Month: September 2004

goin’ to the theatre


A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum

Oh boy! Another show tonight! This whole theatre thing is really awesome. I’ve really enjoyed being a light board operator. I didn’t think it would be this fun, and it wasn’t to begin with but I’ve met some super cool people working out there. Alas, nobody plays bass…but thats okay! It’s a really good show too which helps a lot. I’ve got to go tonight and I find myself pretty much counting the minutes til I have to leave. I’m looking forward to it now. The drive kind of sucks because its lik 45 minutes. That’s too far for anyone to drive 4 times a day. I spend about 3 hours on the road 3 days out of a week while working on this show. Its fun, but strenuous. The actors are all so cool too! Everybody’s just so nice haha! Well I’m getting ready to leave but if you want to see pictures of the show Click Here.

moddin’ the box


The Control Panel upgrade for the Xecuter 3 Posted by Hello

I saw this online at xbox-scene today and my heart skipped a beat…okay I’m being dramatic, but nevertheless this is really really cool! Its a replacement for the front panel of your xbox to go along with the Xecuter 3 mod chip to be released next week. I would be crazy excited for this chip…but I have one already, and my lack of soldering skills makes me a little nervous about just getting a new one.
This panel looks totally cool though! Its got an LCD screen to show you all kinds of cool stuff and then buttons to change banks, turn the modchip on and off, and put it in protected and unprotected modes. Its like a suped up version of the external switch that comes on the chips now.
If you’ve never thought about modding your xbox, maybe its something you should consider. Its really cool to have backups of your games on the hard drive, a media center, and DVD playback without that $30 dongle you have to buy. Its awesome. It basically unleashes the power that the xbox really has. Micro$oft just didn’t allow you to get to all the features…but thanks to those smart reverse engineering folks, we have lots of fun ways around it. Anyway, I thought that was interesting, but I’m tired. Good night!!

My Blue Brain

Blue
What Color is Your Brain?

At work or in school: I like to be with people, sharing with them, inspiring them, and helping them. I work and learn best when I can take into consideration people and the human element. I flourish in an atmosphere of cooperation.
With friends: I always look for perfect love. I am very romantic, and I enjoy doing thoughtful things for others. I am affectionate, supportive and a good listener.
With family: I like to be happy and loving. I am very sensitive to rejection from my family and to family conflicts. I really like to be well thought of and need frequent reassurance. I love intimate talks and warm feelings.

Murphy’s Law

“Whatever can go wrong, will” – Murphy’s Law
That seems to be the case with Florida at the moment! It seems that these hurricanes will never ever ever ever stop coming at us! Yesterday we fled to Alabama to stay at my aunt and uncle’s house and that wasn’t so bad. It was all a waste of time though because once again nothing really bad happened here. I think Tallahassee might have been hit pretty hard, but we live outside Tallahassee so we didn’t get hit so bad. There were some twigs and stuff laying all over the yard, but no real damage.
My dad finally got his horses down here so we really left because of them. We figured it would be best to get them out of there should a tree fall down or something. So up to Alabama we went. I’m glad the horses are here though because it’s kind of cool looking outside and seeing them out there wondering around.
Man, I’m crazy bored now. I think I’m gonna play some Fable and feed my addiction a little more haha. I was thinking the other day, which is something that I do every now and then, and I decided that Fable would be awesome as an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game, for those of you out of the loop). It has awesome online potential. Imagine all these heroes running around doing quests and trying to beat out each other for the top spot in the heroes guild and stuff. Man it would be so awesome. You could have the ability to open stores or be a travelling trader. It would be cool because the engine for the game is so cool. I would love to see an online game pretty much exactly like Fable. The guys at Lionhead studios should really look into that because I guarantee you it would sell with some online play. It would be great. Fable Online….yeah I like it.
But anyway, I guess I’m gonna go play some of it. I’m being a good guy this time around and I’m turning into one killer sniper with my arrows. I can take down some of the weaker enemies with 1 good shot to the head. Its cool because their head spins around and flies off then blood shoots out of their neck…..yeah its graphic, but its neat! WOO! Later!

LucasCRAP

Okay, so it wasn’t enough for LucasArts to go and cancel Full Throttle 2, Sam and Max 2, and crush the hopes and dreams of adventure gamers every, but good ol’ George had to go and ruin Star Wars too. What is the matter with this guy!?! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I don’t understand why all of his movies seem to REQUIRE ridiculous amounts of CG. I long for the day when people actually start getting creative with physical props and settings and stop just saying, “oh its okay, we’ll fix it in post production with CG”. Come On! Honestly, why did he have to go and throw Episode II Anakin into The Return of the Jedi. I almost want to just boycott the whole freakin’ company now. Thats so messed up.
You know, while we’re at it, we might as well go and make a computer generated old version of Ewan McGregor to replace old Ben Kenobi! Or why not just fire Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels and just use CG droids instead. If he keeps going with this Computer Generated Garbage then one day, all we’ll see is people against blue screens. I for one, thought that the old Star Wars trilogy was perfect, even before the special editions. It was amazing for its time, and it is still amazing for the time we are in now. The story was perfect, the characters were dynamic, and the settings were extremely creative, but now we have plastic characters, fake background, and computer graphics anywhere they can put them.
I will not be buying the Star Wars trilogy DVDs. I would have loved to just have enhanced video and sound. They didn’t need anymore additions. ESPECIALLY A YOUNG ANAKIN! It should be the way it was. Thanks George, for taking your movies from the top of my list to very near the bottom.
Sorry about all the flames. I’m just a devoted Star Wars fan letting off a little steam. Later.

all your base are belong to us

Hey everybody! Man, its been a long time since I’ve posted anything. As many of you may have guessed, I got Fable and have been playing it pretty much all weekend haha. Its the coooooolest game in the world. I started a game being all benevolent and giving and stuff. Its great. People just flock to me and everyones in love with me, and I have blonde hair haha. Somehow goodness = blonde hair, I don’t know why. They were seriously right about how you play the game effects your body type and stuff. I have some ripped muscles and scars all over from the battles I’ve been in. Its soooo cool! I got some tattoos too. I really wish I could take a screenshot of it, but its on xbox. Oh well!
Also, I got a chance to play Doom 3 finally. Its AWESOME! It totally freaked me out the first time I played so I stopped and went to play Fable, but then I came back and played it some more. You feel totally immersed in the game and stuff. It almost feels like yoru there, especially with surround sound speakers. The graphics are seriously the best part of the game though, that and sound. It is the most beautiful game that I have ever seen…well…beautiful in that twisted, hellish sort of way. But beautiful nonetheless.
I’ve also been volunteering as the light board operator at the Tallahassee Little Theatre. That’s been really fun so far. I got to work the light board last night for the first time and it wasn’t really all that hard. It’s a super awesome play too. It’s a comedy and its really really funny. If any of you are intersted in what its about you can google it I guess, because I don’t have a link to it. The play is called “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”. Its hilarious. It’s a musical but there is a lot of dialogue. I’m not usually one to enjoy musicals but I love this play. The actors are amazing too.
Well this post is getting way too long. Catch you guys later!

save betamax!

Hey! I have some really important news out there for anyone who uses a tape recorder, VCR, DVD-R, TiVo, iPod or anything else of that sort. It seems that our good buddies the Movie and Record Industry are once again trying to shut out any chance of us ever enjoying technology. There are currently people from the INDUSTRY (as it will be called) lobbying for congress to remove these priveledges.
Check out this article from www.savebetamax.org

The Betamax ruling is the only thing that protects your right to own a VCR, tape recorder, CD-burner, DVD-burner, iPod, or TiVo. It’s that important. But new legislation that’s being pushed through the Senate by lobbyists for the music and movie industries would override the Betamax decision and create a huge liability for any business that makes products which can copy sound or video. This legislation (formerly known as the INDUCE Act) would essentially give Hollywood veto power over a huge range of new technologies. And if they get this power, they’ll definitely use it. Even “compromise” drafts from the Copyright Office could make mp3-playing iPods ancient history; the music and movie industries want to force all content to go through their own restricted channels.

Crazy isn’t it! I can’t believe that they are actually trying to make this happen. It really really sucks. I’m not giving up my recording stuff. It’s way too useful. I dont’ think it will happen anyway but the thought of them even trying is unnerving. They’ve already taken away our P2P sharing priveledges and now they are after our perfectly legal Video and Sound Recorders. Crap.

*UPDATE* You guys have got to check out DownhillBattle.org! It’s the coolest place I have ever been too. They pretty much fight for everything that is independent music. Its great! Check it out!

hurricanes and kidney stones…can’t get any better


Heck yeah! 200 Gigs! I remember the days when it was thought that only 137 Gigs could fit on a single hard drive….boy were they wrong. Posted by Hello

Well I have to say that I feel as though I’ve been bombarded with bad fortune today! This morning I woke up and my dad had a kidney stone, so off we were to the hospital. I was so SAD that I had to miss school…riiiiight. But yeah, luckily he passed the stone and all is well now. He had all these drugs and stuff to take but then didn’t really have to take any because he passed the stone so quickly. So thats the news for now!
In other news, my hard drive came! I’m currently backing up my Morrowind: GOTY game, which is awesome because now I can play it and have no DDE’s! I’m so very excited. In other Xbox news, I called Blockbuster today in search of the much anticipated Fable. I learned that they have the release date set for Friday so I will be squatting outside blockbuster and waiting patiently for Fable….or I’ll at least ask my mom to go at 10 because I’ll be in class. I must have this game. I’ve been waiting for it for way too long.
I don’t have school tomorrow! WOO! I’m so excited because that means I can stay up and play with my new hard drive…not that you can play with a hard drive too much, but maybe I can backup all my games. It really is unbelievable, the difference in playing from disc and playing from the hard drive. The load times are incredible. It really is amazing stuff.
I hear that there are tornados landing in the county next to us. That sucks because we’re just a little ways from the county line. Maybe they won’t hit us. That would suck. Everything seems calm right now and I hope it stays that way.
OH! AWESOME NEWS! FireFox 1.0 Pre-release is out! WOOO! Okay, okay, so I got a little too excited but it really is cool! They are having a big campaign at www.spreadfirefox.com where they want, I think, 1,000,000 people to download it in 10 days…or something close to that. So if you don’t use firefox, you should! Because 1. Its not a product of Micro$oft, 2. Its got tons more features, and 3. Its totally customizable! It really is awesome. They have a bunch of extensions you can use. You guys should check it out.
Okay, this post is getting crazy long! Take it easy! Later!

groovy

Hey everybody! Looks like a hurricane is gonna blow us away…again. Yep, Ivan has taken a turn straight for Tallahassee and its huge. I think we ARE going to evacutate to Alabama even though there is no mandatory evacuation. We just think it would be less stupid that way. Chances are that it’s going to hit South Alabama just as hard but at least we’ll be in my aunt’s basement, so that’ll be good.
On a much lighter note, I learned the coolest news today. Okay its not really news, its a rumor, but a rumor that announces some sweeeeet software! There is this comany called Transative that has developed a software to make everything able to run on any system with any processor. Its rumored right now that these people will be working on backward compatibility for Xbox 2, which is awesome! Micro$oft is currently shipping Xbox 2 development kits with PowerPC architecture, which is weird because PowerPC is an Apple thing. Strange…Micro$oft using Apple architecture. It’s almost like they are admitting it has better graphics processing. Now THAT is awesome. But the Xbox thing isn’t the real news. Its the software called Quicktransit that lets you run Windows software on a PowerPC system, no matter what software it is. The company demoed the program using a Linux based Quake 3 running on a PowerMac, and nobody could really tell a difference! AHH! I’m so excited haha. Its just that I’m a Mac and PC user and I would love to have the ability to move some of my PC programs to my Mac without the use of a Virtual PC. That would be so cool. Anyway, thats the big news for today. I thought it was cool. LATER!

28:06:42:12

Hey everybody! Man, I’m in class and was a little bored so I thought I would leave a post! I watched Donnie Darko yesterday. Man that was a coooool movie. It was all weird and twisted and stuff. I watched it before but yesterday I really watched it. It was really good. Well, man, I thought I had more to say…turns out I don’t.
I got new glasses. yeah they’re cool. thats about it. I got a tick bite too. Maybe I won’t get lyme disease becuase that would be gross. I also got a 96 on my test in class today. Thats good news!! I think we are going to flee this hurricane and go to Alabama. That’ll be cool I suppose. Going anywhere that we aren’t going to get blown away is cool. Alright, thats it, I’m done. Take it easy!