Thursday, December 28, 2006

The Slow Days

Damn, work has been slow since the holidays. The past 3 days, only 1 or 2 people from my department are even in the office. So quiet.

Monday, December 25, 2006

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd was one long and boring movie. The first hour was so slow, I think I fell asleep for a good 20 minutes.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Seriously Comcast, wtf

My Comcast internet decided to go on vacation last night just when I had activated my Xbox Live Gold membership. wtf Comcast? It has been about 12 hours now, and it's still taking a dump. I got in contact with the support and obviously they were of no help. They were going to schedule a technician to come visit, but in typical Comcast manner, the support guy was unable to pull up the schedule for my area since the network is dead or something. Thus, he concluded that I wait and see if it just comes back by itself later today. Yeah, ok FU.

If it wasn't for my phone, I probably wouldn't be able to rant here right now.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Another 3.7 Quake
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! - The next big one.

Happy Holidays!

I am reporting here at work with a little bit of scotch to kick off the holiday weekend. Have a safe weekend kiddos!

LSL + Wii
The evolution of gaming. lmao

Woot of the Year (And it's not because of the Product)

The current woot is without a doubt, one of the most hilarious ever. People won't save any money getting the PS3 like the usual deals posted there, but damn, I think I'm going to copy and paste the description here to find it easier if I ever need to link it again in the future. Click the PS3 image and you get this!

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

Ipod Nano Red

Anyone want to buy a red 4GB Ipod Nano? $190! No tax!

Company Holiday Party

Fun. Interesting events. Quotes galore. Breathalyzer madness. Got an Ipod Nano.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Beard Papa

I went to Beard Papa for the first time today and it's damn good. Must. Get. More.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

NBA Fight

Sweet, they should totally allow them to fight like in the NHL. If they want to let out some anger, let them! haha.

Saturday, December 16, 2006


I really hate those little postcard thing that magazine companies put in their magazines. They should have, at the very leat, the decency to remove that shit from subscribers' copies and leave that crap for the newstands.

In Stock

Tomorrow, 12/17, Wii's will be in stock at nearly all stores, Best Buy, Gamestop, EB, Target, etc. It's probably the last shipment before the new year. Happy camping!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Pulp or No Pulp

I prefer orange juice with medium or high pulp. No pulp makes the oj seem kind of cheap. It just feels like it's fake orange juice, since if you were to grind out your own orange juice, there will be pieces!


I was in San Jose working again, but this time, my co-workers and I also went to the Sharks game against the Kings. It was my first hockey game, and thanks to Kirk for the tickets. I found that it to be much more exciting watching the game live, and the atmosphere was great. It was a good outing despite the Sharks playing one of their worst games of the season so far. Hopefully, on Saturday, they will bounce back against their division leading rivals, the Mighty Ducks. After the game, we finished up the rest of our work and made our way back home at around 1AM.


Well, my credit card bill came, and it was quite the eye opener. It was compounded by the fact that my large purchase on there is the price before I get my rebates back.

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


I ate a greasy cheesesteak sandwich from the Cheesesteak Shop and some curly fries. Then, I got a Razzmatazz from Jamba Juice. That's a shitload of Cal's.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Trillian Astra
Awesome, just awesome.

Mini Wii Review

Last night, a few of my friends and I got together and played some multiplayer games on the Nintendo Wii. This was also the first time I have seen the system other than the display models in stores. It's definitely a small enough system that would make transport of it around easily.

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


Wii would like to play.

I found two Wiimotes lying around at Circuit City, and since Wii accessories are rare these days, I just got them. At least one will be sold to a friend who already has the Wii, and perhaps I'll just keep one.

World of WarCraft Update

Earlier this week, the fairly large (almost 500 MB) WoW update patch was released. A few hours ago, I thought about renewing my account, which I have not played for over a month or so. I got as far as going to a file serving website to download the patch directly, but I stopped. I decided that it wasn't worth my time to delve back into that game just yet. At least, I don't plan to play that game again until the expansion hits. It has actually been somewhat refreshing not having to deal with anything related to that game or even think about it at all. Instead, I'm addicted to getting silly achievements in 360 games.

Desktop Computer

It has been nearly 6 months since my desktop computer broke. I've been using my laptop ever since. I should really get around to buying the parts to make it work again, but I have been lazy in that department.

Samsung 22" Widescreen LCD

My Black Friday order is finally in Castro Valley. Now, I wonder if they will even deliver the damn thing tomorrow. I can't wait to hook my Xbox 360 to it!

Thursday, December 07, 2006


Oh btw, there's a wootoff going on over at Happy buying!

Microsoft sued for 360 update issues

Microsoft sued for 360 update issues
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.

Hilary Clinton, Lieberman and ESRB

Lieberman and Clinton Team With ESRB
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

Myspace Worm Uses Quicktime

Myspace Worm Uses Quicktime
Good game. Another reason why myspace sucks. Their security has always been very bad.

Friday, December 01, 2006

I'm Bringing Xbox Back....YAAH

Seriously WTF

About 1.5-2 months ago, I would have been sitting at home and watching the days go by, while my parents would nag to me about finding any kind of job. Now, in the present day, I have been working for a little bit over a month now, and instead of them nagging about me not working yet, they are now nagging me about finding a job related to my major. Seriously, wtf? After I satisfied them with one thing, they come out guns a blazing about another thing. It's really annoying. My parents make it sound like it's so damn easy to find a g'damn job in the biological field just because people say that it's an easy field to find a job in. Trust me, it's not. Definitely not as easy as they make it sound like it is. It doesn't help that random people who don't know shit about applying for science jobs make small talk to them about it being easy.

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!