May, 2007

Heaven can wait 'til another day, 'cuz there ain't no reason to leave

Feeling: Excited


My summer vacation is now set. I'm going to be in Knoxville, Tennessee from August 14th to the 19th with Jackie. She's a Knoxville veteran, so she's going to show me around the city and together we're going to check out all the outdoor stuff that we don't have here in Michigan like actual mountains. I'm hoping to do some outdoor rock climbing, and we might also go kayaking or white-water rafting.

I'm still trying to figure out all the intricacies of my new forum. This is the first time I've ever been on the administrative end of a forum before, it's certainly more complex than just being a guest. If you haven't made an account yet, what's keeping you? Even if I don't know you it's okay to come in and chit-chat. I don't bite... men.

I was eating at a restaurant last night and an annoying group of people came in and sat at a table next to me. The group consisted of two cheerleaders who were past their prime. Still wearing slutty clothes, although their lack of a gym membership made me wish they hadn't. Both of them had their skin tanned so dark that you could practically hear the war cry of their melanomas. They both had their one-time impressive boyfriends with them and their kids, who most likely came from a different guy. Both the boyfriends were alpha-males, both had lame tribal tattoos that they didn't understand, both were packing a nice beer gut that was just about ready to tear their shirts. An older couple was with them, which I eventually found out to be the parents of the two has-been girls. I wondered if they still lived at home, which didn't seem all that unlikely. To top it all off, there was a rather ugly obnoxiously loud single mother with her equally ugly, but thankfully quiet kid. These two obviously didn't fit in, but I guess they were still concerned with being around the "popular" people. Everything they talked about was shallow and material and it reminded me why so many other cultures hate Americans. Well, my favorite part was when one of the has-been cheerleaders started talking about chatting online and she referred to AIM, not like most people do by pronouncing it "aim", but by saying each letter of the abbreviation, "ay-eye-em". For some reason I really got a kick out of this and had to cover my face in my book to stifle my laughter. Oh well, at least I'm not judgmental.

I've decided that instead of being lazy on my unusual city names page and only updating once a year with a whole bunch, I'm going to update every couple days with just a few. The problem was that doing a huge update felt like work, but the page is supposed to be for fun. I already have a job, and that one gives me money. By switching to small updated they'll be more regular, and thus faster in the long run. Once I get caught up with the updates I'm going to do something like a top 100 on it to give some more information on the best ones.

There are 11 new pictures of Richard Garriott on the Ultima page.

You've got to eat your vegetables

Feeling: Okay


The Commander Keen VI: Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter soundtrack is now in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

I've decided to start up a web forum This will help alleviate some of the common questions that I get regarding certain sections of my site. Depending on the demand I'll make new categories available for various other topics on my site, but for now the more popular ones like the boffer guide and the videogame music guide are the primary driving force. However, this doesn't mean you can't talk about anything and everything else. Hey kids! Be the first on your block to sign up and become the envy of all your friends!

I just picked up a box of Kellogg's Corn Pops to see the slogan, "Big yellow taste..." written on it. Please refresh my memory; what does yellow taste like?

Fear grips you as you enter this hot room!!

Feeling: Okay


The Mayfaire was awfully rainy, although I still had a lot of fun. I picked up some new bracers and rat-pants. I also got to hang out with several friends and play several exciting games of "Naughty Jenga".

My cousin's graduation party on Monday was pretty cool as well. I got to see a lot of my family and see how old I must have looked when I graduated high school. It doesn't seem that long ago, but it's amazing how much things have changed! Gah, I'm old!

The re-encoded soundtrack of Shadowgate is in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

I'm working on a Grey's Anatomy quiz which should be up before the end of the week. Yes, I watch Grey's Anatomy. No, I'm not a poof. Yes, Jackie will argue that point.

It's like trying to clean the ocean, what do you think you can drain it?

Feeling: Sleepy


I added the Commander Keen 5 soundtrack to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. Go me.

This weekend I'll be at the Mayfaire Renaissance Festival once more, and I'll also be attending my cousin's graduation party on the 28th.

I could totally use a nap. This whole getting up at 7 stuff is wearing me out.

Where? There!

Feeling: Sleepy


I woke up this morning an hour early so that I could arrive an hour early to work in order to leave an hour early. This is so that I'll have time to go to U of M Flint with Jackie to see a documentary about the Wal-Mart company. This should be entertaining.

The Metroid soundtrack in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation has been re-encoded.

I took an online NES triva quiz and got:

Was there ever any doubt?

Do you wanna touch me there?

Feeling: Sleepy


I've recorded a game soundtrack that's very near and dear to my heart. Now you can download the Commander Keen 4 soundtrack from the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

Also, I've moved over the DOOM and NEC fonts to the Game Font Database.

So tired, but so out of shape. I think I'm going to go biking again today in hopes that I will somehow become less fat by the weekend. Not bloody likely.

Could you be the one to find me safe and sound?

Feeling: Flirty


There are way too many movies, albums, games, and books for me to finish all the ones I want to in my life time. I'm very disappointed that I was not made immortal. Someone owes me big for this.

In other news, I have a date tonight! w00t!

I hope this song will guide you home

Feeling: Happy


I had a rather enjoyable weekend. On Friday evening I hung out with the arcade group. We played hide and seek zombie tag at a park at night. It was very exciting to relive the pleasure of summer nights from a decade ago. On Saturday I went to a party at my brother's new house. Many of his friends from high school were there and it was interesting to see them again after about ten years. On Sunday I went to the opening weekend of the Mayfaire Renaissance Festival. It was great to see some old faire friends that I haven't seen since last summer.

The soundtrack of the game Bio Menace is now in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. Several other updates have been added as well.

No time for a subject

Feeling: Happy


Update Shumpdate. It's a beautiful Friday and I'm going to enjoy it.

Who keeps the metric system down? We do! We do!

Feeling: Okay


This morning I had a dream where I was with my cousins who lived in an refurbished old church house. When I walked in I only saw painted drywall, but the skeleton of the church's frame still existed beneath it. We found a strange metal box sticking out of one of the wall which contained a beetle that would burrow into your brain and a chute into the basement that was covered in red worms that would wiggle into your ear. As we were trying to kill the worms I woke up. It was a rather scary dream (which I prefer to weird dreams) and it actually follows a theme I've had in dreams since I was 7--when my parents moved into the house that I spent most of my life in. When we first moved into the house I was bent on exploring it and I found my way into many places where I could see the bare structural wood, like under the stairs in the basement or up in the attic. This kind of frightened me as a child and I've been having dreams about places like that ever since.

There is this adorable young lady working at the local Wendy's. She has short black hair which she keeps in pig tails and every time I come up to the window in the drive through she gets really shy. Well, the last time I was there I told her that I liked her hair, and she just grinned and blushed and turned away. It was so cute.

When I was about 15 I remember looking in the mirror and raising my eyebrows. The wrinkles on my forehead formed over each eyebrow, but failed to connect in the middle. I remember thinking how silly that looked and wishing they would just connect and form a solid line. Well, now that I'm 27 they connect just fine, and I wish they would go back to being less prominent.

Save yourself and let them suffer

Feeling: Okay


I stretched out some of my aching muscles with a nice walk yesterday evening. I made it back just before a lovely storm hit. There was plenty of lightning and a tornado thrown in for good measure. Instead of cowering in the basement, I decided to drive out into the heart of the storm, but I didn't see the tornado. Oh well, storms rock!

I re-encoded the Operation Body Count soundtrack and updated the game's page with a lot more information in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

The fonts for Harry Potter and Robotron are now in the Game Font Database.

If you haven't yet seen it, watch "Voyage Dans la Lune" (A Trip to the Moon). It's the 14 minute "movie" that came out in 1902 and labeled the the first science fiction movie ever made. I love the utter lack of physics involved (what's that gravity stuff?), and even more how the astronomers feel the need to kill all the inhabitants of the moon. It also features the iconic man in the moon with a bullet in the eye scene. Gotta love those French movie makers.

My first cry neverending, all life is to fear for life

Feeling: Injured


I'm still quite sore from the weekend. My throwing arm is being a baby. So is my kicking foot. And my typing fingers, and my breathing lungs, and my pumping heart... well, you get the picture.

The soundtrack of the Genesis RPG Shining Force is now in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. It's a fairly large soundtrack with plenty of fans.

Denying the lying, a million children fighting

Feeling: Sleepy


I had a fun weekend. I biked, restocked my GFS reserves, gave some flowers to my mommy, helped a friend organize her death trap of a closet, played some more dodgeball with the arcade crowd, met some new homies, and finally got a cell phone. I'll be dropping my land line pretty soon, so if you want my new number call or email me.

I re-encoded the soundtrack of Deja Vu for the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation and I'm working on a very important Genesis RPG for the next update.

Recently I've been obsessing over the Nightwish song "Planet Hell". It's just so.... epic!

Did you ever notice how difficult it's becoming to find a candy form of an addictive substance these days? Candy cigarettes and bubblegum cigars are no longer at every corner drugstore. Some think of this as a step in the right direction because it prevents children from growing up thinking smoking is fun, but I disagree. I've been doing candy cocaine (aka Pixie Stix) for years and I don't snort the white dust. I munch on Big League Chew all the time, but I don't chew tobacco. Personally, I'd like to see candy crystal meth and candy heroine syringes targeted towards eight year-olds. Highly addictive and extremely dangerous drug replicas should be toys for toddlers to play with. How else will they learn to avoid it if not by consuming sweet tasty versions of it? No one freaks out about harmless root beer being the cause of teenage drinking, why should they be annoyed with candy cannabis or candy ecstasy?

Hi, my name's Dean, and I'm a MySpace stalker

Feeling: Sleepy


MySpace is my hero. Sure, I could awkwardly ask people about their likes and dislikes before finding out that they're a lunatic--regardless of the phase of the moon. Or I could just check their MySpace profile and have that instantly confirmed. The only problem comes from those sissies that have their profile as "friends-only" (sensitive jobs not withstanding). You mean I actually have to waste time talking to you before finding out that you think glittery unicorns are so way-cool? Gah!

I re-encoded the soundtrack of Mega Man II for the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

Today my office started to smell like ham. Probably from a neighboring office suite having a catered lunch. This happened an hour before my lunch and it really pissed me off because I had to wait for yummy ham sandwiches.

I'm weak, but not giving in

Feeling: Lonely


Here's an interesting psychology experiment. It's a magic trick (a rather obvious magic trick), but there is something really unusual about it. If you look closely you'll notice it, but I didn't until they showed me. Take a look.

Back in 1989 the most popular portable data storage unit was the 3.5" floppy disk and we considered it totally gnarly. You would giggle like a school girl at the amazing 1.44 MB of space and everyone and their mom had to get one. Well, these days nobody uses 3.5" disks anymore. Computers are no longer being sold with them, manufacturers don't distribute them, and praise the heavens that AOL now distributes CDs, because if there is anything better than 5000 AOL disks it's 5000 AOL CDs that you can't overwrite. Even the BIOS on most motherboards read from CDs or USB now. In a few more years the up and coming computer geeks won't even know what a 3.5" disk is. So why are we still using them for our save icons?

Exercise sucks

Feeling: Happy


I've been trying to get back into shape after being lazy all winter and I'm reminded at how much working out sucks. Luckily, today is all wet so I can't bike. My muscles are bitchin' up a storm.

There's a nice big update in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation thanks to the addition of the first Genesis game, Sonic the Hedgehog.

Bleed the masses and watch them cry

Feeling: Okay


There are still a few more graphical art pieces to be added as the days progress. I'm kind of enjoying them right now.

I re-encoded the Top Gun soundtrack and added credit to the composers in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. The migration to the database engine is nearing completion, but I keep finding new things to add to it.

And oh yes, is officially six years old today. Clap hands, squeel with glee, horray for teh Internets!!!!111one.

Saturday night I was downtown, working for the FBI

Feeling: Injured


The latest soundtrack in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation is for Sango Fighter.

I have my new bed, which gives me all the space I've been wanting. However, I'm still a little unfamiliar with it's softness, so it may take me awhile to get used to it. Regardless, it's big and shiny and I don't even feel any metal springs digging into my spine.

There was another great weekend with the Troublesum group. We played several more outdoor games like dodgeball, football, and kickball.

Justification is a fun word

Feeling: Sleepy


I added a few more NES lookup tables including Blades of Steel, Double Dribble, Jack Nicklaus' Golf, Jackal, and Skate or Die!

My new queen sized bed arrives tomorrow. Finally, I'll have enough room to sleep like a queen.

April's posts are in the old news page.


Feeling: Happy


In 1952, President Truman signed a bill which made the National Day of Prayer a reality for the United States. In 1988, President Reagan signed the bill decreeing that National Day of Prayer be held on the first Thursday of May. Many would argue that this violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment which states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." The rebuttal states that because National Day of Prayer doesn't target any one religion it's acceptable. The counter argument is that the Establishment Clause doesn't specify a religion either, it just uses the generic word "religion"; therefore referring to ALL religions. Not like that matters, if you go to the web site of the National Day of Prayer Task Force (that's right "task force", they fancy themselves as soldiers) you'll find a whole bunch of stuff on Christianity and not much else, thus proving how adamant they are at giving Muslims and Hindus equal status. The day is supposed to be a time when people from all walks of life can come together and pray? Well what about the religions that don't pray? On that note, what about 15% of this country's population that are non-religious? Well, there is another holiday called the National Day of Reason which is celebrated by humanists and atheists (by some amazing coincidence it's on the same day) where they donate blood instead of wasting their time with useless prayer. The holiday calling for a country to pray is a national holiday by a self-proclaimed non-religious government's decree. The holiday calling for giving blood to the needy is not. Everything's alright, yes, everything's fine.

I heart the movie Ghost World. Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson... *sigh* it almost makes me wet myself.

I worked on a few new graphic art pieces. I'll show one a day for the next couple days.

I moved the fonts for Airwolf and Sinistar into the Game Font Database. I've already moved over 100 fonts, but there are still several more to go.


Feeling: Okay


Technology lesson time. All the HD-DVDs and Blu-ray Discs that you buy in the stores has something called Advanced Access Content System (AACS) on them. This is an encryption technology that requires a special key by the player of the disc in order to read the content. The practical use of this is that people can only watch movies or listen to music on the new DVDs on players that can't make copies of the disc. Well, a few months ago a hacker named Muslix64 got tired of not being able to watch the movies he bought where ever he wanted and figured out the encryption key and was able to read the data on the new DVDs in his computer, and was thus able to make copies of the discs. He published the information on the Internet and others used his technique to do the same.

Recently, the companies in charge of AACS have sent out letters to every web site owner who published the key and demanded that they remove it or face legal ramifications. This "stay off the grass" sign just made the hackers want to play soccer even more, and the key began to spring up all over the Internet in protest. Now some might claim that this hacker is wrong and that his "stealing" of the key is bad. Yet, all he did was write down a series of numbers. Here is the key in hexadecimal, "09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0" or in decimal, "009 249 017 002 157 116 227 091 216 065 086 197 099 086 136 192". Yes, it's just a simple set of numbers, and the AACS people want to stop them from being allowed on the Internet; they're trying to censor numbers. Now unless you're a major nerd these numbers are worthless to you, but nerds have a tendency to make programs that are easy enough for the layman to use. Already programs exists that will allow your HD-DVD or Blu-ray Disc burner to copy the encrypted ones, and pretty soon you'll start seeing this functionality in every program around.

This scenario is very similar to the one that occurred back when DVDs first came out. It just proves, once again, that the more restrictions you place on information, the faster people will find a way to remove those restrictions.

I've re-encoded The Goonies II and Ultima: Exodus soundtracks for the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

We've all heard people talking on the phone in the bathroom stalls. Normally when I hear a person talking on the phone in the bathroom I picture them just talking to themselves and hilarity ensues. Well today a person was discussing car trouble, and it went a little something like this, "Did you give it some gas? Well give it a little gas. Try turning it over. It won't budge at all? Well push harder! I can't tell with looking at it." Ahh, that made my day.

And I'm standing here just screaming at the wall

Feeling: Injured


My body is still quite sore from the weekend. You're supposed to lightly stretch sore muscles in order to get them to heal faster, but apparently sitting in front of a computer all day doesn't constitute as stretching. Why didn't anyone tell me?

Another soundtrack has been added to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. The minigame 4Four is now online.