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February 15, 2008

The Verizon Wireless Rant

If you have read my blog for any amount of time, you might have heard Matt or I sound off about how "wonderful" Verizon Wireless is. But this one takes the cake.

I do not know who to be more pissed off at, Verizon Wireless, or 2 B Mobile, the Verizon Wireless store downtown. A few months ago, as in, four, I switched from a 450 to 900 minute a month plan, because I had gone over (way over) two months in a row.

Last night I called Verizon Wireless tech. support on an entirely different matter (good fodder for another rant actually, they could not help with my problem unless I called them from a different phone -- my cell phone is my only phone.

The lady I talked to was at least nice and very helpful. She looked into the problem best she could without having a tech. call my cell phone to figure out the problem. She noted that my bill was coming out and it was rather high, because I had severely gone over my minutes. "How the heck did I go over 900 minutes!" I ask.

Here I have gone four months on the 450 minute plan. Now, those who know me know I do not get irate, I have a pretty high boiling point, but that lit my fuse. The smart ass, cocky, pimple-faced prick down at 2 B Mobile never changed my plan to 900 minutes a month. And I sure as hell would like to know what he was doing because it took an age to sit in the store while he was "working" on my account.

Needless to say I was credited $78.55 without too much bitching, and was *told* I was put on the 900 minute plan. I am not trusting anyone connected to Verizon any more so will be calling them back to double check. That or login to my account on their web site. Or both.

Kind of makes you want to switch carriers. You know, to AT&T. And get an iPhone. But its not like they are any better.

My Apartment Heater Died

It sure was cold Sunday night. Colder than it has been in a while. I know, I was up playing Devil May Cry 4. I also know because the electric heater that brings much warmth to my apartment in the winter died. It made some rather awful sounds a machine should never make, then went kaput.

The repair guy was so busy Monday he could not make it out until Tuesday morning at 11, my landlady said. She left me a heater for the night. I figured it was a nice sized space heater -- no, it was a warm-your-ass-while-sitting-on-the-john heaters.

So it was cold Monday night, inside my apartment. It got fixed Tuesday and now life is back to normal. And by normal of course I mean my apartment has heat again. If you were thinking of any other kind of "normal" than you don't know me well.

February 12, 2008

So... sick...

Dear god. There's sick and then there's "please someone stick me with a plasma grenade from Halo and get it over with." That's where I am.

Saturday night I come home from work and feel fine. I get some needed writing done, and start playing Halo. About 20 minutes into the session, I start feeling sick. Like, rapidly heading downhill by the minute. Sunday morning and afternoon was spent in the hospital. I woke up about 4 AM and my cough had caused so much pain in my chest, I could barely breathe. Here it is on Tuesday and I've slept maybe a total of three hours over the past two nights because of this crap.

I'm headed to the doctor again this afternoon to get something that my actually help because the hospital meds sure as hell didn't. I just took another freelance job too and I haven't even started. I can barely stay awake to type this, yet I can't sleep either because this damn cough doesn't let me.

February 7, 2008

Rear Bumper Accident

As promised, here is the damage to my rear bumper. The Bumper cover shows the damage, but the Absorber and Reinforcement are what are really damaged.

Click for a 640x480. Hit the jump for a picture of how far I can push the Bumper cover in where the kid hit me.

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February 4, 2008

Blu-ray Saga Comes to Close, Happy Ending Inside

This Blu-ray saga specifically so I don't have to recap.

Last week, Best Buy provided me with the information that proved they in fact processed the return as the exact same time as the sale. Why they didn't do this earlier, who knows? So, that brought this all back on the bank, and I filed a complaint with the BBB of Cleveland where they're located plus the Attorney General and followed up with the local news channel who was helping me along.

Today, I went to deposit my paycheck as I never had a chance this weekend, and when the teller handed me the slip, it had way more money on it than I thought it should. I asked her to make sure she deposited this into the right account as I knew I didn't have that much money. She double checked, and lo and behold, there sits a full credit for the rest of the overdraft fees I've been fighting for.

I win.

Matt Paprocki - 1
Charter One Bank - 0

Not sure which complaint actually convinced them to do it (or maybe the combination), but at this point, I don't care. Thanks to any and all who helped even if they'll never read this. So, to restate:

I win.

January 23, 2008

Fender Bender (Damn College Kids)

Driving to work this morning, I am dealing with a hosting crisis, and I get nailed in the rear bumper pretty hard. The bad luck just continues through the day, too.

I am stopped at a red light at the corner of South College and Wooster, light turns green so I put my foot on the gas - but not right away, you know, because the guy in front of me still has his breaks on.

And WHAM I am struck in the back, about choke to death on the seat belt. A red Sunfire hit me right in the middle of the bumper.

Some young college kid, on his way to get flowers for his fraternity (I didn't ask). He says he saw the green light and just hit the gas, yes, he sure did.

My foot was on the gas too, and so I shot forward pretty fast, but I had enough clearing distance that I did not hit the guy in front of me.

The kid got sighted for not enough clearing distance. I got his insurance information, all of which is in his fathers name.

No major damage on the outside, just a blemish on the rear bumper. The Sunfire's license plate buckled my bumper. You can still see the impression of where the numbers on the license plate hit the plastic bumper.

At the Theyer Body Shop I got an estimate. $889 for Rear Bumper, Bumper Cover, Absorber, Center Bracket, and Reinforcements.

Like I said I was busy today dealing with web sites being down, so I did not get further than that. State Farm tells me to call this guy's insurance, Property and Casualty Insurance of Hartford, which I believe is, though I have never heard of them.

Yea, the 800 number I was given is The Hartford.

Hope they do the right thing and repair my bumper, of my one year old car.

I will post pictures tomorrow, it is too dark right now, even in a well lit parking lot.

Ironically Burnout Paradise is out this week, where you are supposed to crash into people.

January 15, 2008

Verizon Gives Best Excuse Yet for No Service

I don't think I've ever posted about this here before, but Ken is certainly aware of our issues with Verizon. Simply put, we cannot get a signal anywhere in our house. The last month was the worst. I made 36 calls, 16 of which were dropped. My mom made 18, 9 were dropped. That doesn't include the times calls didn't even make it to me, or the times I hung up myself because I wasn't able to hear anybody. So, the following are the excuses we were given previously:

New construction in the area
We live too close to the water
Too many trees near our home
Falling leaves due to the change in seasons

However, the next one is simply the greatest excuse ever given by a customer service representative in the history of customer service:

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January 12, 2008

The Blu-ray Saga Grows

If you read this site on a regular basis (get a life!), then you probably remember the saga of me getting a Blu-ray player. If not, here's the story. Well, even that was apparently too easy, as things took a turn from frustrating to "absolutely freakin' ridiculous" in a matter of a few days. The saga continues:

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January 3, 2008

The Begining of a Blu-tiful Friendship

For those not in the know, I planned on getting a PS3 with my tax return. It would be a belated Christmas gift from my parents, and I would split in the cost to pay for it. They even got me some Blu-ray movies to open on Christmas to let me know the plan was still going.

So, yesterday I stop into Best Buy to browse. It was a mistake as always. I really should know better than to go in with the attitude “Hey Matt, you’re just looking at the HD DVDs.” That’s never worked.

As I’m browsing, a guy comes up next to me and starts looking at the Blu-ray. After a minute or two, he looks over to me and says, “Do you have this Blu-Ray stuff?”

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August 14, 2007

Buy my 360!

That's right folks. You can own MY 360! The one where all of the magic on the review section of Blogcritics comes from. Well, most of it anyway. It's simply become too much for me. The achievements are an addiction, and once I admitted I had a problem, I had to take drastic steps. Selling it was my only option.

I'm missing out in the finer things in life, at least I'm told I am. It's time to explore other things. I mean, if I died right now, I would have never had the chance to experience 360 games in HDMI coming from the brand new 360 Elite I'll be buying with the funds. How could I miss something like that? It would be a tragedy I tell you, a true tragedy. That's not going to happen.

July 25, 2007

Attack of the Killer Fleas from Hell

I had the weekend planned. Really I did. Saturday I was going to Detroit for their giant monster film festival to see the original Godzilla on the big screen. Sunday was a lazy day of catching up on movies and games, along with getting a new grill.

As you can probably assume, I’m not writing this because all of that happened.

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May 21, 2007

The Passing of Another Ferret

We lost another. Sierra was given to us after being found running through a neighborhood loose. She was extremely aggressive, biting everyone and everything. It earned her the nickname Vampira. It’s amazing anyone would let her go, especially given her gorgeous albino coat that assuredly cost someone a staggering amount of money.

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April 24, 2007

You know it's your birthday when...

You know it's your birthday when you get 392 emails from forums all over the globe wishing you a happy birthday!

Now, 392 might be a little exaggerated, but I do frequent quite a few message boards. I got an email from every last one of them this morning.

Cheap Ass Gamer was the best, they actually took the time to edit the standard template (DP did a good job in changing the standard form email too). I am going to enjoy my cheap ass birthday, thanks!

So, yea, I turn 29 today. Yay.

March 12, 2007

The Hook Up: How to Manage 18 Consoles on One TV

Digital Press has a wonderful little saying at the top of the site’s main page: “consoles precariously wired in spider-web fashion...”

Yeah, that just about covers it. Every once in a while though, something goes wrong when you’re dealing with stuff like this. In this case, it was a new TV. New cables led me to a new switch box, new cabling, and moved systems.

Now, it’s simply not plausible to move two consoles around. The mass of tangled wires behind the TV doesn’t allow for something like that. In this case, there’s only one thing can be done. The dreaded, all encompassing “movement of them all.”

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February 27, 2007

Paprocki Got a HDTV

I really don't know why he hasn't posted this yet, but he just got a new HDTV. It is a Westinghouse 37" LCD that does 1080p. I bet he wishes that was a PS3 standing vertical next to the Wii and not a PS2 right now.

Congrats on getting a HD set over a year after you bought you Xbox 360. Just think of all the games you missed out on seeing in their "Full HD" glory.

January 30, 2007

A Whole Lotta Games Up For Auction

This is the official set of "Matt P. needs a new TV since his is a broken POS so bid high on these auctions of incredibly crappy games." I mean, you wouldn't want me to be without a TV and likewise be unable to provide you with incredibly high quality reviews, now would you? See, bidding on these auctions and paying me money helps you, see?

January 8, 2007

Detroit and Cleveland NAIAS

There are a couple good reasons to live in this part of the state. Well, OK, I can only think of one: It takes less than an hour to drive Detroit or Cleveland.

This Saturday, the 13th, and Feb. 24th are two of the biggest auto shows held in the U.S. Yes, they are the Detroit and Cleveland North American International Auto Shows.

And I am going to both. I will be going with fellow Scion owners from across the state. I can't wait to go, I have never been to the Cleveland NAIAS, and I know full well how much fun the Detroit NAIAS is.

You can expect literally hundreds of photos. Now, if I was smart, I would have tried to get a press pass for Detroit through Blogcritics. That way I could have gotten much better pictures (it is going to be jam packed Saturday) and would have been able to write a news piece for BC Magazine. Oh well.

January 6, 2007

My Scion tC in Pictures


January 5, 2007

My 2007 Flint Mica Scion tC

Please take special consideration of the before and after shots. Hit the jump to see my new car, a 2007 Scion tC. It was raining pretty good when I got it home, so sorry for the crap quality. When we get sun or better weather (this is Bowling Green, so likely better weather) I will take some nice shots of my new ride.


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January 4, 2007

Neat Facts About Scion tC

The panorama moonroof has the same standard welding as a car with with a solid roof. The design exceeds federal roll-over requirements.

The rear seats recline from 25 to 45 degrees back. With headrests removed, both front seats recline to be even with the rear seats, creating a "social space." The rear seats also fold forward, flat with the cargo area.

The tC utilizes Toyota's first ever driver's knee airbag.

The tC braking system is virtually identical to that of the Celica GT-S.

The tC has more sound deadening material than anything built by Toyota that's not a Lexus.

Turn the key once in the drivers side door to unlock only that door, twice within three seconds will open all doors simultaneously.

The driver's seat has seat position memory for when you load rear passengers or cargo.

The headlights automatically turn off when the car is turned off and drivers side door is opened, and will automatically turn back on when the car is started. Oddly, this is only true for the driver's side door.

You have access to open/close the power windows after the car is turned off, but only if you DON'T open any doors.

December 11, 2006

Updated Game Room

Last week, I decided to clean one shelf. One shelf. It turned into an entire project when I realized how I could use the space. It ended up with two rooms redone partially, systems moved, and games swapped. I gained extra room for at least a few hundred games when it was said and done. As such, new pics were bound to happen. I also added better descriptions (click on each pic for more info) and titles to make it easier to piece together.

November 17, 2006

Interviewed by The Advertiser

One of Ken's buddies interviewed me for the paper he writes for on the PS3 launch. Aside from sounding like an idiot when I said kids would use their gift cards for a PS3 after Christmas (I meant kids have some extra cash and could use them on another game console in their price range), it went fine.

November 7, 2006

My Gamerscore Tops 30K

Mines bigger than Kens. That is all.

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November 6, 2006

My Gamerscore Tops 10K

It only took 11 months, and 77 games (!!) but I have past 10,000 Gamerscore Points. Now, I am not the Gamerscore whore like Matt (he is close to 30K right now), but 10K is a milestone.

Does the Gamerscore work? Yes, it does, I don't think there is any question about that. Achievements give you more reasons to play your games. Beyond artificially lengthening the game, it really squeezes more out of your $60 purchase. That is a very good thing.

November 4, 2006

Out of Touch With Reality

Ask any of my close friends, especially ones I play games with on Xbox Live, and they will likely tell you that I am out of touch with reality.

Well, I really can't dispute that. Case in point: I thought for sure that it was Sunday night. I went to the newsroom and only two people were there. So I asked, "awfully quiet, don't you have a paper due in a few hours?"

No, this is Saturday. I was so sure this was Sunday night. My days are becoming blurred. That is out of touch with reality I am.

Of course this means I have an entire extra day to get work done. For that, I will do a happy dance!

October 13, 2006

It Snowed Yesterday! And Other Stuff

When your father notices you have not updated your blog in a while... there is a problem. So this update is for you, dad.

I have been quite busy with many different things. But I am not here to get into all that. And of course when I went to post today, I found out that I had no privileges to the MT CGI scripts. For some unknown reason (spam hitting the CGIs).

Yesterday it snowed in BG! Sure, not unusual for snow in North West Ohio in October, but its the beginning of the month!

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August 18, 2006

Going to the East Coast Gaming Expo

Today Aaron and I finalized plans to attend the East Coast Gaming Expo. I hope to have a couple articles for Blogcritics covering the show. It is going to interesting, to say the least, meeting Rob Hardcore.

I forgot to ask if the Quality Inn had Internet access. I will have to call back.

Two GameCube Gems

One day I hate eBay, the next day I love it. That is how it goes. This time the find was Ikaruga, complete. It wasn't cheap (it's only money), but I got it. And it is good.

I also recently picked up O~3's Chaos Field. I played the Japanese version of this game, and was so glad the 'Cube was getting a US port.

Both are great verticle shooters, though Chaos Field did not score too well. But we all know how wrong video game critics can be.

I am glad to have both of these in my collection, and my GameCube is actually being played again!


I signed up for GamesnFlix on the 8th. Two days later I got my first three selections. It costs $16.99, and I love it for being able to rent games and movies.

I rented V for Vendetta, Munich and Stacked for the Xbox. You should watch V for Vendetta -- great movie. I need to review Stacked, because I sent a review copy out, and never received a review in return -- not a good thing.

I sent the two movies back and today got Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel and Chibi-Robo.

Wonderful service so far. They have a warehouse in PA, and I get stuff in a day or two.

August 15, 2006

Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?

I just picked up a DVD set from one of my favorite cartoons of all time. Pinky and the Brain Vol. 1 shipped in July, but our Meijer just got it. From the Wiki entry, it looks like other DVD volumes are planned. Goody!

Vol. 1 has 22 episodes, and one lone feature. It is a four-disc set. Watching them on my HDTV sure makes me realize how far saturday morning cartoons have come.

I will surely be looking out for vol. 2 this Christmas.

July 22, 2006

I Found the Bottom of my Inbox

I have major news to tell you today. I found the bottom of my Inbox! This has to be a first time in well over a year. It took a couple days, but I actually have less than 10 emails in it right now. That is down from who knows how many. 100? 500? Blame the great sorting and coloring options in Entourage 2004.

It is such a good feeling to have Entourage organized again. Now to get my Blogcritics Inbox down to that same level...

July 21, 2006

Jordan got a new laptop

The other day Jordan and I found one heck of a deal at Best Buy. He needed a laptop on the cheap, and this one is on the cheap!

Costing $600, after a $150 in-store rebate, this 15" Toshiba Satellite is one nice find. It has a Centrino chip (1.43 Ghz if I remember correctly) plus 512 MB RAM, 80 GB HD, DL DVD-RW, and 128 MB Integrated Graphics.

We found similarly priced Acer and HP laptops, but they both had Celeron chips, which suck compared to Centrino. Now all Jordan needs is a wireless signal he can steal use.

iPod Shuffle Replacement Found

While helping Jordan find a dirt cheap PC laptop, I found a replacement for my iPod Shuffle. A 2 GB Kingston DataTraveler USB pen drive will fit the bill quite nicely -- on sale for $55 at Circuit City.

Why they see the need to put all this crap software on these things is beyond me. It has all this U3 software pre-installed, plus more I can download from the site! Oh boy, I'll go do that right now.

A whopping 45 MB of software is was on my Kingston drive. What is the purpose of this crap? There is also a virtual CD that mounts with the pen drive, it has an EXE on it to install this U3 software. Absolutely worthless.

Who knew buying a USB pen drive would net you as much crap to uninstall as buying a name brand PC laptop.

July 20, 2006

Screw It

That sums up just about everything right now. This is my official request to restart this year from scratch. Earlier, we lost our five year old ferret Marvin to cancer. A month or so later, our 19 year old dog Bitsy needed to be put down due to cancer. This morning, I broke my big toe, and it's now one of the most disgusting things you'll ever see. A guppie in the fish tank was found floating and dead as well about the same time.

Tonight, we also lost another ferret. Hermes didn't make it to two years. He died after 90-minutes of surgery to remove a spleen that had outgrown his body and was litterly sucking his blood dry. He died twice on the operating table and was brought back both times. Post op, he died again, and this time was gone for good. Hermes survived a previous surgery when he was barely a month old and died then on the table too. He fought for everything, and I can only hope he enjoyed some of the short time he had with us. I know I did.

July 18, 2006

R.I.P. iPod Shuffle

My iPod shuffle had a good life. It was even replaced for free when it fell apart. But Apple is not going to replacing it this time. Not when I leave it in my pants pocket and run it through the washing machine.

I need the USB drive more than I need the MP3 functionality, so I think I have found a suitable substitute.

June 22, 2006

Storms of the Century

Or not, but last night we had one hell of a weather blast. It started with an ominous green sky, which in basic terms means "you're screwed." While I'm sure they see them often in Oklahoma and other states in the tornado belt, I only remember seeing one one other time here in Ohio, and that memory was vague. I wish I had a shot of the radar, because it was by far the largest and most concentrated line I've ever seen.

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June 3, 2006

My DS for sale, 2 games included!

My DS is up for sale on eBay. My shipping is cheap and you get two absolutely terrible... err, near classic games too! If you're looking for a DS, this is the best one on eBay*. Oh, and check my other auctions for horrible... err, near classic DVDs!

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April 21, 2006

I Am Turning 28 On Monday

Monday, the 24th, is my 28th birthday. Yay me. I will be heading home in a little while so I leave the site in Matt's hands (BWA HA HA). Please don't brake anything.

Now, if you wish to send me a present, I would suggest the GP2X Power Supply, GP2X Custom Joystick Cap, or the GP2X Screen Protector (I sense a theme here).

April 8, 2006

Mario Pranksters From Ravenna Won't Be Charged

It seems some sanity still exist in this world. Charges will not be filed against the six girls who strewn Super Mario question mark blocks all around their tiny Ohio town on April Fool's day. According to Portage County Prosecutor Victor V. Vigluicci, "I do not believe that they had any bad or malicious intentions ... [the girls] were not thinking about the consequences of their actions in this day and age."
Source: Joystiq

I figured they would not get any kind of reprimand for this. I can't believe that Portage County is that concerned "in this day and age." They just wanted the media attention, and they sure got it, nation wide. Too bad it makes Portage County and Ravenna look like a bunch of hicks without a clue.

Oh wait...

April 3, 2006

Tiny Ohio Town (Ravenna) Freaked Out By Mario Prank

Yes, Ravenna Ohio, my home town. Njiska alerted me to this article on Joystiq. Funny thing is, he had no idea Ravenna was my home town!

You can also read the story from the Record Courier, and this story from the Akron Beacon Journal.

The bomb squad, HAZMAT, Kent and Ravenna fire, Portage County support offices were all called in. This is going to cost Portage County a lot of money. All for some cardboard boxes! The crux is the girls may see criminal charges from the Portage County Prosecutors Office. How wrong is that, its an April Fools prank!

The quotes from the police chief are just priceless: "This game is evidently being played all over the country.”

This is a joke most people get. But in Ravenna, the bomb squad is called in. Yes, I am such a proud (Ravenna) Ohioan right now. I called my good friend who works at the Record Courier was not available for comment. Oh well. I will keep calling to see what, if anything, comes of this.

Placing the boxes on the steps of the Catholic Church in downtown Ravenna might not have been the brightest idea. Turning themselves in was a smart move though, I will give them that.

The "official" site of the mario question boxes even picked this story up, having this to say:

To clarify some of the points in the article: this is not a sinister 'game', it is supposed to be a comment on public spaces being routinely used for advertising (billboards, etc) but not for art (these boxes). Also, despite what Ravenna Police Chief Randall McCoy says, the purpose of these boxes is not "just to see what kind of response you get". It is to bring a smile to people's faces, to get them to connect with their neighbours, to bring colour into an otherwise grey urban landscape. Posterchild and myself are both deeply sorry that things are not working out in Ravenna.

March 30, 2006

Sam Goody Closes Doors In BG

It is no surprise that Sam Goody is going out of business, or rather changing their name to FYE. Hopefully FYE will not be any worse than Sam Goody was.

At any rate, the (s)mall's Sam Goody in Bowling Green is having one of those nifty bittersweet liquidation sales. Most everything in the store is 20% off, while other things are 25% off. The games are only 20% off, and I saw nothing I truly needed. Yep, that is correct -- you heard me -- I walked out of the store without a game.

That is more than I can say for Matt, considering the last time we were there (his first) he bought $20 of clearance items that I would classify as "junk," other than a cheap copy of NFL Street 2 for the Xbox. This was a trip I get yelled at for too, because I made him spend the money. Yea, that's it.

So maybe it is a good thing Sam Goody is changing to FYE. No more forcing Matt into buying any more junk that he already bought two days before for twice the money. That is a plus.

What really sucks is the Replay Points that I have at Sam Goody. I need to call them and inquire about those. It is really nice getting $5 and $10 off on new video games, like Oblivion, which I just bought from Sam Goody last week.

Swindled on eBay

I guess I had it coming. It has been at least five years since I got screwed out of an auction on eBay. On March 10th I bought Ultimate Block Party for the PSP, a Buy It Now auction. On March 15th I got a USPS notice email, as I payed immediately via PayPal -- this all seemed very normal and acceptable to me. Only the USPS email only gave me a tracking number, no actual package tracking included. I checked in a couple days, but nothing. On March 23 I sent an email. On March 27th I sent another email. It is now March 30th and all I have received is an automated email telling me to use the eBay message system as the seller gets a lot of spam otherwise.

No I don't know about you, but I get quite a lot of spam that looks like it came from the eBay message center. So I do not know how a personal "hey what's going on with my game" email could be construed as spam. At any rate I used the eBat message center and fired off both of my previous emails that way.

As I said, it is March 30th, and still nothing. In a few more days I am going to go ape-shit on this seller, because I want my game and I worked hard for that money. 98.4% positive feedback or not, don't buy anything from "moviecheapnet," I never will again.

I notice the game is covered under PayPal Buyer Protection, so I may have to go that rout. Just a FYI, you have 45 days to file for it.

March 24, 2006

The Passing of our Ferret

It's always tough to lose a close pet, but it's even worse when you know it's going to happen and the call is on you. That was Marvin's situation. What we thought last September was an intestinal disease turned out to be adrenal glad cancer. The past week showed a serious decline in the little guy. He was listless, constantly sleeping, and his back legs were slowly giving out on him.

Marvin's stress level sent him into seizures whenever we gave him any type of medicine, so there was nothing really left to do. This morning we took him in and the vet confirmed he had a quarter-sized tumor. It hit fast. At five and with his condition, surgery wasn't an option either. He had only a few days left at best, and after seeing him lay and stare blankly at me last night (almost like he was trying to tell me what needed to be done), we made that inevitable call this morning.

Marvin was five, a rescue from someone who decided not keep him after an argument with his girlfriend. His love for sock theft (which we'll likely still be finding around the house for the next few years), dangling objects, plastic bags, and buckets will not be forgotten.

February 2, 2006

I Lost Weight!

It has been (about) a year that I have been on medication for having a low thyroid. I had to go in to the Health Center to get a new prescription and have a check up. I learned that I lost 15 pounds! This is great news. It means the medication is helping a lot. Now if I could just make the time to get off my lazy ass and exercise. Then I might lose even more weight.

Hooray for me!

December 28, 2005

I Am Back Online!

It has been a wonderful Christmas! And I have not minded being off line for the past few days. I am not too sure when I will be home either - or when I will be back online again before I head back to BG. We will see.

I will have to run down all the goodies I got for Christmas later, some great stuff, a banner year for sure.

And no, I was not going into withdrawal from no Internet access. At the moment I am at my dad’s house and he has broadband, something my grandmother does not have.

November 2, 2005

Buy my book!

Ok, it's not actually MY book, but I did contribute a few sections, along with a few other Digital Press writers. Once you've bought it, make sure to drop a customer review off at Amazon stating what an important factor it was in your life to have Atari Lynx games running on your Mac and what a helpful guide this was towards completing that goal.

October 23, 2005

Game room pics updated

Got a new entertainment center so things needed moved. Lots of changes, including the semi-removal of the arcade game which seems like I'll never have enough cash to get it working again. I'll be updating the magazine pics in the next few days. Finally got them in order by dates and it looks SO much neater.

And just in case you even think for a second that I have too much stuff, I have NOTHING on this guy.

October 18, 2005

BG News Celebrates 85th Anniversary with Reunion

This is quite old news, but I wanted to post it anyways. During Homecoming weekend this year (September 30th - October 1st) The BG News held their 85th Anniversary Reunion with festivities Friday and Saturday.

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September 9, 2005

Featured on Eternal Collector

Had some issues with them a LONG time ago and communication broke down. But, here I am, featured as they wanted my collection. It's a great site outside of this too.

August 6, 2005

Congrats to Ken

After royally busting his ass, Ken managed to pass his sociology class with a score of 93%. He was probably going to post something on it, but this will save him the time. This is all after he claimed he had a "project" to look through magazines for ads that "exploited women." How convienient.


August 2, 2005

Wow... something other than hate mail!

Got this today from DP member Dji:

Hello Mr. Paprocki,

Just wanted to say thanks for the many reviews you have here. I've found many of them quite informative and/or funny. I've nodded in agreement at most of your assessments. Of course I haven't read them all, but one thing's for sure: I'll be reading any review I encounter with your name on it. And that's saying something, since I can't stand reviews 95% of the time, especially mainstream ones. In fact I don't even read them anymore. Especially those by Matt Casamassina, of IGN fame. 9 out of 10 for Donkey Kong 64? ("Buy it.") What about Ivan Sulic's review of Jak 3 ("If you like games, you'll buy this immediately or we'll come to your house and beat you to death."). Bleh Damn I can't stand being told "you're not a true gamer if you don't buy this" or other such nonsense (I hate the phrase "must-have" with a passion), which most reviewers are extremely fond of... as well as calling every other game the best ever and giving 9's all over the place.

And what about Hilary Goldstein's review of Metal Slug 3 for Xbox, in which he (yes, he) actually recommended that the reader download a rom instead of paying the "ridiculous amount of money SNK was asking" (not actual quote). This was taken down shortly thereafter. Damn IGN sucks. And it's not like GamePro, EGM or especially the official mags are better. I'd be willing to bet that most of these guys have never seen a Neo Geo (whether AES or MVS) in their lives, yet alone played one. GameSpot seems a little better, yet it's skewered towards PC gaming too much for my tastes.

Anyway... I can see you're a huge fan of beat 'em ups, run and gun, fighters, etc. and so am I, so that's nice. I'm eager to read your reviews for genres I'm less familiar with/interested in, too. You are obviously knowledgeable and you have strong opinions. Nothing worse than a wishy-washy review, except maybe a fanboy's review. Thankfully, you've found a nice balance as a reviewer. Keep it up. However, I've noticed a few typos here and there, and that always bugs me. Otherwise I couldn't ask for more. Thanks again.


August 1, 2005

The rising cost of health care

I am really getting tired of seeing "the rising cost of health care" in a letter from Anthem, my health care provider. This time it is rising from $158 to $185. This has got to be the 4th rise in my premium since I started using Anthem in Sept. 2002.

I really need to get a full time job. Health care is killing me, figuratively of course. If I change my deductible from $500 to $1,000, I can bring my premium down to $152. This is not the best, but I have no choice because I cannot afford an extra $30 every month.

Now for the good news. Good news at the cost of a higher deductible of course. I got my first bill at the new rate, and it is only $133. That took an extra glance. I called just to make sure! The rep. I talked to quoted me too high. In 3 years I have never had to use Anthem for more then an office visit, so right now that $1,000 deductible doesn't look too bad.

We will see.

*crosses fingers*

July 18, 2005

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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June 25, 2005

New Dunham Hiking Boots

L.L. Bean no longer carry my favorite boots. The boots I have been buying since 1999. Not only do they no longer carry the boots I like so much, they have stopped carrying size 14 all together. Thanks L.L. Bean. I guess it could not last for ever.

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June 14, 2005

Blogcritics Pick o' the week

That's right, yours truly had a review picked as one of the best of the Blogcritics video lot this week. If you just want to read the the award winning review that all of three people probably read, you can do that here.

May 30, 2005

How NOT to hook up a router

Long, long story follows.

Here's the situation: We've been having some connection issues for about week. It just seems to drop randomly. We had a service call set up to check the line last Tuesday, but I had to have some injections done in my back at a moments notice and we had to cancel.

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May 20, 2005

No UT job for me

In December of 2004 I applied for a Web Developer position at the office of Marketing and Communications at the University of Toledo. The only reason I applied is because I know someone who works there. I figured I did not have a chance, but what the heck.

In February I found out by my contact at UT that I did not get the job. They liked my resume, but they cannot hire someone that does not have a degree. I figured as much.

Last week I got an official letter in the mail from UT that says I did not get the job. I know universities are slow at this type of thing, but three months for a rejection letter? At least it is now official.

May 18, 2005

My wrestling figures for sale on eBay

I know it's a little odd to post something like this, but this is a collection that took me years (and a few grand) to get together and not a single lot has reached a $100 yet. Take a look and if you're interested, PLEASE bid. This isn't something I'm too keen on getting rid of in the first place, but for space and cash reasons, they need to go... but not for $60.

And yes Ken, my My eBay page is a disaster of HTML. Sue me.

May 13, 2005

Why garage sales rock

My parents found a garage sale this morning and called me at home. They had a Playstation, 26 games, and some accessories for $40. Once it was confirmed there were no sports games, I told them to go for it and I'd pay them back. They came home with one hell of a great find.

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May 8, 2005

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers out there, especially to my mom and my step-mom Melodye.

May 7, 2005

Disc Golf scramble and the 4B

This past thursday (Cinco de Mayo) the Unigraphics and Production staff, plus me, had a Disc Golf scramble over at Carter Park. The first time I have played this summer. It was a little windy, but then its Bowling Green. It was warm, and that is a rarity here. I mean it was snowing at the end of April after all.

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May 2, 2005

27th birthday weekend

Well, its been a week since my birthday. My stuff is still sitting in my living room waiting to be put away, most of it anyway. Maybe I will put it away tomorrow.

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April 28, 2005

Busy with web development

Wow have I been busy since getting back from my birthday weekend. Let me tell you, that was not the weekend to take off. Any other weekend would have been better. But I am not about to not enjoy my birthday. More on my birthday later, including a crazy ending to the weekend.

Right now I am working on a web site for the Center for Photochemical Sciences at BGSU. This has been a pretty big project. There is a designer, web developer (me), videographer, and a Flash developer. Getting to the final design has been a long road, to say the least.

I am also working on this site for the BG News Alumni Society. They need a message board and a content management system. I found MyBulletinBoard a very good rip off of vBulletinBoard. vBB is very good, but costs close to $200. I mainly wanted the ability to have customizable fields for the user profile page. vBB has this feature, but so does MyBB. For the CMS I am using Movable Type, of course. I thought of using Word Press because it is free, but MT is so low cost and I have years experience with it.

Other then that, I haven't even unpacked from my weekend at home. NBA Street Showdown arrived for PSP. I had that pre-ordered since March. Its a great game. But I haven't had time to play it for more then maybe 30 minutes.

So if you are looking for a reason for no new posts from me, those two web sites are pretty good examples.

April 22, 2005

Taking the weekend off

I do not plan to post much, if anything, this weekend. Sunday is my birthday and I need some time away from work. I am going home to visit friends and family. See you all when I get back.

Hopefully Matt won't break anything.

April 20, 2005

Matt's full Game Room pictures

Well, almost full. I missed my Nintendo Powers and the upstairs (with all the portable stuff) isn't here. Batteries died in my digital camera. Still, it's more than I was able to grab before, all in one place thanks to Digital Press.

April 19, 2005

A gift from & the NBA Store

Way back in October of 2003 I purchased a LeBron James jersey. I ordered a replica, as they were much cheaper, and said they were in stock. I did not receive my jersey until February or March of 2004. Even then, it was not the jersey I had ordered, it was a cheaper and inferior quality jersey. But I was not about to complain, all I wanted was the LeBron James jersey. Thank goodness that I did not purchase this as a gift.

So today, April 19th, 2005, I get an email from (they handle the NBA store merchandise) and they are giving me a credit of $16.05 on my Visa. I really don't understand why, as I only payed for the cheaper jersey, but I am not going to complain.

Locking the keys in the car

Again, today, I locked my keys in my car. I must admit that it has been a while, I am so proud. But I am glad I put an extra ignition key in my wallet.

Years ago I locked my keys in my car. Thankfully I knew someone who worked at AAA, and did not have to fork over the cash to get the car unlocked.

Ever since I put a key in my wallet. I cannot tell you how many times that has saved me.

So that is my advice to you. Even though it sounds like common sense, no one does it. Put an extra car key in your wallet. I would say put one in your purse too, but your milage may very as it is not on your person all the time.

This saves headaches and cash at the same time!

April 4, 2005

Hit by Spyware or something like that

Warning: The following rant contains a line that may offend Puritans.

Spyware sucks. At least, that's what I think it was. I was hit yesterday and I have no idea where from. It completely killed my laptop for an entire day. After I noticed things running a little slow, I ran Adware. It told me to reboot to completely clean it up and that was it. Whatever it did, it hit the explorer.exe file Windows needs to run. It refused to boot AT ALL.

So, after re-installing Windows entirely (and then Word too which it seems to have got a hold of and w.bloggar won’t run at all now), I downloaded Ad-Aware which is supposed to be better. Well, it found the one piece that was left but it can’t get rid of it no matter what I do. I tried Spybot too.

Now, about every 20 minutes, I get a pop-up ad on my desktop for refinancing mortgages. I would threaten to shave the creator’s testicles off with a cheese grater if I ever met him face to face, but that would be a threat and I could get in trouble. Oh wait, I just did. Oops. I’m open to suggestions if anyone has any.

March 23, 2005

Gaming Room (almost) Goes Up In Flames

Near complete and total disaster today inside my game room. You sort of need a little backstory to really understand just how bad this could have been. In the best terms possible, everything behind my TV, as a friend once affectionately put it, is ghetto rigged. There's no better terminology.

So, by my count, there are 25 things plugged into 8 different surge protectors. Those 8 go into two industrial style power type boxes usually reserved for work/tool benches and the like where there are not enough actual outlets (like behind my entertainment center). Picked them up at Sam's Club. The cables from those run a long way along the right side of the room to an outlet above my animal aquariums. So yes, 25 different items, 8 surge protectors, one double equipped power outlet. Smart? No, not really.

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March 18, 2005

Toys R Us To Have Massive Store Closings

Well, working there has been interesting and it seems like that's going to end, at least according to CNN. My store meets the "requirements" for a closure on all counts. Nothing is official though and I have yet to hear anything of the sort. It seems the land the stores are on is worth more than the stores. Ouch.

February 24, 2005

Diet Coke with Lime

I am a Pepsi person in the Coke v. Pepsi debate. I do not like Coke at all. In truth I am a Dr. Pepper person. Since I have decided to cut back to only diet pop, something I have upheld very well, I have been sampling the various diet flavors to find the ones that don't taste the worst.

Diet Dr. Pepper is great, since it really does taste like regular Dr. Pepper (no, I do not work for them). But I need variety. I was working at the Toledo City Paper one day and needed some caffeine and the only thing diet they had was Diet Coke with Lime. I tried it. I had never heard of it.

Diet Coke with Lime is entirely different then Coke. I imagine Diet Coke tastes good too, but Diet Coke with Lime is great.

Funny thing is that even though I like the taste of Pepsi over Coke, I don't really care for Diet Pepsi.

It has been 3 months on diet pops and it has forced me to do one thing, which is good. I am drinking more iced teas and fruit drinks.

February 22, 2005

New York hotel hell

Guest submission by Rob Griffiths (Webmaster of Mac OS X Hints, and author of Mac OS X Power Hound). Feel free to copy, as long as author attribution and site link remain intact. Posted with permission by the author.

Travel day to NYC. Flights were fine — somewhat bumpy, but not too bad. First plane was absolutely packed, though. Chicago weather was very low ceilings, under 600′ they said. After I got off the plane, I walked a ways to find a flight board for my connection, scanned it, and found that my departure gate was … my arrival gate. Yep, back on the same plane — only one row in front of my prior seat! Thankfully, this plane was only about half full, so I had the row to myself. Landing at LaGuardia, we were racing a snowstorm in. Apparently, we barely beat the snow — runways were dry and no precipitation while de-planing, but it was snowing when I caught the cab.

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Suday Madness Update

Well, after this escapade on Sunday, things have slowly worked themselves out. The lizards are fine. Angilas (if you know where that name is from, pat yourself on the back for being genuinely cool), the one that took a pretty heavy beating, is fine. Dropped in some crickets this afternoon and though he was a little hesitant, he came around and ate his share. He's not a fan of taking antibiotics by mouth (and we're not a fan of giving them), but I think we can pass on the vet visit as he seems fine and save $60+ in the process. Considering he only cost $20 to begin with, I think we've done our part.

Insurance is still an issue, just not as bad. I found a plan through Anthem that offers me decent coverage for $109 a month. Prescriptions and doctor visits are the same co-pay I had previously. I'll still need to pay 20% of anything major (emergency room, surgery, etc.), but since I really don't/can't do anything because of my back, it's kind of hard to really screw anything up that badly. Actually, it's all George Bush's fault. Maybe I'll just move to Canada.

February 21, 2005

Why Some Days Are Better Spent in Bed

One of my all time worst days was yesterday and I've got to vent somewhere. Why not BW? Warning: This is a long, overly dramatic and potentially boring rant. If you don't like this stuff, don't read it.

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February 9, 2005

50 Questions Meme

I have not done one of these in a while. This one found by way of Neil, he found it from Dave who got it from Chris. Hopefully more people will fill this out. Its always nice to get legit trackbacks.

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January 17, 2005

Wow, my stomach hurts

Holy cow I feel like crap. I am not sick, I don't have a fever or anything, but my stomach hurts like hell. The hurtin' is coming is spasms too. I was gonna go to the Auto Show in Detroit with my friend Mike yesterday, and I really needed to drive up to Toledo to get work done for the Toledo City Paper this weekend too. So much for a nice long MLK weekend. Hopefully I will feel good enough to work Monday up at TCP.

Right now I hurt too much to sleep. I'm watching "Junction Boys" and thanks to Mike he brought me some stuff for my upset stomach. After all, what are friends for. I don't know if the meds are working, as its still coming in spasms. I swear it has taken me at least a half hr. to write this.

I feel much better now. Before I went to bed I threw up, that was joyous. Took some more Pepto and called it a night. I feel much better today. I think I got some food poisoning. It sure put me out of commission and made me feel like crap.

November 22, 2004

My Keys: Lost & Found

When it rains it pours, doesn't it?

Today I parked out in the College Park lot, a nice 5 minute walk from West hall. Today walking back to my car from West Hall, I lost my keys. They were on my belt loop as usual, and I did not hear or feel them come off my belt loop. I did not hear it because I was listing to my iPod. You would think I would have felt it, they weigh a ton.

I get to my car, reach for my keys, and my stomach sinks! You know the feeling you get when you loose your wallet? Its so much worse when you loose your keys.

Thats a long walk to backtrack from College Park to West Hall! I call the BGSU Police and a very helpful officer helps me look with his Mag Light. It did not take 2 minutes to find my keys, thank God. They could have dropped anywhere. They choose to drop next to the sidewalk in plain sight.


November 21, 2004

What an eclectic Sunday!

It takes a very cultured person to start the day at Cabelas, then take in a few hours at the Toledo Museum of Art, top that off with Greek cuisine, and finally end the day watching the Bills/Pats game with a beer in hand. This is the eclectic day that my buddy Mike and I had last Sunday. Hey, it was a long week! For the record I did write this Sunday night.

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November 11, 2004

The Cub Scouts tell the mother of a retarded boy her son's no longer welcome

I cannot flipping believe this bull! This pisses me off. I take this very personally.

I am a very proud Eagle Scout. I fear that in 1995 when I got my Eagle award, the Boy Scouts of America was a very different place that it is now.

This makes me sick to my stomach! It is another tarnish to the BSA name and makes me feel ashamed to be associated with a group that discriminates against developmentally disabled children.

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September 30, 2004

200 Answers

This is one heck of a meme, commandeered from Neil who got it from Daisy. The following are 200 statements, the ones that apply to me at the moment are in bold. A lot of these are due to the fact that I was a Cub Scount/Boy Scout since the time I was in grade school, and I am sure some of this you did not want to know, but, touch luck! And yes this is the truth, Scout's Honor.

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August 24, 2004

Shipment notification for order # 7010376136

The following products shipped on 08/22/2004. Transit time will depend upon whether you have chosen standard or premium freight options. If your order is shipping standard freight, it should arrive within 10 days of shipment.
Yay! The FedEx page says it will be here Friday. Of course that page said Thursday yesterday, so I hope it is not pushed back any more. I have never waited this long for a Mac before in my life. But its all worth it, thats for sure.

August 20, 2004

RE: Your Apple Order # 7010376136

To Our Valued Apple Customer: Thank you for ordering the Power Mac G5! The demand for this item has been incredible. We are shipping them as quickly as possible, but cannot meet the ship date we previously estimated for you. We now expect to ship your Power Mac on or before August 30th. Your satisfaction is important to us and we appreciate your patience and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this delay has caused you. Please rest assured that we fulfill all orders in the order they are received. If you do not contact Apple Sales Support to indicate that you consent to the revised shipping date, Apple is obligated by law to cancel your order. If you have prepaid for your products and we do not hear from you before August 30th, we will cancel your order and refund your payment promptly. We apologize sincerely for any inconvenience. Contacting us is easy...
Wow, another delay? No way! I really didn't think my G5 would make the 8/20 ship date, but I had hoped it had. I have now given up hope. I wish Apple would just tell their customers the truth. If they are not going to ship most of the dual 2.5's until September... October... whenever, just say that. I assume the delay is because of poor yield rates on the 2.5 Ghz chips, and/or the water cooling unit is causing problems. Will we ever know? I am just glad I didn't have a video project to do, or a DVD project to create before I go back to school on Monday. This PowerBook just does not cut it for DVD Studio Pro work ya know. I have received all of my order: the 23" Cinema Display, the Airport Express and AppleCare. I ordered RAM from Crucial, I got that a while ago. What if that does not work? Are they going to take it back after having the RAM for over a month? Crucial will probably understand but what about other companies if things need to be sent back? I am not happy about all this. Apple needs to treat their dyed in the wool customers with respect. I will put up with this because I want my G5, but what about people who are not so sure about getting an Apple computer, those who have never bought an Apple before. I also do not understand why I need to tell Apple that YES, I want them to deliver my order. If I did not want it - you know what - I would not have ordered it! I was talking with Rob and he tells me it is because of a federal law. Since the ship date of my order will be after 60 days Apple has to confirm with the customer (me) or cancel the order. Thats just a load of crap if you ask me. I placed the order for the 23" Cinema Display AND a Dual 2.5 Ghz G5, I think I was sure I wanted it.

July 29, 2004

Your Apple Order # 7010376136

To Our Valued Apple Customer: Thank you for ordering the new Dual 2.5GHz Power Mac G5! The demand for this item has been incredible. We are shipping them as quickly as possible, but cannot meet the ship date we previously estimated for you. We now expect to ship your Power Mac on or before August 20th. Please rest assured that we fulfill all orders in the order they are received. If we do not hear from you prior to shipment, we will assume the revised date is acceptable, and will ship your order. We will notify you if there are any changes to the revised ship date. To check the status of your order, visit . When your Power Mac ships, you will receive a Shipment Notification via email explaining how you may track the package. We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this delay has caused you. Thank you for your interest in Apple products! Sincerely, The Apple Store Team

July 24, 2004

Video Games are back!

I have been so busy. It has been months (read: more then 3) since I have touched a controller. Those poor neglected consoles... I got out SSX 3 (my personal favorite PS2 game) and am back playing that. That game is so fun. I am a little rusty, but there are a few characters I have not maxed out yet. And there are still plenty of Platinum medals I need to get. Its well worth a purchase out of the used games bin if you do not have it yet. Its been about 4 months since I have bought a video game (I think that is a record!) but the last time I checked they cost $50 a pop. The new NFL 2k5 is only $20. What are they thinking selling it for $30 cheaper and 3 weeks prior to the release of Madden 2005 :P The Mega Man Anniversary Collection was $30 too. What is going on here? Its nice to pick up two great games for $50. I told myself I was not going to buy another game until the new GTA came out, but not at these great prices. I can't work this hard and not have some time to veg out and play video games. Bottom Line: ESPN NFL 2k5 is worth $50. Just go buy it. Mega Man Anniversary Collection is worth the cash if you are a fan of the series. You get 8 Mega Man games and two unlockables on top of that.

June 28, 2004

Downgrading Time Warner Cable

G4 + TechTV does not equal a good cable TV station, we have gone over this fact many times, in many places. I am also not using my DVR as much as I used too. This is because Meancode Media business has picked up, and I am going back to school. So I am downgrading all of it. I am getting rid of all the tiers, the DVR and even getting rid of the digital cable. What is left is channels 2 through 77 which leaves me with what is important - ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Classic. :) I also get CNN, TNT, Comedy Central, USA, A&E, History Channel, Discovery, etc, etc. Not to mention ABC, NBC, and CBS. All I watch are the ESPN channels though. I do not have to buy any super duper tier to get ESPN either, nice. I am saving $9 by not having digital cable (and since I am giving up all the movie channels I had, digital cable is not doing anything but putting a pretty GUI on the TV to select stations). In all I am saving $79 a month! Since I had the movie channels I was getting a deal on Road Runner, so the price of internet went up $5. I will now be paying $46 and some change. That is a heck of a lot lighter bill to pay each month. And since I am going back to school, and not working as much, I really don't need to be throwing my money away like that. This is all fine and good to think about, but to actually get to a human being at Time Warner, then explain to them what you do not want any more, that is another thing all together. Going from Digital Cable to a DVR box? Sure thing, right away sir. You want TechTV? Let me flip a switch and now you can watch that. But now I want to get rid of all this crap. Getting to the option to talk to a human being when calling Time Warner Cable is hard enough, but they make you select the category you fall into. Think "To talk to a human being to change your service please press 99." That was after 6 other menus. They do not have 'change' in their vernacular. They want me to take my DVR into the office on Main Street. I am then informed to check my bill from when they put in my DVR, they charged me $15 to bring it to me, when I could have avoided that charge by just taking my digital box to the Main Street office and swapping that for the DVR. Brilliant. This guy kept going on and on about what I needed to do, that they could not take off the movie channels et. al. until I took the DVR to the Main Street office. Total bull shit. After a fair bit of bitching this guy sends me to this very helpful woman in customer service, the place I needed to be in the first place. A technician will be out Wednesday to take care of everything. The way they treat their customers does not sunrise me one bit. It should. Because it is sad that I am not surprised. Customer Service all over the spectrum should not treat everyone like they are dumber then dirt. It makes the customer irritated when they are being talked to like they are dumb. For one I am a geek, and I used to work at a TV repair shop, I know how to connect and disconnect cable. It does not take a lot of effort to tell over the phone if you are talking to a novice or not. I do this all the time dealing with phone based tech. support myself. If I can deduce this stuff, the person on the other end can do the same thing. It is very simple - you explain more if you need to. That being said the second person I talked to was very helpful, polite, and conversational while she was making all the needed changes to my account that were needed to drop a ton of tiers and movie packages and deals and switching this and that around. So for that, I happy to be a Time Warner customer. As of Wednesday I will be getting high speed cable internet and basic cable TV for $46 a month. That makes me happy. Since G4TechTV and The Screen Savers have gone south so much in the last few months, I am not going to miss them at all. That show was such high quality. It is a shame what happened to TSS.

June 8, 2004

ColorWare Paints iPod, iBook, PowerBook

It paints some pretty ugly looking PC desktops and laptops as well. I saw the iPods, iBook and PowerBook paint jobs on The Screen Savers. Yoshi seemed to like the paint jobs, all were very impressed. I also learned that my Alien Green AlienWare rig got its paint job thanks to ColorWare. I sent in my 2 iPods in to get painted. I got one painted Candy Apple Red, the other Dragon Green. Getting an iPod painted does not cost much, only $50 bucks. My reasons are more then aesthetics. Although having a red iPod is so much more unique then a white one. After painting the iPod there is a clear coat that is pretty scratch resistant, as the hosts of TSS keep telling us the clear coat has kept up over time. This is great, because I am getting tired of my iSkin. The iSkin is great, but it adds bulk and you cannot use the iPod Dock with the skin on. I will have photos when they return. Should I get my PowerBook painted? Sure it costs $400, but to have a blindingly bright yellow PowerBook? Thats priceless, right? Let me know, be sure a vote in my poll.

June 5, 2004

E-Bay Horror Week

I've been on E-Bay for some time. My "About Me" page says I started sometime in 2001, but it's been much longer. I discovered the site in early '98 I believe but probably became serious enough about in '01. I've been on both ends of the deal countless times being a huge video game fanatic. That 3,500 game collection always seems to need one more new addition. Oh, and all those doubles I keep buying need to be sold as well. Of course, not everything can go smoothly. Sometimes bidders won't pay, I forget to pay (yeah, I did it once), and then other times absolutely EVERYTHING goes wrong. This is the saga of one month of my E-Bay dealings, easily the worst I've ever experienced. I will not use names or ID's since the stories tell themselves just fine without them. Besides, after how some of the deals have went, I very well may get sued for mentioning them. Idiot seller #1: I've been looking for a cheap baseball game for the PS One. I never liked the Triple Play series so I decide to go for Bases Loaded '96, the first baseball game on the console. I've always enjoyed the series since it's days on the NES all the way through to this final game in the series, this version here on the Playstation system. So, there is only one listed on E-bay. The opening bid is a meager $.50 and the game is complete with box and instructions. His shipping is on the high side, $4.50, but this is a "long box" Playsation game. These are bulkier and bigger so the cost is OK as far as I'm concerned. He also states that he will never combine shipping and that insurance is required on everything he sells. Ok, fine, he's a jerk as far as the combining shipping is concerned but I'm only buying one game. The auction ends at the starting bid price of $.50. I pay immediately through Paypal. After a few days, the game a plain manila envelope with no additional packing material. It's a miracle it made it to my home unscathed. Even worse, he sends it "Media Mail" which cost him a meager $1.08 (or something close to this). Then, as if it this wasn't bad enough, he never insured it. He requires it, yet he doesn't provide the service. I E-mail him with all of my concerns. He is quick to reply with something like "all terms in auction are final. i pay people to package, tape, head to the post office and other things." Ok, this guy isn't an English major, but I can live with that. So, I whip up another E-mail demanding my insurance money ($1.05) back since it was uninsured. I also tell him that if he actually pays for people to drop a game into a plain manila envelope without any material, he has a very poor business model. Am I being picky? Sure. Note that for $4.50 he could have went to any US Postal Service location, get free, sturdy, Priority Mail boxes and slapped the game inside of that. It would have come much quicker and would have cost around the stated shipping price in the auction (and this is how I assumed it was coming). The E-mail comes back to me. He blocked my E-mail address. Well, I wasn't done complaining and this is no way to deal with a paying customer. I head over to E-Bay and use the "Ask seller a question" function. I add a note to my returned E-mail telling him how his customer service is and send it off. I also report him to E-Bay and request a refund from Paypal. He gives me a negative feedback the next day claiming I file false complaints against him. I of course return the favor. Also note I was not the only one to complain about his shipping practices or insurance. In fact, he has over 70 negatives on the same subject. Sadly, the complaints I filed through Paypal were denied, but I really didn't expect them to go through. I never received a response from E-Bay. Idiot #2: This guy only becomes an idiot towards the end. I purchase a Neo Geo AES cart called "Dunk Dream." It's a fairly valuable cart and I end up winning it for $50. He obviously did not know what he had since his description stated many erroneous facts about the game. It's probably why I got it so cheap. So the game comes well packed and costs very near to his asking price for shipping. I'm happy. Happy, that is, until the game entered my console. It's not actually Dunk Dream. The box says Dunk Dream, the cart has a sticker for Dunk Dream, but the actual insides of the cart have been switched. It plays Nam '75 (a much less desirable game) instead of the basketball game I so wanted. I've run into this problem before with some Genesis carts, but never on the Neo Geo. Now, I know it's not this guy's fault. He really had no idea what he had. I send him a very polite E-mail stating the situation and try my best to explain what exactly the problem is. He replies in a timely manner and says to send it back for a full refund. Great! I wrap it back up and slap a delivery confirmation sticker on it so I can track it. The game arrived at his location almost 2 weeks ago and I have not heard a word. I've sent him 2 E-mails and the only response I got was "I'll get the game tomorrow" and that was about a week and a half ago. For a $50+ refund, this is ridiculous. Idiot #3: Me. Yeah, me. I screwed up. I'm an E-Bay idiot. I win an Amiga CD game "Fightin' Spirit" from E-Bay for about $20. It's in the UK as most games for the console are. I pay, of course, immediately through Paypal. The game gets here within reasonable time. I tear open the packaging, pop it into the console, and start playing. Everything works great. I head over to the site and leave him positive feedback. Later in the day, I come to find out the game is a CD-R. A copy. A burned, illegal copy. I'm furious. I had never actually seen an Amiga CD game before so it didn't hit me immediately. I noticed the "CD-R" imprint on the inner ring of the disc. I send him an extremely nasty E-mail. I got taken on this one and wasn't going to stand for it. He E-mails me back in a few days with "All of that companies games are like that." Ok, yeah, sure they are. Well, to be perfectly honest, he was right. I did some research, and sure enough, he was telling the truth. I felt terrible but just couldn't bring myself to apologize. I didn't think I had a chance to make ammends and just let it go. Thankfully, he left me a positive and the deal went ok. I'm sure I'll get around to writing something to him, but I feel terrible right now (you should have seen the E-mail I sent). To my credit, his auction is extremely deceiving making it even harder to believe. You would think he would save himself the agony and state something about the games origins in the description. Also, his feedback was private and was only about 95% with 30 or so negatives. Idiot #4: I agree to sell an Atari Jaguar system for my friend. In return, I got a few new games to add to my collection. Fast forward to the final day of the auction. With just over an hour left to go, the current high bidder sends me an E-mail along the lines of "I've spent too much this week and can't pay. Can you cancel my bid?" Simply put, no, I won't cancel your bid. It's not my fault nor is it my responsibility to do this. Since he is new to E-bay (his feedback rating is a meager 2) I tell him to look under help and learn how to retract your bid. He replies quickly and says "Just sell it to the second high bidder." No, it doesn't work this way. I begin to get frustrated and replay to tell him that if he ends up being the high bidder, it is his responsibility to pay. Either cancel your bid or pay the price. His quick reply is "I can't cancel my bid. The auction only has one hour to go. It won't let me." Yeah, NOW it has a hour to go. It didn't twenty minutes ago when you started all of this. I E-mail him again and basically repeat what I said before. You have to pay; it's really that simple. I don't hear from him until auction end. He sends me a note saying that if shipping isn't $15-$20 (shipping would be determined based on location and weight of the package) he can pay, but only if I give him a total that night. It was 9:30 PM, I was tired, and I simply did not care at this point. I told him that I couldn't get a shipping quote without his address and was not about to do all of the work required that night. I would get everything together Monday and get back to him once I had his address. He quickly E-mailed me his address. I send him a shipping quote and have yet to hear from him yet in any form. So, that's a bad month for an E-Bayer. A REAL bad month. In fact, I'd say it was the worst month I've ever had on the site. Nearly every transaction went wrong in some way for me and the struggle has continued into the new month. Will it ever end? Probably not. There's too much stuff on E-Bay to pass up. These are of course nightmare transactions and there are millions of good ones everyday. I just happen to get all the nasty ones.

June 4, 2004

FridayQ: Escape

Friday Five is no longer around. And I hardly have time for these, but today I do. The FridayQ seems to be the hip thing to do now, so here we go: FQ1: What is your favorite way to escape from everyday life? Playing basketball on the outdoor courts across from the Harshman and Kriesher Quads on campus is always fun. I used to play in high school, and still think I can play. There is a Disc Golf course right next to my house, and thats always fun. My driving is horrible but my short game and putting are pretty good (quite ironic to real golf). But I am usually way too lazy to go out and play bball (although I think I might today, after I finish this). I usually just sit in front of the tube and veg out. I have way too many video games and not enough time to get through them all. Right now I am playing Onimusha 3 as well as making my way to the end of Morrowind, oh and I need to finish Knights of the Old Republic before KOTOR 2 comes out. FQ2: When was the last time you made an escape? Where did you go? Hmm, I haven't had the time to play basketball or even be lazy enough to sit on my ass and play video games. I have not played a video game over a month! I don't have the itch though. I am back to college, which is a good thing, and have been working on a number of clients' web sites, so I'm not jonesin' for a video game fix. God help me when I am though, it will probably be a weekend sitting on the couch getting nothing done! FQ3: If you could escape to anywhere on earth right now, where would that be? LA, to see the NBA Finals Game 1 on Sunday. I have not been to an NBA game in a while. I used to go the Cavs and Bulls playoff/finals games all the time. I have never been out of the country, well Canada but that doesn't really count. I would like to go on a vacation to get away from technology to the Carribean. Some day that might happen. FQ DARE: Post your passport photo (or your driver's license photo if you don't have a passport). Not gonna happen. I would have to take a photo or scan it. Too much time, I am too busy. I am going to play bball since we have decent weather today!

May 6, 2004

I won a 15 GB iPod

I entered a drawing for an iPod mini a week ago at the Student Union. I won a 15 GB iPod, they could not get a mini. Oh darn. I never win stuff like this. I can't remember winning anything as valuable as a 15 GB iPod. Killer! People want me to give it to them, or sell it to them. NOOOO! I won it it is mine. True, I do have 2 iPods now (MUA HA HA HA) and they ain't gonna be sold. Well unless someone wants to give me close to face value. What should I name my new, smaller iPod? iPod 2.0 or iPod Jr?

May 1, 2004

Happy Birthday to Me (2004)

This past Saturday (the 24th) I turned 26. The payoff for 25 was a major cut in car insurance payments, too bad I will see nothing like that this year. This weekend I went back home to Navarre even though I was as tired as I was. I am finding that working 2nd shift and then trying to have a normal weekend is hard to accomplish. For my birthday dinner my Dad suggested Cici's Pizza, a new pizza joint that recently opened in Massillon. That sounds good to me! Cici's is a chain, although I have never heard of them. I highly recommend it though. It cost $5 and some change for this LONG buffet of different pizzas, a couple kinds of pasta, salad, and they even had desserts. Good stuff. Anyway... Grandma made an angel food cake, (my favorite) I opened my loot and then we ate cake :) I got a bunch of great gifts this year, thanks to all! From my Aunt Lois I got 3 books. Commercial Photoshop with Bert Monroy, Dreamweaver MX 2004 Magic, and Don't Make Me Think. All are great books. Bert Monroy is on The Screen Savers a lot, and he always has great tips. I have had these books on my Amazon Wish List for a while now. I have all of the Dreamweaver Magic series books, and they are great. I would recommend them all without even looking at the projects they have. The MX 2004 version of the book has some great new projects I can't wait to try out. Don't Make Me Think is thus far a great book. I am about 50 pages into it, and it is nice to read a web usability book that is not by Jacob Nielsen. I read Designing Web Usability years ago and while it is a great book, it is a thick read. On the other hand Don't Make Me Think is a very light read. I cannot wait to finish this book so I can give it a full review. From my step brother Max I got a car charger for my cell phone. I have actually already used it this week. From my grandma and step mom Melody I got a Wahl Designer wet/dry pair of hair clippers. Melody who is a beautician tells me this is a lot nicer then the one she uses at work, so she is jealous. From my Dad I got a bunch more mobile accessories. Dad got me a travel charger, which is great because I no longer need to unplug my standard charger when I go somewhere for the weekend. He also got me an extended battery which was sorely needed. Thanks everyone for such a great 26th birthday! Now a birthday isn't complete without buying something for yourself. I bought a digital video camera. Why? Who knows, just for the fun of it. More on my new dv cam later.

April 19, 2004

It's getting hot up here

It is hot here. Its been 70 degrees for almost a week. Now for some of you 70 might not be hot, but in North Western Ohio, that is hot. We have not had a day yet this year to wear shorts until this last week. Its great. Monday it is supposed to be 80 out. I actually had to turn on the AC and the overhead fans. Just watch, it will snow within a week. Saturday my buddy and I went up to Grand Rapids, and you all thought I didn't move from in front of my monitor. So there :P

April 16, 2004

I bought an Xbox (Again)

This is funny, on so many levels. I sold my Xbox a year ago. To be honest the market for Xbox games at the time was rather stagnent. So I sold it and got a cell phone. I got rid of my land line phone. That was one of the best decisions I have made in recent years. Now that Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow and Ninja Gaiden is out, not to mention some other nice exclusives, I am in need of an Xbox again. So I am now playing both Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow and Ninja Gaiden. I am to the 5th mission in SC: PT and having fun playing the online version of the game. I am not too far in Ninja Gaiden, that game is HARD. Its fun, just hard. So now you could say I am a true game addict. I am not an insane game addict, that role is reserved for Matt Paprocki. But I will admit that I have the following: Playstation 2 Game Cube (w/ GameBoy Player) Game Boy Advance SP Xbox But like I said, this is not anywhere close to this.

April 6, 2004

New Tires for My Car

Joy! Car expenses! But hey, I am not going to complain about the price for these tires. $200 for 4 all weather 40,000 mile tires. The last set of tires did well, of course my car is 11 yrs. old and just got to 75,000 miles earlier this year.

December 14, 2003

Christmas Five

1. Do you enjoy the cold weather and snow for the holidays? I don't mind it at all. Here in Bowling Green we get a ton of wind as well, which makes it even better this time of year! 2. What is your ideal holiday celebration? How, where, with whom would you celebrate to make things perfect? It would be ideal to have the entire family home, and be able to have a week or so off of work. Unfortunately, as a network administrator, these are the times that I will be hard at work. One thing I need to do when no one is at Student Publications is update to Panther Server, and restructure our HD Raid, and share point structure. It is something I have wanted to do for a while, but its something that takes more then a Saturday to do. 3. Do you do have any holiday traditions? Open presents on Christmas morning :-P. Eat a lot of food. Make New Year resolutions. In other words, not really. 4. Do you do anything to help the needy? I just took a bunch more old cloths to the Salvation Army this month. And I always try to buy canned goods every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I contribute to the canned food drive on campus. 5. What one gift would you like for yourself? A dual 2 Ghz G5 with an ATI Radion 9800 :-D.

November 30, 2003

My New Game Cube

About 6 months ago I sold my Game Cube (GC) and Xbox, because I was not playing them. Now half a year later I should have never sold my GC, because I just bought another one. As I stated earlier, Wal-Mart (which my brother likes to refer to as the Nazi Regime) had a one day sale on Game Cubes on Black Friday. I could have gotten a used one at the local game store, but it would not have come with the Zelda Collectors Edition for $80. See folks, I still have not grown up, I still love video games. And this Zelda Collectors Edition disc has 4 great Zelda games all in one package. This is a little bit of nostalgia here, you get The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II, Ocarina of Time, and Majora's Mask. You also get a playable demo of wind waker, which has had me frothing at the mouth over the its cell shaded goodness. I am gonna have to get wind waker now, it looks beautiful! I remember playing Zelda I and II back in the day, but never played completely through Ocarina. And I have never even touched Majora's Mask, so this is a great disc, and it was free with the GC! So why did I get a GC again? For the games! I can't wait to play Viewtiful Joe, Rogue Squadron III, Zelda wind waker...

Grandma's New TV

I talked grandma into shopping at Wal-Mart today, mainly because they had a one day sale on the Game Cube (more on this later). Dad, myself and grandma had talked a little about getting her a new TV, but not really acted on it. Well there is nothing better then a good ol' Wal-Mart sale to get a new TV. The RCA that we wanted to get (the one I bought) was out of stock, so we got a Sanyo 27" flat tube set. The reason i am blogging about this is this one cool feature I have never seen on a TV before. You can set an Initial Channel. This is wonderful because my grandma watches CNN a lot. So every time she turns on the TV it is automatically tuned to CNN. What a great feature I have never seen before.

November 22, 2003

Accomplish By The End of The Year

1. List five things you'd like to accomplish by the end of the year. Get laid! Low bandwidth template for The BG News Final rollout of the Unigraphics Invoicing System Switch The BG News over to smoothly running OS X full time Finish the COMSTOR web site 2. List five people you've lost contact with that you'd like to hear from again. Jim Redfearn Jamie Simms Sherry Garret Bill Stewart Steve Reedy 3. List five things you'd like to learn how to do. I would love to learn how to whistle! Drive stick shift (better) Spanish, Japanese, French Sky diving Cocoa programming 4. List five things you'd do if you won the lottery (no limit). Invest at least half if not 2/3 Give a portion to the American Lung Association Pay off any debt I may have Get the latest Mac, and yes, even the latest PC Buy a vehicle with room, unlike my current one 5. List five things you do that help you relax. Like Neil, I too, blog to relax Playing video games, of any kind Draw - if I ever finish it, I will have a minor in drawing Play basketball Listen to music, or read news sites/papers

October 30, 2003

Adobe PDF Printer Missing in Panther

Here is another problem I did not notice at first. But when I checked, sure enough the Adobe PDF printer was gone from the list of printers. Following these steps worked, I am now able to print to the virtual printer again in Panther. Another great tip from MacFixIt. Yesterday we covered an issue where installing Panther disabled the Adobe PDF Printer virtual printer; we directed readers to an Adobe Forums thread where Adobe had made available a shell script for recreating/reinstalling Adobe PDF Printer. Reader Len Goff passed along a set of manual instructions for recreating this virtual PDF printer: 1. Launch Printer Setup Utility from the Applications/Utilities folder 2. Hold down the Option key and click the Add button in the Printer List Window 3. Select Advanced from the Printer conncetion drop down menu 4. In the Device Field, select Adobe PDF (pdf) 5. For Device Name, type Adobe PDF 6. For Device URI, type pdf:// 7. For Printer Model, select Adobe 8. Click OK

October 17, 2003

Five things around my computer

Since I did not get a chance to do the Friday Five last week, you all get treated to two today (if and when they actually post the questions for last week, I cannot remember then). Aren't you so lucky. 1. Name five things in your refrigerator. 12 Pack of Killians Peach Snapple Pepto-Bismol A1 Steak Sauce AA and AAA Duracell Batteries 2. Name five things in your freezer. Chocolate Chip Mind Ice Cream Chicken Patties Hot Pockets TV Dinners (various) Venison Steaks 3. Name five things under your kitchen sink. Garbage Bags Skillets and Grill SOS Pads Dawn Power Dissolver (works very well, btw) Large Coffee Pot (when 4 cups at a time is not good enough) 4. Name five things around your computer (Home Office). FileMaker Pro and Dreamweaver books Spools of blank CD-R's (great prices) Different Colored Sharpies "Chord Bin" with you guessed it, chords, FireWire, USB, etc, etc Filing Cabinet (oh how I just love paperwork) 5. Name five things in your medicine cabinet. Stay awake pills Put me to sleep pills Aspirin Listerine Band-Aids

October 3, 2003

My Car

1. What vehicle do you drive? A 1993 Plymouth Colt Vista. It is aqua blue, that was the most popular color for that year. It gets great milage and it only has 72 thousand miles on it. 2. How long have you had it? I bought it from my aunt in 1995. 3. What is the coolest feature on your vehicle? The coolest feature by far is the fact that this car is easy to find no matter what crowded parking lot it is in. Why is this? It's not because of the color. It is because no one drives a Colt Vista. That and it just plain looks weird. 4. What is the most annoying thing about your vehicle? Parts are expensive! It has a Mitsubishi engine. I had to have the transmission worked on, and that was expensive! It is also a car for small people. Not for people that are 6'2" :-P. 5. If money were no object, what vehicle would you be driving right now? I would stay with Dodge that is for sure. I would drive a Dodge Dakota. I will probably end up getting this once this Colt Vista turns into dust. If I had money to burn? I like the look of that Dodge Razor (of course it is only a concept car).

September 27, 2003

First Web Site

There is no Friday Five posted today, so I went back and answered the August 15, 2003 questions. 1. How much time do you spend online each day? Oh lord! This is scary. This changes daily depending on how much web work I do at work, this could be 2 to 8 hrs. at work, then when I get home I could be doing web work for my business, or be online to chat, check email, etc. I would say I spend at least 10 hrs. a day online, and no more then 24 :-P. I guess when your work in web design/development its OK to be online that much. Well at least I tell myself that. 2. What is your browser homepage set to? Nothing at all. I have a google search built into Safari. I hate when a browser opens up and loads a page. It is always something I don't want. 3. Do you use any instant messaging programs? If so, which one(s)? I use Trillian on my PC and Fire and iChat on my Mac. I can't stand having multiple IM apps open at once. If only all my contacts would use AIM, there would be no need for things such as Fire and Trillian. But that never happens. There is always that person you need to talk to for work who only using Yahoo IM, etc, etc. I am using iChat more and more because of voice and video chat. The voice chat is really nice. The video chat is only great if your upload speeds are pretty good. But I have done video chat with my iSight and as long as it stays on this side of the continent (East Coast) it seems to be OK. Part of the reason I spend so much time online is because of IM. I utilize IM for my work all the time, it really helps. 4. Where was your first webpage located? My first web page was located on my Dad's web server, that was a long time ago. My Dad is the Network Administrator for Plain Local Schools. The entire reason I started to learn HTML and how to run web servers was because of Plain Local Schools. Plain Local got a grant as I believe from the OhioNET program to be one of the first districts in Ohio to get internet access. I know Plain Local had internet before the school district I went to, Ravenna City Schools, had any. I was always jealous of that, and I loved going down to my Dad's house on the weekends to learn what I could about the Internet. There were other reasons of course, but now that I look back at it, I learned a heck of a lot about the Internet because of dad's toys. My first real Web site was at at what is now Net Identity. Then I got (way before I started my own business). 5. How long have you had your current website? I have had since January 2003, when I bought my first PC. I have had for 4 or 5 years now. Before that I had for about 2 yrs. and before that I had pages on my Dad's web server. I am so glad I never had to deal with the likes of geocities or tripod, etc, etc. Well that is not true, I had to deal with friends who had accounts with those services :-P.

August 30, 2003

Cleaning out my Closet

I cleared out my closet this weekend. More then half (that I no longer wear) are out of my apartment. The Salvation Army now has more shirts to sell :-D

June 27, 2003

I got my car back

It sure is nice to have my car back. I can do things like go to Meijer again. Its always nice to have food (and beer) in the apartment again. It cost me $300, but it seems that it works better. So it was well worth it. It rained yesterday (the problem was that the car would not start after a rain) and started just fine. So I am happy about that!!!

June 23, 2003

Nike Shox for Sale

When the Nike Shox first came out I bought a pair. I wore them for maybe a half an hour and decided I could not use them. What a disappointment. I have flat feet, and the arch in these shoes is unreal. If you know anyone who would want to own a pair of size 14 Nike Shox BB4 please email me ken[at]meancode[dot]com. Thanks. Also if you would pass the word around that I am selling them. if you know anyone who would want them let them know too. They have been sitting here in my bedroom and I want to get them out of here. i'm willing to negotiate the price. I will give you a fair deal since these are the old style Shox. So, any takers?





June 13, 2003

Frisbee Golf, First Time This summer

The other day Paul and two of the Unigraphic interns, and myself went disc golfing. Its the first time I have played this summer. The course is right next to my apartment. I should get out there more often. the Unigraphics crew plays once a week so I am going to join them. Its a ton of fun. I wasn't that great off the tee, but short range and shots "on the green" were pretty good. I went to The Shed and picked up a golf frisbee for myself so I don't have to barrow one again.

May 22, 2003

Car Insurance

One of the nice things about being 25 is the cut in car insurance. I got a refund check in the mail last month for $45 which was prorated from my last bill. I just today got my bill for the next 6 months and it is almost $200 cheaper! Kick arse!

May 19, 2003

Wakin' Me Up

I cannot wait until my cell phone is my only phone (this will happen when I move, as my roomate and I are not getting a landline). I have been woken up about 4 times out of what I like to call deep sleep in the past week or so. I don't care if it is family that is calling, it still pisses me off to no end. Most the time it is telemarketers. And if I am coherent enough to pick up the phone I just love it when it is telemarketers. Cuz that is the time when I like to fuck with them and become the worst person they have on their call list. It will be so nice to turn off my cell phone and not have to listed to any ringing phone wake me up. When I am asleep and past the point of dreaming I like to stay that way because that usually means I am exhausted. OK rant over, it just really ticks me off when I am trying to sleep and my phone rings and I am not coherent enough to even answer it. grrrrrrr

May 3, 2003

Forgot the Philips Screw Driver

For the longest time I would carry around my Leatherman Wave (call it "a Boy Scout thing" if you will but it comes in handy in the most wonderful times) but I have not had it on my belt for a while just because it is a pain to carry around. Well today I need to do some server maintenance. Student Publications has an OS X Server and I need to install a PCI Firewire card in (we have more than 2 firewire devices, and I cannot daisy chain them). So I open the G4 up, get the firewire card out, and ya know what, this would go a lot easier with a philips head screw driver! So I will now go back to wearing my Leatherman with me all the time just for moments like these. This brings me to a realization: mere jeans are not going to be enough for my "Digital Lifestyle." So far I do not fancy carrying my cell phone around on my belt. I don't really like carrying my Leatherman Wave around on my belt. Lets take inventory as to what I might carry around on any given day: * Leatherman Wave * Cell Phone * Palm m505 * Canon S330 * GBA SP * Check Book * Wallet (duh!) And I am thinking about getting a Pocket PC, so add that to that list too (maybe). Like I said, mere jeans cannot hold all these things, or half of these things comfortably. Do you remember those Dockers commercials with the guy who had the slacks with those big ass pockets? Those are some snazzy Geek Slacks. They are much more stylish then the I'm-a-l33t-g33k cargo pants. So I either need to get some cargo pants/slacks or some big pockets slacks like those Dockers. These cannot be had in Bowling Green Ohio though. We have "The Small" (its a small mall, hence the name) and the ONLY major clothing store left in it is Elder Bearmen (JC Penny moved out a while back). They don't have anything with an inseem for a 6'1" tall geek. Well now I am just ranting about the BG mall. So I will stop. I will find a good pair of geek pants tho, I will have my Digital Lifestyle, We will reveal ourselves to the Jedi, oh wait, sorry.

Sold Game Cube & XBOX; GBA SP Rocks

I finally did it! It has been over 6 months since I have played either my Game Cube or my XBOX. I know some people are going to be shocked and amazed that I actually sold one of my beloved video game systems. Well I sold 2 of them :-P I guess the right time had come along. There is a CR Music Exchange store in town that has a lot of stuff: music, movies, games, mobile phones, tv, sterio, etc, etc. I got $265 for my 2 systems, extra controllers, and games. I ended up getting a cell phone, and a couple GBA games with the little that was left over. I kinda feed bad selling them, but I do not think I will be missing them at all. I have not had the urge to play them in quite some time now. I was gonna pack up my PS2 and sell that too, but didn't want to be too rash all of a sudden. So I decided to keep my PS2, and I will be keeping my GBA as well. I did however go to Toledo and traded my GBA in for a discount on a GBA SP. The GBA SP is great! and with the $40 trade in it was a heck of a deal. I got the silver one. That backlight screen is so nice. It makes me want to play the GBA so much more now that I do not have to hunt and work at finding/getting good light to play it.

May 1, 2003

Birthday Presents!

Well my "long weekend" turned into a "mini vacation" as I went down to my Dad's house for a week. Let me tell you - a week with out checking email is wonderful. Its the checking it when you get home part that is hell! I got everything I asked for an more! I got a green polo shirt and a book called Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers from my grandma. and from my Dad and Melody (step mom) I got a new pair of Devil Sticks, (yay!) another book I wanted The Graphic Designer's Guide to Pricing, Estimating and Budgeting, and a pair of reversable basketball shorts and a sleeveless tee. I wasn't expecting the cloths at all! Those two books are gonna come in really handy, I have already started to read them. and the forms are on CD. Allworth Press has a lot of great books for graphic design, business, as well as other subjects such as photography. For those of you who do not know what Devil Sticks - they are juggling sticks and are a lot of fun! I picked up a pair when I was at Disney in Orlando years ago and I have loved them ever since. I prefer the "flower sticks" style as they have sometimes have a ledge at the ends of the main stick. I have a pair like this but don't like them that much. I prefer these, which is the pair I got for my birthday.

March 31, 2003

Busy Week & Weekend

Wow have I been busy. I have not had time to post anything to my blog. But I will be getting a bunch of stuff up today.

March 26, 2003

Playin' Basketball

Today it is a little cool outside but the last three days it has been nice and warm. Perfect weather to get out the basketball, pump some air into it, and go to the outdoor courts on campus. The courts were packed, and pickup games were abundent. See, I do actually get out from behind my computer :-P I can still shoot pretty well too. (I played basketball in high school). But man am I out of shape. My knees were jelly after about an hour and a half of 3 on 3. I am going to have to go play basketball more often - it is a lot more fun than sitting in front of the tv/computer playing video games. I miss playin' ball.

March 16, 2003

Back to Video Games

Well not full on anyway. my PS2, Game Cube and Xbox are still sitting dormant as you can see. I have been playing my GBA though. i cannot wait till the GBA SP comes out at the end of the month! I got my GBA from Japan when it shipped over there, and was about to get the GBA SP from Japan as it is already out there, but I didnt feel like paying $140 for a $100 product this time arround. having a light will rock though. One thing that is great about the GBA is the prices of the games! they cost $30 for new games. So i can get 2 for just a little over when i used to buy ONE PS2 game for. I have picked up Yoshi's Island, Sonic Advance & Sonic Advance 2 in the last two weeks. Yoshi is as fun to play now as it was all those years ago on the SNES. And Sonic on the GBA is a Good Thing(tm) for sure. Playing Sonic on the GBA brings back memories of Sonic on the Game Gear. Yep so i am still a game nut, just a downsized one. I dont think i will be selling my consoles because i am sure some day i will get the urge to finish Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Splinter Cell, or Metroid Prime... but not now. i have Sonic and Mario on the same portable ;-D

February 27, 2003

Growing out of video games?

I'm not sure if I am growing out of video games, but I am sure I am going through a phase were I have no desire to even play them. and I am video game nut. I have subscriptions to and for gaming news, I get 3 video game/pc game magazines, and I have a ton of games. here is the run down: Playstation 2 - keyboard, arcade stick, 12 games Game Cube - wavebird, GBA connector cable, 7 games X Box - type "s" controller, 9 games Game Boy Advance - light shield, 9 color/classic games, 10 advance games PC & Mac - 16 games I just sold a bunch on eBay too. sold 17 PS2 games, 3 CG, and 5 XBox games. man thats insane. and the only thing I have played is the past month and a half is my GBA. and that was just when I got Metroid Fusion just after Christmas, I have only played it once or twice since. I don't know if I am "growing up" or what. I haven't really played games on my new PC. I have been busy, but not THAT busy. I don't know. I always seem to make time for video games, and I am not doing that any more. its just really weird! I don't know what to think of it. I guess if a month or two goes by I think ill think about getting rid of them, idunno.

February 26, 2003

Stealing from Meijer

This old guy (I'd say 60'S) thought I was stealing from Meijer today. the same greater dOOd I see every week I go there. so I have a tip for you all don't for any reason (not that it gets cold in BG) wear a big heavy coat such as a Carhartt Arctic that has BIG pockets in which to put heavy gloves and a thick wool hat in. the guy had me take my hat and gloves out (as well as the other crap I put in my coat). I have been shopping at Meijer for I don't know how many years now? and I have had this coat for over a year now. the guy approached me "can I see you're receipt?" "sure thing sir" "you aren't trying to shoplift are you?" "no I am not, Scouts Honor" (I am an Eagle Scout) this other Meijer employee walks closer, looks like manager material I guess. "can I see what is in your pockets?" "sure thing!" *Ken empties pockets of hat, gloves, pack of gum, pack of kleenex(tm), web site revisions for Chapman, box of penguin mints, digital camera, glasses case, and jewelers screw drivers set* this smart ass (younger than me I think) manager asks me if I can recite the Scout Oath and Law. geez all mighty. On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong; mentally awake, and morally straight A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Freindly, Courteos, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Breave, Clean and Reverant. "You get a bonus today, here is the Outdoor Code" As an American, I will do my best to - Be clean in my outdoor manners. Be careful with fire. Be considerate in the outdoors. and Be conservation minded I mean, come on, do you know how many years of my life I have recited those? I have been an Eagle Scout since 1995 and am still active in Scouting. I eared more than 50 Merit Badges, and have been a Merit Badge counselor for SUmmer Camp and an Assistant Scoutmaster for my troop. I have also been to National Jamboree and was on staff there one year. I explain this to these two. "um, well, i'm sorry" *smart ass manager hands ken back his stuff and Ken leaves Mejer* Will I be back, heck yea I am not about to drive all the way across town to go Krogering! not when Meijer is whithin spittin' distance. I took down their names in my Palm and left. cuz I got coding to do. fun fun I love it when I can be a smart ass and be right about it.

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