Thursday, December 28, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
If it wasn't for my phone, I probably wouldn't be able to rant here right now.
Friday, December 22, 2006
This is the 2nd one of similar magnitude in less than 2 days part. Both with its epicenter around the Emeryville area. I don't know about you, but this can potentially be a sign for a big one soon! I think it's time to stock up on stuff. That Hayward fault doesn't seem that stable right about now!
http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/research/seismology/wg99/index.html - The next big one.
The evolution of gaming. lmao
Woot Sells PS3? Wii, Wii!
So, hey, check it out: there’s this awesome new gaming system that we just can’t stop playing. Too bad it’s so hard to find in stores – we guess they just didn’t make enough of them. It’s called the Nintendo Wii, and holy mother of Zelda, is it ever a blast. If the Wii is cool with polygamy, we might ask it to marry us.
The controller – so easy! No more intricate push-this-twice, pull-that-three-times trickery, just easy waves of the hand. The console – so cute! It actually makes our gaming room look better, unlike the bulky, ugly consoles we could mention. How does Nintendo keep the price so low on that thing, anyway? And the games, good Lord, the games! Not to mention those adorable avatars. We’ve already created virtual versions of the entire staff, so we can beat each other virtually-bloody instead of actually-bloody, like we usually do. The only problem is that none of the nose options are as big as Jason’s actual nose. But that’s a minor quibble.
In fact, we love the Wii so much, we want to give a Wii to everybody on our payroll. To fund this Wii-for-the-People program, we're selling this Sony PlayStation 3. The SIXAXIS wireless controller is basically the same complicated gazillion-button-style controller you know from past PS models, but at least you won’t be fighting Grandma for gaming time. Along with the usual roster of ho-hum games, the PS3 can play CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs, and the 20GB hard drive can store music, videos, and music videos. It’s certainly, er, rather full-figured, for those of you who want a lot of heft for your money. And its HDMI capabilities give you polygons and frames-per-second out the wazoo, if you prefer that stuff to having fun.
Best of all, for every PS3 you buy, we can buy Wiis for two of our employees. So when you get frustrated by those intricate combo-button moves, or bored by the underwhelming game offerings for the PS3, keep the spirit of the season in mind. Remember all those happy Woot staffers whose lives have been changed by their super-fun Nintendo Wiis, paid for by you. Heartwarming, isn’t it?
* shipped today via FedEx Next Day with Saturday delivery. Rural and snowbound areas may cause delivery delay out of Woot or FedEx control.
Warranty: One year
Plays video games and stuff
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
And, damn, lunch adds up significantly over time!
I have yet to receive the bill for the credit card I signed up for to get my Xbox 360, so that's another chunk of cash. Basically, the next paycheck will disappear with a blink of the eye. So sad!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
As far as the main Wii menus go, I would say that it's one of the neater features of the system. Each player can make avatars called Mii's to represent themselves in some games like the pack in game, Wii Sports, but also a way to infect other Wii systems in a viral type of way to populate other peoples' systems to create a community. The whole Mii avatar system could actually be a game in itself!
The games we played were Wii Sports, Madden, and Super Monkey Balls.
Between those games, the controls seemed the most responsive with Wii Sports. And well, it uses the Mii avatars to represent your character in the game, and the graphics are pretty simple and plain for the most part.
I watched the Madden game, and it looked fairly complicated for new people to jump into, but the control scheme definitely makes that game different. I can imagine that the game would be more interesting if everyone knew all the controls. However, the graphics in Madden are quite hideous, and a large HDTV probably made it look worse since you can see how poor the graphics are up close. It's probably one of my biggest gripes about the system. Madden's graphics looked worse than Xbox 1 graphics. I'm not sure if it's because of EA being the lame company they are or because of the limited hardware in the system. It's probably a little of both. I'm just suprised that Nintendo was unable to beef up their system a tad more without bumping up the pricepoint. Especially with graphics technology 1-2 years ago that looked better than what I saw. Those 1-2 year old PC graphics cards today are probably only 50 bux now.
Super Monkey Ball took up the rest of our night, which went from around 9:30PM till 3:30AM. Yes, time went by pretty quick. With SMB, we played a good number of the 50 party games. This game's many games really brought out the many quirks of the Wii control system. The Wii sensor bar was situated on top of the TV at the beginning of the night, but it was eventually moved to just below the HDTV screen. We were having many problems with at least 1-2 of us being out of range or just plain screwed up. Moving the sensor bar down to the level we were sitting helped a ton. Despite the sensor bar move helping, sometimes I felt like it was still unresponsive to some things. Again there's not much to say about the graphics since it looks exactly like SMB games of old.
Overall, the control scheme was new and fun, but after a six hour marathon, I think I'm all Wii'ed out for a while. Personally, I can't imagine the system being any fun solo. However, it makes for an excellent system to play with friends and all the laughter it can bring.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Here's another good example of ridiculous lawsuits. The moron here is filing a class-action suit asking for 5 million in damages just because his (I'll assume it's a he) damn Xbox 360 broke due to an update. The 360 he had was also likely to be the version that Microsoft is repairing free of charge anyway. In fact he won't even be getting the full 5 mill even if they won the lawsuit. From what it seems, it'd be split between everyone that may be affected, which would be millions of people, so he'd end up with a few bucks at most. I don't know, I probably don't know what I'm talking about, but I just know that some people are just idiotic and try to start stupid shit just because the targeted company is a large corporation.
If there's any reason not to vote for Hilary if she was the D candidate, I think this would be one of the reasons why I wouldn't vote for her. Anything that involves Lieberman and games annoys me like no other. He tries too damn hard to put strict regulations on games. I really don't understand how a game rated M is so much different from a movie rated R. It's really ridiculous how a rated R film can have a bunch of naked sex scenes with real people as well as gory action, yet if a game has any type of boobs shown in pixelated form, it'll be all over the news likes the world is coming to an end because of it. It's sad that games, a form of enterntainment, like movies, still gives off a sense of it being something for kids, while in reality, the 20-30 year old gamers today are, in fact, the generation that was first introduced to gaming by the likes of Atari and Nintendo. Seriously, grow up. We don't need stupid gaming politics. Movies = story telling. Games = interactive story telling.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
As for now, I'm happy to just have a job and doing something I know I'm very capable of doing.
If somewhere down the line that the opportunity presents itself, then so be it. I'll deal with it later. But for now, I just want to get through my work day, go home, eat dinner, play some Xbox 360, then go to sleep in peace without the nagging every other day. I know they mean well for my future, but damn, give me break!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
What a long weekend it has been! Friday started out dark, early and freezing cold. I waited for Jerry aka Mohinder to come down to my place before heading out to Circuit City before it opened. Unfortunately, the weather slowed down our plans by forming ice on our cars. We did not get on the freeway until about 4:55AM, 5 minutes before CC opened up shop. When we got there, it became obvious that the doorbusting items were not going to be available anymore. There were over 200 people lined up outside the store, and the CC personnel only let in waves of 20 people every few minutes. When we got it, it was pure chaos inside, but I thought the nice warm interior was better than standing outside in blistering coldness. After checking out the place for a bit, we decided to leave the place since it probably would have taken 1-2 hours to even get to the cash register. We grabbed some java from the Starbucks in the area, made a quick round through Target, then headed down toward our next destination in Santa Clara, Micro Center.
When we got there, we were greeted by a line that still existed outside the store even though it had been open for over an hour before we got there. MC had the best deal out of all Black Friday deals on their HDTV sets. They were also the only store in NorCal, so it drew a very large crowd. There were supposedly over a thousand people lined up before it opened up shop. We decided to just sit in the car and rest up and let the line disperse a bit before going. Eventually, we went over to the nearby Starbucks and chilled there for a bit before standing in line. It probably took about an hour to get inside. I picked up a Xbox 360 Premium, which cost me $199 not including tax with the deal found here. There is a rebate that gives back $100. Also, if you sign up and get approved with their Visa credit card, you will get a bonus $100 cash back. While there, the wait for MC to process the Visa application was ridiculously slow. They apparently only had one person working on that and practically half the population of customers there trying to sign up for the additional $100 cash back. Multiply that with the fact that across America, it is Black Friday and there will be literally thousands of applications being processed to see if the person is approved or denied the credit card. I think we waited nearly 2-3 hours just to see if I was approved. And after that amount of time, the employee there finally called out my name, approved, and ushered to the next available check out register. It was actually exciting to finally be able to get out of that joint and go find some food for lunch. But then...
When I tried to start my car, it failed to do so. I checked the light switch, and it was clear what had happened. When we left Circuit City, the morning was still very dark and by the time we got to Micro Center, the morning was bright. Thus, I had not noticed that my lights were even on. Compound that with the fact that we stood in line for hours on end, the car lights had eaten up the battery. Luckily, Hank was in town and was meeting us up for lunch anyway. He dialed up his unused AAA card, and in a matter of minutes, the tow truck arrived and jump started my car.
Hank and Jerry went to get some Jamba Juice, while I left my car on to allow the alternator to charge the car battery up a bit. Then, we headed out to some Japanese fast food place Jerry wanted to go. The food was pretty much the type of frozen dinners you can buy from Ranch 99. I was unimpressed, and Hank was clearly unimpressed with the location, haha.
Jerry and I headed back to CV. I ended up taking a nap for about an hour, which felt like a full 8 hour sleep. The rest of the night, a good chunk of the high school gang got together for dinner, and we got to do some catching up.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
him confessing about exactly how he did it, but I'm not here to talk about that.
I'm here to talk about what I would have done during the PS3 launch yesterday if I were a store manager with a cache of PS3s to sell. If I managed a place like Costco, then what I want to do would be even great. I would hide the systems throughout the entire store and have people go looking for it. I would put one high up several racks that would require a forklift to get to. And perhaps some others stacked underneath some boxes, and another in the walk in freezer to keep it cool. Yep, that's what I would do, if I did it. It be fun, and funny to watch. Hell, maybe a fight may break out when someone finds one. UFC: The Costco Edition.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Don't touch me!!
I'm sure everyone has seen that video at some point since it was released on youtube, so I'll jump into my thoughts. As much as it was wrong of the cops to be drive stunning the guy multiple times, I think he deserved at least the first one. All his screaming and shit before the guy was even tasered was clearly him being resistant to the authorities. It was also ridiculous that the bystanders started to get in the way of the authorities doing their jobs. It's as if this generation of kids (not that I'm much older than people still in college) think they can defy the police and get away with stuff. If there's a rule that allows them to check id, then let them do their job! Imagine if the person that the police found without ID was, in fact, someone dangerous that was going to do something stupid, and the cops did the right thing to neutralize the unidentified person. Instead of people talking shit about the police tasering the hell out of the guy, the media and everyone would be praising the police for their valiant effort in keeping the library and the campus safe from a terrorist attack or what not. But, yeah, that's not the case here, that guy has been identified as a UCLA student, but that doesn't give anyone the right to judge the police who were acting on the situation at hand, which was someone who did not identify himself, thus making him a potential threat to the student body and staff of the school.
Taser him some more for all I care. But seriously, they had like 3 popo and the guy was cuffed, just drag that moron out.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Saturday, October 21, 2006
This all brings me to earlier today when I opened up a random free game magazine to to check out what's new when I had nothing else better to do. The magazine I picked up was Game Informer, and just about everything in it was highly skewed toward Sony fanboyism. The editor's editorial praised everything that was Sony, and even the first blurb about Tokyo Game Show talked about Sony's press conference. What they failed to mention about Sony's press conference was that it was pure garbage as far as games go. It was a bore, tell your readers that. All the online game websites who covered the press conference with a live blog said so, why shouldn't they. Then the article moves onto, you guessed it, upcoming Playstation 3 games and giddy comments of what is to be expected. Then the Xbox 360 section, they mention the top Japanese games to be released on that platform, yet they barely acknowledged it. Really, aside from the magazine's cover using nice glossy paper, Game Informer is too much of a Sony lover to be given credit as a review source for ALL games. Perhaps their editorial staff should just swap offices with the Official Playstation Magazine, whose Editor in Chief said herself, that she won't buy a PS3 because of it's steep price point.
Don't get me wrong, if I happened to pick up a different game review magazine, and it clearly showed console platform fanboyism, I would have ragged on them just as much. GI just happened to be the one I picked up today, and the one I ranted about just now. And yes, I have my own biases. I dislike Sony from the fact that several of my Sony branded products ended up being cheap, where one function or another broke. On the other hand, I sometimes just end up buying their products anyway based on brand recognition. It was one of the best electronics company after all.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Plantronics Discovery 640 - Now, I can look like a cool business person driving on the road with a device attached to my ear like I have a hearing problem that rock stars develop. Hearing problems aside, this will be a nice little thing to have when the California State law that prohibits people from driving and talking on their cell phone is active in the very near future.
It's small, it's wireless, and so far it works great with my pda phone. I can access my contact list without even having to touch my phone, which is a nice benefit of the software found in my phone.
But yeah, if you're shopping for a bluetooth hands-free headset for your phone, Plantronics' line of Discovery handsets are some of the best. I've done my research, and that's my recommendation. Right now, they run for about $70-120 at normal retail stores, online and off. For me, I happened to win an auction on ebaY for $50 shipped, which was a great deal, since I didn't expect to actually win it.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Throughout the day of driving around Davis, it shocked me how I'm no longer regularly up there anymore after spending the past 4 years there. When I drove by my old apartments, it felt like I was going home, but sadly other people are very likely occupying the space that I used to live.
While back there, I also hit up the food places that are not available in the bay area or places that I would not likely go to. That place would be a Thai restaurant. I don't think I've ever been to any Thai restaurant in the Bay Area ever in my life. In fact, I don't remember ever having Thai until I went to Davis, which has several different Thai restaurants, and of which, I have probably been to 50% of them. It's odd that my craving for food differs so much between the two locations of my residency. I mean, I can probably go without Thai forever if I'm in the Bay Area, but when I drove back to Davis, the top 2 types of food on my mind were either sushi or Thai.
Speaking of top 2's. The top 2 sports I'm currently following are baseball and hockey, which obviously means the A's and the Sharks. After today, it looks pretty bad with the A's unless they become the second team in history to win the next four games in a row down 3 games already. It's not likely a high success rate, but the Red Sox did it to the Yankees back in 2004, so I guess anything can happen. You know, pay off those umps a bit more money than the Tigers have so far. *cough* On the other hand, the Sharks have started out their season pretty much where they had left off since obtaining Thorton. It'll be an exciting season in San Jose to refuel the Bay Area sports firepower if it is cooled off by the A's ending their season in the ALCS. What about football? Well, the Niners and Raiders both suck again this year, so there's not much to say about them. I still wish the Raiders picked up Leinart. Serioulsy, all their QB's suck more than the current crop quarterbacks still in college. I'll still root for them Raiders, since besides that team, I really don't give a care about football.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
My high school's entire football field and bleachers have been torn down and is just a big pile of dirt right now. I should take a pic some time before it starts to look like the new track and field.
Under Construction Daily
My college campus is also at the beginning stages of building a brand new Division I style football stadium to accomodate our "higher" status in collge athletics.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
I also found my high school transcript laying around. Wow, my HS transcript and my college transcript looks so different! The numbers are so much more consistent on my HS one. Underneath that was a printout of the poem I wrote to Carol a long ass time ago that was published in a book. Such sappiness!
What's really funny is this printout of NSYNC's Bye Bye Bye, where the gang (Tom, Nick, Gerald, Jerry, etc) and I were writing up a choreography to actually do a video. That would have been such an embarrasing video to show up on youtube.
And just now I found some notebook where my brother has specific WarCraft III strategies written out.
Oh, an envelope with a letter from JoEllen back in 1999. A 7 year old letter! That's almost ancient history. Craziness.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
- the best sushi buffet in town, Fuji's
- living away from home
- oyster clay pot and lunch specials from from Jade Garden
- cantina's and the other bars
- late night showers
- the arc
- friends who haven't graduated yet
- swimming and the spa right there outside my apt
- eggplant and curry noodle soup at sophie's
- and I'm sure there will be more I'll remember when I really leave
Monday, July 31, 2006
LMAO, some people need to relax.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
And what the hell with kids these days.....
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Friday, May 05, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
Bacterial tip of the month: Don't fall or walk into sewage. A bacteria may start eating you alive. http://starbulletin.com/2006/04/05/news/story02.html (cred story link retardedman.com)
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Anyway, the quarter is almost over and spring weekend is coming up. Yes, spring WEEKEND. My spring break will consist of four days before I need to get ready and get whatever books I'll need next quarter. How sucky.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
Until then...it's time to party...then again I went to one last weekend while I should have been studying, oops.
Sunday, February 05, 2006
And where's Kordell Stewart?! HHAHAHAH
Edit: woo finally something great. a former college qb, now a wide receiver, throws a perfect pass for a touchdown.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
I hope those people did not contract some bad type of bacteria from that undercooked meat that they have a close-up of.... If they did, they must have had a few good days of mad diarrhea.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
They are still good for one things...and that's user submitted video like this one. <--- HILARIOUS!
Saturday, January 21, 2006
I've started to hit up the gym a bit more, and will probably increase the frequency of it as I ease back into it. My triceps are pretty much dead now after my last workout. Hopefully, I can keep this up despite all the crap I have to do that is coming up really soon.
Anyway, it's getting late. That is all.