Friday, December 17, 2004


You know what. I'm tired of LOL. It's soo 1997. There hasn't been any new kick ass anagrams since then either, that's why I made it a quest to make up a new ass kicking anagram.

Wanna know what it is?

Ok, are you ready?


KS?!? What the hell is that?! Well, Jimbo. It means Knee Slapper. Instead of the boring as hell "LOL" that's old. Say KS. It's easier to type.

Thursday, December 9, 2004

Route Smash AAARRHH!!!

So, after two years, my Linksys router crapped out on me and I was forced to buy a new one. It didn't actually crap out on me tottaly, just started going a little ca-ca.

Long story short, the Linksys ended up sitting on the table for about a month and tonight I gave it a farewell party.

Click here to see the party!

Thursday, December 2, 2004

Mike’s Holiday Wishlist

I said I'd do it and here it is, thee official Super-Awesome-Totally-Rad-manshortsdotnet-Holiday-Gift-Guide!!!11!!1oneone! . I'm going to start off with MY holiday wish list, these are things that I would like find hidden under the tree or stuffed in the stocking on Christmas morn.

The Fender Twin Reverb is one of the best sounding amps I've ever played, this thing has amazingly clear clean tone. The only draw back is theres NO DISTORTION at all. But, throw in a a distortion pedal (or the next gift on the list) and your ready to go, ninja!

I've previously owned a Boss ME-50, and while it did get the job done, it did sound a bit digital and fake. The GT-6 on the other hand has (supposedly) more authentic tone, less digital and more analog, it's supposed to suck less tone as well. BTW, my buddy, Mesa-Mitch owns a POD xt Live and he loves it.

Well, Half-Life 2 is out and it kicks major ass. And since HL2 favors ATI based GPU's over NVIDIA's, I NEED this card. Well, I don't REALLY need it, seeing as how I'm running HL2 on my 9800 Pro at 1600x1200 and 2xAA and I'm getting a pretty steady 60 - 50 fps. But, if I was rich and had nothing better to do with my money, I'd make my wife buy me this for Christmas.

I'd like some new guitar pickups for my '62 Jag. The pups in it now are a bit twangy and a little to bright, so I was thinking about putting the Seymour Duncan JB JR. as I would hate to route out the body of my Jag.

It's a sling shot, you can shoot marbles up to 225 yards (That's 2 1/4 football fields!). Not much more to say about it. I actually had one when I was about thirteen but I lost it :(

This is what I call, 'the Aunt and Uncle' gift. This is what you get from your aunt and uncle, nothing real expensive but something that would be put to good use.

The new hot portable on the market is the new Nintendo DS. Two screens and Mario 64 and a programmable GBA cart and you've got a happy geek!

I'll take this in any denomination, tens, twenties or even the fake looking new fifties. I'll take 'em all.

It's not that kind of scanner, it's a radio scanner, you can listen in on cordless phones, mall security, the police, you name it. I've actually had two of these, one when I was 9 and another one when I was 12. Why? I don't know.

This is it, the big daddy of all Macs. Again, if I was a billionaire (being a millionaire wont cover it), I would buy this. The price is with matching 23" monitor and a Radeon 9800 Pro. I love Macs, and I'm kind of a Mac bigot, so I actually can see myself spending this much money on a computer, as if I would laugh whole hardily at someone wasting that much on a PC. And if I were Steve Jobs, I would laugh at me for spending so much money on a computer.

The Leatherman has always been the American version of the Swiss Army knife, however the Leatherman, I think, has more useful tools in it then its Swiss counterpart. There have been so many times in my life when I could have used a tool in a Leatherman. I'll say maybe over five times in my life. But this year, things are going to change, for I hope, that when I wak up on the morning of December 25th, I will find stuffed deep down in my stocking hanging from the mantle, the new Leatherman Charge Ti.

Features include:

  • Titanium Handles

  • Needlenose Pliers

  • Wire Cutters

  • 154 CM Clip-Point Knife

  • Scissors

  • A butt-load of screwdrivers
  • theres a lot more to list and I'm lazy, so click here to go the official site.

    Well, that's my holiday wishlist, I'm not going to get everything on the list. But as long as I get that damn slingshot I'll be happy.

    Wednesday, December 1, 2004

    It’s that time of year again.

    Well my friends, it's that time of year again. And no matter what relegion you are, we all have on thing in common. What? Love you say? Hell no! Toys! It's all about the toys, man!

    This year marks the start of the Super-Awesome-Totally-Rad-manshortsdotnet-Holiday-Gift-Guide!!!11!!1oneone!

    I'm going to post up three top ten list full of gifts for your geek, your girl or for me. Check back soon for the first list, MY WISHLIST! HAHAHA

    Tuesday, November 30, 2004

    Sad Pizza Man

    p>For the last three or four days I've been craving a pizza from Pizza Hut. But on each, and every single night that the pizza craving launched a surprise attack on my stomach, something with a force similar to that of a typhoon had prevented me from achieving my goal of cheesy crusty goodness.

    Example, one night my craving struck after they (Pizza Hut) were closed, the following night PIzza Hut was so busy they weren't doing any more deliveries. But last night, oh yes, that was my shining moment. Last night, my friend, the moon and stars aligned and allowed me to obtain the delectable disc shaped heart stopper.

    So, after waiting the prerequisite 35-45 minutes for delivery my moment had come. "Ding-Dong" I heard, I let out a slightly girly cry of 'yay' and opened the door...

    Once I opened the door, however, things changed. You see, the delivery guy was the same guy who used to deliver them way back when. See, I haven't ordered from Pizza Hut in about 6-7 months, so it was quite shocking to see his dumb, scared face staring at me through my security door holding my pizza. I see him, standing on the porch, freezing in the cold, he builds up enough courage to say "Fourteen Thrity-seven...".

    The one thing about him that always bugged me was I could never tell if he was just a total asshole, or dumb. Last night however, I found out the truth. He's scared. I gave him a twenty and as he counted off from twenty it hit me, he gave me my change and I tipped him a measly $1. He looked at me, deep in my eyes and I realized he's scared.

    Scared of what you say? Certainly not me. He's delivered countless pizza-pies to my house and I'm pretty sure he knows I wont jack him.

    So what do I honestly think he was scared of? Deep down inside, I think he's scared for his future. Scared that he wont live up to expectations others have put on him, scared that he thinks he's letting people down that he still delivers pizzas.

    But, on the other hand, when I gave him his tip he didn't say 'thank you' he said 'OK'. Like he expected more.

    What an asshole.

    Thursday, November 25, 2004

    slight redesign

    UPDATE -- Turns out things are a lot more messed up then I though I'm going to have to hose out the entire MT directory and start over fresh.

    I'm going to do a slight redesign over the weekend. Nothing too major, just kinda clean things up a bit.

    Powweb, my webhost, has been acting really weird and putting a 'cap' on programs hogging memory. I keep getting 500 cgi errors.

    Although, I must admit though, things got royaly fucked up since I installed MT-Blacklist. I cannot begin to explain how much I hate this program. It kind of reminds me of a red-headed-bastard-step-child. People appreciate that it's there, but don't exploit its full potential.

    Well, I'm off to watch... er, I mean, 'play' Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    Wednesday, November 24, 2004


    I fucking hate spam. It drives me crazy. But, the one type of spam I hate the most is blog spam. OH MY GOD OMG ARGGHHHHHHHH. Drives me nuts. I'm pretty iritated right now with all this fucking "Hold 'em rules" and "Vioxx Lawsuit". Do they think I'm a depressed arthritic with a gambling problem? Drives me nuts.

    Anyway, since MT-Blacklist does absolutley shit from stopping spammers posting in the first place, I'm probably going to install some kind of verification system in the comments. Like where you have to type in what it says in the image in order to post.

    My comments section contains 400 comments, 280 of which are spam comments, and I just cleaned it out three days ago...


    Saturday, November 13, 2004

    Back Alley Tech Tip

    I recently stumbled upon Microsofts' new desktop theme. It's called Energy Blue and I have to say, it's really awesome. Here's what it looks like on my pc.


    Pretty sharp looking huh, it's almost like the default blue, but just a bit better in my opinion. The thing is, this theme is made for PC's running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, so in order to get it working it requires a bit of hacking. Luckily, I'm a pretty nice guy and I've written a little guide to help you, my dear friends, install this wonderful theme. You're going to need WinZip or WinRar</a or some other type of third party unzipping utility installed on you computer. Ready? Ok.

    1. First, you will want to start off by downloading the theme

    2. Right click the file you downloaded and choose the option that will allow you to extract the files to your desktop.

    3. Place the file called 'royale.theme' in your 'C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes' folder

    4. Make a directory in 'C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes' and call it 'Royale'

    5. Now put all the remaining files from the archive in 'C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes\Royale'

    6. Right click on the desktop and click on the 'Appearance' tab, click on the drop down box that's titled 'Windows and buttons and choose 'Windows XP style'. If you have more then one list for 'Windows XP style', try the first one. Then, click on the 'Color scheme' drop down box and choose Royale. You're done my friend.

    A very simple hack that has some, I think, pretty awesome results. Now, if Royale doesn't appear in the 'Color scheme' drop down box, and you have more then one instance of 'Windows XP style' in the 'Windows and buttons' drop down, just simply choose the other option in the list. It should show up. If it doesn't then you should try the whole process again.

    The whole process should take 10 minutes tops and is very straight forward.

    Hope you enjoy this, I sure did.

    Tuesday, November 9, 2004

    mame cab — new toys!

    So I got some new toys for my mame cab. First, I bought myself the SlikStik Tornado Spinner. What an amazing toy, it really does spin for minutes, but I do have an interesting story to tell about it. But, that's for tomorrow.

    I also switched out the joysticks from the Ultimarc T-Stik Plus, to the pretty much arcade standard Happ Competition Joystick. The difference is beyond words, the way the joystick moves is something I'm much more use to then the Ultimarc. I grew up playing Mortal Kombat and the Competition (although a modified version with a heavier spring) was used in the MK cab.

    "L to R: The Happ Competition, Ultimarc T-Stik Plus"

    The only thing I regret about getting rid of the T-Stik is the 4 way mode. Pac-Man is absolute garbage on an 8 way. It's impossible. So, that's why I ordered a Wico 4 way off of ebay. Should be here soon and I can't wait to install it.

    One thing I don't miss about the T-Stik is its extremely short throw and super loud clicking.

    Click image to start the video!

    Notice how the Player 2 joystick doesn't hardly tilt at all, when I push on it that's all it goes. It makes a very odd feeling as if the joystick is stuck.

    Also, if you look really closely in the background, I've got Ken in 'THEE HANDCUFFS'. Ninja what?!

    Something I want to Point Out

    Uhmm... Halo was boring as hell and Halo 2 is going to suck just as much.

    (Ducks for cover)

    That is all.

    ... Halo(2) sucks

    Saturday, November 6, 2004

    Send out some mojo!

    Hey, in case you didn't hear, my buddy Paul Shaqz, is sick. He's got a sore throat, his momma made him some hot chocolate to make him feel better. I want him to feel better too! So, send out some mojo to him.

    Wednesday, November 3, 2004

    Get yo’ drink on.

    This is teh best picture ever. It's from two weeks ago when Mitch and Dannielle visted us for the day.

    I added a bunch of pictures in the gallery.

    Friday, October 15, 2004

    Garage Sale

    I've got Pentium 3 1.1 ghz for sale up on eBay Click here

    Thursday, October 14, 2004

    Google does it again!

    Google released their new desktop searching program. It's basically Google's search technology for your desktop, search for anything on your hard drive using powerful Google algorithims and crazy voodoo magic!

    Wednesday, October 13, 2004

    MAME Cabinet — Complete

    Well, one month ago today I started building my cabinet, today I can claim that I am officially, I'm done. That's it, no more. The only thing to do is add a spinner, but that's a Christmas gift.

    Yesterday I bought a motherboard for my old XP 2000+ and a 2600+ for my main system. I did a swap and mounted the mobo on the side of the cab. It looks pretty cool.

    The specs for the mame computer are:

    - AMD Athlon XP 2000+
    - MSI Motherboard
    - 256MB Ram
    - Nvidia GeForce 2
    - 20 gigabyte Maxtor hard drive.

    So, today I can say that I'm done. However, I'm not done with my report. So, come with me and we will jump back in time, all the way to the month of September.

    After all the painting and routing for the t-molding (a story in it self), I attached the other side panel and I had the basic frame down. I almost cried. It was beautiful, I tell 'ya, beautiful. I almost shed a tear, no lie, it kind of felt like bringing a child in to the world.

    But I'm getting a bit too personal.

    Anyway, I drilled all the holes in the control panel and stuck the buttons and joysticks in my CP

    My joystick of choice is Ultimarc's T-Stick and T-Stick Plus. The T-Stick plus is super cool because it can switch from 4-way (for older games, such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, games that don't require diagonal movement.) to 8-way with out having to get underneath the control panel. All you have to do is pull up on the joystick and turn the handle and you have either a great 4-way or 8-way joystick. The T-Stick isn't perfect, however. The first thing is it's very noisy, when the actuator hits the microswitches it makes the loudest clicking noise you'll ever hear, it almost becomes a distraction. Two, the throw is very short. What's throw you ask? Well, I'll tell you. Throw (as we refer to it in the arcade industry) is the amount of distance the joystick can tilt from its center postion. The T-Stick can hit the microswitch with barely any movement. Most arcade cabinets use the Happs Super/Competition/Ultimate. Those joysticks tilt quite a bit before the switch is activated. I might change it out one day, but I really like the ability to switch from 4-way to 8-way on the fly. So I'm confused, stick with the T-Sticks (Not very punny) or go with Happs Super, any suggestions?

    Here's a picture of my ghetto ass wiring job and my matching ghetto ass plaid shirt.

    So with every thing all wired up I put the TV in the cab and things were almost done. I decided to use a TV over a monitor for two reasons, price and size. The money I could have spent on a 19" computer monitor got me a 25" TV. Sure, a computer monitor gives you a great sharp display, but a TV matches the display properties of an arcade monitor a lot more closely then a computer monitor. So, I went with a 25" Sharp TV from Best Buy.

    Here�s some pics of the TV in the cab. Can you spot my slipper?

    For my encoder I used Ultimarc's Opti-Pac and Ipac combo. Kick ass stuff they sell, the Ipac is a fully programmable keyboard encoder. The Opti-Pac is for wiring the trackball to.

    The hardest thing to get installed was the damn t-molding. You see, a wise man once said, you need the right tool for the right job. That jackass forgot to tell me about router bits (FYI, there isn't no old wise man, it's a metaphor, jackass.)

    Dig it; I bought a router from Home Depot, only problem is that they didn�t sell the proper slot cutting bit. Uh oh! What am I to do? Well, they say necessity is the mother of invention, so I used some other god forsaken bit that makes a rounded edge; it also cuts a slot out in the process. So I figure if I can keep the router from going too deep it will make just a slot. Perfect, I thought. Yeah... I thought.

    It worked out semi-ok. It made the slot, although it made it too wide and not deep enough, so I ended up having to cut all the '-' from the T molding. So the end result was that I had ) molding instead of a T. If I ever make another cab I'm definitely buying the right bit. The method I had used to get the molding to stick to the cab was drive tiny nails at indiscreet locations, and then tack the rest down with a combination of hot glue, super glue and 90 second epoxy. The latter two of the three are perhaps two of the worst smelling substances known to man. It came out a lot better then what I had expected it would.

    The monitor bezel is just a piece of plexiglass with the edges painted black. Meh, it's boring so I won't go into it. But in case you do want to know, what I did was I put the plexiglass in place, put some masking tape over the screen area of the plexiglass and then went to town with my roller, simple.

    After all the major details were done, only one thing was left to be done, the marquee. That's the one thing that I needed to make the cabinet look complete. I decided I wanted something personal and not something that anyone else has, so I figured the manshorts logo would be perfect, after all, the man in manshorts and player one start is the same thing. To accomplish this huge task, I took the logo, resized it in Photoshop to the size of the marquee, took it to Kinko's and they printed it up for $15 smackers.

    Lucky for me, Kinko's jacked up my order.

    First of all, I requested a proof first, which they never made, Kinko's had went ahead and made the actual copy without my permission. And secondly, they didn't cut the paper right so there's a bit of white border around everything, hardly that noticeable since the marquee retainer covers it up. But, all those lead to me getting my money back. So, yay for me!

    So, I brought my $15 piece of paper home, slapped it between some plexiglass and screwed in the marquee retainers.

    So there I stood, looking at what I had built. I made this thing with my own hands. Lila came up to me from behind �What are you doing just looking at it?� she said. "I'm admiring my machine" She turned to me and in unison we said
    "Plug it in!"

    Friday, October 8, 2004

    MAME Cabinet — Update

    Well, the M.A.M.E. cabinet is all done. Everything is in it's right place. I promise tomorrow morning I'll post some pictures and a complete work log. Right now though, I'm dead tired.

    WORD UP!!!

    Wednesday, September 29, 2004

    Revenge of the GMail

    I've got another batch of GMail invites. Take them, I don't need `em! (Gone) (dead) (NO)


    Don't worry, my moblog didn't get deleted. AFAIK, Textamerica is just moving all the pictures over to another server and they're not available until the entire moving process is complete.

    I guess they're getting ready for a big change over at TA. I know they're redesigning the control panel and adding some features.

    Saturday, September 25, 2004

    M.A.M.E. Cabinet — Day Whatever.

    After letting the paint dry overnight, I decided it was time to attach the monitor shelf braces to the interior of each side panel.

    I used four 2x4

    Monday, September 20, 2004

    NES Madness

    About a month ago, I made a recording of some kick ass NES tunes.

    What I did was record the bass and drum tracks of the old NES games and played the lead parts with my guitar over the NES tracks. Kinda cool, I guess.

    Click here if you wanna hear it.

    MAME Cabinet — Day 4

    Day 4 is pretty boring. Paint Day.

    First I applied two coats of primer. The Kilz Primer dries in an hour so it only took about an hour and a half for the application of primer.

    For the actual paint, I applied a heavy coat of black, waited about an hour or so and put another heavy coat of black.

    One thing, USE A ROLLER! I cannot stress how much easier and quicker a roller makes painting. It actually makes painting fun, big plus in my book.

    And as I washed out the paint pan and contemplated throwing away my $2 foam paint roller, I breathed a sigh of relief knowing that I was done painting and that much closer to finishing my project

    Saturday, September 18, 2004

    I love the ’80s

    They say when you get married you're supposed to do 'adult things' and get rid of childish things, like your toys and games and all things considered fun.

    Well, not me.

    One thing I've always wanted when I was younger was an arcade cabinet. You see, I was addicted to Mortal Kombat II. I would go every other day to Jimmy's arcade and spend hours and hours playing MK I and II, Killer Instinct, Galaga. Basically, I love arcades. Also, the fact that arcades are pretty much dead put a halt to my fun.

    So, when I discovered MAME a few years ago my world was turned upside down. The thought of thousands of games and my disposal made my fingers twitch. Playing all those games on a keyboard, however, sucked. Big time. Buying a controller was a step up, but still nowhere near the experience of the real thing. I wanted the real thing, bad, I wanted... a cabinet!

    Which brings me to a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon 'Build Your Own Arcade Controls' and went through their examples page. There were some crazy dudes out there and I wanted to be one of them. I did the research and found a design I liked. I'm partial to the more modern arcade cabinets, like MK II and KI. So I found a design over at Arcade Paradise and got to work.

    On a side note he did a REALLY good job on Arcade Paradise 3. You have to check it out.

    So I headed out to Home Depot and bought three sheets of 3/4" MDF (Which is just a step up from particle board.) Three 2x4's, a couple boxes of screws, some L brackets and some 1x1's and it was time to let the games begin.

    I also picked up a garbage disposer and a door, but that's beside the point.

    After measuring and tracing out the plans I called up my Dad and asked if he could help me with the cutting the wood seeing as how I

    Day 2 & 3

    After yesterday

    I’m the best.

    I love arcade games. And I love to play them, and I like to make love to arcades... wait I went to far.

    But I really do love arcades, and seeing as how our local arcade (perhaps the last REAL arcade in America) is so beat down and dirty I decided to make my own cabinet.

    Yeah, I know. But, I have nothing better to do.

    I'm going to keep a running journal of the progress of the cabinet. Once everything is done I'm gonna archive everything at

    Saturday, August 28, 2004


    So in case some of you heard about and thought it sounded like a good idea but were it is a scam. I've volunteered to put my life on the line and signed up for it.

    I still need at least two more people to sign up and complete offers before I can get an iPod (Wanna help me out Paul Shaqz?). So, if anyone is will to help (this means you, Paul!), here is a link All you have to do is sign-up with and select an offer (I chose the Blockbuster offer) and you're set. Then have five of your friends sign-up and a glorious new iPod is yours. Sounds like a pyramid scheme, I know. But if it works then who give a flying w00t?

    Friday, August 27, 2004

    The Backseat is the Place to be.

    Between the ages of 4-16. Growing up is thee coolest thing a person of that age can do (besides something like taking a dump between GI-Joe and Transformers without missing the opening). You can go out, stay up as late as you want. It's all up to you, because you're grown up. Grown ups can do neato things like drive a car. If your between the ages of 19-death, then growing up isn't all that it's made out to be. You sometimes wish you could grow down.

    I remember when I was younger, I used to love going on trips. To me, there was nothing in the world I enjoyed more, it meant I got to sit in the backseat, by myself, listening to my favorite CD's through my headphones. Nothing but me, the window and my music. It's hard to explain the feeling. It's kind of like you're in this bubble moving at an incredibly fast speed, and the world is flying by you in your personal cocoon of vision and sound.

    I remember thinking, 'Someday, that'll be me up front. I can't wait!'

    Growing up seemed like the coolest. Sadly, you never realize what you have until it's gone. The days when your biggest concern was how much juice was left in your CD player's batteries and how much longer until day you were offically grown up, seem like such a far off vision of a childhood that once was, yet I remember them as if they were yesterday. Sometimes, I really wish I could go back.

    So, now I'm a grown up. I do grown up things. I have bills, I have to worry about the other guy not stopping at the red light. I'm no longer in the backseat, I'm up front. And it's scary. I wish I could go crawl in the backseat. Sit there put my headphones and just tune out the world.

    Sometimes, I wish I could go back, but theres one thing that makes me want to stay up front, something that keeps me looking at the world from a different view. My wife. So long as she is my co-pilot. I never want to crawl in the back.

    Saturday, August 7, 2004

    Doom 3

    Wow... oh shit. ca-ca. Doo-doo. Doom 3 is the bomb.

    It really is a great game. You don't need a $5,000 computer to play it either. I'm running it on an Athlon XP 2000+ with 768 MB of ram and a GeForce ti 4600, and I'm getting some pretty decent playable frame rates.

    During running and one monster fight I get around 25-30fps. Decent. When there's more then one monster on screen (I'm talking like 4-5) the frame rate drops, big time. I'm talking single digits here. 8-15 fps. Not bad, but not great.

    Doom 3 is a game that makes you want to upgrade your system. I'm planning on getting a 3200+ with 333mhz FSB. And, maybe a new graphics card. Not sure though which one.

    Any way, I took some screenshots of the game to show how good it looks at my resolution on medium quality.

    Possible spoilers contained within. And also, these pictures are HUGE! I'm talking around 2 megs each. If you are on dial-up don't even bother.

    Doom 3 Photo Gallery

    Sunday, August 1, 2004

    I wish some one…

    ...would buy me this


    I just heard the most kick ass version of Super Mario Bros. 2. Evar!!!!111!!! It's done by Shawn Phase over at Temp Sound Solutions. It's really, really awesome. Click here to get it

    Thursday, July 29, 2004


    There's a mosquito flying around the room and it's scaring the p3wpz out of me...

    Wednesday, July 28, 2004

    Camera Phone Madness

    For those of you who don't know, I'm a tech gadget junkie. I love anything related to tech and a waste of money. Cell phones, computers, pda's, game systems. You name it; I love to waste money on them.

    One of the things that I've wasted quite a few bucks on is cell phones. I've had five different cell phones with three different providers in the last year and a half. In fact, I've just recently switched from a Treo600 to the new Sanyo PM-8200.

    And the thing is, I don't really talk on the phone that much, I just like the wow factor of a phone and its handiness. The ratio of play to actual talk time is about 8:1 in favor of the former.

    Here's a list of cell phones I've had over the last year and a half:

    Nokia 8290 /w Cingular -- The best simple cell phone, ever!
    Ericson t68 /w Cingular -- Which was decent until I fell on it and the screen cracked.
    Sony-Ericson /w Cingular -- The replacement for the above phone.
    Motorola v60 /w Cingular -- It was cheap and matched my PowerBook
    LG VX6000 /w Verizon -- The first provider switch, had to get a camera phone with unlimited messaging.
    Treo600 /w Sprint -- Was only $300 with rebate, so I just had to have it.
    Sanyo PM-8200 /Sprint -- To replace the above Treo600. Perhaps the best phone I've ever owned.

    There a lot more that I'm missing out on, I've had numerous Nokia's. The 5190, 8890, the big clunky camera phone one and one more that I can't remember.

    This brings us to the last phone on the list, the Sanyo PM-8200. Click more to read the full review.

    I recently switched from Verizon to Sprint for the sole reason of using the Treo600. I was lusting over the Treo since it was first released. After using it for about three months, the bulkiness of the unit and the awkward touch screen, I decided to switch to a regular flip-phone. After searching around Sprint's website and reading some reviews, I settled on the Sanyo PM-8200. I liked its picture quality the most, I've compared it to Sanyo's video phone and the picture quality is a lot better.

    I'll be rating the phone in five categories and giving each one a rating of one through five.

    The design is very similar to my old LG VX6000. The placement of the camera is in the same spot. The external LCD is very crisp and clear and the placement of it is perfect. It feels very sturdy and secure when it is open. All though, when closed it feels as if the top of the phone wiggles left and right a little too much. 4 out of 5

    The screen is clear and sharp, all though not the sharpest on the market it's fairly clear and a lot less blurry then my Treo600. The external LCD is surprisingly sharp. No pixilation. Overall, the screens are fair, crisp and clear, though not perfect. 4 out of 5

    The earpiece is average, I have very sensitive hearing so I always leave it on the lowest volume setting, and unless I'm talking to my mom then it's up a couple levels. There's no distortion on the earpiece and it sounds decent in loud places. Speakerphone is decent and ringtones are nice and loud. 4 out of 5

    ReadyLink is more or less a novelty than anything else. It's cool to 'walkie-talkie' and act like truckers. But other then that, it's kind of pointless. It's also kind of a bother to make a RL call. You have to open the phone, choose who you're going to call, push talk, wait to connect, close the lid and then start talking. It would be much more convenient if you could push the button, a list would pop up on the external LCD then you could choose who to talk to. 3 out 5

    This is where this phone really shines, aside from those mega-pixel camera phones in Japan; this thing has one of the best cameras I've seen on a phone in a long time. The color reproduction is phenomenal. Unlike the LG, which produced all the pictures with a slight brownish tone and the Treo which didn't work unless you were outside, the camera works under numerous lighting conditions and works great in dark settings, it's what really sold me on the phone. The only downside is the split second delay after clicking the shutter, it's really weird. You push the button, the shutter fires, it pauses for a fraction of a second and you end up with a picture, but not exactly when you pushed the button. It's odd and difficult to explain, if you've ever used the Nokia camera phone (With the rotary style keypad) you'll know what I'm talking about. 4 out of 5

    Overall, I'd say this is a phone that's well worth the money, practical and useful. Camera, cell phone, walker talkie, it has everything you could possibly need from a phone. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to purchase a new phone. In fact, Mitch bought the exact same phone. It gets my stamp of approval, and it gets my overall rating of 5 out of 5

    Monday, July 26, 2004

    Rear End Situation — Update

    So, every thing with my car is pretty much straightend out. The guy called me the following day after the cops came to me and interviewed me. I suppose they threatend him with hit and run and other scary things like that.

    Turns out that his dad is a dentist and that he'd (So far as I know) would rather pay the bill out of pocket and avoid the insurance companys completly. Which, I guess, is a lot easier on both of our parts, if he pays of course. I have the feeling that he will pay, seeing as how his dad's a dentist and probably can afford it.

    Now, heres the kicker. I took my car today to the body shop. Total repair cost, with parts and labor...

    ... $1331.50!!!!11!!!!1!

    That's insane.

    Friday, July 23, 2004

    Thank the Po-Po

    Well, the police just left and interviewed me about the hit-and-run last night. He asked me about where I was parked at, how the asshole was parked, etc. etc. etc.

    He said he already has his address and all that and he's going to check out his info and all that.

    "Is it ok if I just file this as an accident instead of a hit-and-run" He said.

    I replied, "I guess." The difference being that it's easier to get things done if it's filed under an accident and not hit-and-run and plus a he got off and talked.

    But, the fact remains, he still hit my car and left without swapping insurance and he was drunk. He still deserves some form of payback. Hopefully, he'll be paying insurance out the ass.

    I still don't have much hope, but, I dunno. The office just made my day that much better.

    Thursday, July 22, 2004

    Anger. Smash. Destory. Frat Boys.

    Please excuse this following entry. It has no spell checks, no puncuation, and no sense.

    so today we went bowling and as we come out some asshole drunk fratboy who was drunk and arguing on the phone backed up into my car at about 20 miles an hour and fucked up my bumper not bad just enough to wreck my day that fucker ran off after we got him out of the car to swap insurance info the fucker said the following i asked the ass hole in shorts 'are you drunk' he replied 'yeah... no' oh god what a fucking idiot good thing i got his license plate after we pulled him out of the truck and he looked at the damage he had done the fucker went in to his truck to get his insurance papers well we all had the idea he was gonna take so christopher took a pic of his plate thank god if you see a 6'3" blonde haired blue eyed 90lbs. walking sack of shit pretending hes hot shit thinkings hes too school for his frat please punch in his fucking whacked out drunk driving baby killing balls that fucker deserves to die he really does i dont care so much that he backed up in to my car and took off but he was a drunk i hope he kills someone and goes to jail for years and gets annaly mutilated in the ass by a 500lbs. gorilla name jo-jo and he gets aids and dies that fucker in his little shorts pants god i hate him.

    I feel better now. But seriously, this ass hole is a grade-a asshole, he's an iresponsible sack of shit, who hopefully, is gonna get whats coming to him. I've got his plates. Do what you want with them.

    UPDATE -- I got my justice.

    Now, it's time to watch Aqua Teen Hunger Force and forget about the last 5 hours.

    Holy Cow

    Well, I'm a +11 nerd. If you subtract the number of girl/boy friends you've had from the number of computers you've owned, then that is your nerd rating.

    I found this over at Taylor McKnight's site (That's where I got the cool buttons on the side from).

    I've had 12 computers in my life, one girlfriend/wife, therefore I am king nerd!

    I never thought about it, but, maybe the reason I only had one girlfriend/wife is because I had 12 computers... :)

    Monday, July 19, 2004

    Too late…

    It's real late/early. I should be sleeping, but I can't. I don't really want to, I feel like a three year forcing himself to stay up, I don't know why I'm doing this, but, I am.

    GMail reviews.

    When I gave out the first set up GMail invites, I gave one out to a guy named Chad. He was very gracious and wrote a review comparing it to Yahoo! Mail. I think it 100% better, and about a 150% better than Hotmail, thats for damn sure.

    Saturday, July 17, 2004

    New Feature!

    For those of you who don't know, I love Netflix. It rocks. Likes Dio rock, ok? Like imagine Holy Diver times ten. That's how much Netflix rocks.

    Anyway, thanks to a wonderful Movable Type Plugin called Netflix Suite, you can see what movies I currently have checked out and whats on my queue.

    Click here to see it.

    Sunday, July 11, 2004

    New face and an old story

    Well, I spent the weekend redesigning the website. I seen Paul's blog and I really liked the color scheme, and I got jealous. I always wanted a black website.

    In fact, the original design was entirely dictated by the old logo. I thought of the name 'manshorts', where all the best ideas come from, in the bathroom. The name was something so odd, that I made myself laugh. It was a short name that really stuck with me.

    A few hours later, the domain name was mine.

    I originally wanted the logo to be a picture of either me or some man in his boxers with a spider web representing the 'net'. But, after some debate, I decided I didn't want a half naked man looking at me, mocking me with his sculpted physique. On the other hand, I did NOT want to see my pudgy, hot dog and cheeseburger, super-size fry gut all the time, either.

    So, I decided that I would use a pictogram style logo. Something using images to convey the name. The (semi)famous blue polka-dot boxers that caused the whole color cahsnafle (Yeah, I just made up a word) in the first place. The white dots in the boxers made every thing but white, look terrible. So, the white page was born. And it stuck for a little over a year.

    But, things change, websites change. People change and grow, I think I've matured quite a bit over the last year, as a blogger, as a person, as a husband, as a friend. I've matured, I think, in a way that I've become more of an adult, yet remaining a giant dumb-ass. I think I'm the most responsible person I know. But at the same time, I have no problem watching cartoon and buying toys.

    And when I say toys, I mean action figure toys. Not like adult toys, like cars and tools and shit, I mean Transformers.


    I just upgraded to Movable Type v3 and was just checking to see if every thing works fine...

    Friday, July 9, 2004

    GMail Invites Strike Back!

    Hey, I know there's still some of you without a GMail account, and I know you want one right? Of course you do!

    My buddy Paul Shaqz has a few invites he's willing to give out. Just go to to his blog, 'Strange weird, but true'. He's got all the deets up there.

    Hurry, they won't last long. My last batch of invites went within two hours.

    GMail Invites Strike Back!

    Hey, I know there's still some of you without a GMail account, and I know you want one right? Of course you do!

    My buddy Paul Shaqz has a few invites he's willing to give out. Just go to to his blog, 'Strange weird, but true'. He's got all the deets up there.

    Hurry, they won't last long. My last batch of invites went within two hours.

    Monday, July 5, 2004

    More GMail

    Got another batch of invites for you all!

    Invite 1 (Dead)
    Invite 2 (Bye-Bye)
    Invite 3 (Gone!)
    Invite 4 (See-Yah!)
    Invite 5 (404)

    Have fun everyone!

    More GMail

    Got another batch of invites for you all!

    Invite 1 (Dead)
    Invite 2 (Bye-Bye)
    Invite 3 (Gone!)
    Invite 4 (See-Yah!)
    Invite 5 (404)

    Have fun everyone!

    Tuesday, June 22, 2004

    GMail All Gone

    Hey everybody, sorry but all my GMail invites are gone. I wish I could give one out to everyone who wanted one. But, I only got six invites total.

    From what I hear though, GMail should be going public within the next two weeks. Keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, check out The GMail machine for your chance to win an invite (All though it seems they're having problems with their servers right now.)

    Sunday, June 20, 2004

    One last invite

    UPDATE -- All used up. Brian got that one, have fun!

    Here's the last invite. Who ever clicks it first get a shiny new GMail account.Click here!

    GMail Invite

    UPDATE -- All gone, I gave out two invites. Jamie and Chad won the invites. Enjoy them!

    I've been using GMail for the last week or so, and I love it. It's great. It's whoops Hotmail in the butt.

    Yahoo! mail is also great, but there's just something about GMail that makes it cool. Maybe, it's just that I absolutely love Google. I don't know, maybe I just feel special that I got an invite. Well, now here's is your chance to feel just as special as me!

    Google has handed me down Six invites since I first signed up. I've got three (3) left and I figured for my karma's sake. I'm gonna give out one invite.

    The only thing you have to do is email me or leave a comment That's it. If you're the first person to email me, or leave a comment, I'll send you an invite. Simple. Right? Yes, of course.

    So, just click Click here

    Wednesday, June 9, 2004

    Vintage is better.

    I love playing guitar. It's one of my favorite rexlation techniques, if I'm stressed out, I just crank my amp and make noise.

    Now, my brother, Vince, is learning to play guitar, and he's quite good for a beginner.

    My favorite guitar maker is Fender. I love Fender guitars, don't get me wrong Gibson and ESP are awesome guitars. But, there's just something about a Fender that I really like. Their guitars are designed elegantly and with such simplicity and beauty. They play like a dream and, if you know what kind of mods to do to them, can produce a number of different tones.

    My favorite Fender guitar, is my Reissue '62 Jaguar. It's a kick ass guitar. My brother has a reissue Competition Mustang. Two of Fender's coolest looking guitars, ever!

    So today, I was looking at our guitars leaning up against my amp and said to my self 'Damn, those are some fine looking guitars.' So, I took some pictures.

    Tuesday, June 8, 2004

    I made it!

    Heh, I made this. I made myself laugh for hours!

    I'm a wizard man

    Sunday, June 6, 2004

    Saftey First

    Today, I was going through the saftey manual of my new Passat. It's a pretty straightforward manual. Wear you seat-belt and don't speed type stuff. But, the best part is the pictures.

    The pictures depict these weird half-human-half-zombie people. It's weird. But, just let me set one thing straight, they're all laughs.

    So, I figured I'd share some of my favorites with you. On Internet.

    <a href="/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=funny
    wreck">Click here and laugh.

    Thursday, June 3, 2004

    What was the chef’s name from the Muppets?

    Last night, Lila and I got bored and hungry and we each made our own meals.

    Lila made home made bean burritos which where, by the way, excellent. She melted cheese in the beans. Really good.

    I made Caprese and Bruschetta. Also very delicious if I do say so myself. In fact, I was so proud of it that I took pictures.

    Click here to see!

    Monday, May 31, 2004

    ..About a man named, Mesa

    I've known Mitch for years. A million in fact. I've grown up with the kid. And one thing I've always admired about him is one good manner he has.

    Waiting for everyone elses food to come before he eats his.

    He has the ability to sit, and wait, even if his food is right there in front of him. He will sit there, ignoring his plate mere inches from his face, acting as if he's giving he's club sandwich the silent treatment. Waiting patiently for the rest of his partys food to arrive. It takes will power to acomplish something like that.

    Me on the other hand, I can barely wait to get it in my mouth. Like a crack addict who hasn't had a fix in weeks. I don't care if you haven't eaten in a month, my chicken fried steak is going in my mouth and out my butt with or with out you.

    Thursday, April 29, 2004


    I just burped... It was a micro throw up burp. That makes me mad. A fly came in the house when I got the mail. That makes me made, too!

    Monday, April 26, 2004


    They just got finished calling jurors for the first trial. I didn't get called.

    If I don't get called , I only have to stay until 4 P.M. Which is cool, 'cuz I'll be dismissed from jury duty for one year. However, if I do get called I have to stay until 5 P.M. and a trial could last 1-5 days.

    But, deep down. I want to get picked, it's kinda like the crippled guy getting picked for baseball over me (Yeah, I suck that bad.)

    They callin' again

    it’s too early for this

    I'm sitting in whats called 'a juror pool'. Yup, thats right. I've been summoned for jury duty. It's a very long and boring ordeal.

    First, you show up at an insanely early time. 8:15 A.M. Where they make you wait for a... gotta go

    Sunday, April 25, 2004

    Mobile Linux

    Right now I'm trying to install Suse Linux 9 on my Thinkpad X31. Everything is going smooth so far, but I'm not that far. I keep getting bad FTP responses when I punch in the remote installation directory. I think I must have put the wrong directory or something. I'll keep posting as things progress.

    Linux Update #1

    Stupid me. I forgot you have to add a lot more to the ftp directory location... stupid.

    Wednesday, April 21, 2004

    curb your wireless

    As I'm writing this, I'm sitting in my mom's Volvo on our way to Chili's. What's even better is that I'm posting this from my brand new PalmOne Treo 600. This is just way cool.

    It sort of feels like discovering cell phones for the first time. That weird feeling of being free from wires, but at the same time more trapped by another way of communication.

    Sunday, April 11, 2004

    Happy Easter

    Happy Easter. This is the day that we celebrate Jesus' rise from the dead (sounds much cooler than resurrection).

    Easter for me always meant one thing though, Easter egg hunt! God, how I loved running around in the backyard with a basket in my hand, searching frantically for those pastel colored eggs that seemed like gold to me. I think my only motivation for dying eggs in the first place, was the sheer joy of knowing that the 'Easter Bunny' would take those eggs that I had dyed the night before and, for some unknown reason, hide then in my backyard.

    How those days were great.

    My Life Goals

    There's a lot of things I'd like to acomplish in my life before I die. Goals that's I've either set for myself since birth, or just things I seen in the world and said to my self 'That looks like fun!'.

    1. Kick the living shit out of really mean and ferocious dog, like a rotwieler or pitbull. But first, it would have to ALL of its teeth removed.

    2. Rob a bank. I'd return the money eventualy.

    3. Give candy to children on Halloween without putting drugs and needles in it.

    4. Start a pledge drive.

    5. Kick the living shit out of a really small dog.

    Wednesday, February 18, 2004

    On the road again

    Well I'm sitting in the lobby of the Long Beach Marriot using their computer. When I first started using it, I thought to myself "Holy shit, this connection is fast". A quick surf over to Broadband Reports proved I was wrong. My home connection is at least twice as fast. God bless cable.

    I'm here in Long Beach for a reason, I'm a little Dave's engagement party. I'll post some picture to the moblog as I take them.

    Not much else is going on otherwise... just had to tie Vince's tie. That was really hard.

    Tonight is gonna be a small family party. Just the gang, I guess. Still gonna get a little drunk though.

    Thursday, February 12, 2004

    Saturday, February 7, 2004

    Lying is a good thing.

    If you wife ever asks you the following question "Who's cooking do you like better, mine or ...?" Always say her. No matter what, her cooking is the best. Got it? Good.

    Saturday, January 24, 2004

    No one I think is in my tree.

    For the last month or so, I have been entranced by The Beatles. In particular, Strawberry Fields Forever off The Magical Mystery Tour album, it's such a beautifully written song that is complex in execution and simple in melody.

    The track (for those who don't know) is comprised of two seperate takes and three different edits. From the beginning up to 0:55 is Take 7 the rest is the remaining of take 26. Now, the thing is that take 26 was in a completley different key and temp, but they figured if they slowed down the tempo of take 26 to match that of take 7 that the pitch also matched. Brilliant.

    I'm more attracted to the psychedelic era of the Beatles, starting with Rubber Soul and up to Magical Mystery Tour is their, in my opinion, greatest work.

    The early stuff is good too, I'd say Help! and A Hard Day's Night is the best from the earlier stuff.

    As I was writing this, I was listening to alot of the older stuff and nevermind what I said, it's ALL good. I don't know what to say about a 40 year old band that's %110 better then any of the garbage that's played on the radio today. I'd rather listen to 'It's Only Love' 100 times in a row then that absolutley god awful song 'I Hate Everything About You' by god knows who. No one will remember them in 40 years that's for sure, hell, I can't even remember them now.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2004

    Mystery Pockets

    I always seem to have some sort of paper in the pockets of my jacket. It's as if all the paper that YOU throw out is sent in to a wormhole which leads directly in to my pockets. My Old Navy peacoat has 4 subway coupons and and a SubClub card with three stamps and various receipts. My sweatshirt has a receipt for Costco. Freaky.

    Friday, January 16, 2004

    For you, the viewer.

    So about a week ago, it was an extremely beautiful day in town. It was one of those days were you didn't want to stay inside (when I say it, you know it's something good to make me go outside). So I went around taking pictures and I put them up in the Gallery.

    Wednesday, January 7, 2004

    Monday, January 5, 2004

    Happy New Year

    Happy New Year.

    At my mom's house, 'borrowing' wi-fi from some unknown neighbor. Tanks guy!

    I got my Thinkpad X31 the other day, I'll post a full review with pictures and funny comments in a few days.