November, 2006

And I'll find you out beyond the streetlights, under the underpass

Feeling: Annoyed

2006/11/30

Ugh. It was a long day at work today! But on the plus side, lock-in tomorrow!

I've been listening to the album "Casino Twilight Dogs" by the band Youth Group fairly constantly for the past couple days. Thus the new obsession song.


What's give or take nine years anyway?

Feeling: Frustrated

2006/11/29

That's a yes on the enchanted evening.

New game soundtrack in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation with the NES port of Marble Madness and a place holder for DDR 2nd Mix. You're all impressed, I can tell.

This Friday holds another arcade lock-in which I'm looking forward to. I don't really get down to the arcade as much as I'd like to these days, and it'll be nice to catch up with the group to see what I've been missing.

If you've ever stayed up all night cranking out code on your computer, you'll recognize this.

I got the results of my bodily fluid test today. I had the blood taken and left a urine sample, although I'm still kind of wondering why my doctor had to help me with that semen sample. I mean, I could have done it myself, but he seemed very eager to lend me a helping hand, so to speak. Anyway, I have low cholesterol (which means I need to eat more red meat) and I'm negative for every STD that was tested for. It's a shame really--I was so looking forward to a long Chlamydia treatment. I guess it just wasn't meant to be. Perhaps if I go hanging out on Dort Highway my dream will come true.


I've almost forgotten what it's like to cough every few seconds

Feeling: Excited

2006/11/28

I've posted another soundtrack in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation pushing the total number of ripped tracks over 2,000! The new game is Super Mario Bros.

An enchanting evening? Let's hope so.


Almost almost almost... healthy... almost

Feeling: Okay

2006/11/27

Weekend recap: Friday's pseudo-date was fun. It was just dinner and some pool, but there was plenty of discussion. Saturday afternoon Kimberly arrived. We drove up to Bay City to a candy store in town. I feel a little second best right now because Kimberly beat out my candy record by spending $65 on candy in one visit. Now I have to try and top that. We also went "rock climbing" which meant trespassing on a concrete recycling yard and climbing their huge piles of unstable ground cement. On Sunday we went skating at the Grand Blanc Rollhaven (who played an uncensored Green Day's Minority!). It was the first time I'd been at a skating rink since high school, and it was a lot of fun; although, like with most of my hobbies, I felt old compared to the crowd. Afterwards we made dinner (a beef brisket with wheat rotini and gravy).

There's a new soundtrack in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation called Torus Troopers.

I'm feeling considerably better. I'm sleeping without problems and waking up still able to breathe (amazing)! Still a minor cough, but it's few and far between now.

Did you ever wonder where Bush gets his terrorism intelligence?


Almost almost healthy

Feeling: Blah

2006/11/24

Well, I wouldn't consider myself to be sick, but I'm still not entirely mucus free, but I should be in a few days. This flu is taking an awful long time to get through, and I'm not at all pleased with it.

For Thanksgiving I spent a few hours with my mother's side of the family. Free food is always good, and nobody expected me to watch football so that was a bonus as well. I also had some free time to rip a few more videogame soundtracks. So the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation's newest soundtrack is Pirates! Gold for Windows, and I'll have a couple more up in the next few days.

Tonight it's possible that I might have a sort-of date! That's right, I'm a real Casanova.

Also, over the weekend I'll be with Kimberly hanging out and doing stuff. Fun stuff. Lots of it.

Today marks the 147th birthday of Charles Darwin's monumental book, The Origin of Species which was the book that got evolution into mainstream science.


Almost healthy

Feeling: Sick

2006/11/22

I watched Batman Begins last night. What's that? A Batman movie that doesn't suck? I was rather impressed, it was even good. Very far from canon, but still really good.

Work still continues on the Ask A Guru book. It's a lot harder to find illustrations when you're worried about copyright infringement. Stupid copyright holders expecting to get money for their hard work.

Enjoy the day off. I'd say I was getting a free meal, but I do have to tolerate relatives, so I'm kind of having to work for it. I figure by Friday I'll be able to increased the sick icon to okay. Progress!


Influenza is not by best friend anymore

Feeling: Sick

2006/11/21

I've finished restructuring my lyrics section. Although the front end is the same as before, all the bands are now broken up into their own folders. This will make it easier to catalogue them for me, but it also effectively breaks any existing links. If you linked to any of my lyrics you should fix that link. Although, chances are, if you linked to my lyrics you don't actually read this page and only did it in passing from a forum or something. In that case, I don't care if your link is broken--up yours!

Also, thanks to Michael Sacco for an update to the Dragon Warrior walkthrough.


I'm not sick, but I'm not well

Feeling: Sick

2006/11/20

I took the day off on Friday and stayed in bed, thus no update. I'm way behind on my emails as well, I'll catch up soon. I'm almost back to normal, this sickness has been quite rough. Still coughing a little and blowing my nose regularly. Whatever's infected me it sure doesn't want to let go, but I don't care it must be destroyed!

Over the weekend I did quite a bit of work on my Ask A Guru book and it's a lot cleaner and prettier than before. I've added several new illustrations, but I still have several more to go. Once I'm happy with it (read: never) I'll actually publish the sucker on lulu.com.

My mother is back in town from Colorado, so we had our family's Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. We had pizza. We're obviously not that traditional. Thankfully, the day off will actually feel like a day off because I won't have to be bothered by relatives, although I might end up going to another family's get together.


Down with the sickness

Feeling: Sick

2006/11/16

I think I'm getting better (at least that's what I'm telling myself). This morning was easier to wake up to, but I'm still coughing up phlegm and blowing my nose every couple minutes. I'm very disappointed in my immune system and I don't think I'll buy it that bike for Christmas like it wanted.

Girl: I don't eschew them at all.
Me: I learned what eschew meant from watching Star Trek IV.
Girl: Of course you did, you're a dork.
The story of my life.


Several massive choking lines of glorious gack

Feeling: Sick

2006/11/15

This morning, while getting ready for work, I started gagging on globs of phlegm that built up in the back of my throat from sleeping last night. I'll bet that's a major turn-on to all you ladies out there. Mucus choking aside, my sickness feels like it's getting near the end. I was actually breathing fairly clearly last night, and this morning my airways cleared up fairly quickly. I also don't have the muscle fatigue as much any more. Good deal.

I'm still taking it fairly easy. I think I'll go home and watch reruns of Daria. Good times.

I just ended two paragraphs with good (something).

I guess that makes three.


I think I need a nap

Feeling: Sick

2006/11/14

Yes, I know I'm way behind in my emails. I went to bed at 9 last night to try and get back into the swing of things. Although I'm still sore with a throat full of phlegm, I'm getting better. I should be able to catch up tonight.

I just received my new hardback copy of Guilty Pleasures. My last one had to be decommissioned after being lent out to a friend. Slowly but surely I'm regaining my collection to it's former glory.

My lyrics page is now up to 2,300 songs.

After about a year hiatus I've decided to start working on my Ask A Guru book once again. Who wants to place bets that I'll finish it this time?


Monday the 13th is much worse

Feeling: Injured

2006/11/13

I had one helluva good weekend. Friday evening I camped out in Barnes & Nobles to get some more free reading done. I've almost finished Holes, which is pretty good. I also had fun reading books on atheism whilst sitting in the Religious Fiction section. It's not my fault they're so close together, although I do derive a twisted sense of glee from it.

Saturday was amazing. I went to the 8 PM Rocky Horror Picture Show at Buckham Alley and was greeted fondly by several of the cast members who remembered me from last weekend. I stayed on through the midnight showing as well, and at the end I was invited to the cast party afterwards. Think about the kind of people that go to RHPS. Now think about the kind of people the become cast members for the RHPS. Now think about what their parties are like. Yeah, it was like that; right on par with Renaissance Festival cast parties only without the fat naked Scottsmen. Anyway, I had a wonderful time at the party, everyone was really cool and all the people were very friendly and considerate (one in particular). I was also invited to audition for cast next year, a proposition which I'll probably take up.

I finally got to bed at around 8 AM feeling sore and tired, but I was only able to get a few hours of sleep. When I woke up I was feeling even worse. I drove down to Ann Arbor to meet Sarah and take care of some old business (I'm not as much of a coward as I thought). We also watched the Extended Edition Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, with cast commentary. Billy and Dom are just as funny as ever.

I was feeling in a daze the whole night and I finally went to bed a little after midnight. I awoke this morning feeling worse than ever. My back is killing me, my throat is sore, and my eyes are stinging. Normally, I would attribute that to a weekend of hardcore sex (I wish), but no sex was had over the weekend. Even without sex the weekend was, as a dyslexic sufferer would say, aucking fwesome.

Mini Star Burst packs are always a gamble. Sometimes you get ripped-off, and sometimes you get pure perfection.


With a dog drinkin' liquor from a hole in the sky

Feeling: Sleepy

2006/11/10

If you send an email to me that starts with "Hey idiot..." do you seriously expect me to even consider what you wrote?

The meeting last night went well. It turns out one of the newer members is an adorable young woman. Sweet.

After the book signing and the gathering I went home and didn't get to sleep until past 1 AM, but it was totally worth it.

You know those little mini Starburst packages that only contain two candies? Well, I opened one and got an orange and a yellow. What a rip-off.

I added some mini reviews of Dungeon Master, Frogger, and King's Quest III.

I removed the Pointless Database from the main menu. I have no plans of ever updating it again thanks to the awesomeness of Wikipedia.org. I'm not bitter about it, I actually love Wikipedia and visit it daily. Even though the link to the Database is gone, the pages are still online and will remain for a long time. For any of the interesting pages, I'll most likely salvage anything useful out of it and make a much more detailed page. But as far a basic information is concerned, who can beat Wikipedia? They have the downfall of being totally legal, and thus not having any cool copyrighted stuff, so I will always have plenty to work on, but my articles of public domain data can't hold a candle to them.


I'm not gay, but Savage Garden rocks!

Feeling: Happy

2006/11/09

I went out to dinner last night and this complete moron was shouting out about how Michigan had the best college team in the nation and that they were going to win undefeated, blah blah blah. He had an annoying nasal voice which he used at great volume to back his favorite team. I love how sports fans refer to their favorite team as 'we' as if they are a part of it. "Yeah, we're gonna win tonight!" Who is this 'we' that you speak of? It's as though they think by them cheering from their beer soiled easy chair in the middle of their run-down shack's living room they are somehow helping in a team's plight of victory. Hardly. He then went on to say how annoyed he was that the democrats took the election, calling them dummycrats. Yes, he was a very bright man. I wanted to ask him which high school he dropped out of, but I figured there was no use getting him more worked up. Eventually a server came over and told him to be quiet, which he did with great reluctance.

Speaking of democrats, they took the senate as well. I'm not a democrat, but I'm very pleased to see Bush's friends go.

One of the members of the Greater Flint Atheists and Humanists group that I attend is having a book signing at Borders tonight.

While we're on the topic of philosophic ideals, here's a fun news story. On November 3rd, Reverend Ted Haggard (head of the New Life Church and leader of the National Association of Evangelicals) stepped aside from his position because a male prostitute named Mike Jones publicly claimed that Haggard had been paying him for sex for three years and using drugs. Jones felt the need to go public with the Reverend's homosexual activities after the Revered continued to speak out against same-sex marriage. Reverend Haggard, who is married with five children, obviously denied the allegation. The BBC has said that "his resignation comes as a blow [no pun intended] for Republicans...". Yet only two days later, Haggard admitted to buying drugs (but not to using them) and getting massages from Jones (but not having sex with him) saying "I am a deceiver and a liar". Well duh! He was then fired by the New Life Church. Bummer.

The driver side door lock on my car up and broke today. I'm going to dig around on the door for awhile and see if I can't fix it. If not, I'll be getting into my car from the passenger side from now on.

Have you ever seen the Mentos Coke trick? Basically, you put a Mentos candy into a cola bottle and due to the surface of the candy, the carbon dioxide in the cola gets pulled out, thus erupting from the bottle. Well, a group of people have taken the time to setup an interesting display using the Mentos and Coke gyeser. Take a look.


We'll make things right, we'll feel it all tonight

Feeling: Happy

2006/11/08

Granholm won... big surprise. In fact, the nationwide governorship is now a democrat majority, thank goodness. Hey there's still time to impeach Bush (hint hint).

This is joke is terribly distasteful, which is probably why it's so funny. What's better than winning a gold in the Special Olympics?


I don't need no drugs to calm me

Feeling: Happy

2006/11/07

I made some yummy spaghetti last night. A few strands of spaghetti with one pound of meat... The proper way. :-)

I've added three reader-submitted guides to Lukrain's Boffer Guide.

Did you ever wonder where McDonalds got their meat?

Don't forget to vote today! You have until 8:00 PM.


But by night I look just like your mother!

Feeling: Happy

2006/11/06

I had a wonderful weekend. On Saturday after work I went to the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Buckham Alley. Here's Jackie getting her Magenta costume on, and sexy me in fishnets. I got to have this cute little blonde number sit on my lap for part of it, which was awesome. And some skinny teenage guy, which I'd rather not talk about. The cast liked some of my call backs so much that they even pulled me away after the show, congratulated me, and asked me to write down some of them.

There are two new game fonts. Hylian 64 and Zelda DX.

Don't you just hate those annoying douche bags that wear pink polo shirts?

October has been moved to the old news page. Wow, it's almost 2007. I'm still waiting for that whole Y2K thing to kick in.

I watched the movie Time Bandits last night, which was one of those kids movies I missed when I was young. I think the movie was quite a trip; it was all over the place and not making very much sense. Overall, I didn't really care for it.


But by night I'm one hell of a lover!

Feeling: Excited

2006/11/03

There are three new game fonts. Mortal Kombat 4, 5, and Mythologies.

There is a site called technorati.com which monitors and ranks blogs. It contains over 58 million blogs and mine has been is ranked in the top 10,000 for several days now. I'm, like, totally popular, fer-sure!

Thankfully Granholm is leading in the polls. Remember, if you're voting for Grandholm you need to vote on November 7th (next Tuesday). If you're voting for DeVos... why not just sleep in that day? Maybe stay home and watch a movie and leave voting to the grown-ups.

What's the deal with Bush and Saddam always fighting these days? We know they're really best friends.

Tomorrow I'm going to go to the Rocky Horror Picture Show with Jackie and some of her coworkers. I'm looking forward to becoming a pretty pretty princess for the night.


Your sympathy will get you left behind

Feeling: Happy

2006/11/02

I've posted up the pictures from my visit to Nikia's.

Half-off Halloween candy at the grocery store last night! I tried to contain myself, so I only bought five pounds. My next trip to the dentist is really going to suck!

Thursday already? Wow, I need to take four-day weekends more often.


Am I making something worthwhile out of this chase?

Feeling: Happy

2006/11/01

If you've been wondering where I've been you obviously don't know me well enough. Much like the past couple years, I took some time off for Halloween. In this case it resulted in a four-day weekend to observe the holiday with some friends of mine. I worked a little Saturday morning, got my oil changed, and later in the day hung out with Jackie. I have officially addicted her to Grey's Anatomy, so chalk up one new convert. Sunday morning, Jackie and I had breakfast and took an envigorating walk through the powerful winds. On Monday I picked up a new suit vest, and drove to Grand Rapids to hang out with Nikia and Katie. We went to a firing range and did some target practice which was a lot of fun. I hadn't held a pistol in over ten years and it felt good to feel the power in my hands again. On Halloween morning, Nikia and I went out to the shore of Lake Michigan and enjoyed to freezing cold wind in the dunes. Later that night we got dressed up, picked up Katie, and went out to dinner. I have several pictures which I'll post up soon.

There is a new soundtrack in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation as well. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest is online now, a favorite of many NES gamers.

Saturday was the last time my eye twitched. That means a full 40 days of annoying eye twitchiness is now finally over! I hope I'm not speaking too soon.