Moving back to original format

•March 4, 2008 • 1 Comment

After much thought, I’ve decided to move back to my one-post-every-once-in-a-while format.

I love writing for this blog, but the bottom line is, the only reason I’m doing this is for fun. I’m not being payed, I’m not sponsored, so yeah. It’s just that writing every day for this blog pressures me to much, and the posts come out both forced, and not very funny.

I’ll probably have a post up tomorrow,  but for now, the format will go back to what I originally had it as; one post every time I had something funny to talk about.

Done.

The Movie Every Person Must See.

•February 27, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Church is a pretty cool place. Even if you aren’t the most devout of Christians, church is a great place to go to feel part of a loving community, it’s a great place to go to learn, to discuss, and to gain life expiriences. Today, for Sunday school, my church showed a short, 20 minute documentary about consumerism and the environment called “Story of Stuff”.

Its an odd name for a movie, i must admit. And it’s a rather odd movie. It’s narrated by Annie Leonard, and is both funny, thought provoking, informative, and interesting. Here’s the plot synopsis from storyofstuff.com

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in
our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is
hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff
exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and
social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and
just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it
just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

So yeah, you have got to watch it. That’s all I’m going to say.
Watch it.
now.

Sorry, no post today.

•February 26, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I guess this counts as a posts, but there will be no tech talk today.

I had to work after school and I have a dinner to go to like, right now.

So yeah, sorry.

Normal posts continue tomorrow with my weekly movie review!

The monday slot update.

•February 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Okay, I was totally pumped about the whole Firefox tip of the week, and I started writing for it and realized that I would get about a paragraph of info or tips, and then kind of awkwardly say something like “So yeah, that’s kind of it.”

So now filling the Monday slot, Is the shoe review of the week! This week I’m going to be reviewing the Addidas Supernova,
my current shoe of choice.

ShoeReview1

I must say, it’s a pretty good shoe. It’s served me well for over six months, and there still comfortable for all situations. The also hold a major emotional tie, because I bought them in Florida on a vacation, and Florida is probably one of my favoritist (is that a word) places on the planet. I’ve also drawn them several times in art class, my current drawing is submitted in an art festival kind of thing, so I don’t have any pictures of my drawing. But yeah, great shoe, great look, great shoe.

The Tab:

ShoeReview1 One of my favorite things about this shoe is the Tab. It’s a little piece of leather with Velcro on the bottom the clasps over the place where the laces are onto the Velcro hook things.

You wouldn’t think this would be much use to anyone, but it’s nice to not have to double tie the laces. You just tie it once, lay it down between the clasps and secure it tight, and it never comes out.

But as you can kind of see, the Velcro begins to come off on the leather clasp, which gets kind of annoying.

But overall, it’s a great shoe. I’d definitely buy them if I didn’t have them, Good shoe.

Scripting: It’s, scripting…

•February 24, 2008 • 1 Comment

Okay; I hate to do this but sorry for forgetting to post yesterday. I could make some lame excuse, or I could lie through my teeth, but I think I’ll just leave it with the statement: I didn’t get a post up. Sorry.

Onto today’s post.

It’s probably not going to be much better than no post at all. It’s 8:15, the Oscars begin in about 15 minutes (I wasn’t even going to have a post today, I thought they started at 8 and it was probably 7:55 before I thought “Oh yeah, I need to post for my blog today.” But now I have roughly ten minutes to get a compelling post together that’s long enough for you people not to riot, but I procrastinate.

Scripting is pretty fun. It’s hard, confusing, intimidating, and when there’s a problem in your code, it is hard to correctly discern for lack of a better term, what’s up. But it’s definitely a lot of fun, no doubt. If you can take maybe three to five hours out of your schedule to sit down, poke around the internet, and practice scripting, you can come out with the knowledge that you are roughly 10% more geeky.

For example, let me write a quick script in AutoHotkey language, I don’t know if it’s C++ or what it is, I know it’s not HTML, Java, or PHP.

Okay, this script is an early version of my soon to be retail software, NoteWare.

{
F10::
{
gui, add, edit, w700 h400, Take notes here.
gui, add, text, section, Topic:
gui, add, text,,Class:
gui, add, edit, ys
gui, add, edit
}
Return
}
Return
{
F11::
Gui, Submit, nohide
Gui, Cancel
Return
}
Return

There ya go, have fun with that (if you even know what to do with it)

AutoHotkey is a pretty simple scripting software, available at autohotkey.com (allegedly) and it takes maybe five-ten hours to learn to the point where you don’t need the Help file open to do basic scripts.

But scripting is a great thing to know how to do. AutoHotkey is designed to be easy to use for stuff like remapping the keyboard to do things like using the numpad as a multimedia control panel (Doesn’t that sound fun?) F1-12 can be made into a dashboard for starting various programs, or you could send prank files to your friends that re-map their keyboard so that like a=g t=v h=b, that kind of stuff.

Well, short post, but the Oscars are on!

Au Revoir.

Friday game review: San Francisco Rush 2049.

•February 22, 2008 • 1 Comment

Remember when games used to be good? Remember when developers put time into making a game fun and entertaining? Granted, this was also from a time when if games were bad, they were bad, and I mean really bad.

Need I talk about this pathetic game? Well, for those of you who don’t have the slightest shred of interest in video games, Superman 64 for the N64 is largely regarded to be one of the worst video games of all time. But that is not the game I’m focusing on today. The game I am focusing on is, in my book, probably the best game… ever.

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As I said before, this game is probably the best game I have ever played. This game is from an era in gaming when games actually tried to be fun, and saved the graphics away for later. I went to a Gamestop to buy something, and decided to hang out for a little bit and play some PS3 Demos, none of my friends have a PS3, and I heard it had some pretty stunning graphics, and I must say, yes, the graphics are nice. I’m a huge Nintendo fan, I love their product, I love their games, I love their series, I love everything about them. I’m also thumbs up for microsoft, the 360 is Awesome. I don’t own one, but I would buy one if I had the money.

Alright, knowing what I just said, those are incredible graphics, it looks like a picture of an actual race. That game is Gran Turismo 5, I believe. Played it in the store, and it was a horrid game! It was to real; the physics were so real I thought I’d get whiplash if I crashed, the graphics were so amazing I could almost smell the game. The force feedback was so… Oh wait, PS3 doesn’t have force feedback (little stabby-pie for you there.)

Now look at this game. Grpahics are okay, cars look alright, and yeah. Well let me tell you a few things that will blow your brains.

  • This game is on the N64.
  • This game is an arcade port.
  • The cars have wings that allow you to do flips and rolls in mid-air.
  • The physics are terrible.
  • This game is the best game ever.

Yes. This is an arcade port. What amazes me about this game is that it’s on the N64. N64 had it’s games, but overall it didn’t create that many waves. The Ps2 and Xbox are much more notable and had a lot of things going for it. Not helping the N64’s case is it’s large majority of games that were just terrible. Let me do a screenshot/description montage for the peeps.

Hot Wheels Turbo Racing.

An okay game, I don’t whine about physics and graphics to much, but this game could have done waaaaay better.

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Toy Story 2: BLTTR (to long to write out)

This game was one of my favorites growing up. However, after revisiting it as a teenager, I realized it sucked. Mostly because when I was 5, I was way to young to complain about stuff like graphics or things that didn’t make sense, I just knew it was hard and I wanted to beat it.

So yeah, games weren’t exactly in full swing on the N64, but San Francisco rush did everything right; I mean everything. Six tracks, 15-some cars with full customization, up to a 24 race circuit, multiplayer, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

You can unlock some crazy stuff, including a battle mode with like 6 or 7 arenas to fight in with crazy weapons, stunt mode with 4 arenas, and 16 “Race Coins” on every single level except the obstacle course (immensely challenging) and the multiplayer maps.

And let me talk about the tracks; they are crazy. I seem to notice a new way to go through them every time I play. Every course has the option of racing it straight lace, toe to toe with the pack, regular racing style, or you can risk it all navigating the course’s crazy shortcuts. Some help. Some hinder if not done right. Some put you at least 10 seconds ahead of the pack. Some shortcuts are so intricate that it’s like an entire extra branch of the course.

And stunt mode is also a lot of fun; you have four tracks in which you throw your car into some crazy air, and use wings to do flips and spins in the air (you can also do this in race mode, but Stunt provides a better venue to do this in.) And if that wasn’t enough for you, you can even beef up your skills to enough to collect the 16 race coins in each arena.

Rush 2049 is a great game, but who has an N64 anymore? Well the answer is simple; Midway Arcade Treasures 3. It’s available for the Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox. It’s like eight bucks at Gamestop, and probably around 20 bucks on Ebay. Not only do you get Rush 2049, but you also get Rush 2, Another great game thats more arcade oriented. You also get Hydro Thunder, another game I played & loved as a kid. So really, eight bucks and you have days, weeks I daresay of entertainment.

So that’s my review.

And some blog related notes:

  • I’m starting to get a hang of this daily posting thing, so don’t rag if I don’t get it out right away. Most blog posts are written that day, and some that I pre-write are posted in the mornings because I have time to post them before school.
  • Don’t forget you can email stuff to be talked about on the Saturday post, you can Email the blog at lifeasmyself@gmail.com
  • Tell your friends and family; my blog is getting an average of 30 views a day, I’m sure we can get it around 200. Just me?
  • This is still kind of up in the air, but I think I’m going to change the weekly posting schedule every month, just thinking aloud.
  • Visit every day! I have daily content now, so there’s no reason I shouldn’t be having daily readers.

Thanks peoples. Out.

My weekly rant: Hierarchy Disputes.

•February 21, 2008 • 1 Comment

Hey everyone, I’d like to talk about something that peeves me to no end on a daily bases: Knowing you’re right about something but you can’t argue your point because it’s a teacher or parent that you’d be arguing with.

Maybe I’m so Liberal that I’m getting to a point where thoughts of arguing with teachers are bubbling over in my head, but for now I haven’t really had any outbursts where I just let my feelings of discontent for the situation boil over to the point where I start arguing with my teachers, but I have gotten close so many times.

I have the mindset that I am usually right in a situation, and even if I’m wrong I’m going to argue with a person even if I know my case isn’t strong. There are times in school where I think something ridiculously unfair, but I know I can’t speak my mind about it because teachers are above students in the importance ladder.

I’m not going to get into specific situations, but it just peeves me to no end when I can’t speak my mind about something that I think because that they are a teacher. And maybe I’m just whining. I know that teachers should have a high amount of respect and I would never talk back to a teacher, not because I’m trying to be the perfect, model student, but because I know I can’t. If I didn’t have a sense of reason in my mind, I would not be in a good situation at all.

I know free speech is great, but obviously there’s a point where you move from standing up for your beliefs, and being stupid politically incorrect. And maybe I’m loosing sight of my original focus; I think it’s annoying when you can’t speak your mind in school on directions or punishments a teacher gives you.

I’m done.

 
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