June, 2006

But me, I like sleepin', 'specially in my Molly's chamber

Feeling: Excited


I've posted the soundtrack of Blake Stone: Alien's of Gold into the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. That thing is growing quite nicely.

I added a several more hacking tables including Battletoads, Blaster Master, Duck Hunt, Metroid, and Super Mario Bros.

Lock-in at the arcade tonight. I think I'll take a nap after work to prepare for it. Also, this weekend I'm going to visit Kimbery whom I haven't seen in forever.

But me, I like sleepin', 'specially in my Molly's chamber

Feeling: Happy


I did some biking last night for the first time in awhile. My legs are still really sore from Sunday, but they're starting to loosen up now that I'm working them again.

My gurus have answered some questions regarding love and relationships. If you've read some of the answers before you'll be able to expect how these turned out!

New Say No! image as well thanks to Monica Cumming.

I jumped up, fired my pistols, and I shot him with both barrels

Feeling: Okay


Yesterday I went shopping, and just let me say, God Bless GFS. Where else could I get bulk candy/cereal/drinks at such low low prices without having to have a stupid membership?

I remember another dream from last night. Weird as usual.

I may not be a perfect soul, but I can learn self control

Feeling: Okay


I've posted some pictures of Felicia's birthday party from last Thursday.

I've added the Spear of Destiny soundtrack to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. I'm currently working on the Blake Stone soundtrack as well.

Wow, it's almost Firework Day! I need to make a run for the border to pick some up!

I've been listening a lot to Metallica's version of Whiskey in the Jar recently; new obsession song.

Never really knowing it was always mesh and lace

Feeling: Sleepy


Friday involved dinner, movie, and hanging out with arcade buddies. We watched Krull and totally ripped it apart (not like that's hard to do). It was very a over-the-top fantasy/sci-fi movie along the lines of Flash Gordon.

Saturday, I worked a little and then helped Heidi setup for her graduation party which was cool. I manned the grill and rekindled my memories of cooking with charcoal.

Sunday, I had a date with Jackie which was just spectacular. After the full weekend I'm now even more tired than I was before the time off, but at least I'll probably go to bed at a decent hour tonight.

I've added two new hacking tables for Mega Man and Super C. I also added some more lookups to the Section Z character sets, and added a link to it on the Section Z page, and also fixed the style sheet to work with FireFox's tight restrictions.

I went through my entire site and removed tha spaces of all instances of TheAlmightyGuru so now they are all one word. It was becoming too much of a hassle deciding when to use which, so now they are all the same. If you happen to reference TheAlmightyGuru on your site somewhere, please be so kind as to do likewise.

And that's what it is, the Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacre Movement

Feeling: Exhausted


Felicia's birthday party was fun. I've got a couple of pictures that I'll post soon. This week has been kind of bizarre and I'm pleased to see the weekend. I doesn't look like I'll be going to Cedar Point this weekend, but I'm still planning for a trip soon. If anyone out there is looking to go, let me know.

Amazingly, it snowed several feet last night and I had the day off due to a snow day! Of course, then I woke up from my dream and remembered that it's the end of June, and there is indeed no snow.

I finished watching the entire series of Arrested Development today. I'd been watching an episode on my lunch break off and on for a couple months now. I thought it was a great show and I loved how there was a continual story line. The characters were very funny and even though they were all stereotypes, they each had human faults to prevent them from being annoying. It had a great cast of guest stars and I love the fact that they were able to poke so much fun at themselves, especially in the third year when they found out it was their last season. I just wish the ending was a little bit more interesting. I'd certainly suggest the show to anyone who can download it, but I don't think I'd buy it.

I've added two more hacking tables for Marble Madness and Might and Magic.

I don't need these lines to get laid

Feeling: Sleepy


I went to dinner with a bunch of arcade friends last night which was fun. Tonight, I'll be seeing many more at Felicia's birthday party. Cool beans. I need to start going to bed on time because I've been staying up way too late for the last couple of nights, but I don't think that it's going to happen this week.

I've added the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hacking tables for games 1, 2, and 3.

Promise not to lie if I'm looking you straight in the eye

Feeling: Okay


I watched two highly acclaimed documentaries for the first time last night. Fahrenheit 9/11 and Super Size Me. Neither movie impressed me, but that's why I didn't bother seeing them in theaters to being with. Fahrenheit 9/11 was heavily biased like what I've come to expect from Michael Moore. Granted, I did learn quite a bit and it was cool to see the mall where I play DDR (Courtland Center) in a movie. Still, there is little more that could be said to make me dislike Bush any more than I already do--I supposed if he kicked a puppy or something.

Super Size Me was humorous, but quite predictable. As expected, the movie puts a lot of blame on fast food companies instead of all of the blame on the people who eat there. If you eat at McDonalds and you get fat, it's your own fault. If you're too stupid to know that McDonald's food is bad for you then our gene pool would be better off without you. Every company in the world is more interested in money than the health of their clients; fast food isn't alone here. Actually, the only mental suggestion planted in my mind from the movie was to get McDonalds for lunch because I kept seeing lots of yummy burgers. After eating there, I've concluded that their fries still suck.

Now I need to bike a couple of miles to work it off. No worries, I was going to do that anyway.

I added three more hacking tables for The Adventures of Bayou Billy, Tetris, and Trojan.

Today's the summer solstice, and the longest day of the year for all of us in the northern hemisphere (the best hemisphere). Get outside, enjoy the day, summer won't last forever!

Any girl smart enough to give me candy must be fun to play with

Feeling: Okay


I was able to successfully rip the music to Spear of Destiny last night. I'll have the Vorbis soundtrack up soon. Go me.

I've added several more hacking tables for NES games. Full tables now exist for The Goonies II, The Immortal, Little Nemo: The Dream Master, and Super C.

As a specimen, yes, I'm intimidating!

Feeling: Sleepy


My weekend was great. I did a little work Saturday morning, and then went to Frank's open house Saturday afternoon. In the evening I went to dinner with Jackie, which was delicious. On Sunday I went to the Derbeyshire faire which was rather rainy, but I still was able to chat with a lot of friends, which was spiffy.

I've added The Goonies II soundtrack to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation, making it the 50th soundtrack of the site. I've been doing console games too much recently, I need to get some more PC soundtracks. I'm currently working on a program to help rip music from game data files which will help in that regard.

Also, I'm possibly looking to go to Cedar Point this weekend, most likely on Sunday. This will only take place if I can get at least one other person to go with me, although I'd like to have about four total. I understand that this is kind of short notice, so it probably won't happen, but it's worth trying just because I want to get to the point at least twice this year, but I'll probably go about three times with various groups.

All alone in my white-boy pain

Feeling: Cheery


This morning I died.

While eating at a restaurant I overheard this very chatty girl talking about her future plans, and why she didn't want to attend the Michigan State University. "Well, the reason I don't want to go there, initially, because there isn't anything there that interests me. Secondly, there's nothing there to catch my attention. I mean, I know I've never actually been there, but this is what I feel." Aside from jumping from initially to secondly, and then saying the same point twice and thinking it's different, she's making judgments on a place where she's never been. Something tells me that MSU won't miss her.

This weekend I have an open house to attend, a date to relish, and a renfaire to crash. Good times.

Don't you like American music, baby?

Feeling: Cheery


I've added some more submissions to the unusual city names page. Still behind in it, as usual.

My arbitrary search program is now online. You can download it from the game hacking page.

I've done another update in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. I've added the ripped music for Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds, and also got in contact with Herman Miller, one of the music composers for the later Ultima games! He was kind enough to answer a few questions about his work with the games.

You weren't the first to court me mister, you won't be the last
Oh, I'm sure I wasn't honey, I know all about your past

Feeling: Happy


I recently heard the song, The Dirty Glass by Dropkick Murphys and I've become obsessed with it. I occasionally become obsessed with songs, and I decided that I should keep track of them incase someone with similar musical appreciation wants to find cool new songs. I created a new sidebar item for them, and also a history page.

I'm still working on arbitrary search program, which I now have complete, but I still need to compile and put online. I've redesigned my game hacking page to allow for a lot of different hacking stuff. There is also a new table file for the game Guardian Legend.

Today at work I had a phone call that lasted over two hours. After debugging the problem and finding out that their hard drive had been damaged causing several programs to become corrupt and talking the person through moving all of their data to another machine, I had the pleasure of reinstalling all of our software and reconfiguring it. What a complete waste of my enormous brain.

ARRRHG! It's Tuesday the 13th!

Feeling: Injured


Riding a bike through trails is infinitely more exciting than riding down the sidewalk. It's there is more challenge, more mud, and a lot more pain. I have my share of scrapes and bruises now and a relative soreness over my entire body, but it's a good soreness. I've learned never to wear a metal watch while biking in the woods and also to watch out for logs hidden under grass. Wisdom!

For fun, I'm working on a program that will be able to do arbitrary searches in data files to find encoded strings of text. I've got it working right now, and I'm currently making a pretty front end for it. It sounds technical, but I'm a geek, so I'll be using it to hack videogames. I already was successful in finding the title screen char data for Bionic Commando, which I added to the game hacking page. I also working on updating that section so it can hold more information.

Heaven forbid I be criticized, heaven forbid I be ignored

Feeling: Drained


I wasn't that impressed with Memoirs of a Geisha. Although the movie carried all the important aspects of the book, it left out a great deal, as was expected, but so much character development was lost. I was rather pleased with the majority of the casting. Hatsumomo was indeed gorgeous, but spoiled, and Ziyi Zhang made a perfect Sayuri. I liked the picks for the Chairman, Nobou, the Baron, and Pumpkin. I was actually disappointed by the casting of Michelle Yeoh for Mameha. Although I think Michelle Yeoh is gorgeous and played her part very well, I wouldn't consider her to have a "perfect beauty" the way the book described.

Saturday, I visited my old high school buddy Brian for some Magic: the Gathering and boffering. It was a blast, but my muscles are still sore from the combat. Good times. I didn't do much Sunday aside from lounge around. I tried buying jeans, but that jerk Levi still won't design any that I like.

There are a bunch of small updates to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. Still no new music though.

The times are forgotten

Feeling: Exhausted


The date went very well. This girl is really a lot of fun to be with. More chick news, Heidi is coming over tonight and we're going to watch Memoirs of a Geisha. We've both read the book, but neither of us has seen the movie. It should be interesting. It had better be interesting, or I'll give the movie a severe talking to.

I did some major clean up work on the Contra page. I added links to the soundtrack, CHR table, and updated a lot of the HTML code. The site should look better in Mozilla based browsers now as well.

But glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity

Feeling: Excited


I have a date tonight with a real live human female! Go me!

I added some more NES game tables. My game hacking page now has tables for Top Gun 2: The Second Mission, Life Force, and A Boy and His Blob.

I also made a minor addition to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. It's not a new soundtrack, but I updated some album information for Chrono Trigger.

And there goes your freedom of choice, there goes the last human voice

Feeling: Happy


Back in March there was a lock-in at the arcade. I took a bunch of pictures through the night, but ended up losing them all by accident. Well, I found them! They were on my hard drive hidden in a folder called "March'06 lock-in pictures". You can see why they were so hard to find. So anyway, a blast from the past (well, no so much a blast really, but certainly from the past), pictures from the March 2006 lock-in.

My cassette adapter for my car radio died out, preventing my from using my portable music player in my car. Now I have to listen to the radio again. I almost forgot how terrible radio has become. I have ten preset stations in my car, and at any given time only about four of them actually have music playing, and sometimes one of two of those are even worth listening to. That is before they interrupt a song's ending to try to let some lucky caller win tickets to a tractor pull. I decided that instead of spending $20 for a new adapter at Radio Shack, I would spend $8 (shipping included) to buy one online. It'll take a week, but that's $12 savings. However, now that I have to listen to the radio again I'm wondering if it would have been worth the extra cash to ditch radio. As soon as I get that adapter I'm going to listen to Rush's "Spirit of Radio" and Tom Petty's "Last DJ" on repeat for awhile.

I knew it wouldn't last. My sister is having computer troubles and is dumping that old POS PC on me again to fix. Sigh.

I'm coming back I will return
And I'll possess your body and I'll make you burn
I have the fire I have the force
I have the power to make my evil take its course

Feeling: Happy


Today is 2006 CE, June, Tuesday the 6th, or as some superstitious people like to say 6/6/6. Ignore the fact that the supposed oldest Greek papyrus scrolls show the number to be 616, not 666, and that the 666 appeared on later copies of the book as a translation error (a translation error in the bible? not possible!) Also, many biblical scholars claim the regardless of what the number is, is still has nothing to do with the antichrist (who is never actually mentioned in the book of Revelations), but the metaphor of the beast, which could be anything; although many claim it's part of numerology referring to a leader at the time, possibly Nero (which the Catholic church agrees with). Furthermore, it's anybody's guess as to who actually wrote the book in the first place. Regardless, it's a silly superstition, and like all superstitions it needs to be forgotten. So if you have hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, get over it you big sissy.

Here are a few pictures while at Jessie's (1, 2, 3) and also, I'd like to showcase some of Jessie's impressive pixel art. She did these painstakingly is MS Paint, more courage than I have, that's for sure! (Riku, Kakashi, Sephiroth, Jessie as a Chibi).

Sell your sin. Just cash in.

Feeling: Happy


Octavia hasn't had a problem ever since I put the temperature monitoring software on her. Strange. Hopefully, just me remounting the CPU and reconnecting all the plugs took care of the problem.

My weekend with Jessie was a lot of fun. I have a few pictures that I'll put up tomorrow.

I've added another game to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. The NES version of Contra now has its soundtrack online. I also added the Contra NES table to the games hacking page.

Also, something weird that was brought up last Thursday. I can't remember the last time I really cried. Sure, I've had plenty of single-tear moments, but it's been a long time since I really bawled my eyes out. The most recent time I can remember would have been 2000. I'm just too macho these days I guess.

True perfection has to be imperfect

Feeling: Okay


Last night Octavia (my computer) was a typical woman and complicated my life. She kept sporadically crashing on me and now I get to try and figure out what the problem is through guess work because she won't tell me (see what I mean, typical woman). I don't think it's an overheating issue because the heat sink doesn't even get very warm before she crashes. I tried using the BIOS temperature display, but measuring the temp when you're not doing anything is kind of pointless. I'm trying out a monitoring program tonight that I can run while crunching some data. Hopefully it'll be something simple like a driver issue. If I don't get any emails out for awhile, I'm sure you'll understand. Octavia takes precedence over any of the silly problems my friends and family may be facing.

I'm going to visit my friend Jessie this weekend, so I'll be out of town. Don't bother leaving a message because my answering machine is dead. I tell you what, this is not my week for machines. My car will probably break down at the same time my refrigerator goes out too.

On the plus side, my cold sore is gone. All that remains is a little discolored area of skin where the scab was, but that should be gone soon as well. Finally!

Ever wonder about law enforcement who goes around doing racial profiling? Well, it turns out they keep tabs on you at a young age.

I also added the HEX tables for the NES game Soccer to the game hacking page.

GM's web site -still- blows

Feeling: Cold Sore


I swear to dog this GM web site issues is going to kill me. After updating our entire client base manually I now have to try and stabilize the program while at the same time the web site keeps dropping because it's unstable. Jimminy Christmas!

I did see a doctor about getting medication to help prevent cold sores, so I'm good there. It's a topical cream, which is supposedly better for your body because it only affects the area of the sore when you have one, not the entire body all the time. We'll see how it works the next time I get a sore. But on the plus side, my sore is gone and all that remains is just some healing skin. Should be cleared up entirely by Monday. w00t!

I'm going to see Tabree tonight, an old friend of mine from high school she's in town from California to witness her little sister's graduation. A lot of time has past...