Wednesday, October 31, 2007

QotD

For every great man,
there is a woman behind him
rolling her eyes.

From Bruce Almighty

I couldn't stop laughing... so true.

Monday, October 29, 2007

That's how....

I've written here before about trying to teach patriotism or honor. These concepts don't lend themselves to a board book from Dr. Seuss. How do you tell? I found an answer this weekend.

Our local paper had an article talking about how some students a town over were working to get one million letters for our troops overseas. They had gotten the local bank to put donation boxes up where people could drop off letters for the troops.

My wife mentioned this to the kids. The eldest went over and grabbed paper and pencil and started drawing a picture and writing a story for them. The other two, seeing this, started in as well. In the end, we had three "letters" (with a lot of parental closed captioning for the younger two) that were ready to go.

.... and that's when I realized how you tell if you "got it right".

Thursday, October 25, 2007

5 Stages of WoW addiction?


Caught this interesting "5 stage" image over on WoW Insider talking about a post over on the Daedalus Project. It's interesting to think about where members of our fledgling guild (Disciples of Delusion over on Kael'Thas) are in that progression. Some are clearly in Entry, others in Mastery/Burnout.

Oddly enough, we have a few that are in a stage pre-entry, not quite engaged fully, but enjoying the game. Others are hitting Burnout, but not on what's listed, rather on the "I need a group to hit Instance X and my luck with PUGs is < 0%".

I guess I should read the article! *laughs* Weighing in at 9 pages of webcontent, I made it a few in and like the graph best. ymmv.

Machinime?

At what point do you cross from fan hobby to director? BloodSpell is a feature length movie shot in the Neverwinter Nights world. Although a machinima in nature (and nicely built on a chapter basis so you can watch part and return later), it has taken me a good week of casual viewing to see all of it.

It's a good story, and I'll leave the summary to the creators:
It is a story of a world where men and women carry magic in their blood, and spilling it can unleash terrible power.

Where these "Blooded" hide in fetid slums from the Church of the Angels, commanded by their divine masters to "cleanse" the Blood Magic.

Where choices are fraught, alliances rarely safe, and blood is all.

A young monk named Jered flees the Church when his own Blood Magic is released. Now he must survive the pursuit of the Church, the gladiatorial pits of the Blooded underground, and the hidden truths of the ancient struggle. The choices he makes will tip the balance of the war between Church and Blooded, and change his world forever.

Mixing a vivid world with fast-paced action and punk attitude, we think BloodSpell will be like no film you`ve ever seen.

Thinkgeek ftw!

I admit it, I am a ThinkGeek junkie. How can you not be? T-shirts and gear that are current and continually changed at internet pace to keep up. Yeah, they may be simple one liners on a fixed color background, but I wore my "Lag" shirt into the ground. Today's ThinkGeek RSS feed drops this fun one; "Your ringtone sucks"

Amen reverend! It's an epidemic! Something in the gene of mobile phone users lately. A good 80% of the ringtones I'm running into are the retro-analog-telephone ringing. It's like watching prairie dogs pop up looking for hunters every time I hear that tone - all the people with it grasp for their phone.

There's a reason for this folks: Your ringtone sucks!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Memorable quotes...

When I started with U.S.Robotics, before it was acquired by 3Com, my manager had a poster of quotes up on his office wall. To this day I can still remember going in and seeing it, even if I can only remember one:
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
I was reminded of this quote when I ran across this old Apple ad. I had forgotten that Apple had run this. It's old enough that they still had the multicolored Apple logo.



Sometimes, perhaps being a little more unreasonable is an option - as long as your doing it to nudge things in a better direction.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

They have a new album!?

A nice piece of machinima using aspects of L70ETC as well as an interested advertisment for Nightwish. A very dark story, you've been warned.



I got turned onto Nightwish thanks to a Pandora station that I created. A nice fusion of many of the aspects of music I like, but don't find often enough.I didn't know Nightwish released a new album last month! Damn iTunes, now I own it. Too easy to buy music now *laughs*

Latest arrival....


This is [soon to be named] a 6 week old kitten that joined our zoo family yesterday. She joins our 3 kids, other 2 cats, and dog.

Thus far, she's still a little shy. She prefers to stake out one spot and watch. She has, however, much like her eldest cat sister, shown the 75lbs dog that the 1lbs kitten can hiss and claw with the best of them. One hiss now, and the dog backs up!

Doesn't stop the foolish pup from coming back in for more though - he's dense that way.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

No dialog and you can still tell a story....

An excellently done piece of machinama done in WoW, but not needing Wow to understand. Enjoy.


Monday, October 15, 2007

Summary of WBCOOP....

My best showing to date, I lost it in the 3rd hour. Good lessons learned, and cheaper than learning them at Foxwoods. Still stings that I was 20 places out of winning *something*. There is always next year!

My performance in the WBCOOP over the years.....
2007: 101 out of 1324, played 4 hours.
2006: 1653 out of 2247, played less than an hour
2005: 360 out of 1471, two hours

Sunday, October 14, 2007

WBCOOP Tournament Notes and Reviews.....

The game started at 3pm eastern with 1324 players, and a 10k stack of chips. Top 80 places get prizes. I manage to win the first hand with a raise preflop and a small pocket pair. Already, 30 minutes later, I can't remember what the cards were.

My first table bounce was 24 minutes later and we were down to 1268. My first table was pretty tight, the largest stack was ~12k. This one, multiple players with 20+k. I'm still bouncing around the 10k starting chips.

I finally broke into the 12k range with pocket 8s after floping a set. Didn't go past the flop. Soon followed by my Q-10 beating up on one of the chip leaders with Q-9 for an 8600 chip pot. He took it back soon after though. That's poker, back to my 12k from 16k.

1st break. I am 443/952. Average stack is 14044, I'm ~1k below that. Not bad so far. We lost 372 players in the first hour. Largest stack is 104650, smallest 375. 100k? talk about right place right time. Break is over, and in we go!

We are now 200/400, at the 5th blind level. Rapidly find the 933 placed player as his pocket JJs lose to QQs. Thankfully, not me. Although I stupidly played back at a tight player and lost 2k *sigh*

Down to 902 players, Q7 lost to QQs. Haven't seen many hands recently, still around 10k.

Another table bounce. I'm on the low side here. A few 40+ and 30+k stacks. Down to 880. 800 more to go before anyone is in the prizes.

Ick, down below 10k now.... blinds are still 200/400, no ante. At this table, though, I'm a good looking snack. Doesn't help I'm the short stack at 9k. Hmm..... I go all in with AK (16:24) ... and I'm up against... AK. We split. Rah. Long way to split the blinds.

16:27 my first kill, My AJ knocked off a K-low. Back to 14k, and still short for the table.

16:33 up to 28k, out of the young lunch zone. My A8 (two pair) bet up on one of the big stacks 10-5 (two pair). Down to 729 players, another short stack at the table gets eaten alive.

16:42 and down below 20k we go.... a few bad plays, and a few outplays. Getting interesting now. Large stack at the table is 58k. Pushed it with top pair, K kicker. Back over 20k.

16:50 I have 50k! I just tripled up with my pocket 2s. 2s full of jacks on the river. Sadly, I thought he had me beat with trip jacks! Doh. I'm now 2nd in chips at the table.

17:01 another kill and I'm over 60k, barely. He went out in 468th. My A-J beat his A-lower. Two more deaths at the table we we're down to 459 players total. I'm still 3rd largest at the table.

17:08 just laid down pocket Js preflop. Would have lost my shirt too. 67k pot before it got to me.

2nd break; I am 40 of 415. Avg stack is 32k, I am at 63k. Stack range is 161k to 675.

Back now 500/1000 ante 75. I get pocket 10s on the button. Sadly, nothing comes of it. Something didn't feel right, bailed out after the flop.

17:22 down to 45k. Let pocket 7s beat up my 6s. Doh. Back to 50k by 17:26.

17:31 down to 347 players now. Large stack at the table is 80k. I'm back to 55k. Wow, we have an admin watching the table. Wonder if he's blogging about us?

17:47 Wow, back to 2nd largest stack. The 80k imploded down to 30k. Getting expensive now. 750/1500 with 150 antes.

17:51 down to 264 players, observers are talkative now. Getting down to the "interesting" time.

17:58 broke 70k as my flopped straight turned into a flush with a straight flush draw. Down to 238 as another player dies.

18:02 99k stack landed at our table. I have pocket Ks. I doubled through him, 143k. He had pocket Qs. He's now down to ~20k and says it's his 2nd or 3rd bad beat to cost him the 6 figure stack. Now 1000/2000 with 200 ante.

3rd break I am 15 out of 188. Average stack is 71k, and I am about double that. Stack range is 263k to 5k. Not bad at all.

And we're back 1250/2500 with 250 ante. AJo to open. Nothing much happens.

18:31 down to 179 players.

18:34 I just killed another. Up to 180k, I liked that guy too. Bloody P. I'm second stack at the table. Two of us around 180k. 170 players left. Seeing empty seats, and slow to fill kills. Getting down to the wire.

18:47 Have our first official "I'm waiting for the money" perma-sitting out player. Ick.

18:48 down to 134 players.... over 200k now, my pocket Js worked out against the other live leading stack.

18:53 down to 150k, gotta stop playing medium hands against that guy. Now 2000/4000 with a 400 ante. And I thought my blinds got ugly...

18:59 down to 125 players.... 81 is where the first prize is. I have 155k still. 4th largest at the table now.

19:08 down to 100k in stack. Ouch. Play is getting vicious. Now 2500/5000 with 500 ante.

19:11 losing more cash on being in hands where folks go all-in around me. Alive though. Barely. Haven't seen much in the way of hands, and have played them poorly. Ouch indeed.

19:14 bad call, down to 50k. Shoulda let it go against the new guy. Kicker wars, he won.

19:15 sucked out the river, back to 100k

And finally out in 101st place..... Very close.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Now that, I didn't see coming....

First, Radiohead allows their fans to choose their own price for an album, causing an interesting to watch storm of PR. Then Nine Inch Nails dumps the recording industry in total, going away from the mainstream. Today? Madonna.

As a fan and a techie I've been watching this battle since Napster rocked the boat and iTunes changed the world. Even Amazon now has MP3 downloads - what a shock, we were right, digital downloads were here to stay. Seems everyone but the RIAA realized that.

I wonder how the landscape will change if/when more bands and major stars push for a change. Will the RIAA start suing Madonna as well as 85yo grandmothers for file sharing?

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Nintentdo "giving away" Wii remote jackets...

No, this isn't a spam note. If you own a Wii head over and get your Free Wii Remote jackets. The idea is another layer of no-slip protection. Heck, it's free and the kids drop the remotes... I'll take it!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

WBCOOP 2007!

Finally! Was wondering when/if this was going to go off. Time to go find out how I do this year. No matter what, it's always fun!

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