Friday, March 31, 2006

Xbox 360 plays almost anything!

XBOX Live SUPER GOLD WEEKEND

Even though I havent gotten any of my free Microsoft points from Verizon, I am still happy the XBOX Live Gold weekend is here.

All silver memberships are now GOLD this weekend. I had a Gold membership anyway, but to coencide with this they released the Battlefield 2 and GRAW demo. YAY! Oblivian, Graw and BF2 - I dont know where to begin!

WP: Levee repair costs triple - washingtonpost.com

"The Bush administration said yesterday that the cost of rebuilding New Orleans's levees to federal standards has nearly tripled to $10 billion and that there may not be enough money to fully protect the entire region.

Donald E. Powell, the administration's rebuilding coordinator, said some areas may be left without the protection of levees strong enough to meet requirements of the national flood insurance program. Those areas probably would face enormous obstacles in attracting home buyers and investors willing to build there.

The news represents a shift for the administration; President Bush had pledged in the weeks after Hurricane Katrina to rebuild New Orleans 'higher and better.' Now, some areas may lose out as they compete for levee protection. Powell's announcement, in a conference call with reporters, prompted denunciations from state and local officials who said the federal government is reneging on promises to rebuild the entire region."

WP: Levee repair costs triple - washingtonpost.com Highlights - MSNBC.com

Iwata: More Revolution Secrets Coming

“Our primary focus with the Nintendo Revolution has been to create a system that can do things that the other systems can’t, that has functionality that the other systems don’t have,” he said through a translator. “And speaking to that, there are some other unique features of the Nintendo Revolution hardware that we haven’t discussed yet that we will be announcing at E3.”

Iwata: More Revolution Secrets Coming - Kotaku

The Gamecube had this cool function that the other consoles didnt have. It had the function to pile up on store shelves as no one bought them. And Iwata probably needs between now and E3 to think of something cool to even announce. I hate bullshit announcements about upcoming announcements. Just shut up and wait till the time you actually will announce something.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Everyone's Dumping UMD Movies

Looks like watching movies on your PSP will soon be going the way of the dodo. Next-Generation is reporting that the UMD movie format is a complete dud. Everyone from major Hollywood studios to Wal-Mart are dropping the format like turds into a toilet.

An anonymous Hollywood executive scoffed at UMD, saying that absolutely no one is watching movies on the PSP. Likewise, Paramount is claiming that releasing UMD format editions of popular movies is 'the exception, rather than the rule': 'No one's even breaking even on them,' he claimed. And a Universal Studios executive went even farther: 'Sales are near zilch. It's another Sony bomb.' Ouch!

Everyone's Dumping UMD Movies - Kotaku

The funniest thing I've ever been asked

I was working out the other day at the Y and it was very busy in the Fitness Room and there were two people from the Y staff showing new members around to each machine. I mention this because there was a lot of machine sharing and you had to pay a bit of attention to not hog a machine or something.

While working out with my friend on the tricep machine, I was waiting for him to finish his set and was resting on one of the two pilates balls they have back in the corner. While sitting there, the one Y staffer came over to show the new lady how to use the pilates balls and she said:

"May, we borrow your balls?"

I kid you not. And I dont think she even realized what she said. Suffice-to-say I had to use every ounce of energy I had to not burst out laughing as I gave up my seat to them.

Revolution's Horsepower

Insiders stress that Revolution runs on an extension of the Gekko and Flipper architectures that powered GameCube, which is why studios who worked on GCN will have no problem making the transition to the new machine, they say. IBM's 'Broadway' CPU is clocked at 729MHz, according to updated Nintendo documentation. By comparison, GameCube's Gekko CPU ran at 485MHz. The original Xbox's CPU, admittedly a different architecture altogether, was clocked at 733MHz. Meanwhile, Xbox 360 runs three symmetrical cores at 3.2GHz.

Nintendo's Revolution console, as seen on-display at the Game Developers Conference 2006
Clearly, numbers don't mean everything, but on paper Revolution's CPU falls performance-wise somewhere well beyond GameCube and just shy of the original Xbox. However, it's important to remember that there is no way to accurately gauge the performance difference between GCN's PowerPC-based architecture and the the Intel-based CPU of Xbox. Further, even if we could, these numbers are only one part of the equation.

Revolution's ATI-provided 'Hollywood' GPU clocks in at 243MHz. By comparison, GameCube's GPU ran at 162MHz, while the GPU on the original Xbox was clocked at 233MHz. Sources we spoke with suggest that it is unlikely the GPU will feature any added shaders, as has been speculated.

'The 'Hollywood' is a large-scale integrated chip that includes the GPU, DSP, I/O bridge and 3MBs of texture memory,' a studio source told us.

The overall system memory numbers we reported last December have not greatly fluctuated, but new clarifications have surfaced. Revolution will operate using 24MBs of 'main' 1T-SRAM. It will additionally boast 64MBs of 'external' 1T-SRAM. That brings the total number of system RAM up to 88MBs, not including the 3MB texture buffer on the GPU. By comparison, GameCube featured 40MBs of RAM not counting the GPU's on-board 3MBs. The original Xbox included 64MBs total RAM. Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 operate on 512MBs of RAM.

IGN: Revolution's Horsepower

Man I understand Nintendo acting like they are doing a totally different thing and to not compare them with Microsoft or Sony, but wow - when the hardware isnt even better than the original XBOX, what the heck does that say for the future of this platform? In 2 years would you still be happy with this, heck by that time your cell phone will probably equal this. This is troubling for sure if you ask me. If the Revo's controller is a flop, this console will die a horrible horrible death and be buried right beside VirtualBoy.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

This Cat will OWN you

Psycho kitty under house arrest


March 29: Six-toed 'Lewis' has been terrorizing its Connecticut neighborhood.

Yay Dr. Raskin

It's so rare, given the basic tenor of most arguments in politics today, but every once in a while someone says something so remarkable that's it's worth noting, without any comment at all.

Such a situation took place on March 1st in Annapolis, Maryland, where a hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage was taking place.

The far right wing was doing its usual best to frighten, anger, and intimidate the witnesses who dared disagree with them.

Then Jamie Raskin, professor of law at American University, testified as to why the amendment should not be passed.

At the end of his testimony, one of Maryland's most insane ultra-far-rightwingers, republican Senator Nancy Jacobs, stood up and shouted: "Mr. Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman. What do you have to say about that?"

To which Mr. Raskin replied: "Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."

Credit: Gene Stone - The Huffington Post

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

More proof Bush is a liar

Road to war


March 27: A secret memo details a meeting involving President Bush and Britain's Tony Blair in January 2003. Was war in Iraq a foregone conclusion? NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The term "eye candy" doesnt do it justice



No this isnt a picture of some recent military exercise. This is a screenshot from a game called Crysis built on the CryEngine2 engine coming out for the XBOX360. They say they will have a playable demo by E3 this year (in May).

Bush one step closer to emperor

This is simply amazing. Our country has spiraled completely off the deep end in such a major way. I simply cannot understand how the entire country isnt demanding this man's resignation. I hope if the Democrats get the majority in November that they can nail him and undo a lot of this damage.

When President Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act's expanded police powers.

In the statement, Bush said that he did not consider himself bound to tell Congress how the Patriot Act powers were being used and that, despite the law's requirements, he could withhold the information if he decided that disclosure would ''impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative process of the executive, or the performance of the executive's constitutional duties."

Bush wrote: ''The executive branch shall construe the provisions . . . that call for furnishing information to entities outside the executive branch . . . in a manner consistent with the president's constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch and to withhold information . . . "


Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement - The Boston Globe

CRIKEY!

Amazon.com: Farm Pride Alligator - Tenderized Fillets: Gourmet Food

Friday, March 24, 2006

QOTD

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become one himself.
-Nietzsche

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Nintendo Keynote @ GDC 2006

Iwata of Nintendo officially has announced:

“Games specifically developed for the Sega Genesis will be available on the Revolution.”

That's cool :)

Crysis by Crytek feat. the new CryEngine2

This video isnt a game, it's a tech demo for the new engine and some advanced work on a newly announced game called Crysis. This is not a sequel to the Farcry series but the next game from the same guys.

In a Galaxy EVEN Farther Away Now

Well Lucas Arts has announced that they are NOT extending their Star Wars license to to the SOE (Sony Online Entertainment) game Galaxies. No word on when it runs out, but when it does it will have to either de-reference every Star Wars reference and art or just be turned off.

The President of SOE John Smedly had this to say in an article, "There has never been a release by Sony Online Entertainment that has been incomplete." If you believe that than you have never played an MMO published by SOE.

Raph Koster has left SOE, he was the Creative Director for Star Wars Galaxies (and many other games) and so has Cindy Armstrong who was the had of Business Development. And according to an SOE Mole reporting to Kotaku, the President John Smedly's head may be on the chopping block as SOE continues to sink under the weight of it's own crap.

Sock Master's Game Console Controller Family Tree

And the pattern of gaming related posts continues on with this cool look at the evolution of video game controllers.

Boycotting Games using Starforce (aka Fuck Starforce)

For those of you who dont know Starforce is a horrible copy-protection system that some game publishers are using to try to stop people from pirating their games.

Trouble is Starforce the product and the company do some really nasty stuff as evident here, here and here where the lastest version will put a rootkit on your machine and reboot your computer whenever it even thinks you are doing something that may be similar to what you would do to pirate a game.

Well you may be infected with this menace and not even realize it. Here is a list of games that if you've had them installed on your computer, than you are now sharing space with the Starforce parasite on your system. Remove it?

I will be boycotting these games to be sure, and it's nice to also note that I dont have to worry about this stuff playing on my XBOX 360, so that's another point in favor of no longer gaming on my computer.

Gaming Then & Now`

This is a great (and funny) look at what games used to be like and what they look like now.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Daily Bush Barf

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - President Bush said Wednesday he feels Iraqi political figures need to urgently get a representative government together that can unify a nation now embroiled in civil strife.

'It's time,' Bush said. 'It's time to get a government in place.'

Speaking for the third time in as many days about Iraq and the war against terrorism, he also said it's important for Iraqi security forces to begin taking the lead in the fight for their future.

'It's the Iraqis' fight,' the president told an audience here. 'These troops that we're training are going to have to stand up and defend their democracy.'"

Apparently it's only urgent when Bush's poll numbers are dropping. When they were high he was telling us to be patient and let them take their time.

Bush also said that he was upset that an Afghan man is being tried for converting to Christianity. Abdul Rahman, 41, faces a possible death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity 16 years ago. He has been charged with rejecting Islam, a crime under this country's Islamic laws.

"We expect them to honor the universal principle of freedom," Bush said at Capitol Music Hall, an ornate theater downtown. "I'm troubled when I hear, deeply troubled when I hear, the fact that a person who converted away from Islam may be held to account. ... I look forward to working with the government of that country to make sure that people are protected in their capacity to worship."

Bush claimed success in Afghanistan.

Bush has a VERY skewed sense of the "universal principle of freedom". Wouldnt that mean that gay people should be free to marry, like straight people? Wouldnt that also mean anyone would be free to be a terrorist? Bush wants America 2.0 over there, America crafted by him and his neo-con buddies, all while crafting a hideous version of it here too. He would have had absolutely zero to say about this if the person converted to Bhudism or some other non-christian religion.

Elder Scrolls: Oblivion for the XBOX 360 Mini-review

It's the best looking game I have ever played so far period.

Nothing, not even Doom3 has looked this real or has been this immersive. I can just imagine what it would be like on HD, but even on standard it's stunning when you see it in real life. The screenshots really dont do it justice. It's hard to understand that something that looks this good could even be a game.

The combat is hard to manage at first because it's a different style than other games, but it's super easy if you think about how you would react in real life if you had a sword and shield (or whatever) instead of thinking how the game allows you to react and act within those parameters.

The inventory, skills panels and everything that encompasses your character's details are laid out pretty well and the map stuff is very nice so far.

I've only completed the tutorial portion that shapes your character's class and sets up the main story for you. I took my time and really played with everything and I had about 2.5 hours to play last night.

You start in prison and eventually make your way out thru some underground areas and thru the sewers and into the main city and that's about where I stopped. I didnt actually go into the main city and when I exited the sewer it was dark and foggy out, so I havent seen the truly expansive terrain or anything yet, but I am dying to see it.

The magic skills and stuff are basically how Morrowind handled it, so that's not a huge change from how they normally handled it and you still have health, fatigue and magicka to monitor and to be a source for your actions. Playing Morrowind first definately would give someone a leg up into understanding this game (and just how deeply complex it is). It might be kind of daunting for someone who's picking up an Elder Scrolls game for the first time.

So on a scale of 100%, I think I have only experienced about 0.005% of the whole game so far. I cant wait to see more and experience the huge terrain and "living" world thanks to the Radiant AI, etc.

Monday, March 20, 2006

QOTD (Quote of the Day)

We can often do more for other men by trying to correct our own faults than by trying to correct theirs.
- Francois Fenelon

Xbox 360

Woot! I finally got my XBOX 360. I just bought Dead or Alive 4 and rented Call of Duty 2.

Oblivion comes out tomorrow. *cough* I think I am feeling sick, I should probably stay home for a week or two or three.

Actually I should take some vacation soon before I kill someone.

The Human Toll

An interactive map of Coalition military fatalities and estimated Iraqi civilian deaths in Iraq, 2003-2006.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Even MORE Futurama

"I'm thisclose to selling my show--''Billy Bastard--Amateur Human Being,'' And the other good news is that they're doing 26 new episodes of ''Futurama'' for TV and we're hammering out the deal now.The original plan was to have the DVD's first but that's no longer the case.I'm totaly jammed dude. "

All Things Billy: Billy working with Howard again ?

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Bush Stormtroopers

Bush thinks he has the right to invade your home now for any reason he wants. Welcome to yet another in a very long string of dark days in America.

Daily Kos: Can we have investigations NOW?

Dabble DB

Oh god, the just made my Spreadsheet data loving mind explode into a thousand colors. Scott - total *drool* with this (and it's Web2.0 - double WOW)

Dabble DB: 7 Minute Video

Expect More Katrina's

Since the 1970s, ocean surface temperatures around the globe have been on the rise--from one half to one degree Fahrenheit, depending on the region. Last summer, two studies linked this temperature rise to stronger and more frequent hurricanes. Skeptics called other factors into account, such as natural variability, but a new statistical analysis shows that only this sea surface temperature increase explains this trend.

Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Statistical Analysis Bolsters Theory Linking Warmer Oceans to Stronger Hurricanes

Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy Birthday to me

Woot! Today I am 29 years old. Whoopee. hehe

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Finish Them!

Blu-ray

And while I am thinking about this, the best thing about Blu-Ray (note this is sarcasm) is that has a phone home feature.

If it thinks you are pirating something, it phones home to Sony (or whomever) and your system (blu-ray player, PS3, whatever) gets blacklisted from then on. Totally 100% unusable machine until you are some how able to satisfy them that you werent breaking any rules or laws.

So enjoy what Sony has in store for you. :)

PS3 Japan Launch Delayed to November

Haha losers. They even came up with the tech for the blu-ray stuff and are dead set to get everyone to use and only use blu-ray. Serves 'em right. See you next year PS3 (maybe).

PS3 Japan Launch Delayed to November? - Kotaku

Monday, March 13, 2006

Another spin, another chance at paradise

Remember President Bush and his administration's "Culture of Life"? Well while he's been talking about saving babies and keeping gays from marrying and invading countries and breaking laws left and right there has been a genocide going on in Darfur and you probably heard very little or anything about it. I doubt you would even consider it a blip on the mass media's radar here in America.

Why are the lives of people living on top of oil more important than people in other countries?

Darfur violence spills into neighboring Chad - Nightly News with Brian Williams

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Ugh this sucks. I cant find one place that has an XBOX360 for sale. I got a lead on a pre-order for the next shipment April 1st. But I might hold off. That and the ONE game (Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Collector's Edition) I want is listed to ship on 3/20, but a store near me (in an obvious mistake) already has a copy out on the shelf (unless it's just for pre-orders then, screw them).

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Daily Kos: Seeking Censure

This is great - Senator Feingold is seeking to censure President Bush over the numerous laws he broke while spying on Americans. I hope this is a taste of what's in store for these criminals as more Democrats grow (or find their) balls.

Daily Kos: Seeking Censure

Daily Kos: John McCain: Bushier Than Thou!

Well it looks like John McCain is selling out for one more RNC backed run at the big white building on Pennsylvania Ave. The Republicans must be pretty afraid of Hilary running if they are hedging toward McCain.

Daily Kos: John McCain: Bushier Than Thou!

Messenger Beta

Poop and I had one more BETA invite to give out and they go and make the BETA public. hehe

Messenger Beta

Thursday, March 09, 2006

ORB

Okay ORB.com is the shit. It's a streaming application that runs on your home computer, then you can visit orb.com from any web device (including a cell phone, woot) and log in and stream any of your media via the web page back to your device. Presto, instant access to all of your media.

I just started using it today so I havent seen if there are a lot of bugs or odd things yet, but so far it seems sweet.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

What kind of bread do you want?

WHEAT!

I remember a time before Subway. I remember when Subway first started. I've even worked a at Subway during a brief stint right before college (which was a brief stint in itself).

I remember subs cut the old "U" shaped way. I remember the bread bowl salad. Subway and I have history together.

I bring this all up because of all the subs I have ever eaten, I have never ever once eaten Wheat bread, until yesterday and today. Out of the 100's of subs I have eaten, I never got wheat. I tried that Italian Herb and Cheese fiasco bread once, but never wheat. I have now ate a total of one 12" wheat sub and I can say I am the better for it.

So yay Wheat!

Belarc System Auditor

If you have ever undertaken the daunting task of formatting your computer, you know it's a difficult process to get every last program, patch and driver reinstalled. Especially now that computer installs are lasting longer and longer, the content just seems to pile up, believe me - I know.

I just recently found this FREE and very awesome system auditor. Install is simple and the results are produced in a webpage. It gathers ALL data about your computer, including all installed applications and their serial numbers. So before a format, install this program - run it and print the results and enjoy a single point of reference for EVERYTHING on your computer to get you back up and running.

Belarc - System Auditor

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

X-MEN3 Trailer

OMFG!!! Brian Singer really needs to take over the Spider-man movies. I get more jazzed about the X-men movies than Spidey and that's odd for me.

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND - Trailer

Clickable Culture - Chinese 'Warcraft' Players Revolting?

Haha - too funny. If MMO's were pay-by-the-hour in the USA, there would be one and you would be able to "win" it in one hour.

Chinese 'Warcraft' Players Revolting?

In God's name they hate

Phelp's gang is protesting soldier's funerals still. It's freedom of speech - I hate what he's saying and dont agree, but he has the right to say it. However I wish he could show some respect.

Some communities have began enacting ordinances to protect against protests within a certain range of funerals because of these folks.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Willie Nelson's Gay Cowboy Song

The red-headed stranger has released his new song "Cowboys are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)".

The song's kind of neat and definately ground-breaking, but the flash animation on the site's a bit, well strange in parts.

Cancer Less Important Than Iraq

The NCI gets 4.75 billion for the year to fight cancer. We spend that in two weeks in Iraq.

Cancer kills more than 500,000 men, women and children here in the US every year. I am seriously convinced at this point that anyone who still approves of Bush (although there arent many left) have some sort of learning disability or massive head trauma.

Daily Kos: Cancer Less Important Than Iraq

Sports Hybrid by High Schoolers 0-60 in 4 seconds

Too bad all US automakers really lack in the diesel powertrains for cars. There are some nice options for trucks though. My officially awesome car would be a Bio-diesel 90/10 fuel running thru a turbo-diesel engine with a hybrid electric attached that could also be charged at night by plugging it in AND had a steam assist turbo to reclaim the heat energy (Mercedes or BMW are working on the steam thing right now).

Sports Hybrid, Built by Kids, Runs on Soybeans, Zero-to-60 in 4 Seconds - Gizmodo

Skype and Intel in bed to make AMD jealous

Just when the idea of Skype was really starting to grow on me they start pulling this stuff:

10-User Conferencing in Skype 2.0 Only on Intel CPU's thanks to deal with intel - thankfully there's a patch - there's always a patch :)

Hair Part 2

Yay my hair is back to a normal contrast, although more blonde all over than before it doesnt look like a big skunk stripe any longer.

My friend Mike's baby picture?

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Bad hair?

I am not really super happy with my current haircut. I should have gotten the top highlighted blonde instead of chunked out with bleach - it's too light.

At least I dont look like this.

Average family income drops 2.3%

Are you better off? Well you are if you were already rich.
Average family incomes fell in the USA from 2001 to 2004, pulled down by a sluggish recovery from the downturn and the sharp stock market drop, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.

By contrast, from 1998 to 2001, average income jumped 17.3%.

USATODAY.com - Average family income drops 2.3%

Bush is a criminal

I hate to keep making political posts, but here's another fine topic about how Bush is a criminal.

His illegal wiretapping broke the law, period. The Attorney General clarifies that they didnt even come up with the whole concept of it if was legal under the 2001 war vote until well after he was already doing it.

Daily Kos: Confessing Their Sins

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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They knew plenty about Katrina

Bush can no longer deny not having enough info on Katrina. Here is video footage that he was told exactly everything BEFORE Katrina[video].

He plays dumb on TV, he plays dumb to you to get away with it. I dont know who's worse him, or the people that let him do this day-in and day-out. Why is our president no longer accountable for his actions? How can anyone justify spending $25+ million on charging Clinton for the Monica Lewinski situation and resulting charges and yet the same country allows this kind of stuff to go on now.

If someone can honestly and intelligently rationalize this to me, I would love to here it.

What the Bible Says about Gays

I get a lot of forwarded email about what the bible says about this and emails about how God loves me but only if I agree with certain people, etc.

I thought I would share this link:

What the Bible Says AND Doesn't Say About Homosexuality

N64 Hardware Guide

Hack your old N64 to play Japanese imports:

N64 Hardware Guide - IGNguides

Superman Returns Video Game

The trailer for the new Superman video game is out. This game is based on the upcoming new movie Superman Returns.

And if you ever played the other Superman game, this thing cant get ANY worse.

Superman Returns