August, 2008

You ask me how I am I lie and say I'm doing fine

Feeling: Blah

2008/08/29

Oh yes, and if you enjoyed playing Shift 2, also check out Shift and Shift 3. Thanks Beau and DoomRater

Cracked Online does it again with the 5 Lamest Disasters In Disaster Movie History.

If you're a programmer you'll understand this list of 10 Things That Annoy Programmers.

As if you needed another reason to hate Comcast, they've now instituted a monthly bandwidth cap. You will no longer be able to download more than 250 GB a month. That may sound like a lot to the average computer user, but to geeks like me, that isn't nearly enough.

Still feeling a little sick, but it's still pretty mild, I reckon I'll be fine by the end of the three-day weekend. See you in September!


I'm not saying that it's something wrong with life, cuz that's a sad excuse

Feeling: Blah

2008/08/28

I love myself some science because I know that science is very helpful to humanity. Science has given us important life-saving devices like the hydrogen bomb and germ warfare... But science might also allow us to completely destroy the world, and, if we're lucky, maybe even the universe! Check out Cracked Online's, 5 Scientific Experiments Most Likely to End the World.

I'm feeling a little ill today, but it's not that bad. Hopefully, if I saturate my body with ascorbic acid and go to bed early again tonight, I'll feel better for the weekend.

Ever since I started listening to music it has become a sort of time capsule for me. Today, while driving to get lunch, the sky was overcast and The Goo Goo Dolls was playing on my stereo. It brought me back to a time just after high school (circa 2000) when I was crazy lovesick for a girl I worked with. Last I heard she's a mother now, but that music, specifically the songs off of the "Dizzy Up the Girl" album, will always remind me of her and that time in my life.


It's such a thrill when your radials squeal

Feeling: Cool

2008/08/27

So here is a picture of Chloe. Isn't she gorgeous? Don't you just want to make out with her? She has a turbo-charged V6 which is just wonderfully overpowered. I've squealed my tires multiple times, even when I didn't mean to.

I finished covering Melanie (my laptop) with a bunch of stickers I designed. She looks much more homier now.

Also, enjoy Shift 2, a Flash game that appears to have taken inspiration from Squidi's game mechanics page.


I'm in love with my car, gotta feel for my automobile

Feeling: Cool

2008/08/26

I FINALLY GOT MY NEW CAR! I picked her up on my lunch break, so, as of yet, I don't have any pictures of her, but I should by tomorrow. She's pretty much like the best car ever made in the whole world ever for sure! As such, I've decided to name her. She is now to be known as Chloe, which is Greek for "green shoot", and since she's a yellowish-green it's the perfect name.

More fun Flash games: Penguin Diner lets you understand the difficulties faced by servers at a restaurant, and Dark Cut is similar to the game "Trauma Center".


I'd like to touch your positive vibes

Feeling: Flirty

2008/08/25

Overall, I had a wonderful weekend, although it was a bit sobering as well. I helped a friend through a rough time, became more acquainted with a new friend, and went to an Eve 6 convert.

I also re-watched the Nova documentary "Judgment Day: Intelligent Design On Trial", which explains and dramatizes the 2004 trial Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District in which Intelligent Design was ruled Creationism-renamed, and banned from public schools. I definitely recommend it.

Hungry? This page on Asian cuisine will make you lose your appetite.

Test out your problem solving abilities with this arrow game. After you beat that one, enjoy Totem Destroyer.

1 day until Car!


Broken hearts hurt but they make us strong

Feeling: Determined

2008/08/22

I watched Tropic Thunder last night. It's just as terrible as you'd expect from mixing Ben Stiller and Jack Black. But it was still funny, I guess.

There is a new Ask A Guru answer. It's been almost a year, so I figured it was time to update.

4 days until Car. Eve 6 concert on Sunday!


Oh my look at you, the wide-eyed ingénue

Feeling: Happy

2008/08/21

I went to the dermatologist today so he could look at some tiny bumps on my hand and he diagnosed them as flat warts. So basically, my hands are horrid cesspools of filth and disease. Luckily, he treated them, with some stinky brown gunk and they're blistering up and should be gone soon. Thank goodness for medicine that works (i.e., not homeopathic).

5 days until Car. Off to the movies tonight.


Car news!

Feeling: Excited

2008/08/20

I got a call from the dealer and they said my car will be ready on the 26th. It sure has taken them a long time considering they found it on the 5th, there will only be a few warm days left to ride with the top down. But hey, I'm just glad to finally have a date to look forward to.

I've been watching Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles and it's better than I expected. It's not quite as dark as the movies, there is an extreme disapproval of physics, and the terminators say cheesy one-liners, but over all, it's a captivating story line.

Babies laughing in slow motion scare me.


Still don't have car.

Feeling: Annoyed

2008/08/19

The days are getting shorter. The weather is getting colder. I still can't enjoy the luxury of a convertible because I still don't have my car.


Is it time for bed yet?

Feeling: Exhausted

2008/08/18

The hiking trip was great, although in the end I wound up going alone. Several people expressed interest, but some had to work, some had "family" issues, and some couldn't manage to get out of bed before noon on a summer weekend. It actually worked out pretty well anyway because I severely underestimated the hike. I was expecting the ground to be pretty level the whole way, but it turned out to be entirely rolling terrain. Hiking hills takes much more energy than flat land, and the six and a half miles felt more like fifteen miles. I'm in decent shape for a computer programmer, but that hike was pretty exhausting. However, future trips are still possible since the trail contains plenty of shortcuts for the novices.

On Sunday I went to the Tersigni family reunion (my father's side). I'd been skipping them for about 15 years now. I'm quite the black sheep of my family, which consists mostly of posturing alpha-males, but I figured I should probably make an appearance. I laid low for most of it and enjoyed myself playing volleyball and catching up with relatives. Most of the people I remember are in very different situations now, but for the most part, they're still the same people.

Upcoming concerts I'm going to try to get to:
08/24 - Eve 6 @ Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant
09/05 - Nightwish @ Harpos, Detroit
09/08 - The Fratelli's @ St. Andrews, Detroit


Still don't have car

Feeling: Okay

2008/08/15

Women's individual all around gymnastics was amazing last night. Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson, both of the US, took the gold and silver respectively. Michael Phelps also grabbed another gold in swimming. I wonder if I add the word "nude" next to the names of these athletes I'll increase my hit count ten-fold like I did last Olympics?

Hiking--tomorrow--everyone's invited--email me for details.

Found on a Christian forum: "Everyone knows scientists insist on using complex terminology to make it harder for True Christians to refute their claims. Deoxyribonucleic Acid, for example... sounds impressive, right? But have you ever seen what happens if you put something in acid? It dissolves! If we had all this acid in our cells, we'd all dissolve! So much for the Theory of Evolution, Check MATE!" -- Checkmate indeed.


It's hard to recreate such an individual game

Feeling: Okay

2008/08/14

Bionic Commando: Rearmed is out today! It's download only, but it totally looks worth it. (Totally? Wow, I'm even talking like it's the 80's again!).

Here's some new music for you to listen to:

Fight Like Apes - "Lend Me Your Face" - (Very upbeat and crazy)
Kimya Dawson - "Loose Lips" - (Perky and raw, from the Juno soundtrack)
Katherine Gehl - "A Pound of Kumquats" - (Slow, but really nice)
Lisa Mitchell - "Neopolitan Dreams" - (Bad quality video, but the song is pretty)

The hiking trip is still on for this Saturday so let me know it you're interested.


Lend me your face, I'll bust it up and I'll replace it

Feeling: Lonely

2008/08/13

I had an odd dream this morning that I was back in high school on the first day of class. I was in line at admissions picking up my schedule. Since I signed up really late for my classes I was tucked into all the lame ones like knitting, although I wasn't that miffed, because I would at least be learning something new. When I arrived to my first class, I found it was completely full of girls. I sat down in the back, and then lo and behold my friend Kimberly sat down in front of me. Class started before I could ask her what she was doing here and the teacher began passing back several papers. When I got the first one I recognized it as a drawing I did as a child! She kept passing back more papers, and they all looked like something children had drawn. I realized that she was passing back the childhood work of everyone in the class. I was curious to find Kimberly's childhood drawings, and she was eager to prevent me. Yet, when I saw it, I knew it was hers. It was a tiny red memo pad filled with thousands of scribbles in red ink. Several pages were even made as a flip book. Kimberly was embarrassed, but I thought it was great. As class was ending I asked Kimberly what she was doing in high school and she said she was only taking this one class. Then I woke up.

All you domestic gamers out there will love snackordie.com. Turn your favorite videogame characters into cupcakes!

For those of you who bought an iPhone, you already know how slow it is, but for those of you who haven't seen one in use, the speed of the phone in the advertising was seriously inflated.

Swimmer Michael Phelps just became the most decorated Olympic athlete in history. This allowed the USA to stay at the top of the list for most total medals, although China still has a commanding lead in the number of golds. If you didn't catch the Hungarian weightlifting accident, take a look at the video. It's seriously gruesome.

Oh yeah, I'm doing a hiking trip this Saturday at the Holly Recreation Area. It'll be fine for beginners. Everyone is welcome, just let me know if you're interested and I'll give you the details.

Car won't be here until next week. Sigh.


Still no car

Feeling: Sad

2008/08/12

Still no car.


There's Joe not givin' a good god damn!

Feeling: Okay

2008/08/11

My weekend was a lot of fun. On Saturday I closed out my old checking account and moved it into my current one. I also met up with Devin, Kaylee, and Alex and hung out with them all day. On Sunday, I did some urban hiking through Grand Blanc, checked out the lame art fair and farmer's market, poked around various areas of the city I hand't been to yet, picked up some used books, and finally headed over to Rachel's to play videogames and watch humorous Internet videos like The MANtage.

I added the original NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack to the Videogame Music Preservation Foundation.

Why do we capitalize the pronoun "I"?

For those of you keeping track of the Olympics, here are the medal counts.

In Australia, they just finished up a lame five episode TV show called, "The One". The series was a kind of game show in which alleged psychics were pitted against each other to find the best psychic in Australia. The "winner" was Charmaine Wilson. If you watched the show you would have seen her amazing talents which include her inability to find a boy lost in the woods in episode one, her inability to find a shipping container full of barrels in episode two, her inability to identify the location of Ned Kelly's remains in episode three, her inability to match a piece of luggage with its passenger in episode four, and her inability to find the location of Peter Falconio's body in episode five. The TV station then bestowed upon Wilson the high honor of "Australia's most gifted psychic". This is the best the psychic community could do. How sad. Enjoy this parody DVD advert.


What's wrong, what's right? I don't care when I hate my life

Feeling: Blah

2008/08/08

If you're like me and you get you kicks by correcting other people's pronunciation, you'll love this.

Slow motion lightning is awesome.

On 08/08/08, At 8:08 China Standard Time, the '08 Olympics start. Notice a pattern with the number 8?

I've been feeling a little rejected recently, but I'm heading out to a bonfire tonight with some good friends. Hopefully, that will make me happy again.


I imagine everyone sometimes will cross their heart and hope to die

Feeling: Aggravated

2008/08/07

I want my car! I want it now! I want the world, I want the whole world!

Did Jesus ride velociraptors? You bet your crown of thorns he did!

More additions to the Game Boy and People sections of the Bionic Commando Database.

If you're thinking about getting your dog neutered, you may first want to consider Doggy Condoms.

The 2008 Summer Olympics start tomorrow in Bejing.


If you be the one to cut me I will bleed forever

Feeling: Anxious

2008/08/06

Update your computer software by replacing the old clunky software with new sleek software. I've already spoken long and hard about using software replacements, many of which are on this site.

Lots of clean-up in the Bionic Commando Database along with some of the complete game scripts.

I want my car now! I don't want to wait until next week! Gimmie gimmie gimmie!


My love letter to nobody

Feeling: Excited

2008/08/05

Woo hoo! I put a deposit down on my new/used car, and they're shipping her in from Florida. I should have her by next week, and then life will be good! I'll of course be putting pictures up when I get her.

There are several more additions to the Bionic Commando Database as well.

Enojy the best of Unnecessary Censorship.


Don't smash my precious hadrons!

Feeling: Accomplished

2008/08/04

I just got back from a weekend of driving. Saturday morning I drove up to Pentwater to attend the wedding of my friends Meg and Charlie. It was right on the shore of Lake Michigan, so it was really sunny, windy, and beautiful. Later that night I drove south to Kalamazoo to stay over with Jess and Graham. On Sunday we watched The Dark Knight, which was great, and I got to catch up on everything that I've missed.

Speaking of driving, the Saab dealer called me today and said he may have found the car I wanted! It went up on GM's dealer auction today, but it doesn't look like anyone bought it. I'm calling him tomorrow morning to try and get it! Yipee!

Fellow font lovers will enjoy this video. I had a lot of conflicting emotions about it. I loved the humor of showing what fonts would look like as people, but I have a hard time endorsing anything that puts Comic Sans in a positive light.

Fellow game hackers will appreciate this in depth explanation of the kill screen in level 22 of Donkey Kong.

I noticed that instead of pronouncing the word "bedroom" as "bed-room", I say "bed-droom". I should really make a conscious effort to correct that.


Hard work pays off, but not in money

Feeling: Content

2008/08/01

As promised, the August Issue of Cerebral Seepage is now available! Read it for free online or make me money by purchasing it on lulu.com. This issues contains articles on cannibalism, wiretapping, idiotic advertising, dating for dork (female edition), and several others.

The Bionic Commando Database has also been updated with several additions to the minor character roles.

What happens when you take a movie poster and change one letter?

There is a total solar eclipse today. To see it, all you have to do is live near the arctic circle.