Cheap Plugs - no, not my hairSo, I volunteered to fill out a series of surveys for a local radio station about my radio habits. Today's survey contained a question on "Podcasts/programs not available on AM or FM radio," and they gave a list of some podcasts which, of course, I don't listen to, so I checked the "Other" box and filled in Retcast, Late Nite JengaJam, and Rooster Teeth Podcast (in that order). You're welcome.
If you are reading this, I need your help. I'm undertaking a very ambitious project and I want it to be a success. I will be editing the next Awesome On Its Own video, which will be a mash up of Katy Perry's California Gurls and Ke$ha's Tik Tok. I would appreciate it if you would consider filming a submission for one or both songs...heck, if you can only film one line, do it!
Calling CalamityOkay, so my cell plan is set to expire in a month, and I'm thinking about upgrading from a regular phone to an iPhone (not a 4, though). My problem is that I have two really good offers: one from a rival provider (Telus), and a counter by my current provider (Bell).
Now, Telus has had a reputation in the past of having poor coverage, but it looks like I'm in the middle of 3 close cell towers, so that's not a huge factor, but something to consider. The thing that Telus does better is customer retention. Bell is pretty inflexible except when you have leverage (like I do now), and rarely offers extras/discounts. Telus offers extras, discounts and freebies for long-term customers. What I'm mainly looking for is cost, and data. I'm not too concerned with minutes, as I don't use them much, and I also don't plan on doing many img/video texts.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help me choose which one I should choose. Here's a grid that summarizes the two plans.
I'm Back!...and more powerful than you could possibly imagine!
So, almost a month ago my computer's HDD died. Now, my computer has served my faithfully for almost 9 years, and I was sure that I just needed to reinstall Windows and that would fix it. However, I've got a great summer job which equals a bit more spending cash, so I thought, it's time for a new one.
Last time, I made the mistake of buy a pre-built computer, and got a sub-par (IMHO) machine (P4, no hyper-threading, 2 ram slots, no AGP slot, etc.), so this time I figured I'd build my own. And let me tell you, it's WAY cheaper than buying one from the store. Here's a run down of what I got for $1100 + tax:
Intel Core i7 Quad Core 875K (Unlocked) - 2.93 GHz HT, 8MB Cache ASUS P7P55D Pro Motherboard, DDR3, Dual Channel Max 16GB, 3xPCI-X, 2xPCI, SLI/Crossfire 4GB (2x2GB) Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 CL8 Memory Coolermaster Sileo 500 ATX Tower Case w/500w PSU WD Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" SATA HDD w/64MB Cache 2x ASUS 24x SATA DVD Writer Nmedia Card Reader w/ eSATA, Firewire EVGA Geforce 9500GT 550MHz, 512MB DDR2 w/ Dual DVI out + HDTV out (S-Video) Coolermaster HyperTX Aluminum 3-heatpipe CPU Cooler MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Note: including case, media bay and MB, I have a total of 12x USB 2.0, 4x eSATA, and 2x Firewire. Internally (on MB), 3x USB, 6x SATA. In addition to the 1TB HDD, I put in my old 500GB and 120GB HDDs from my old comp (as I thought, data's all intact, just wouldn't boot), and a 1TB eSATA docked HDD, for a total of 2.62 TB.
I got all this last Thursday and have spent the last few days setting up and installing like mad, which is why I've been absent.
Part two of my most expensive month ever: My sister came back from Japan in March and wants her Wii back, so I bought a snazzy new Black Wii. About two days after that, my good friend Fungster informed me that he was going to get a 360 Slim and would sell me his old one for $150 with a few games. How could I refuse?
Anyway, my brother told me the other day about a Rogers Video (rental store) near my place that's going out of business, so all used DVDs are 3 for 1, and all new items are 50% off. So I stupidly ventured over there and picked up a few DVDs:
Up in the Air The Informant Sherlock Holmes F4: Rise of the Silver Surfer Robot Chicken Star Wars 2 DC Superhero Adventures (Filmation) Next Avengers Stargate: Continuum Watchmen: Director's Cut ($3.99!!!) Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li (Don't laugh. It was free and Kristen Kreuk's hot) Push The Spirit In the Loop Burn After Reading Inglourious Basterds Planet Hulk Fight Club Hellboy 2: The Golden Army Ferris Bueller's Day Off Garden State
And then, if that wasn't enough, I was just about to leave when I spotted the video game wall. All the good Wii stuff was gone, but I managed to get Elite Beat Agents and Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades for the DS, and the following for my "new" 360:
Headset Dragon Age + Expansion Halo Wars Iron Man 2 Timeshift Prototype Incredible Hulk
All for 50% off.
*sigh* Good thing my summer job pays well (better than Erok?) I'll have it payed off in a month.
Captain America Returns!Well, here we are, three years to the day of the death of Private Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America. Three years since the news rocked the nation that Captain America had died. I don't think there's been a fictional character whose death cause more international news that Steve did.
His death caused the world to pause and think. About what he stood for; about what America stood for; about what America stands for now.
And now, three years later, he has returned. In an expertly crafted tale by Ed Brubaker (and, if you believe the rumours, stolen by Grant Morrison for his Batman story), Steve was sent hurling through time, reliving some of his greatest and darkest moments, to finally return to the present, in time to rescue Tony Stark, the Iron Man.
And it's only fitting that as Captain America helped unify the original Avengers and push Marvel into the Bronze Age of comics, that he would return just in time to help usher in Marvel's new era: The Heroic Age.
Marvel's transition story, Siege, brings together again the "Big Three:" Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, as Norman Osborn and the American Government wage war on Asgard. This story promises to bring about some big changes in the structure of the Marvel Universe (deemed the "Heroic Age"), and though Steve has stated that he doesn't want to don the Red, White and Blue again, I'm sure Marvel has great plans for him.
5 Year AnniversarySo, it was 5 years ago today that I became a member of the Rooster Teeth Community. Really, I was a part of it before that, when the site was still bland and white, before accounts, sponsors, journals, and groups. But it was on this day, 2004, shortly after the community site was launched, that I signed up for an account.
A lot has happened here for me in the last 5 years. I've made several friends, even some in my city, and talked to several others via Skype. I helped found the Comic Book Movies thread, probably THE largest thread in all the forums, if you take into account we are on our fourth thread due to the old thread page bug. I joined the music group, Awesome On Its Own. I have attended 2 out of 3 RvB CanWests, and met Kathleen, Geoff, Joel, Luke, Nico, and Becca. I have been a guest several times on Retcast, a podcast that rose from the CBM thread. I've had countless arguments and discussions about Comic Books. And I have gotten 4 friends hooked on RvB.
All in all, a great 5 years. I regret nothing. Here's to another 5 years!