm reworking the dates still in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. I'll wish I had a simple program that could alter ogg meta tags in bulk, it's a pain having to open up each one individually.


Whatever your religion, most of the world disagrees with you

Feeling: Happy

2006/01/10

I've added a new section in the games page for videogame hacking. Currently it only houses some NES lookup tables for altering the text, but I plan on putting various programs up there for download as well as helpful hacking guides.

I've done some cleanup work in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation and I also documented the first release date for every game in their originally published country.

I'm looking for a copy of the old Lucasarts CD version of the game LOOM. If anyone I know has this (perhaps buried in a stack of games somewhere, please let me know.


If God is within, I hope he like enchiladas

Feeling: Okay

2006/01/09

The weekend was great. I spent it with Heidi saving her from her family's Christmas party and making her do her homework. Good times.

I had a dream this morning that my mother had divorced her husband and became a lesbian. In the dream I was completely accepting of her decision, and eager to meet my second mother who was quite nice. Although I did feel bad for my step-father.

In my mail on Friday I got a letter from work. Actually, it was from a company in the same building center as where I work, which confused me at first. It was an advertisement to buy stuff from them. They could have just walked a couple of feet and dropped it on my desk, but instead they decided to mail it all the way to my apartment. What a waste. ...kind of like this entire paragraph.

I took another one of those stupid Every Girl's Dream lists and added a bit of reality to it.

If you remember back to 1989 on this day the Sega Genesis was first released in the USA! Good times were had by all playing Sonic the Hedgehog.

I'm becoming more familiar with MySQL. I've got it up and running, and I'm making queries to it. I'm already familiar with standard SQL, but I'm not used to the MySQL interface. I still need to get PHP working before I do anything with web based databases and PHP5 keeps giving me fits. I may just drop beck to PHP 4.


Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you

Feeling: Okay

2006/01/06

Okay, I decided last night that I would make my body heal itself. I was home by 7:00 PM, laid down and watched A Beautiful Mind until 9:00 PM, took a hot bath, and was in bed by 10:00 PM. I read until 10:45 PM and fell asleep around 11:00 PM. That's about two hours earlier than normal. So what happens? I wake up at 4:00 AM! Give me a break! I tried to fall back asleep, but I basically laid in bed tossing and turning until my alarm went off at 7:50 AM. I shut it off and slept in past my normal wake up time and was late for work. How annoying. On the plus side, I feel a lot better.

I added four more videogame fonts including Pretendo, Starcraft Normal, X360, and Yoshi's Story.

My gurus have answered another series of silly question by you people.

Ever since Kansas allowed Intelligent Design in the school systems they have been receiving a lot of abuse from the media and scientific circles. Now, even the American Government has stepped on them by releasing their new state quarter. And you know everything you read on this site is true.

I got my main page to properly center in FireFox now. You would think that setting its alignment to center would do it, but no such luck. There is still code to center it twice because IE and FireFox render differently. I still remember when Netscape went down the tubes and I thought I wouldn't have to worry about dual coding web pages... no such luck.

Recently someone emailed me asking if I was as gay as I look in my pictures. It wasn't hate mail though, it was actually more of a pickup line. I'm flattered.

I just won a $5 bet from my co-worker at Nintendo trivia. I feel so good, I think I'll rub the money all over my naked body tonight.


I wonder what I'd do if they all did just what I said

Feeling: Okay

2006/01/05

Now go write on the chalkboard "I will not violate federal copyrights... again" 100 times! Well, yeah, everything is taken care of.

Neil Gaimen is a jerk. I'm reading my third book by him (excluding Good Omens) and for the third time he's made me really upset about the life of a fictional character. If I was Fat Charlie I would lay the smack down on Spider. Wow, that really makes the book sound like it's about pro wrestling.

I'm feeling slightly ill again today. I went to bed feeling a little sick and woke up with a sore throat. I even tried going to bed last night at a decent time, but I stayed up too late reading. I should really try to get to bed early tonight and let my body fix itself because I potentially have big plans for the weekend that require me to be in good health.

My gurus have answered another question again today.

I moved December's entries to the old news page. Another year completed. I hope I got the high score.


Cool kids never have the time

Feeling: Sleepy

2006/01/04

Brain: Why am I so groggy?
Body: Because I didn't fall asleep until past 3:00 AM.
Brain: Unacceptable! Why did you do that?
Body: Because I drank a bunch of caffeine before bed.
Brain: Wait a minute... Didn't we have a discussion like this awhile ago?
Body: Beats me, you have our memory.
Brain: I can't be expected to remember everything! Check the blog.
Body: Okay, keep your scalp on... Yes, it looks like you mentioned this before.
Brain: Stupid body! Stop with the caffeine or I'll make you kick yourself!
Body: I don't think you've got the guts to do that!
Brain: Right, you have them.
Body: Oh yeah.

The Magic: The Gathering soundtrack is now in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation along with its composer.

My gurus have answered another question as well.


I may not ever be your Mr. Right
But I'll be happy to be your Mr. That'll-Do-For-Tonight

Feeling: Okay

2006/01/03

I really need to start going to bed at a decent time, but then who would rip videogame music? Which reminds me, the soundtrack for Life Force AKA Salamander has been added to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation along with its composers.

There is a cute little riddle in the Ask A Guru section.

That's about it for today. I need a nap


Remember a year in the life of friends

Feeling: Sleepy

2006/01/02

Welcome to 2006. Still no flying cars for the average consumer. Borrrrrring.

I spent Thursday night, Friday, and Saturday morning with Kimberly and then Saturday evening and Sunday with Hope at a New Years party. Also there was Mandy, Shawn, Josh, and Rich. We played Trivial Pursuit: Lord of the Rings Edition (my team won!). There were a few less wholesome games, like naughty Jenga mixed up with body shots. We watched the movie Serenity and even though I had never seen the Firefly series, but I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Although, like most of Joss Whedon's work it had its hokey moments.

The soundtrack for Excitebike has been added to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.