So I've finally gotten around to finishing integrating WordPress with Gallery 2, and it's simply awesome. To celebrate, I put up a bunch of pictures of the Halloween party I was at yesterday. I was Tampon Man! My costume got a lot of many comments, most of which were either "wow, that's awesome" or "wow, that's disgusting", but lots of wows all around. Some kickass costumes were there, though.

 

Saw was an awesome movie. Sure, the acting kinda sucked, and the story was full of holes, but the overall twists and turns made for an awesome movie. That and the gore. Lots of gore. Oh, and the fact that you felt like you were in that crappy (pun not intended) bathroom. All of that added up and made Saw awesome.

So, you're probably saying to yourself, "couldn't they have just made Saw 2 like Saw?" Well, reader, Saw 2 failed on every count, including gore. The acting sucked harder, the story had more holes than John Roberts' testimony for Supreme Court, they dodged most of the truly gory shots (with the exception of a few awesome ones)...nothing! The Jigsaw Killer has his prey for his games, but the story isn't even about them, it's about a cop! WTF!!!!!!

Rating: 2/5

 

Febuary 2003 - Bought the computer, 80 GB total January 2004 - Added 2nd hard drive, 160 GB, 240 GB total June 2005 - Added 200 GB external hard drive, 440 GB total October 23, 2005 - Replaced 80 GB drive with 250 GB drive, 610 GB total

Today, I replaced my 80 GB boot disk with a 250 GB disk I got on the cheap. In reality, because hard drive manufacturers can lie to you for some reason, I'm closer to about 568 GB than 610 GB, but hey, why not.

It's definitely a beautiful thing to go from 4 GB available on your startup disk to 171 GB.

 

The incoming freshmen on CSH (which doesn't necessarily mean first-year students - it means the people who are new to CSH altogether, which can include any given 'year') are required to complete a project as a whole. The project is essentially a fundraiser, with the proceeds going to a charity. Our project was a Texas Hold'em tournament - $5 buy-in, chip leader takes an iPod nano. That went down Friday night.

I was worried it would tank horribly. Murphy's Law was wreaking havok on us to begin with. First, our tables fell through, so we got different tables. Then we realized that we didn't have chairs either. Everything somehow managed to come together. Now all we needed was the people.

I was a poker dealer at the event. Doors opened at 6😸0, event started at 7:00. People didn't show up until 5 minutes before hand, but we actually filled. In 10 minutes. 120 people, 10 minutes. It was grand.

I'm still waiting for the official numbers, but if you take into account the fact that 120 people at $5 is $600, minus $180 for the iPod nano we gave, we're somewhere around $420 in profit, all going to the Salvation Army.

PWNPWNPWN.

 

I saw Waiting this weekend. It was hilarious, if not for the fact that it was completely pointless and random. If I were a character, I'd be Dane Cook. The entire movie was about their penis game. That should tell you how serious this movie is about restaurant life. 😃

Rating: 5/5

 

Since video playback was put into iTunes, it was limited to just Quicktime files. While this was fine, it meant that for those of us who wanted to manage our DivX files (which you can play in QuickTime with the DivX codec), we were out of luck. However, thanks to something I discovered in QuickTime Pro, you can now import QT-playable DivX files into iTunes. Here's how to do it.

1) Open your DivX file in QuickTime. You'll know if you have a valid movie or not because, well, it will be playable in QuickTime. 2) Choose Save As from the File menu. 3) Choose "Save as a reference movie". What this does is basically creates a file that wraps information about the DivX file (where it is, for example) into a QuickTime movie, but doesn't actually include the movie file itself. 4) Drag into iTunes. Bingo!

 

In my RIT Theater Arts class, I had to write a short play that had the basic elements of a play's story. It's due today, so naturally, I didn't start it until about 1 AM this morning. I finally finished it.

One of the reasons I didn't start it was because I didn't have a compelling story to write. I've been telling people about the assignment, and how I'd most likely do something that involved "crime-fighting cyborg ninjas from the future". Well, somehow I put Steve Jobs as a ninja, and crafted the worst play of all time. 😃

Check out the script. A bunch of people on my floor are hoping to turn this into a short movie, so who knows - maybe that'll come out of it.

Download the play script

 

In an interview with Robbie Bach from the Xbox division of Microsoft, a question was brought up about modding the Xbox 360, and what they were doing about it.

IDGNS: You’ve been very tough in prosecuting modders. Aren’t you falling into the same trap as the music industry has found itself in and not responding to expressions of consumer demand? Bach: The tricky question is why people are modding. There are people who don’t want to pay for games so that’s not good for our business model. There’s a form of modding by people who want to hijack our hardware to do other things. Given that we lose money on the hardware that’s not a customer we’re excited about. There are some people who have done modding because they want to do some related things like play music. We have an Xbox 360 built with a lot of that functionality. Those type of customers will be excited about today’s product.

Well, that's not hard to answer. People are modding because they want capabilities that Microsoft doesn't have in the Xbox and, in some cases, will never have. From what I can tell, Microsoft seems to have curbed a lot of reasons why people will mod, but there's still the one big reason that people will mod, that Microsoft will never, ever do.

Games on a hard drive.

It'd be suicide for their game income. Personally, I'm on a quest to rip games to my PS2's hard drive simply because I'm too lazy to change discs. I still buy games, and will continue to buy games. However, the majority of people either rent from Blockbuster, borrow from friends, download off the Internets, or some other way of getting it which doesn't include royalty income going to Microsoft, which is where they make their money. So, that won't happen. But, people will still try and do it.

 

This is my new blog section, titled I Hate Java. In this section, I will point out why Java sucks hard, and why Sun sucks for making Java really awkward and separate from the many other languages in the world.

For today's entry, I chose String pointers. Take this code, for example.

String bull = "Java sucks"; String shit = "Java sucks";

As you can tell, both variables bull and shit have the same contents. If you were to run a line like:

boolean isEqualTo = bull.equals(shit); boolean shouldNotBeEqualTo = bull == shit;

Then, you'd get isEqualTo to be true. Then, if you look at shouldNotBeEqualTo, you should get false. BUT YOU DON'T. You get true!!!! What the hell?

As it turns out, for Java purposes, if Java detects that you create two strings using the shorthand, where your value is enclosed in quotation marks, it notices that the two are the same string, and as such, actually does something so stupid as to point them at the same address in memory.

I hate Java.

 

I've had this idea floating around in my head for a few weeks, and finally got around to making it. It's supposed to look like a postcard, featuring Ignignokt and Err from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. PWNPWNPWN.

It's 1680x1050, because I have a 20" Apple Cinema Display. Click the pic to download it.

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