July, 2007

Keep the crowd on their toes, it's justice, we're safe. It's not a hit, it's a holiday.

Feeling: Annoyed

2007/08/01

Back in October and November of 2006 Stanislav Shmulevich (a 23 year-old student at Pace University) threw two Qur'ans into toilets. This angered a lot of Muslims in the area, but so what? This is America--Freedom of expression still means something here and we burn flags and smear feces on Mary statues just to prove it. However, on July 25th Shmulevich was arrested, yes arrested, for putting some books in the toilet. Now instead of being charged with the typical misdemeanors that vandalism normally brings, the charges being brought up are criminal mischief and aggravated harassment which are felonies. Why are such inflated charges being used? Because according to the NYPD, this is a hate crime. Marching on Washington in KKK robes and shouting, "I hate niggers!" is not a hate crime, but this is. So in order to set the record straight: Christians burning Harry Potter books because they're Pagan is called wholesome family values. Andres Serrano dipping a crucifix in his own urine and naming it, "Piss Christ," is called artistic expression. Traveling to another country in order to murder a thousands of men, women, and children because their religious views differ from ours is called liberation. Putting a book in a toilet is called a hate crime. Well, just to show I don't play favorites, I present to you the Holy Toilet.

In less political news, I've added another soundtrack to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. You can now download the Chex Quest music!

It's no big secret that Microsoft sucks. It's also no secret that the interface to MS Office leaves much to be desired. However, while helping a friend with a slideshow last night I realized how incredibly awful PowerPoint is. For those of you who like a challenge try and duplicate this task: The objective is to create a slide show that displays several pictures while playing a song in the background. Probably one of the most basic things you'd want to do. Inserting music is simple, but now try and get the song to play through the whole slide show without resetting after every slide or halting the slide show until the song finishes. It took me about 20 minutes to figure it out and even with the MS help at my fingertips I still had consult the Internet for an answer. Good luck trying to figure it out.

My Web site is now ranked in the top 2000 by Technorati. Over 95% of the traffic is from my Harry Potter quiz. w00t!

My last Amazon order, Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From The Beaten Track by Richard Feynman arrived today. Although, I still have to finish Harry Potter before I start reading any of my new books.


Can vanity and happiness coexist?

Feeling: Happy

2007/07/31

The SIM City soundtrack has been updated in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

My Amazon orders for Neil Gaimen's "Coraline", and the movie "Rudy" arrived yesterday. Good, good.

How can you tell when your chicken soup mix was not made in the USA?


So Sally can wait, she knows its too late as we're walking on by

Feeling: Happy

2007/07/30

The Silverleaf Renaissance Festival was alright. There were a few issues with parking and camping, but I got around most of that. I was even smart enough to bathe in sunscreen so I didn't get burnt at all. Instead of staying on site I sprung for a hotel room which was definitely worth it. Here's an interesting tidbit of information about me; I love hotel corridors. The really long halls with doors all the way down and ugly patterned carpet all along the floor just make me happy. I love walking down them because it always makes me feel like I should be being chased by a psycho killer.

The Section Z soundtrack has been re-encoded in the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. I'm almost done with the full music conversion.

One of my favorite bands, Rilo Kiley is going on tour again and releasing a new album soon. This makes my reproductive organs happy.


Inside tank of fuel is not fuel, but love
Above us, there is nothing above, but the stars, above

Feeling: Okay

2007/07/27

Today's title is a lyric from Zlad!'s awesome song, Elektronik-Supersonik.

This morning I washed my hair with both hands! I haven't done that since the morning of June 12th.

There is something that I miss from being a teenager and that is getting in a van with a bunch of my friends and taking a road trip to another state. Especially when the van has its back seats removed and there are several kids lying down in the back; when it's really late at night and everyone is too tired to talk any more, and you're just holding your girl in your arms listening to your favorite teenage song, watching the glow of dashboard and the occasional passing car. Although I should say I "missed" this because it never actually happened to me. I think I'm remembering it vicariously through half of the teenage movies I've seen. I just really like scenes like that; they make me envious.

You know what else I miss? 1980's movie montages. They just don't make them like that anymore.

Okay, so after a long delay I've finally added another soundtrack to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation. You can now hear both the disk and CD version of the Hexen soundtrack.

Some of my new Amazon crap arrived today. I'm now the proud owner of Jet - Get Born, The Target, and Laurell K. Hamilton - Danse Macabre.


I need you like Ben Affleck needs acting school

Feeling: Okay

2007/07/26

My left arm is slowly getting stronger and most of the dead skin is gone as well. It's been so long since my hand didn't smell like rotting flesh I've almost forgotten how pleasant it could be.

Do you ever wonder what Arnold Schwarzenegger looked like as a baby?

The Simpsons movie comes out tomorrow kids. The Simpsons have existed now for 20 years (including the Tracey Ullman shorts) since its first broadcast, and just now they've got a movie. All I can say is... It had better not suck!


Everyone has AIDS! AIDS, AIDS, AIDS, AIDS, AIDS!

Feeling: Okay

2007/07/25

Where on my forehead is it written, "Please tell me about any and all injuries that you have ever had, or seen, or even remotely know about." Ever since I broke my arms I get the same thing. "What did you do?" I then explain my biking accident in as few words as possible, because I've explained it too many times already. Then, after hearing that I broke my arms everyone feels the need to tell me about an injury they've had in the past (like I care), an injury of someone they know (of which I care even less), and finally they give me advice on how to care for my broken arms and what I should do next time in order to prevent crashing my bike (i.e. insulting my intelligence). I need to make a sign that simply says, "I don't care about anything you have to say... ever!" and hold it up as soon as their jaw starts flapping in the breeze.

After over fifteen years I've finally decided to throw away my pillow. It started out as a soft fluffy feather pillow (which annoyed me) and slowly, as the feathers fell apart, became the hard and scratchy pillow that I've come to know and love. I remember sewing shut all the holes that the sharp edges of the rachis had penetrated the casing, and when the original casing became too threadbare to hold the feathers in, I simply sewed a pillowcase shut over it to make it last longer. I did this two more times as the pillow cases kept on deteriorating, but now that there is more cloth than feathers I finally decided to replace it. I went looking for a new pillow on Saturday, and picked up the only one that I liked, which was over $40. So, my old pillow seen here complete with a Noah's Ark pillowcase from the 1970's, is now gone. Alas, it will be missed.

I've updated more of my game reviews. I'm halfway through the alphabet now.


Everything's all right just hold on tight, that's because I'm a good old fashioned lover boy

Feeling: Okay

2007/07/24

Last night I finished Carl Sagan's book Contact; I was really impressed with it. Not only is it a good science fiction book, but it is a good book written by an astronomer. I was expecting it to be rather dry and technical, but it's actually a very warm and fascinating book. Also, last night, I started reading Deathly Hallows. I'm going to try and read it quickly to prevent any more people from spoiling the ending.

Today I took a shower without duct-taping my arm first. Do you have any idea how happy that makes me feel?

I've cleaned up more of the entries in the game reviews page and added a download or buy link where applicable.

The Intellivision fonts have been moved into the Game Font Database.


Tired of unsightly casts? Try Cast-B-Gone! From the makers of Splint-X.

Feeling: Cheery

2007/07/23

My cast is finally gone. I have a splint on the hand right now which will be there for awhile, but at least I'm now able to scrape off the layers of rotting skin that have been festering under my cast. w00t!

My weekend was awesome. The cook out / camp out on Friday evening was a blast. There was a bon fire and I heart bon fires. It was so much fun to watch a bunch of kids from Flint try to prepare for sleeping outside. Very little sleep was had by all, but I can't wait to do it again.

I hung out with Jessica on Sunday. We saw Order of the Phoenix, but I wasn't really all that impressed with it. Far too much of the book was missing and I still dislike the new Dumbledore. Nearly every character's part was reduced to a cameo appearance. Oh well, at least I have the new book to enjoy, although a few spoilers were already made apparent to me by people that suck.


Cu cana poti sa bei lapte, dar cu pisica nu poti sa tai lemne
(You can drink milk with a cup, but you can't cut wood with a cat [Romanian])

Feeling: Excited

2007/07/20

Three more days... Three more days of being casted. I should be free from its terrible oppressive grip the next time I blog.

More game reviews have been updated and I also added a new one for Metroid: Zero Mission.

This evening I'm heading up to Mayville to do a cook-out and camping at Rachel's. Many arcade peeps will be there and it's shaping up to be a gay old time. I gotsta get my tent ready.


A légpárnás hajóm tele van angolnákkal (My hovercraft is full of eels [Hungarian])

Feeling: Happy

2007/07/19

Four more days until my cast comes off. Four more loooong days...

I moved over the N-Gage font to the Game Font Database.

I added a mini review of the game Metroid Fusion and also cleaned up several more of the past reviews.


El diablo sabe más por viejo que por diablo
(The devil knows more from being old than from being the Devil [Spanish])

Feeling: Excited

2007/07/18

Have you ever dreamed about blogging? I did this morning. In my dream I was at my old kindergarten school (where I went to kindergarten in Pontiac, MI the kindergarten classes were in a separate building). However, the building had been abandoned for many years. I walked in it and recognized my old classroom. I looked out the dirty window and saw the same buildings that I used to stare at when I was bored. I even saw Scottie, the stuffed Scottish terrier that wore a kilt, in a pile of refuse. I had the urge to curl up on the thick carpeted floor and imagine that I was five again, but the dilapidated state of everything dissuaded me. As I left the building I saw a faded sign over the door proclaiming that this building had been used for something else before it was finally decommissioned. The faded lines of the original sign could still be seen behind it. So anyway, once I leave the building I sit on a bench outside and start coming up with exactly how I'll do a blog write up on my little adventure. The really interesting thing is that the building in my dream was nothing like how I remember it. I don't remember looking out a window at a building, nor do I remember a stuffed dog. However, in my dream you wouldn't have been able to convince me otherwise.

Thanks to Rockbox my new DAP (digital audio player) is duh bomb. No, it's the bees knees. Scratch that, it's the cat's meow. It's the cat's meow +1. It's a vorpal cat's meow. It's a +5 holy avenger cat's meow. You mean I can actually treat a DAP like the computer  that it is instead of whatever the lame company demands I treat it like? Now all I need is one for my cell phone and I'll be a happy panda. I'm currently working on my own personal theme for it (something I could never do without Rockbox).

My apologies to those expecting an email from me. I've been neglecting inbox, but I have the perfect excuse: I have a new toy and I'm lazy.

Yesterday, I saw a license plate from Mexico. They were a long way from home!


猿も木から落ちる (Even monkeys fall from trees [Japanese])

Feeling: Excited

2007/07/17

Because it takes me a little longer to get ready in the mornings I've been going to bed earlier than normal. Last night I even went to bed before 11, which if I recall correctly, is one of the signs of the Apocalypse. Going to bed early and waking up early makes me feel old. I learned it yeas ago, but it still holds true to this day... no matter how much sleep you get it never gets any easier to get up in the morning. I also have a bit more free time in the morning, and I've come to the conclusion that morning television is even worse than evening television; and that's saying something!

My new music player arrived today. It's a 40GB Toshiba Gigabeat F Series. I'm currently working on loading it with Rockbox because it's built in software sucks in comparison. Hurray for shiny new geek toys.


I turn the world around with a skeleton hand

Feeling: Okay

2007/07/16

I had a nice weekend. I visited the parentals, hung out with my friends, saw a movie, played bingo, and fixed a tail light. The movie was Michael Moore's SiCKO, which was pretty good. Moore's was his typical bleeding-heart self, but his exposure of our medical system did infuriate me. I would recommend it. The game of bingo was played by Jackie and me at the mall. It was a creation of Jackie's called "Bad Fashion Bingo". We each had cards that contained common fashion faux pas like mom jeans, sunglasses indoors, and 80's hair. I won by seeing a man wearing a fanny pack. I'll post the card once we smooth it out a bit.

My right arm is healing up nicely; I only wear the splint when I'm sleeping now. It's still a week before I get the left cast off, and I'm counting down the days.

I saw an interview of Emma Watson this morning. They talked about the six years of her doing Harry Potter movies. Now, at 17, there is only one year left before she moves overseas to live with me. She can cast wingardium leviosa on my wand any day. Speaking of Harry Potter, it seems my Harry Potter quiz has suddenly become the most popular sorting hat quiz on Google. I'm not sure when this occurred, but I tried several keywords and the first result for each of them is my site. I remember checking it when Goblet of Fire came out and it didn't even make the top 20. I'm currently oozing with pride.

I added a mini review of the game Castlevania: Circle of the Moon to the games reviews and I also started cleaning up some of the old reviews and dead links.

Neave.com is an interesting site with lots of Flash programs, toys, and games.


Let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms

Feeling: Okay

2007/07/13

After a mild argument last night I'd just like to say what needs to be said. Slytherin is better than Gryffindor. Sure, all the dark wizards come from Slytherin, but all the jerks come from Gryffindor. Harry's father (a Gryffindor) was a thief and a bully. In fact, most of his Gryffindor friends were bullies too. Slytherins are like the weird kids who always wear black, have their noses pierced, and listen to death metal. Gryffindors are the self-absorbed cheerleaders and football stars that listen to Brittney Spears and Eminem. Both of those types annoy me, but I'd much rather be around the creep in black than the varsity letterman.

My current projects (since I can't play videogames or do out-door activities) include a book and a card game. The book is about outdoor games that kids play and is nearing 100 pages. It's looking promising; although my current inability to actually play any of the games has left me wanting. The card game is about pirates and I have learned a lot about historic pirates while researching the game topics.

I also added the Turok font to the Game Fonts Database.


Don't fool yourself in thinking you're more than you are, with your arms outstretched to me

Feeling: Blah

2007/07/12

Today is the one month anniversary of my injury. One long month of being in pain, dirty, not being able to do anything fun, and being forced to have someone else bathe me... Gosh it's like summer camp all over again! There are 11 more days until I get the second cast removed and a splint put on my left arm. My right arm is getting stronger. I have been able to remove the splint on my right arm for most of my daily tasks, although I still wear it at night just incase I roll over it in my sleep. I figure I'll have my all my strength back just in time for summer to end.

My friend Tabree is in from California so I'm going to hang out with her tonight. We'll most likely discuss our predictions for book seven. Personally, I think Harry is going to realize that he's gay for Ron, and Hermione will fall in love with Dean. Not the already existing character Dean Thomas, but a new exchange student from American. Specifically from Michigan... in the Grand Blanc area.


I just died in your arms tonight

Feeling: Blah

2007/07/11

Even since I created my Harry Potter house sorting quiz it became the most popular page on my web site. The amount of traffic going to it is directly related to the proximity of a Harry Potter book or movie release. Now that the release of both a book and a movie are neigh my web site has been overrun with quiz takers. My Technorati rank has jumped from the 10,000's to the lower 5,000's in only a couple of days. I'm sure the traffic will slowly drop down after the smoke clears, but for now I'm basking in the glow of my site's popularity.

On the topic of web sites, I'm sure I'm not the only one who waxes nostalgic about old web pages. I've been following several sites now for close to ten years and because of this I've learned a great deal about the creators of those sites. A rather strange feeling is manifested when you read a person's site for so long. It's kind of like I've become a friend of theirs because I know so much about them and can relate to them so well. I've watched them graduate college, find a new girlfriend or boyfriend and then break-up, have disasters strike and still pull through, buy houses, get married, have children, and all sorts of other major events. However, I've only witnessed these things from a totally one-sided manner. I've never met these people, and I most likely never will; although in some cases I would rather like to.

Of course, that gets me thinking about my own web site (now over six years online), and how many people have been keeping up with me. I know a few people who have been with me since the birth of my web page, but I either either already knew these people in real life before my site or ended up actually meeting them; thereby breaking down the wall of the Internet. I wish I could say that these years have been as exciting as some of the other people that I read about, thus making my site worthwhile, but I'm not really that exciting of a person. Even still, I'll bet there are a few people out there who have been reading my site for several years; just watching and experiencing vicariously through me.

Sorry to get all introspective on you, sometimes my romantic side shines through.

Everybody is all up in arms over the new iPhone, but what I'm really concerned about is... will it blend?


And I'm sorry my arms to you were just empty rooms

Feeling: Blah

2007/07/10

I watched the movie Saved! last night. It was so hilarious and also quite applicable.

My Vorbis player is currently waiting to have its headphone jack soldered back onto the circuit board. It should work fine after that, but in the meantime I'm a sad panda. I still went ahead and ordered a new player though just because I'm ready for an upgrade. I should see it in a few days. The new player doesn't support Vorbis, but that's why we have Rock Box.


AT&T has poopy-pants

Feeling: Blah

2007/07/09

My land line has been officially disconnected. So if you're still calling 606-8523 you will no longer be able to reach me. If you need my new number email me and I'll send it to you.

I'm still healing. This weekend I was finally able to take a shower all by myself. It's a little difficult washing my right side, and applying and removing duct tape from my arm every morning really sucks, but it's one more step in the right direction.

Take a look at a myriad of tower defense games.


Facing this unbearable fear like meeting an old friend

Feeling: Injured

2007/07/06

My conscious finally got the better of me and I decided to buy some of the albums of the music I've been pirating. My most recent purchases have been Avril Lavigne - Let Go, Deirdre Flint - Shuffleboard Queens, Jewel - Pieces of You, Liz Phair - Liz Phair, Matchbox 20 - More Than You Think You Are, Matchbox 20 - Yourself or Someone Like You, Weezer - Make Believe, and Weezer - Maladroit. Now I feel okay to download another 50 GB or so.

The updates from the month of June are now in the old news page.


It's so easy to blow up your problems

Feeling: Injured

2007/07/05

Tuesday evening I watched the Transformers movie and I was actually quite pleased with it. No it wasn't the cartoon, but it was still a fun movie.

I had a pretty good Firework Day, sans fireworks. I was quite bummed to not be able to enjoy the holiday properly (by blowing stuff up), but I'll just have to make up for it next year. The fifth of July party also looks like it will be out of the question as well. Troublesum really needs a new meet up place for holidays. At least I still got a free meal with strangers, so that added a little bit of excitement to an otherwise disappointing holiday.

I added the StarCraft font to the Game Font Database.


I think I'll go for a walk

Feeling: Injured

2007/07/03

Wow, Firework Day really snuck on me this year. I didn't even get a chance to buy any fireworks; how depressing. That just means I'll have to make up for it next year I guess. At least I have a cook out to go to, so that's something. The 5th of July party looks to be cancelled for this year as well. My disability would eliminate the majority of fun I could have anyway, but for all the able-bodied arcade dwellers they'll be missing out.

Are you tired of erectile dysfunction medication that only lasts for a couple of hours? Well the get Cialis, the erectile dysfunction medication that lasts for 36 hours!


I'm getting better

Feeling: Injured

2007/07/02

I'm slowly becoming more self-sufficient. Today I even took a shower. It was an uncomfortable shower in which I had a bag duct taped over my arm, but it was a shower none-the-less. I even drove myself to work today like a grown up. Someday I might even stop wearing diapers (they're not a result of the accident, I just like the dependable feeling they give me).

My apologies to those who I haven't been able to respond to in a timely fashion. Typing isn't as easy as it used to be and I'm still lacking in the motivation department. I'm trying to get caught up from a few weeks of back emails, so I should get to you eventually.

This weekend I attended another open house and Jackie's sister's wedding reception. There's a funny thing about receptions--they're the same whether you know the families or not. They're just a series of tired traditions that the sheep of the world need to continue for some reason. Of course, when have I ever said no to a free meal?