August, 2006

And at a certain point you give it up

Feeling: Okay

2006/08/31

September will be upon us tomorrow. And that will leave only 18 days until I'm in Seattle. I'm giddy like a giddy school girl who's giddy.

I added the Clu Clu Land soundtrack to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. It's not a great soundtrack, but it is one of those early NES classics that everyone should know about. A hacking table for Donkey Kong 3 is also online.

Do you know what I love about the show MacGyver? Mac has plenty of great ideas, but the bulk of them just wouldn't work at all in real life. I was watching an episode today in which he used a glass rosary in to create a beam of magnified sunlight to act as a delayed fuse to burn a cord. Problem 1, the beam of light was visible. Problem 2, the delay magically triggered at just the right time. Problem 3, the rosary was just cut glass, not curved which is what it would take to magnify the light. Whether the idea would actually work or not, I must still give kudos for the writers of the episode for coming up with it.

It's sad when you think about it. I'm such a geek that I'm nitpicking a television show from the 1980s. Sure, I'm a big enough geek to get off while doing it, but still, those common people would think it's pathetic.


Cuttin' through the darkest night in my two headlights

Feeling: Pouty

2006/08/30

Last night I beat Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. I was told that the end boss was super difficult, but I was able to beat him in only two tries. w00t.

I hate being ignored. At least when someone hates you they must acknowledge that you exist. Being ignored equates to not even being important enough to be noticed. To me, no psychological pain hurts more than being made to feel like I'm not worthy.

The Videogame Music Preservation Foundation has been updated with more composer information.

There is another hacking table for Gauntlet II.

My email is down right now, so if you're expecting something for me, perhaps you'll see it tomorrow.


Oh boy liver! Iron helps us play!

Feeling: Okay

2006/08/29

There are some nice big updates today. I have the pictures up from the lock-in, so go indulge you geekdom.

The Videogame Music Preservation Foundation has been updated with The Adventures of Bayou Billy soundtrack and a couple more composers. At the rate I'm going I should be able to reach 1000 Vorbis files before the end of the year.

I also made a hacking table for Contra Force.


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

Feeling: Sleepy

2006/08/28

The weekend was nice and destructive to my sleep cycle. The lock-in was a lot of fun, I'll have pictures up soon. Saturday, I picked up a suitcase set, so I'm good for my vacation in September. I also spent a lot of time reverse engineering the NES game Bionic Commando. I'll probably post some new documents on it soon. On Sunday, I was given one of the best possible compliments I could be given. Go me.

For those of you interested in astronomy you may like to know that as of 2006/08/24, Pluto is no longer considered a planet. The International Astronomical Union created a new system for defining what a planet is, and Pluto has been demoted to a dwarf planet. While some people were upset by this, most weren't aware that there are objects in our solar system that are even larger than Pluto (such as 2003 UB313), but were not classified as planets. Also, due to Pluto and Charon's barycenter being located so far between then, it makes more sense. Check out the article in Wikipedia for more info.

I'm also working on a new videogame soundtrack which should be ready soon as well.


Breathing in lightning, tonight's for fighting

Feeling: Sleepy

2006/08/25

I had this strange dream last night where I was trying to put together an airplane made entirely out of paper. Not a paper airplane, but a fully functional airplane about the size of a Mini Cooper. I was using a train track as a runway, but I couldn't get the wings to stay on, even with duct tape.

thealmightyguru.com is a pretty safe URL. No matter which way you look at it, it pretty much reads the-almighty-guru. Certain URLs aren't so lucky. experts-exchange is what you should read from expertsexchange.com although it could equally read expert-sex-change. Here are a few more URL mishaps.

Important announcement: Bert eats babies. That is all.

There is a lock-in at the arcade tonight. Good times with crazy fun friends. I'll have pictures next week.


I'll shine up the old brown shoes, put on a brand-new shirt

Feeling: Elated

2006/08/24

The city is on fire, giant amoebas are attacking the Whitehouse, and nuclear holocaust is neigh, but in important news; I got a woman's number!

The atheist meeting went well. We watched the documentary Root of All Evil? by Richard Dawkins and had a discussion about it afterwards. I thought it was really good. It gave a lot of information about how and why religions form, how they gain and maintain their followers, and why they are dangerous through their "my way is the only way" thinking. Due to its strong convictions it's certainly not something you want to show to someone who is a faith believer, but it is quite informative to those who are already non-believers.


But through it all, when there was doubt, I ate it up and spit it out

Feeling: Happy

2006/08/23

I've posted the pictures from last weekend's jot to the Michigan Renaissance Festival.

New hacking tables are up for Duck Tales, The Goonies, and Gun.Smoke.

My new 1GB XD card arrived today. This should allow me to take pictures at my leisure while on the trip next month.

I'm heading over to an atheist/humanist meeting tonight. We're watching a documentary. Cool beans.


You are fading further from me

Feeling: Okay

2006/08/22

I posted a new soundtrack into the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. It's the Famicom game Devil World. There are also some updates to the composer's layout.

My laundry has been piling up quite a bit due to faire season. I really hate domestic chores. I really need to get a Cuban immigrant that I can pay 2 bucks an hour to keep my place clean.

If you ever want a nice place to stay near Grand Blanc Township, check out the Temp-Ho Motel.


Your the one with the jetpack strapped to her back, ready to go

Feeling: Drained

2006/08/21

I had a wonderful weekend. Friday, I spent at my parents wishing my brother a happy 30th (heh heh, he's old!). Saturday, I accompanied Jackie to the Montrose Blueberry Festival and had a wonderful time with her and her old friend Kay, and her boyfriend Chris. While there I picked up a hardcover copy of Carl Sagan's book Contact for fifty cents. Sunday, I went to the Michigan Renaissance Festival with the Troublesum crowd. I have several pictures from the faire that I'll have up sometime this week. I met a lot of old friends whom I haven't seen in quite some time. I also picked up a nice hardcore leather choker, wink wink.

Here's a clever tip: Don't eat Taco Bell as a midnight snack. Your bowels will make you regret it in the morning.

New hacking tables include Bomber Man, Bomber Man II, and Devil World.


When you smile, the sky turns blue

Feeling: Happy

2006/08/18

I one month I will be in Washington. Kimberly invited me to accompany her on vacation to the West Coast and how could I resist that? We'll be leaving on September the 18th and then returning on the 23rd. For the first time in my life I'll be further west than Indiana. Also, I'll be the furthest away from my home than I have ever been before. I'm really looking forward to it! I ordered a new memory card for my camera today which should bump up my max of 60 pictures to 480. That should be enough to cover the trip. I still need to buy a suitcase.

The Videogame Music Preservation Foundation has been updated once again with some info on the original arcade game Dance Dance Revolution. There isn't any music online because the game and its soundtrack are both still easy to find in stores. However, there is game information, an album link, and a page for the primary composer Naoki Maeda.

This evening my family is getting together because my brother and step-brother have both recently had birthdays. I'm pleased that they're not dead, so I guess I'll attend.


I'm your lover, I'm your zero

Feeling: Okay

2006/08/17

Last night I decided to log out the music of the NES port of Rampage. Once I recorded the music, I needed to figure out which section in the game the music is played at. To do this I played through the -entire- game. Let me explain to you how excruciatingly painful that is. Rampage gives you unlimited lives and unlimited continues. This means that after the novelty of the game wears off (about five minutes) the game becomes terribly repetitious. Also, after about ten minutes you've seen everything that the game has to offer, and everything after that is just a rehash of older levels. To make matters worse, the game takes well over two hours to trudge through. After finally beating it, I prepared myself for the ending music, and lo and behold... there is no ending music. Ugh! What a waste of time. Well, anyway, I now have the Rampage soundtrack in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

Have you seen the crayon colors that didn't make the cut?

My shipment of MacGyver Season 2 arrived last night. I've pointed out several inconsistencies in the first two episodes so far. Wow, I love this show! I started reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance last night as well.


"Hey mister can you tell me where a man might find a bed?"
He just grinned and shook my hand, "No," was all he said.

Feeling: Sleepy

2006/08/16

I finished reading A Wrinkle in Time last night for like the fourth time. It still ends the same, so that's reassuring.

I updated my Halloween countdown JavaScript so that it works properly in both IE and Firefox. Firefox still has a downfall of only accepting very strict JavaScript so any programming shortcuts that IE allows will simply cause an error in Firefox. It'd be nicer if the Firefox JavaScript parser was a bit more forgiving, but at least I can work around it. The updated JavaScript also switches between plural and singular on the time units now.

Are you a programmer looking for a calculator replacement for Microsoft's crappy default calc program? Check out the AnalogX Programmer's Calculator. It gives you read outs not just in decimal, but in dec, hex, oct, bin, char, and float. Not only this, but it allows you to actually program a mathematical expression instead of just clicking some buttons. Really good stuff if you want speed and power over pretty design.

Have you ever had phone sex?


Always, ever, ever was, will be, ever, twisting, turning, through the, never

Feeling: Cheery

2006/08/15

I woke up to a rather odd dream.

In September I'm taking a trip to Washington for a week with a friend, and I've been trying to think of what I'll need to buy before I go. I need a suitcase, that's for sure. One thing I need to figure out, is how to pack a suit. We plan on going to a nice restaurant, of which I'll need a suit, but I don't know how to pack one. I doubt it will be safe if I just cram it into a suitcase. I know they have those big vinyl zip up things, maybe I should get one of those. Anyone out there know the best way to pack a suit for travel?

The Videogame Music Preservation Foundation has one more update covering composers.


Broke into the old apartment

Feeling: Okay

2006/08/14

Over the weekend I helped Jackie move into her new apartment and attended the final party at the lake house with some of the arcade crowd. We played volleyball, ate junk, and made little bead creations. Mine was a piranha plant from Super Mario Bros.

Two new products to add to my collections. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance thanks to Jackie and Sweet's Desolation Boulevard.

I've updated several more of the composers in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

There are also some new hacking tables for Abadox and SCAT.


Do you believe we are fundamentally judgmental? Fundamentally evil?

Feeling: Okay

2006/08/11

The grease-covered spiky gears of your 24 speed and your fingers do not mix. That's a tip kids, write it down.

I've added a whole bunch of pictures of composers to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

I've also update the RENT MIDI page. I cleaned up some of the duplicates and added several new ones.


I'm your revelation I'm a walking miracle

Feeling: Okay

2006/08/10

Last night I killed Gary. I was getting tired of him taking up precious real-estate on my forehead, so I stabbed him with a needle and drained his bodily fluids. Unfortunately, like others of his kind, his rotting carcass remains.

I've added some more game fonts including Deus Ex, Mr. Do, QUAKE II, and Resident Evil. I've also restructured the fonts section a bit.


Master of the damned I'll be the savior of you all

Feeling: Okay

2006/08/09

I finished reading A History of Pi a few days ago. I was quite impressed by it; not only does it give detailed information about pi from ancient times up until now, but it also gives biographies of the people responsible for its progress, how pi affected the world at the time, and information about the cultures that used it. I admit that I did get lost in many of the equations, but understanding them was not necessary to understand the book. I'd recommend A History of Pi to anyone who is curious about mathematics.

I voted!

See how much I love you all? I stayed up late in order to put the soundtrack for Zelda II: The Adventure of Link in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

I have a huge zit on my forehead right now. It's too deep in the skin to pop, so I just have to let it sit there and go away on its own. Meanwhile, anything that touches my forehead makes it hurt, including my lovely bandanas. I think I'll name it Gary.

Also, I've finally posted my pictures from Silverleaf. I pretty much focused on cute babes (as usual), but there are plenty of pictures of knights and rouges, and other boring stuff too.


So just tell me nothing's wrong
Then get undressed and spend the night

Feeling: Okay

2006/08/08

Today are the primaries. If you haven't yet voted, you had better go do it now. Don't do it for your say in our government, do it for the cool little sticker they give you in the end that says "I voted." Think of the envy it will garner.

I did a major update to the structure of the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. I broke out the Windows platform into three different types (Win 3.*, Win32, and Win NT). I also created a set of codes for every gaming platform and added a new composer and some more images. No new soundtracks, but expect one soon.

I've finished processing all my pictures from Silverleaf, so I should have the full write up and pictures online tomorrow.


Hey chumps and chumpettes

Feeling: Okay

2006/08/07

Silverleaf is done for the year. I was even a bit sad to see it go this time because I only made it to half of the weekends. I met several new people this year and took plenty of nice pictures. I should have them online tomorrow, or by the latest, Wednesday.

While I was in Battle Creek I managed to snap a photo of the pet groomers sign. Maybe it's just me, but it's always looked awfully naughty to me.


I can bitch, I can bitch, 'cause I'm better than you

Feeling: Sleepy

2006/08/04

The Atheist/Humanist meeting was a lot of fun. All of the people were very friendly, and we discussed many different things from religion and secularism to trains and video codecs. The whole group was well informed and quite intelligent. I'll probably continue to attend their monthly meetings.

Another thing that bothers me is when I ask for Italian dressing using the proper pronunciation (Italian), and my server repeats the dressing with the incorrect long I vowel (EYE-talian). I was so pleased when one of the gentlemen at the meeting agreed with me. The dressing should sound like the country name. Italy, not EYE-taly.

After the meeting I visited Jackie and we took a night time walk that took almost two hours. It did leave my legs a bit sore by the end, although I had a wonderful time walking and talking with her.

I've re-encoded several soundtracks in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. If you had trouble playing some of the .ogg files on a portable device, you should now be able to play them properly.

Old news was moved, yep.

I'm kind of debating whether or not I should do a complete redesign of my site. I'm kind of getting bored with with current layout, although I'm not sure if I have the motivation for a full rework of all the pages and CSSs. We'll see.


I got a bad desire, woah-oh-oh, I'm on fire

Feeling: Adventurous

2006/08/03

I did some heavy biking last night covering several miles, and pushing myself rather hard. Nothing helps you get out of depression like working yourself to the point of exhaustion. The heat played a nice role as well, and halfway through I was literally dripping sweat. My knees ended up hurting quite a bit by the end of the ride, but my vastus medialises are getting huge! I would totally have sex with them if I could.

I have the account of my trip to Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula posted now.

You know, it really bothers me when someone is making a list of several points and they start with an alphabetic list and then switch halfway through to a numeric list. Am I the only one that gets annoyed by this?

There are some hacking tables for Dragon Warrior and Mega Man 2 online now.

Tonight I'm going to my first ever meetup.com meeting. It's for the Greater Flint area Atheists and Humanists. It should be an interesting time, I think everyone in the group is considerably older than I, but I intend to enjoy the conversation anyway.


She loves me not, she loves me still

Feeling: Blah

2006/08/02

Because I had work until 6:00 PM, I didn't get to Heidi's until after all the heavy stuff was moved into her place, so really I didn't help all that much. There were four of us, Heidi, Shay, Ryan, and me. Basically, we goofed off for awhile, swam in the apartment's pool, and ate pizza. It was a pretty good night considering. Ryan and I had a great time chatting about old videogames, artificial intelligence, and human psychology.

I didn't get home until 12:50 AM, so today is the third day this week without enough sleep, which may be affecting my dreams. They've been a little unpleasant recently. Not nightmarish, just when I wake up I have tiny glimpses of them, and they make me feel either depressed or confused when I try to remember them. Maybe I should ingest more refined sugar to remedy them.

There is a new Ask A Guru question with an answer and everything. Just another query about the annoyances of the terrible English language.


No one can have it all, see I have to, they want me to

Feeling: Blah

2006/08/01

I defeated Camilla in Castlevania: CofM. Again I used the Banshee Boomerang excessively and killed her in no time. I now have the Roc Wing and I'm exploring the parts of the map that I couldn't get to until now. I also stayed up too late watching The Simpsons last night. Typical.

Tonight I'm driving to East Lansing to help Heidi unpack into her new apartment.

My tooth hurts.