Friday, March 28, 2008

He's got my vote

Po269512For once, I don't feel like it's a race of the lesser of two evils. I feel like this really a chance for change. A chance to try and fix what this current abomination of administration has done to my country.

A lot of people are saying, "Hillary is my choice because she'll run the country like her husband." However, when she speaks all I see are dollar signs and agendas, something I just don't get from Obama during his speeches.

Vote Obama in '08! He's got my vote.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I always thought I was Black

I always pegged my self as a red or black player. Guess I was wrong.

Take the Magic: The Gathering 'What Color Are You?' Quiz.

In case you wondering what the hell I'm talking about, I'm just talking about Magic: The Gathering, baby.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

So thin

I'm at the Apple store and I'm typing on the MacBook Air. Man this thing is so light, it makes my stomach hurt.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Advantage

Here's a video I filmed of The Advantage playing a kick ass acoustic medley in Visalia at the Cellar Door.

Hey Bob, if you're reading this watch all the way until the end they play Marble Madness.;rel=0

The same old smell

I don't know if it's the pizza, the carpet or the smelly-snot-nosed kids running around like manics, but every time I walk in to Chuck E. Cheese -- no matter what kind of design it may have -- I am instantly transported back to my childhood. And the reason for this quasi-time travel is the damn smell.

As soon as I step foot through those big red doors, a memory hits me in the face like a Mack truck. I'm 7-years old and I'm holding my Dad's hand.

"Can I have some tokens now?" I say, looking up at my father.

"Sure, Son. After we eat our pizza." His big hairy hand squeezes my hand a little tighter as he looks around and surveys all the kids running around.

I always remembered shoving that Goddamn pizza in my face as fast I could so I could hurry up and play Skee-Ball. Man, did I love Skee-Ball.

Today, we took our daughter to CEC (you know, everything has to be hip these days.) and my how things have changed. The CEC that I can still vividly recall in my mind has undergone such a vast transformation -- and maybe it's just my childhood nostalgia turning in to bitterness -- but the place looks cheap now. I'm sure they've sunk a fortune in to remodeling the place, trying to update and modernize the joint. But to me, it's not the same anymore.

I remember when all it took to keep entertained and thrilled was a giant talking mouse (If I really wanna get nostalgic, I actually remember when it was Showbiz Pizza Time, with a giant Bear instead of a talking rat.), now a days, these kids need a blue screen and crazy non-stop videos.

Oh, and if you were wondering, the kid was scared to death of the place. Coincidence? I think not, my anthropomorphic friend.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Fix the Web

Wow this is the funniest tech talk about Firefox and Greasemonkey, ever.

It almost sounds like the guy from Murrary from Flight of the Conchords.

Grammar Lesson : To, Too, Two

I'm kind of a grammar nerd, so I figured I'd help fix some of the things that irritate me in this world. I'm going to start small.

  • To: As in from me TO you. We are going TO the mall. To is always used in the sense of travel/destination.
  • Too: As in there are TOO many people. This box is TOO heavy. TOO is always used when discussing size, weight, volume or the amount of something.
  • Two: Is the spelling for the number 2. Get it?

Thanks for reading. Bye.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

This post has no meaning.

This post has no meaning, it is merely a test of ergonomics.

I'm switching up my keyboard from the little drawer to the actual desk, it's a little bit nicer feeling my hand don't feel as cramped, but my hands are a lot higher than my elbows, which I believe is bad ergonomics. Plus I think I'm in a chair-too-low/desk-too-high situation right now.

Awww, the dramz of typing and desking.

My mind is seriously running in circles right now, I want to do so much, but I don't have the energy or motivation to do any of it. I've been kicking around this silly organizational scheme for all my MiniDV tapes, where instead of actually writing the title on the little itty-bitty label, I would catalog all the tapes in a Bento and just write a cool little serial number on the tape like DV001 or something cool like that.

Instead, I'll probably just end up playing Portal or messing around in Crysis.

Wire Hanger > Monster Cable

This is perhaps the funniest thing I've seen in a long time:

" looks like a group of 12 self-professed "audiophiles" recently
couldn't tell the difference between Monster 1000 speaker cables and
plain old coat hangers. Yeah, coat hangers. The group was A-Bing
different cables, and unbeknownst to them, the engineer running the
test swapped out a set of cables for coat hangers with soldered-on
speaker connections. Not a single one was then able to tell the
difference between the Monster Cable and the hangers, and all agreed
that the hangers sounded excellent."

This is something I've been preaching about since I've first seen Monster cables, anything that overpriced can't possibly be any good. For my stereo I use the cheapest wire I can find at Home Depot, $29 for 500 feet of wire is quite a deal to me.

via Engadget [read]

XSlimmer -- Reclaim your space

I just downloaded THEE best application for OS X ever! XSlimmer is a simple utility that strips out all of the PowerPC code in your Intel based Mac or vice versa.

"That sounds dangerous," you say. But why do you need code in your applications if you're not going to use it?

Let me explain a little better, all Universal binaries are essentially written with two versions in one, one for Intel processors and another version for PowerPC CPU (e.g. older G4s and G5s), what XSlimmer does is strip out all the code that is not used by your native chipset, therefore saving you a ton of precious hard drive space. I saved a little over 3 gigabytes on my MacBook Pro and a little over 4 gigabytes on my MacPro.

Overall, I highly recommend this product to any OS X user. It isn't free, but it is cheap, $12 U.S. the demo only allows you save up to 50MB of space, it's the best $12 I ever spent.

Get it here (

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Day for Today

I'm sitting at my desk, working with Compressor 3 in Final Cut Studio 2, listening to Barry White on my SR-80's.

Does it get much better than this?

Yes. It would be 30% better if I was showered and in my clothes instead of my P.J.'s.

Monday, March 10, 2008

NEXT time on

I've been up all night rough cutting a certain film of mine, that a bunch have people have been begging me to finish and as of right now it's about 30% done.

I'm half-way through the basic layout of the film, then it's on to tightening up the cuts, then special effects, then music, then encoding, then NOT uploading it to YouTube.

What?!? Why not?

Well, it's looking like it's going to be WAY over ten minutes. We'll see I guess.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Saving Roll. Damn...

So a few days ago, the creator of Dungeons and Dragons, Gary Gygax, past away. What he gave to the world -- the world of geeks, my world -- can never be repaid to him. Were it not for Mr. Gygax, not only would we never have D&D, but I don't think we'd have any fantasty based RPG's. Ever.

Without Gary, there wouldn't be a GURPS, there wouldn't be a Warhammer, there wouldn't be a Final Fantasy.

Yes, there were tabletop war games before D&D, but without it, it would never be as widespread as it is today.

So thank you, Gary. You will be missed and I will definitely buy whatever new version of D&D comes along in your honor.

I think this xkcd comic sums it up pretty nicely.

$400 Vacuum?!

You know, the thing about a $400 vacuum cleaner is that you treat it like $4,000 vacuum. I often find myself spending just as much time keeping it clean as I do on the rug.

I guess it's just in my blood to be a super clean freak, and the rug is the thing that irritates me the most. It's white -- well, used to be white -- it's now a slight shade of dingy white. This town I live in, plus this street, plus high traffic areas result in the areas seen are, in my mind, horribly grey, whereas areas under the couch etc. are brilliant white, almost to the point of hurting my eyes.

Lila did make a good point the other day, however. She said "For a three year old white rug, it's held up pretty good." I agree, but my slight OCD's make it seem worse then it is. That's why I'm often with a bottle of alcohol and a towel. (Quick tip! Don't bother with those fancy carpet stain removers, a bottle of Isopropyl alcohol and a white towel works just as well. You just have to put a little bit of elbow grease in to it.)

I got a new graphics card today, ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, so far so good. It's definitely faster the the old GeForce 7800. That thing was garbage. Motion finally runs on my system now. Yay!

Wow, very random off the wall post.

Monday, March 3, 2008

These are my favorite things

Maybe I'm just getting old, but recently my favorite part of the day has become morning. I love waking up a little bit earlier then everyone else, catching up on the news via the internet and putting on a pot of coffee.

That's half the fun, the rest comes when my daughter wakes up and she jumps for joy in her bed wanting me to pick her up. Then it's a little bit of playtime and and breakfast for her. Today was Turkey and Sweet Potatoes with some Cheerios.

Maybe I'm just becoming an "adult", but mornings are quite enjoyable to me. Granted, I'm not waking up at the butt-crack of dawn, but it's still early than my teen years (one or two in the afternoon).

Now excuse me, my coffee is getting cold.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Junk to Buy

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