July 2005 Archives



July 1, 2005

Legend of the Dinosaurs Region 2 DVD Review

With Godzilla becoming a hero for children, Toei decided adults needed some giant monster entertainment. They crafted Kyôryuu: Kaichô no densetsu (Dinosaurs: Legend of the Strange Bird). They failed miserably, creating two dinosaurs so phony, so fake, that audiences back in the 1930s would have picked out the flaws. Not all the violence and gore in the world disguises that this is an awful, miserable attempt at a giant monster movie.

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PHP Studio released

Neometric Software has released PHP Studio 1.0. The software lets users write, visualized and test PHP Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) code. PHP Studio costs US$25 to register and requires Mac OS X v10.3 or later.
Source: MacCentral

I wonder how it stacks up to Zend Studio 4, which costs a lot more, but is a lot more complete.

But the $25 price tag is great for casual PHP work. If you don't use Dreamweaver, or Zend Studio, this might be something to look into.

PHP Studio has a searchable Functions Browser that is nice. The Help Browser is nothing more then a window that loads the documentation on php.net. But that is still helpful nonetheless.

Use Automator to mass-convert iTunes tracks

Thanks to this great hint and Doug's Automator iTunes Actions you can now fully automate the process of converting your MP3 files to AAC files, saving a bit of space along the way. If you are an audiophile you may not want to do this, but I hear no difference in audio quality. I end up saving a lot of hard drive space, which is more important to me then CD quality tunes.

July 2, 2005

John Gruber's Tiger Details

Notes, comments, and observations regarding Mac OS X 10.4. Everything you wanted to know about Tiger, plus some new hidden gems. Some very good tidbits of info, be sure to read it all.

Set Command-F to search by 'Name Contains'

Whenever I try to find a file in Tiger, as I could with Panther's Command-F, I get too many results -- Spotlight shows me too many things I don't need. So every time I hit Command-F, I need to reconfigure the search options to find Name Contains. What a pain!
Source: Mac OS X Hints

My thoughts exactly. Spotlight can be nice, but by and large it is fat and clunky. Changing the default Command-F behavior in Tiger was a Stupid Idea. Luckily it is as easy as changing the default_smart.plist file. Another great hint from Mac OS X Hints.

New Bugs Bunny Speaks Out, Part 2

You might remember that funny Flash movie about the new Buzz Bunny. Well TLG Media has another one out. Its just as funny without all the curse words.

10 Bad Project Warning Signs

One of the great things about being a freelance web designer is the ability to turn down projects. I’ve come across a few projects recently that sounded interesting but made me feel nervous... As such I’ve written up a list of bad project warning signs.
Source: Blogography

Some sound advice for web designers our any freelancer.

US to ICANN and UN: UCANT

The US will not cede control of the Domain Name System for the Internet. As a result, the "Internets" malapropism may become a reality.

On Thursday, Michael Gallagher, an Assistant Secretary of Commerce announced a stunning change in US policy regarding the Internet.

Source: Ars Technica

All your DNS are belong to US.

This sure was unexpected. I guess someone in the Bush Administration figured out that the "Internets" is a global tool and decided that the US needs to keep control of it. Of course ICANN will still perform day to day operations. They just won't control it.

Going, going, gone

While Kenny Rogers berated a cameraman for doing his job, he just illustrated the strained relationship between media and athlete, says Dan Nied.

Somewhere in the cesspool of multiple sports television stations, thousands of sports websites and hundreds of major metro daily newspapers, the relationship between media and professional athlete has been breached, dulled, grayed and severed.

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Is Live 8 missing the point?

In 1985 Live Aid raised money, and awareness for the poverty in Africa. Now in 2005 they are raising just awareness with Live 8 (Live on AOL Music). Thats nice and all, but I don't think that is enough.

Over 600,000 people made it to the Philly concert alone. Why not charge people $1 or $2 to get in the gate. Why not push for donations by phone?

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July 3, 2005

Review: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Bill Murray is top notch in this oddball movie about an oceanographer that plans to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner. The Life Aquatic has a great cast including Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Anjelica Huston and a bunch of B list actors.

This movie kind of grew on me. At first I did not really get into it at all. It has some great comedy though, and that is what kept me going.

The art direction is really great. All the pseudo marine life is surreal.

The other reason I really liked this flick is because of the cinematography. The camera angles were very creative.

A great rental.

CGI boob job

According to the IMDB on the new Herbie Fully Loaded:

"At test screenings, some parents felt that Lindsay Lohan's character was too busty and revealingly dressed for a children's film. Disney technicians went back and digitally raised necklines on her shirts and reduced the appearance of her breasts by two cup sizes."

Seriously, no kid young enough to actually be interested in this flick is going to notice her boob size. Parents, good job monitoring what your kids are watching, but grow up, really.

War of the Worlds (2005) Review

*Small spoilers inside

It's hardly fair to judge this big budget adaptation of War of the Worlds based on the plot holes. The 1898 book is a classic (and it should be), so by ripping this Steven Spielberg piece, you're also ripping the H.G. Wells novel. There are parts of the film, including the horrible, incomprehensible ending, that make it a bare that are the filmmaker's fault. The rest of the time, it's one of the best alien invasion movies in decades, and that's simply because it closely follows the story as written in a new era.

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July 4, 2005

Independence Day DVD Review

Though Independence Day may make itself out to be a stand-alone film, it's not. Actually, it's not even close. The only reason this isn't called War of the Worlds is likely due to licensing issues. This has all been done before, just not with this much goofy, unbelievable fun and special effects prowess.

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July 5, 2005

Study: DNA evidence underutilized

The study estimated that 250,000 unsolved rapes and homicides in the United States since 1982 - more than half of such crimes - have yet to be subjected to DNA testing...

"Nearly one-fourth of all the surveyed law enforcement agencies reported that one of the primary reasons for not sending DNA to a crime laboratory was the lack of a suspect in the case," the study says. "The problem with that is that those are the very types of cases in which the current national DNA database of existing criminal offenders can be most useful."

Source: CNN

Its nice to hear that the Bush administration and states are working to solve this problem, but it sounds to me that law enforcement in general needs to be educated before they throw money at the technology or the man power.

This study shows, in multiple instances, that law enforcement does not understand the use of DNA evidence. This is a bigger problem then not having enough trained technicians or enough money to perform the lab work.

8:44 AM today

I set my alarm for 8:45 this morning. I occasionally lose five or 10 minutes of sleep because I wake up early. I can live with that because I can go back to snooze for a little while. But I woke up one minute before my alarm this morning. Not even enough time to get comfortable again before my alarm went off!

Some of you might find this extra five to 10 minutes trivial, but for someone who regularly gets less then four hours of sleep a night, every minute counts!

I just found it very odd to practically jump out of bed at 8:44 this morning. It was annoying. At least there was no pop quiz in my class today.

Scientists: Americans older than thought

LONDON, England (AP) -- British scientists claimed on Tuesday to have unearthed 40,000-year-old human footprints in central Mexico, challenging previous studies that put the arrival of the first humans in the Americas at about 13,500 years ago.
Source: CNN

NASA sued for comet collision

What a freakin' nutjob. Apparently, running tests that could possibly save humanity in the future is less important than your horoscope. I can't wait to see her try and convince a judge that her horoscope is worth $300 million.

July 6, 2005

Worst Amazon SPAM yet

I have seen my fair share of Amazon.com spam over the years. Some of it is actually pretty clever. This one, however, it gets the prize for the worst ever:

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BGSU Seal stolen; returned

I meant to post this at the beginning of May when our BGSU Seal was stolen. Not that I haven't been busy lately. But anyway the guy who stole it returned it after an anonymous tip led police strait to the perp. Read on...

The missing University seal was returned to campus police last Wednesday, June 15.
Source: BG News

I never thought someone would be that stupid to steal the University Seal. The guy also wrote a apology letter which probably swayed the university's decision to not press charges. That was the brightest thing he did.

Smart Bomb PSP Review

Smart Bomb falls in line with those games that have a decent idea, variety, and a potentially great premise. Unfortunately, it doesn't use any of that effectively enough to call it a great game. It's actually a frustrating disaster that only makes you wish it had done things properly.

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July 8, 2005

Star Wars: Episode III Xbox Review

Out of all the platformers and space shooters over the years with the Star Wars license, there has only been one beat-em-up. It's a shame too, considering that Jedi Power Battles was abysmal, and the film series lends itself to the genre so well. Enter Episode III, a solid, repetitive, old-style movie licensed title with enough basic combat to carry it through about six hours of game time. A little variety would have helped make it an easier ride, but this is an enjoyable way to play through the film.

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July 9, 2005

1UP editor discusses walking off CNBC show on gaming violence

I've never walked off the set of a TV show in disgust before, but this week I did. There's a first time for everything, I guess. I was in the studio for a live-to-tape session of the Donny Deutsch show on CNBC, "The Big Idea" on Tuesday morning this week. After enduring it for about 10 or 15 minutes it was clear that the whole situation had been a set-up from outset.
Source: 1UP Blog

What an interesting read. I am not suprised that so much got cut from the "live" show. Its sad because the general public has no idea of the reality of this subject.

This shows off the major problem with the "mass media" and the issue of violence in video games. First of all, it shows just how ignorant these "journalists" really are.

Do some frickin' research for crying out loud. You might also try being unbiased. I know that is hard for a lot of people.

Sociology 101 in the summer

Summer classes are always hit or miss. You are either extremely busy or bored out of your mind. In this case, I am extremely busy. But I would not have it any other way.

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BGSU tuition increased 6%

The BGSU Board of Trustees approved a 6 percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2005-06 academic year.

Students who enrolled before the summer of 2002 will see a $232 increase in tuition per semester, while those enrolling at or later than summer 2002 will see an increase of $244. The six percent increase reaches the maximum cap approved by the state of Ohio.

Source: BG News

If Ohio had allowed another 9% hike in tuition this year, I have no doubt that BGSU would have raised it 9% (again) this year. BGSU always raises tuition the max amount that the state allows.

Since I enrolled (originally) before the summer of 2002, I would assume my tuition only goes up $232. I will find out when I find out the cost of my fall classes Monday.

The number we did not publish in The BG News was the $900+ incoming freshman will be paying more then last year's incoming class. This is because room & board, and general fees also increased. Tuition used to be $14,000 and change, now it is more like $15,000.

Grand Theft Auto: Sex, lies, and modified code

It seems every week, the biggest news to come from the video game industry involves Grand Theft Auto. It's annoying for the gamer to deal with it when there are far better things to be discussing, but politicians and so-called "watchdog" groups never seem to have enough. So, here we go again, another backlash, this time about the hidden content in the latest entry in the series, San Andreas.

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BreakQuest brickbashing game released for Mac

Boston, Mass.-based Red Marble Games on Thursday announced the release of BreakQuest, a brick bashing arcade game for the Macintosh. BreakQuest requires Mac OS X and costs US$19.95. A demo version is available that includes eight playable levels.
Source: MacCentral

There is a Windows version as well. It plays better then the the OS X version, because there is a fluke cursor glitch.

I am a sucker for the arkinoid/breakout games. Block style arcade games are my favorite. And, like, OMG, they like are not violent.

BreakQuest is a great game. I recommend it. It is not easy, and it has a lot of levels.

World's Ugliest Dog

It is on snoops, so it must be true. I must warn you, it is one ugly dog.

Microsoft Downgrades Claria Adware Detections

Microsoft's Windows AntiSpyware application is no longer flagging adware products from Claria Corp. as a threat to PC users.

Less than a week after published reports of acquisition talks between Microsoft Corp. and the Redwood City, Calif.-based distributor of the controversial Gator ad-serving software, security researchers have discovered that Microsoft has quietly downgraded its Claria detections.

Source: eWeek

Well, so much for MS AntiSpyware having any shred of credibility. I guess Spybot Search & Destroy really doesn't have anything to worry about after all.

Sci-Fi Channel Original: Attack of the Sabretooth Review

You don't start watching a Sci-Fi Channel flick and expect to see something new. This time out, with Attack of the Sabretooth, they gave us that something: New movie rules. It's not going to revolutionize horror movies, but it does present a new ways for idiotic, no name characters to die.

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July 10, 2005

Meteos DS Review

There are already three puzzle games for the DS that make liberal use of the touch screen. Meteos is the third, and this is the puzzle game killer. Not only does it feature some of the most simplistic gameplay of any "blocks falling" puzzler to date, it offers an incredible variety of ways to play, and that keeps it fresh no matter how many months you've lost to it.

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July 11, 2005

Mario 64 speed run

One of these days, I'l figure out how to get my Contra speed run on the net. Until then, you can watch this far more impressive Mario 64 one. This is a direct link to the WM video.

Coming soon: 9/11, The Movie

Oliver Stone, the Oscar winning film-maker and occasional bete noire of the American establishment, has announced plans for a film based on the September 11 attacks in New York.
Source: Times Online

You knew it was going to happen. But is America, and the world, far enough removed from the events of Sept. 11, 2001? I guess if anything they have a built in audience.

Impotence Drugs Will Get Blindness Warning

Viagra and two other popular impotence drugs may cause sudden blindness in one eye in rare cases, the Food and Drug Administration said in a formal alert yesterday...

The FDA said recently that it had received 43 reports of NAION in men who had recently taken Viagra, Cialis or Levitra. The vision loss is generally not reversible.

Source: Washington Post

This brings new meaning to the saying "you'll go blind," doesn't it.

The Iron Giant SE DVD Review

The most exposure The Iron Giant receives (and has ever received) is an annual marathon on the Cartoon Network. That's more publicity than anything offered by Warner Bros. before, during, and after the theatrical run. If one person a year finds this film during that marathon, then justice has been served.

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Hootie's Looking for Lucky online NOW!

Why it's on CMT is anyone's guess (it's hardly country, at least not all of it), but it's here for everyone to hear. This is likely to curb those who put it up for download a few weeks back (and those us who have downloaded, not that I did that or anything). This is one of the band's best, save for a slightly dry finish. Get out of My Mind is their best song in years.

July 12, 2005

2005 Cartoonists' Choice Award Winners

I remember when giving and receiving awards for webpages was quite the big thing, and most pages would have an "awards" section full of little animated gifs of thumbs-up or a dancing woodchuck or something; it got to be such a glut of meaningless little awards that it eventually stopped, and is a little more rare and better organized now. So I bring up the Cartoonists' Choice Awards now because 1) nominations and winners were chosen by the general webcomic creator population, and 2) some of the comics I'm a big fan of won stuff, or were at least nominated.

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WWE Smackdown draws protest

Sigh. Smackdown is filmed on Tuesday. It airs on Thursday. Last week, it featured a terrorist angle involving the Undertaker, and unfortunately, it fell on the day of the London bombings. They constantly flashed a warning on the screen that some people may not be ready for it. It was hardly offensive material, with a group of masked guys choking the Undertaker. Some people though, have nothing better to do, and decided to watch despite the warnings. No controversy here, but with ratings beginning to increase, it's time for the immoral attacks to begin again.

Next Generation is back

Next Generation magazine is back, sort of.

Mainsoft Brings Visual Studio to Linux

Mainsoft has made it possible for Linux developers to use Microsoft's Visual Studio software to create Web applications for Linux.
Source: BetaNews

Why would you want to use a Microsoft product to create Java apps? Why would any linux user want to install anything that came from Microsoft? Doesn't Balmer & Co. hate linux?

What are they doing working with the enemy (in this case Mono)? They seem to be doing this a lot lately.

Million Dollar Baby DVD review

Million Dollar Baby is not a boxing film. Comparisons to Rocky or Raging Bull are pointless. This is more than that. It's deeper, more involved, and something else entirely.

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July 13, 2005

Digital Press database Firefox plug-in

Ever need to see how many systems a game came out for? Want to know the value of the game you passed up on at a garage sale? Need to know about all the 32X games ever released? You can do that with the DP database, and now it's easier with this Firefox plug-in (direct link to file). It works great, just like the Amazon and Google drop downs that come standard.

Hiliary Clinton wastes more time fighting GTA

Yes, killing polygonal cops isn't important enough, but god forbid someone has sex with polygons. Then it's time to call in the FCC. Maybe they should look into God of War. How about Lesuire Suit Larry? What about the Guy Game? Nah, soccer moms won't recognize those games. Tell them the game industry is evil because of one game. They'll believe that. Also, you have to love how NO ONE from the industry will be present.

July 14, 2005

Clickers book review

Clickers is one of those great throwbacks to classic sci-fi, just with a hard, brutal, gory edge. It's not one for the weak stomached, and that's the books strongest asset. It does lose itself as the final act starts in, but that doesn't mean getting there isn't fun enough to make it worthwhile.

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MVP Baseball PSP Review

With the Triple Play series in a deep rut, EA needed to completely overhaul their baseball franchise. MVP Baseball brought new, and now standard, features into video game baseball. In the process, they produced an easy to get into (yet still deep) simulation that trounced the competitors. On the PSP though, that's just not the case.

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July 15, 2005

A completely untapped market

I've not been watching La Tour de France or anything but I keep hearing about Lance Armstrong and it's made me realize: Bicycle racing is a completely untapped market in video games. I mean just imagine, the guy's won the race like a gazillion times in a row and no endorsement deal for "Lance 'Lefty' Armstrong's X-treme Tour de la France" on X-Box?

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Alien Hominid Gamecube Review

It's a shame a game like this is now a financial risk. In a perfect world, Alien Hominid would sell millions as a great throwback to the previous generations. Now a 2-D shooter isn't enough, and Alien Hominid is reserved for the hardcore gamer. That's not to say this is a perfect game, because it's not by any means.

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GTA sex games don't require mod

Rockstar said the hack was created by a modder. They lied. Gamespot checked it themselves, and it is on the retail copies. You do still need an Action Replay, but they blatantly denied the code being on the disc. Rockstar deserves whatever they have coming to them at this point. They should have known better. Sadly, this only gives more weight to the argument for the other side.

July 16, 2005

The ESRB and Grand Theft Auto: Round 50... or something around there

What does the ESRB do right? Everything. Unfortunately, there are those people out there who would like to think other wise, and the controversy over the recent Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Hot Coffee sex sequence is about far more than sex in a single video game. It's a deep look at what the ESRB does, and who they are.

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Round 1... fight!

Live news is the best, especially when it involves angry drunk old men. WMV direct link.

Dogora DVD Review

Calling something weird in the Toho universe is nothing special. You can can't even call something bizarre and elicit a response. Yet, that's the only way to possibly describe Dogora. This is easily Toho's strangest kaiju film ever, and that works with and against the film.

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July 17, 2005

Vagina paintings

I think I'll head to Meijer's paint department tomorrow. I'll dip my own personal part into a can of paint and slap it around on a canvas, then charge $75 for it. Hey, if this woman can get away it, I don't see why I couldn't. Better yet, I'll do it in my front yard. Anyone who gives me looks gets the "art" speech.

Jordan Sigalet featured on ESPYs this Sunday

Former Bowling Green State University student-athlete Jordan Sigalet (Surrey, B.C.) will featured this Sunday, July 19 at the 2005 ESPY Awards Show as a nominee for "Best Comeback Athlete." The broadcast is scheduled for 9 p.m. (EST) on ESPN.
Source: BGSUFalcons.com

If you don't know who Jordan Sigalet is, you should google him.

Godzilla vs. Biollante Region 2 DVD Review

After a successful revamping of their star attraction in 1984 (or 1985 here in the States), Toho was quick to realize that there was a ton (no pun intended) of life left in the franchise. A direct sequel to the film, Godzilla vs. Biollante, was created in 1989 much to delight of G-fans. The Heisei series is generally dissected amongst G-fans while arguing over Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah's time travel storyline, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla's explosive kaiju battle, and of course the series finale showing the demise of the beast in Godzilla vs. Destroyah, but rarely does anyone thoroughly discuss Biollante.

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Soc 101 test #1

I meant to post this weeks ago. But my reading and studying (cramming) for hours before class was well worth it. I got a 100% on my first test. I can't remember the last time I ever scored 100% on anything, much less a test.

Two more tests, a couple projects, and this class is history! I really need an A in this class because I need a boost to my overall GPA, which is in the gutter right now.

Mother tries to kill child with...

After this has set in for a few minutes, I guess I'm not so baffled that she did it (hard to be surprised by anything anymore), but the fact that she not only was dumb enough to steal the supplies from her place of employment, bring the kid into her place of employment each time, but she actually dumb enough to keep doing it. If you want your kid dead, for gods sake just do it. If you want to be an asshole about things, don't let the kid suffer.

And as always, remember: it's the video games fault.

July 18, 2005

Kid forced to push wheelchair bound uncle...

... as he threatens patrons with a foot long knife

Remember folks: It's the video games fault.

I want the Optimus keyboard

You gotta check out this keyboard. It is not in production yet. I wonder if it ever will be produced? If it ever does see the light of retail, I want one.

UPDATE: They have a nice selection of desktop wallpapers too.

It pays to call Time Warner

I cannot tell you how pleased I am after getting off the phone with Time Warner cable today. I don't even mind the 20 minute wait this time.

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Photochemical Outreach site complete

If I had the time, I would be drinking to celebrate. Unfortunately, I have a paper due tomorrow.

Today marks the completion of this Photochemical Outreach site that started in February. February 3rd to be exact.

This has been a big project, with a designer, coder, multimedia author, and videographer. I was the coder, if you hadn't guessed. I also am hosting the site.

The client is happy with the site, and for that, I am happy as well.

Clinton takes aim at sex, violence in video games

U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to introduce legislation to help keep video games with pornographic and violent content out of the hands of children in the wake of a controversy over the popular “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” video game.
Source: MacCentral

If you think Matt and I beat this to a pulp, then why are there 30 comments to this on a Mac based news site?

My favorite comment comes from macFanDave:

She ought to spend her time preparing articles of impeachment against George W. Bush.

Even if they go nowhere, I am sure they will be fun for her to write and for us to read!

Off topic for sure, but funny none the less. You have to admit, this entire debacle is getting laughable.

I have a great idea. Lets put a V-Chip into all the video game consoles sold. Then see if the parents can figure out how to use it. Once they do, then the problem is solved. Parents could block games by title or by ERSB rating.

I have said it before, and I will say it again: This is not the job of our government, it is the job of the parents/guardians.

I think this graph from a GameSpot article sums things up very nicely:

Given that the minigame is about as raunchy as an episode of Sex and the City, cannot be accessed without entering a long string of cheat codes, and takes several hours of effort to access, charges that San Andreas is "pornographic" may seem extreme to some. However, its existence does appear to contradict Rockstar Games' carefully worded statement blaming hacker mischief for the existence of the Hot Coffee mod.

July 19, 2005

Kirby Canvas Curse DS Review

Kirby is, arguably of course, Nintendo's most under appreciated mascot. He's starred in some of the best platforming titles they've ever published, but you never hear the mainstream press or gamers themselves becoming hyped over the latest game in the series. In a perfect world, Kirby Canvas Curse would change that.

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July 20, 2005

Reader Response: Entourage 2004 error -17099

Ken,

I found your post concerning Entourage and error 17099. I received this error last night for the first time. I teach an online course and was sending an email to a group (created a group in address book with students email addresses) and blocking their email addresses from being seen. I had done this several other times and it worked fine.

Once the progress window completed, I rec’d the error message. Thinking that it had not gone out, I left it in my Outbox to try again (every five minutes). A couple hours later I heard from one of my students – she’d rec’d the message 29 times.

All other functions in Entourage are working fine. I receive and send email with no errors. But, I just tried to send another group email and the same error occurred. I assume that the email is going through, but am vexed by the error message.

Did you learn anything else about this situation? Was your similar? What to do?

Sorry for the long email – just wanted to be thorough – not trying to bore you.

Thanks,
Jane

Thanks for the email Jane. I got that error once and once only *knocks on wood* so I still do not know what it was all about. I send emails to groups of upwards of 7,000 people using Entourage 2004, and that has never triggered the error. So I am also still looking for the answer...

GTA: SA gets AO rating

Is it over?. Will the critics finally back off? What does the AO rating mean for future Grand Theft Auto entries? What does it mean for games in general?

Simply put, no one knows.

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July 21, 2005

Random (and serious) questions I need answers to

1. Why do Coke and Pepsi advertise? Sure, new products I understand, but who in the hell doesn't know about basic Coke and Pepsi?

2. Why don't outdoor hoses explode from the pressure when not in use but turned on? The water is clearly flowing. Where does it go when the nozzle is off?

3. Do other animals "have fun" with their own porn? If an elephant was shown a video of two other elephants "you know what," would the solo one get "happy?" (Yes, I'm asking this seriously)

4. If hot water expands water due to the molecules being spaced farther apart, why do ice cubes expand as well? The molecules there are compacted, right?

The Bad News Bears (1976) DVD Review

Coming out of nowhere in 1976, The Bad News Bears performed well above any expectations, and looking back, it's hard to figure out why. While occasionally funny, and an excellent performance by Walter Matthau, there's no one in this movie to like. Everyone here is impossible to relate to.

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NY Politician wants grafitti game not to be released

To quote Comic Book Guy on the Simpsons:

"There is no emoticon for what I am feeling."

Mark Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure is the latest target of a politician. Peter F. Vallone is a New York City Council Member. The game has players creating graffiti, sneaking into and out of areas to avoid authorities, and proving themselves to be the best artist in the game's fictional city. Voice actors include P. Diddy.

This attack on the game industry is so out of hand, so over the top, and so ridiculous, something, ANYTHING needs to be done to stop it. Jet Set Radio anyone? Bart vs. the Space Mutants? Games have featured grafitti long before Getting Up. This is nothing new, and it only shows just how uninformed these people are. The game looks awful anyway, and sadly, it's going to sell once people hear that it's controversial.

Just as it looked like it was all over, and Grand Theft Auto had finally ran its course, someone else decides a game is the reason for the world's problems. Someone should tell him to go to a library and ban all the books on the topic too. That's not going to make him look as good though, and that's obviously far more important than actually caring.

July 22, 2005

Jack Thompson goes nuts again

Now it's over the Sims 2, which according to him is:

"much to the delight, one can be sure, of pedophiles around the globe who can rehearse, in virtual reality, for their abuse."

Supposedly now, there's nudity under the pixelated blobs (which is what is included when the game ships) and they can be removed. Someone get this guy a Barbie doll and a copy of the original Sims which allowed nudity via mods. The Sims and Sims 2 are rated T.

Just to illustrate a point

So I was playing Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes for the first time the other day and as I was looking closely at how the characters were redesigned, an impression struck me:

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On the left: Late Night talk show host Conan O'Brien; on the right: Solid Snake, as redesigned for the GameCube. Seperated at birth?

Bad News Bears in Breaking Training DVD Review

Leaving no potential franchise alone, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training is a miserable sequel to an original that hasn't aged well. There's lighter tone here, with the loss of Walter Mathau's character (he was married is the one line explanation), and while it seems as that would work, it doesn't. It's just not funny.

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A look at the new NHL rules

When the NHL starts back up, it will look a little different than the game fans were used to seeing.

The NHL's board of governors approved a series of rule changes that will emphasize entertainment, skill and competition on the ice.

Source: FOX Sports

Um. Yea. Hockey is back. Yea. I am so exited. I can't wait.

WIll these rule changes help?

To be honest, I have not missed the hockey highlights on SportsCenter.

July 23, 2005

Coded Arms PSP Review

Hyped quite heavily when the PSP was first announced, Coded Arms has ideas. That's the strongest asset. Those come through in its world, its enemies, and the graphics. None of that really changes the gameplay to any great effect, and it feels an entire generation behind as a result.

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Study: Online users in US don't know Internet lingo

The average American Internet user doesn’t know the meaning of some of the hottest new online terms, according to a study released this month by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Source: MacCentral

This is a short article, you have to read it. People get paid real money to come to conclusions like this? This gets the award for being the most obvious study on planet Earth.

I mean, are you serious? "... People who go online frequently are more familiar with these terms than users who spend less time surfing the Web" Wow, amazing.

Hell, I am just glad I can say URL without explaining myself these days. Now it seems all I do it explain what RSS is.

One of "those" flash games

This would actually make a nifty DS game if it were fleshed out a little more. Make sure you can throw something by level four though.

Longhorn is now Windows Vista

It's not Longhorn anymore. Microsoft today announced that Windows Vista will be the official name of the next version of its flagship operating system, and that beta 1 of the OS will arrive by August 3.
Source: MacCentral

Now we can stop the cattle jokes and start with an all new set. Yay. I can't wait.

They "received good feedback" by abandoning version numbers and release dates for their name for Windows. Hmmm, maybe its because Windows 95 was still in beta in 1995, same with Windows 98 and 2000. Of course XP does has a number, its NT 5.1.24. Just like Tiger is really 10.4 (the 5th revision of OS X throws people though, but that's another story).

And to quote sigma8 on the Macworld forums "They should have taken a cue from Nintendo.. and done something like Windows Blue, Windows Emerald.. and of course, Windows: Special Pikachu Edition."

The Bad News Bears Go to Japan DVD Review

The most you can expect, generally at least, is a sequel to your favorite film that's tolerable. That didn't happen with the Bad News Bears. Things only continued to fall from there with the third and (mercifully) final movie in a series that shouldn't have been a series. Bad News Bears Go to Japan is just as lazy as the title makes it out to be.

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Nature Unleashed: Volcano Sci-Fi Channel Premiere Review

For as illogical and incompetent the other Nature Unleashed films have been, Volcano is somewhat tolerable. The key problem is that it misses one key aspect: a volcano. You'll need to make it through the entire movie just to see why you're watching this.

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GTA San Andreas pulled... from eBay

It's bad enough you can't walk into a Best Buy and get it, but now eBay has begun pulling auctions for the super-hot title. If you have a bid on a copy, expect a cancellation. If you have one for sale, expect a cancellation. The game was reaching ridiculous prices ($112 at one point) which means more cash for eBay, but they obviously don't want the pressure. They may still allow sales in the adult category, putting the game in the same level as pornograhy.

July 24, 2005

This ain't eBay

This is murderauction, a place to buy and sell items related to, yes, murderers. Disturbing that someone believes there's money to be made here and obviously, there is.

July 25, 2005

Armstrong's last ride ends with victory

PARIS -- One last time, "The Star-Spangled Banner" rang out over the Champs-Elysees in honor of Lance Armstrong.

One last time, on the podium against the backdrop of the Arc de Triomphe, the cancer survivor who became the greatest cyclist in Tour de France history slipped into the leader's yellow jersey Sunday. This time, it was the winner's jersey, for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year in the world's most grueling race.

Source: ESPN

I guess this was the first time they allowed anyone a speech. OLN has a bunch of video on their site. I had no doubt in my mind that Lance would win, again.

To be "retired" at 34, it must be nice. It sounds like he will become the voice for the Discovery family of stations. I didn't expect that.

I hope he is truly retired from the sport as well. He has gone out on top. I don't want to see him "unretire" for one final ride. Please Lance, don't pull a Jordan on us.

Yahoo! acquires Konfabulator

Yahoo! Inc. on Monday will announce the acquisition of Konfabulator... company executives said they would also be giving Konfabulator away for free.

Yahoo! said the reason they purchased Konfabulator was that they wanted an easy way to open up its APIs to the developer community and allow them easy access to the information on the Yahoo! Web site.

Source: Macworld News

It looks to me like Yahoo! has out googled Google. It sounds like a great idea - to be able to mine Yahoo! services with the Konfabulator GUI. Giving it away for free is a nice touch. Now I will download it for Windows and see how much that messes things up.

The Mysterians DVD Review

After the success of Rodan the year before, the venerable team of Ishiro Honda, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Eiji Tsubaraya, Akira Ifukube, and an incredible list of soon to be genre staples came together for The Mysterians. It would be a few years before the Godzilla series began a decline with countless alien invasions, giving this film a unique spot in the Toho kaiju film history. It's a decent invasion film, seemingly made to capitalize on the awe-inspiring effects Tsubaraya was capable of.

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GTA to undergo federal investigation

Why are we still bothering with this? The game is getting the rating they wanted, it's been pulled from most store's shelves, and they're still going to blow money to investigate it? Only in America.

July 26, 2005

Nanostray DS Review

The genre may be dead, yet here's Nanostray, a perfectly conceived shooter with fantastic visuals, a wonderful engine, and twitch gameplay fans of the genre crave. It's rare that a game can slip out like this, completely unexpected, and especially one of this quality. It's come out under the range of most gamers, but those who find it will appreciate what it does.

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Russian Spammer killed

Sympathy? No? Didn't think so.

First Look at an Impressive QuarkXPress 7.0

Will XPress 7.0 be the upgrade that puts Quark back on top? Gene Gable spent two days at Quark's Denver headquarters to find out and emerged with this exclusive report.
Source: Creative Pro

It looks like Quark finally has some of the features that InDesign CS2 has. For Quark customers, I hear a cry of "Its about time!" This stuff was supposed to be in version 5 after all. At least that is what they told us way back then.

Dead to Rights: Reckoning PSP Review

The need for Dead to Rights, in any form, doesn't exist. It's one of those games that makes gunplay boring, regardless of how much it uses it. It's sloppy, feeling unfinished and loose, and on the PSP there's even less chance for it to succeed.

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U.S. Military in Iraq Caught Posing Propaganda As News

The U.S. military is calling it an "administrative error," but others are suggesting it was caught posing propaganda as news.

The military issued a news release on July 24, following a car bomb, that included a quote from an unidentified Iraqi man. But the quote was almost identical to one used in a July 13 release, following a separate car bomb.

Source: Journalists Against Bush's B.S.

Take out of this what you will, but it smells fishy.

Mapping Infinite Loop

Matt sent me these links. Why is the Apple campus at 1 Infinite Loop not there from Microsoft's Virtual Earth, but is there using Google Maps? Its not like it's Area 51.

Soc 101 "People Like Us" paper

I just got my paper back on the video "People Like Us: Social Class in America." We watched it over Wednesday and Thursday, and it was due the following Tuesday. Of course I waited until Monday night to write it.

Barring a couple grammar mistakes (not a strong suit) I did really well. I got a 98% on it!

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July 27, 2005

Women sues over GTA sex

She must not have read the box which states it contained strong sexual content. She must not have read that it was rated M for 17+. She must not have read that her grandson had to WANT to access the hidden code. Gamers, keep banging your heads against a wall. It's not going to be over soon.

Great, inspirational gaming story

He's blind folks, BLIND. I can't imagine the frustrations he went through, and it's truly a special story. EGM gave him some coverage a few months back, and he deserves whatever press he can get.

That's of course until you realize the writer did no research, spelling the game's title incorrectly (it's CalibUR, not Caliber) and made comments about decapitations and claiming the game featured gore. It doesn't. Way to spoil a wonderful story.

July 28, 2005

Google's new personalized home page

I don't know why this is not on the Google home page. But its not. You actually have to go to the Google Labs page to find it. But the new Personalized Homepage feature is really great. It is now my homepage, and I must admit, I am not a person to set my homepage in my browser. There are a bunch of news feeds you can have, plus add your favorite bookmarks, Gmail, Google News, Google Maps, weather, even add any RSS feed you want.

This is a nice shot at Yahoo! For the record, Yahoo! pissed me off when they canceled my Yahoo! email but still lets me use its other services (like other parts of its PIM, just not the email, among the other Yahoo! services. Screw you Yahoo!, Google does everything better.

Barcode-cover '80s album selling for a song

LONDON (Reuters) - The music industry has a new scapegoat for its revenue problems: album cover art.

A big barcode splashed on the cover of an '80s compilation CD is being mistakenly scanned by retailers instead of the real barcode, giving Tears for Fears and Duran Duran fans a fat discount

Source: Yahoo! News

I found this over at Stephany's blog and I just had to post, the story is just too funny.

The word "fail" should be banned from British classrooms

LONDON (Reuters) - The word "fail" should be banned from use in British classrooms and replaced with the phrase "deferred success" to avoid demoralizing pupils, a group of teachers has proposed.

Members of the Professional Association of Teachers (PAT) argue that telling pupils they have failed can put them off learning for life.

Source: Yahoo! News

I nabbed this one from Stehpany's blog too, I am sure she won't mind.

So this has been my problem all along, I knew it! I have been told that I have been failing, when in fact I have actually been deferring success for all these years. Yea. Bull pucky.

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July 29, 2005

Soc 101 test #2

Well, this is what happens when I don't study as much as I think I should. I only got a 86.5% on my second test. But hells bells, I'll take the "B."

The class average was an 81%, so I was still above the curve. I am not used to being above that curve, that's for sure. It's a great feeling.

Today the class found out what grade we have thus far. I have a 96% right now. There is a project due that is worth 20% of our overall grade, and the third test that is worth another 15 percent. There are a couple more pop quizzes left too, but that's it and this class is over.

I just love summer classes.

Microsoft "Genuine Advantage" cracked in 24h

AV sez, "This week, Microsoft started requiring users to verify their serial number before using Windows Update. This effort to force users to either buy XP or tell them where you got the illegal copy is called 'Genuine Advantage.' It was cracked within 24 hours."

Before pressing 'Custom' or 'Express' buttons paste this text to the address bar and press enter:

javascript:void(window.g_sDisableWGACheck='all')

It turns off the trigger for the key check.

Source: Boing Boing

Brilliance, pure brilliance!

IE7 nukes Google, Yahoo! search

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 went on a limited beta release today and contains a nasty surprise for some users.

Users with search toolbars from Yahoo! and Google have discovered that these vanish.

Source: The Register

Is anyone really surprised? Of course MS wants you to use MSN to search in IE7. I'd bet that when Vista is final (which was let slip as being Q4 2006 today) that the Yahoo! and Google toolbars will work.

Leo Laporte: The PC and open source will outlive Windows

I really miss Leo, and The Screen Savers, and TechTV. Comcast and G4 can go to hell. Anyways, there is an interview up on Mad Penguin with Leo. Be sure to check it out.

Did you know Leo has a podcast? He has been publishing his radio broadcasts on his site for years. But now with the podcast balloon Leo's podcasts have become more popular.

Hands On with Windows Vista Beta 1

PC Magazine has a nice write up with a bunch of screens, and of course the SuperSite has a ton more screen shots and links to other reviews.

Tiger echoes in Windows Vista - first look

Mac watchers may note that much of what is promised in Longhorn is already available in some form within Mac OS X. In a sense, Microsoft’s focuses within its forthcoming OS confirm that Apple has been on the right system development track within its Mac OS X releases.
Source: Macworld UK

We can't have a look at Vista Beta 1 without a biased Mac opinion thown in for good controversy.

The Jerk: 26th Anniversary DVD Review

Some comedies, regardless of how classic they are, certain people just don't "get." The Jerk is one of those movies. It has nothing to do with Steve Martin, who is (as always) in top form. It has nothing to with director Carl Reiner whom despite some odd project choices is also capable of brilliant comedy. It's just not funny, and all the talent in the world doesn't change that.

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UMD movies are hot. Why?

I'm the type of person who will completely admit when he's wrong. So, I was wrong. Way wrong. So wrong that it's not even possible to be more wrong. UMD movies have taken off. They're so hot, retailers are scrambling to find space for all of the new product. Don't believe they're selling? Movie studios are pumping out product so fast, we'll already see Thumbtanic on UMD by the end of the year.

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July 30, 2005

Batman Begins Xbox Review

It's nothing new for a licensed title to borrow ideas from other games and end up with a decent core. How Batman Begins was screwed up, borrowing ideas from some of the best games on the market, doesn't really add up. It had all the potential in the world, only to toss it to the way side for better graphics and production values.

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Video game violence hoax page

Funny stuff.

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath Xbox Review

The brilliance of the original Oddworld, and even the sequels, doesn't really lie in the puzzles or gameplay. It's the world they're inside. It's one of the games that really created an entirely new place to visit, something more games seem to be doing as hardware power can match up with a creator's vision. Lorne Lanning and his team completely redesigned the series in Stranger's Wrath, and created the best game in the series (and one of the best showcases of true video game art in the process).

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The pains of love for the NHL

Dan Nied never wanted to love hockey or the NHL. But he could never help it. That is what makes it so risky to welcome its return.

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July 31, 2005

Reader Response: Killing PDFMaker

Just wanted to drop a line and give a big THANK YOU for helping me get rid of that super annoying toolbar. I owe you a beverage of your choice if you're ever in Atlanta. :)

I did notice that the file path for the .dot, .ppa, and .xla file is slightly different than what you have laid out in your article. I found the path to be Hard Drive/Applications/Microsoft Office 2004/ Office/Startup/App. No biggie, but if you're still updating the doc, I thought you might want to know. Thanks again for the help!

David

Thanks David, when I wrote this, it was for Office v. X. When I updated it for Office 2004 I guess I missed the change in the path. So thanks, I fixed the path for good now (I hope).

As you can see I have had a lot of "thank yous" on this one. From both Breaking Windows, and on Blogcritics. I even got hit by Slashdot for this post. You are very welcome, I am glad to help.

Meet opposition leader in war on Boy Scouts

If you ever felt like you were sick of seeing the Boy Scouts of America being used for a punching bag by the American Civil LIberties Union and other activists, take heart.

Reinforcements are here.

Source: WorldNetDaily

You can count me in to the crowd that is "sick of seeing the Boy Scouts of America being used for a punching bag." I just ordered the book Get Off My Honor: The Assault on the Boy Scouts of America. I will let you know what I think when I am done with it.

NBA 2K6 is starting over

Taking the franchise in a new direction. Shot Stick, franchise, trademark moves and more.

Gone from the series is Full Authority. Gone are the cut scenes of players talking to you looking for advice or a trade during The Association. Gone is IsoMotion as you knew it.

Source: IGN Sports

No more isoMotion? Yea, that's different. Entirely new offense, defense, and rebounding too. NBA 2K5 was good, but there was a bit of shine to Live 2005 that 2K5 just didn't have this time around. It takes a lot to take a franchise in a totally new direction, with new controls and new game mechanics. Visual Concepts saw the writing on the wall.

I am looking forward to seeing what VC comes up with this year for their NBA series. They know it has to be good, since EA took the NFL franchise from under their feet.

Disturbing stats

What group of people are we talking about?

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What Bush thinks of all of us

Quicktime video.




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