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!