Sunday, September 19, 2010

Understanding America

I've been trying to keep myself busy lately, to keep my mind off a recent loss. And while trolling the recesses of Facebook and watching a mashup of the Old Spice commercials and Cthulhu, I came up with an idea for this post. Kim has said to me some time ago I should update my blog. So I am killing 2 birds, with one stone!

So I was thinking about how I could alleviate some tension in the world, and I came to the understanding that the people who hate America, just perhaps don't truly understand us. They get their news form THIER version of Fox News or some other slanted news source, and only see what they feed them. So, I have come up with an idea to help people like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda better understand us as Americans. Maybe show them that we're really not a bunch of worthless infidels at all. But I need your help. I need 10 movies that they could watch AND shows America at it's best! So please, contribute to my list, and help me help us. I'll get it started....


My first suggestion is The Blues Brothers, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. 2 brothers, trying to do God's work and save their old school from being closed, all while fighting Nazis and crazed American Country Western singers. (Yes, we have musicians here in America that sing BOTH kinds of music.) All this while evading the law and trying to clean their good name. This movie show "All American" values from the get go! It even has an awesome soundtrack to drive your car through a mall too! DAMN I LOVE AMERICA! I suspect even Tea Baggers would endorse this!




So I got it started , please contribute your ideas. And remember to let us know what values it brings out, that is best about America! I look forward to your submission!

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Friday, November 06, 2009

Padawan Comedian

Here's a little exchange between me and the Padawan this morning after discovering that Google was celebrating 40 years of Sesame Street!

Me: Terry come look who is on Google!
Padawan: *LOUD GIGGLE* Cool!
Me: Yeah! Sesame Street has been around a little longer than daddy.
Padawan: Back in Dinosaur Land?
Me: Um... Nooo not THAT long.

My kid is too damn smart for her own good. LOL

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

No LAN? No StarCraft 2 a.ka. StarCrap!

OK, I've been playing StarCraft since it came out back in 1998. Some guys at the office were talking about it and said I needed to get on and play. So I went out, paid my $30 and got the game. I wasn't that great at first, but I played and got better. Then when BroodWars came out, I got that as well and played and always had a blast! It was a staple at LAN parties I hosted and everyone of us that played, loved every game. Even today, 11 years later, myself and many of my friends still play it.

But back in the day, we had problems with Battle.net. The free service Blizzard offers to allow StarCraft players, as well as other Blizzard games, to connect and find games, online. Battle.net was laggy. Some times painfully so. So must of us stuck to LAN play till it got to the point where we couldn't always drag our machines to each other's houses, so we looked for solutions. One being a 3rd party server call BNetD. This server was reversed engineered LEGALLY, yet Blizzard saw it as a threat to their business and pushed the idea that it encouraged piracy because BNetD didn't check CD keys to see if they were valid or not. The coders of BNetD even offered to code in a way for the server to check with Battle.net to see if the CD Keys were valid. And Blizzard didn't even have to reveal any of their own code for Battle.net. But Blizzard wouldn't have any of it and shut them down using the DCMA, which has been and is still used to punish a company's competition. It's a widely held belief on the net that Blizzard's motives were out of profit. NOT the users wishes to be able to play in a lag free environment. Because of this, I boycotted Blizzard all of Blizzard's new products. WarCraft 3 and World of WarCraft.

With the announcement of StarCraft 2, I was thrilled and hopeful that Blizzard would not pull another knuckle head move like it did many years before. And then seeing some of the videos of game play of StarCraft 2, pretty much sealed the deal for me until....

Blizzard Entertainment has just announced that StarCraft 2 will not offer LAN play. That all multi player games will go through Battle.net. They say they will offer new features and stats and the like, and it would make for a better experience for players. I have no doubt it would. But what about those people that don't have Internet? Yes, even in the 21st century, there are places where Internet connectivity is to cost prohibitive. Plus, what if you want a simple LAN game with your friends? Bandwidth caps?

They also say it'll help stop piracy. Seriously? Are you shitting me? You really think that connecting through Battle.net and checking a CD Key is going to STOP it? Has it stopped Starcraft 1 from being pirated? No. Yet after 11 years, it's still available in stores like Wal-Mart and Target. Why is that? Because it's an awesome game, has NO copy protection to stop people from playing or installing and is FUN! Dudes, I want to know what you are drinking so I can get some of this magic drink that makes you think this is going to work for you. Really, that is the most stupid, lame ass reason in the world. It WON'T make a dent. If you make a great game, and make it easy for people to install and play, they will continue to play it and buy new copies. Hell, I bought 2 copies of StarCraft Warchest to replace CDs and have extra for people at LAN parties!

Now you want to kill all this? Sometimes a LAN party is more fun then doing it all online. Like chipping in for pizza and soda. Talking smack with out having to type it in because the guy is behind you playing too. And best of all, troubleshoot any problems you or some one else may have because they are RIGHT THERE! And the best of all... NO FUCKING LAG!!

So Blizzard, I know my lone opinion makes zero difference in the scheme of things, but I signed this petition, and the other 25, 000+ people before me that signed and the ones that sign after me all think this is bullshit. Don't get all full of yourselves because of the popularity of WoW. Because, as of right now, you just lost a sale.

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Sunday, May 03, 2009

OPERATION: BYE BYE CABLE

So recently, I was going over my finances and discovered I was paying out more then I was making. So that meant, I had to ditch something. And that something was Cable TV. With the switch to Digital TV more channels would be available to the masses for free. So doing some
research, I found out I could get those channels for little money and as good as quality as Cable TV offered. So I decided to see just how good it could be. I first did a few experiments at my friend Miker's house with a simple dipole. Yeah, it was crude and only got him 3 channels, but since he HAS no cable, 3 channels is better than 0, and he was very happy. So after checking out Antenna Web to see what I could possibly get, I got started with planning out what I needed to do.

First up, I needed to know what kind of antenna I should get. Yeah, I could have built one, but I wanted to do this in a reasonable amount of time. And with my work schedule, sometimes that makes it difficult. So first, I tried this one. I got a few more channels then Miker did, but no where near as many was listed from Antenna Web. After doing a little more research and throwing together some ideas, I decided that an outdoor antenna would be the best bet for getting more stations.

So I did a little reading and narrowed down the antenna to this beauty! The same one that is pictured above. After assembling it, I first put it on the shorter mast that has my 2 meter/70 cm antenna, and hooked it up to my LCD TV in my kitchen. I only had 50 feet of coax, so yeah, I moved the TV. After having it scan, it found 25 channels!! SWEET! But what if I put it up higher on the other mast? Hmm. Well, I moved it and found out I actually LOST 10 channels! SO I figured I should just move it back. But only one problem. I was half scared putting up on the higher mast, and getting it down myself wasn't going to happen. So I called my friend and fellow Ham Op Andrew (KC2EUS) and asked him if he could just take it down so I could move it back to the other mast. I'm not too big with heights.

So about 30 minutes later, Andrew showed up and he took down the antenna and discovered a small mistake I had made. I had installed the radials backwards. they were supposed to point forward, not back, so we switched those around and reinstalled the antenna on the shorter mast. After coming back into the house and hooking it up to the TV, I was able to get all the channels I had gotten before. So while I didn't get EVERY single channel on the list, I did get a big chunck of them.

Overall cost of Phase I? $90

So now, with all the new info I now have, it's time for Phase 2! What is Phase 2? Come back and see.

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

FRAK! I'm getting older?

And so another birthday is here. Yep, I'm 38 now. When will this linear time thing stop? Ah well. In years past, my birthdays have been really shitty. But this year, oh man. It's going to be AWESOME! How you ask? "Well, lemme tell ya'!"

The plan was to go to N.A.B., the National Association of Broadcasters Expo, in Las Vegas. I was going to go with one of my show's cohost, Bill P. But things fell through and Kim and I decided to go anyways for a little vacation. We booked our flight, made our plans and we're set to leave in 2 weeks from the date of this post. But unknown by me, Kim had something planned. One of the best presents I could ever get! She got tickets to see Penn & Teller! YES, FRAK, YES! I can honestly say this is one gift I will never forget.

So needless to say, this birthday is going to be great, and I get to spend it with someone I love. Who said getting older sucks? The one I'm really waiting for is when I have my midlife crisis and get that Mustang. YEAH!!

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