I posted in a previous journal that I was working on the website for the magazine my buddy and I have and I can now announce that it is ONLINE! You can find it here: www.healthandleisureonline.com It still needs a few tweeks (the ads on the advertisers page are only rough placeholders that I made in about an hour and we have a lot more advertisers than that) and one of the files isn't really there if you click to download it but it is finally done! Not too shabby from a guy who has never really built a website from the ground up. Other than some stock photography, that entire site is built by me. Fortunately the boys and girls at Microsoft did a pretty bang-up job with Expressions Web, their replacement for Frontpage and it made my job a lot easier. The scary thing is, I probably only scratched the surface of what the program can do, especially after its companion program Expressions Design comes out. We are planning on keeping this site for the rest of the year and we will do a redesign possibly for our 1st anniversary in Jan '08. That will give me some time to learn the program more and develop some more artwork. Anyway, take a look at the site, you can even download .pdf versions of the magazines, and tell me what you think about both the magazine and the website. I would appreciate any comments, feedback, advice that you guys may have. Thanks.
12 years agoImpavide117
12 years agoImpavide117
Just a quick note to say na-na-na-na to all you out there who wish you were going to see The Police for their reunion tour but won't be. I on the other hand got some sweet tickets for their 17 July show here in Detroit! I didn't pay the $227 for the floor seats but got some great full view seats in the lower bowl of The Palace (where the Pistons play). Don't worry though, I'm sure they will do a farewell tour part 2 after they make their boatloads of money off of this one (money has a way of overshadowing any petty animosities Sting and the boys may have for each other).
PS To those of you born after 1984, The Police is the band that Sting was the frontman for before he went solo. In case you don't know who Sting is, ask your mother and while you are at it, ask her about tantric sex !
12 years agoImpavide117
Again I appologize for the quick on and offs lately and not posting much but I really have been doing a lot lately. In my journal a couple of months ago I talked about working on the magazine that my buddy and I are starting. Well, it is finally off the ground and we just published our second issue! We got rave reviews from the first issue and a lot of people took notice and hopefully with this latest bunch of advertisers on board, we may actually go into the black! Here are the covers from the two issues we have out:
We have the placeholder still on the website ( www.healthandleisureonline.com ) though now I am responsible for putting together the site so it is going to take a while before the whole thing is up and running. One cool thing though is that I went to Chicago two weeks ago for the launch of Microsoft's Expressions suite wich has the replacement for Frontpage in it. The whole suite hasn't launched yet but Expressions Web which is the replacement is out and they gave us a free copy of the software (I get the whole suite for free when it launches this spring which will retail for about $500 so I thought that was a pretty sweet deal)! It is a really cool program and I can't wait to see what it can do. Well, I hope you all are doing well. If you are in the Detroit area, look at your local Borders or Vitamin Shoppe (or any of the other 300 distribution points we have) and pick up a copy of the magazine. Catch ya all later.
12 years agoImpavide117
Short journal today. I picked up a stand and a 'body form' (not a mannequin since they are expensive) off of eBay for a steal and I now have my Darth Vader costume as a decoration for my command center.
It scares the hell out of my wife though every time she comes down into the basement in the dark. I think it looks hella cool and is much better than leaving it in its box all year. I don't think I'm going to wear it again for several years since I wore it two Halloweens in a row, and everybody was like "Yeah, yeah, we saw this LAST year!". I told my wife that I need to save up for a set of the Master Chiefs' MJOLINIR armor from the Nightmare Studios guys! That would be sweet!!!!
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Yes that is me. I'm a PIMP! What did I get my little greasy hands on this morning? You guessed it, a PS3!!!!!
Wooot! That would be the third console that I have gotten on launch day (PS2, Xbox 360, and the PS3). The PS3 is not for me though, I got it for my father. Yes my 56 year old dad is as big a gamer as me (hell, he has even more games than I do). I got him hooked when I gave him my PS1 when I got my PS2. He now has a PS2 himself (he is actually on his second since he played the first to death). I don't want a PS3 for myself. I played it in Best Buy and I didn't think that it was all that great. Certainly not as great as Sony would have you think. It may a few extra ponies under the hood (but not as many as they first let on), but if you think the Xbox was bulky, this sucker is a 11 pound behemoth! Also, all the games that are coming out for the PS3 that I want are also coming out for the 360. Plus with my new Halo faceplate, my 360 is all pretty now.
I just hope they come out with some skins for the sides so it is all that nice Halo blue. Anyway, just thought I would share. The lesson to be learned from my pimpdom is that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. I have always been buds with my local gamestore employees. I bring them little goodies even when I don't want anything and magically when they have something you want, they help you out. Be nice to your local gamestore team and they will take care of you.
12 years agoImpavide117
I don't mean to go off on a rant here, but when did we cease being Americans and instead became Protestant-anglo-bible thumping-gay hating-neoconservative-republican-but still likes puppys or Atheist-hippy radical dope smoker-bleeding heart-hug a tree-raise your taxes-no war-but kill the damn republicans? What the hell is it with the us versus them mentality within our own borders? Yeah it's us vs them, meaning Americans vs the world, we shouldn't be having this fight at home.
I know it is old news but the the vehemence with which we will attack people who are our neighbors and fellow citizens has just reached a snaping point for me. I have always disliked election time but this year is the worst I have ever seen. Everyone throwing around words like radical and terrorist and they aren't talking about the people trying to kill us in the middle east, but instead are talking about their the other candidate! I'm not kidding about the terrorist thing, I heard it on the radio today.
I think that this is where the whole world-wide-web has really kicked us in the teeth. Sure it gives us access to knowledge from around the world, recipes for cookies just like your mom made, and lots and lots of naked pictures of people (that's the part I like), but it has also made it too easy for people to cluster into little groupthink circles and never get an outside idea into their group. You will never think you are wrong if no one ever talks to you about other possibilities before your group cements it into your head. I mean any whack-job can now make a site for people who like watching funny videos made from a wildly popular video game and you can see what kind of trouble that breeds!
No really, when I was growing up and especially for my parents, you had three TV stations and if you didn't like what was on, you read a book or you went outside and played or hung out with friends. Now-a-days you sign onto your chat room for short-male-brown haired-pedophiles-who like Stargate Atlantis (aren't they all a little F'ed up? Stargate fans, I mean) and chat about how if you controlled it all you would kill, literally kill, those damn bastards who were slagging you on the tall-female-redhead-lesbian-Battlestar galactica forum! Instead of being one great big US (as in U.S. of A) we have become an US, meaning we only feel we belong to this sub-sub-niche group and everyone else is out to get us or destroy our way of life.
People may say that the information boom has led to amazing discoveries and people learning about cultures they never knew existed, and that is true but it has also led to discovering a lot of hate for people you never knew existed. The world is a smaller place now. I don't know if the is necessarily a good thing. Instead of being free on the range, we are now crammed into a tiny loft apartment with the smelly guy next door, the gal who laughs like a horse, and various others whom we used to be able to keep at a nice comfortable distance from ourselves. Good fences make for good neighbors.
Now I'm not saying everyone is like this, because half of it is hype from the media to make us think we have to be part of such-and-such group or that this group is REALLY weird and not just a little weird. I really think that 80% of the country really just wants to put in a decent days work, make a decent pay, have a full belly, and get lucky now and then (hopefully now and not then). It is the other 20% that is going to be the death of us all. Why? Because they are the ones fired up enough to do something crazy or actually do anything at all. That is why I'm asking everyone to get fired up a little and vote (if you can) and vote with your head, not your emotions, and certainly not based on what the knuckleheads with the big campaign dollars say. Look into the issues and vote what you know is right for you. Vote for the person who represents you best. If we all get out there, perhaps the 80% can help water down the crazy 20% and we can keep everything going for a while longer.
That's my two-cents. I could be wrong.
12 years agoImpavide117
Damn you all and your tippy-tappy little fingers! I mean, cÃ¢â‚¬â„¢mon people, really? I spent almost seven hours last night cleaning out the rape-fest that was my alert box. I guess that is what I get for not signing on to RvB for longer than a minute for the last six months. I also missed my 15 min of fame as Featured User damnit! Though Veela was nice enough to take this screenshot for me.
So why the hell did I only now reappear two weeks ago after a six month hiatus? Well like I said in my last journal, I have been really busy! I launched a new drug with my company (inhaled insulin) and that involved a lot of studying, travel, and just plain work. I also have been busy with THIS, which has taken up all the rest of my time, with the exception of two vacations in there. I have helped start up a magazine with a buddy of mine. He actually started this magazine several years ago in Florida and ran it for about five years before he had to shut it down when he moved up here. It won several awards and is a really great magazine and I helping him start it up here in Michigan. The website isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t much yet (just a placeholder really) but it will be a lot more very soon. It is not just a webzine but will also have a circulation of 50,000 issues throughout the tri-county area. Our first issue will launch in December. I am a senior editor for the magazine and also do a quite a bit of ad sales. I have my own column called Ã¢â‚¬ËœGadgets and GearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ which basically highlights new gadgets and gear for both heath/fitness as well as leisure, thus it is a good fit for the magazine. I have this column because basically I have more toys than God (though he does have THE Universal Remote, though IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m waiting for them to work out some of the bugs Ã¢â‚¬"war, poverty, Paris Hilton- before I buy it) and I enjoy writing about them. I also do some other articles as a staff writer and have ghost-written a couple of articles for a few of our contributors (they just add their own Ã¢â‚¬ËœflavorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to them). The magazine is free so we make all our money off of ad sales. I actually enjoy selling the ads a heck of a lot more than drugs since I really want to see this baby get off the ground and I really believe in this magazine.
Also, I was really burned out on RvB. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get me wrong, I love you guys but I was on here WAAAYYY too much (though not as much as some of you). It wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you, it was me. I needed some me time to find myself and find out what I really wanted out of lifeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ yeah. My wife also thought I was spending a little too much time on the site but she was too nice to say so. I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be on the site as much as I used to but far more than I have been for the last six months. Needless to say I have a lot more stuff on my plate, but I missed you guys and all the fun we had on here. Enough of the sappy stuff or else armeav8r is going to ask me to be in his little black book!
Enough about me, how about you? I see several of you had some really great things happen. Armeav8r got a new job and his daughter turned 21, BooYaaLefty got back from Iraq and got engaged, Gael got commissioned as a 2Lt in the Air Force, and both Spacenomyous and camknows PCSed back from Europe and are back in the States. Some of you also had some tragedies which I was very sad to hear about but I hope that you all are doing well now.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m looking forward to catching up with all you guys and I will try to be on at least twice a week for a little while. Glad to be back and I will talk/write to you all soon.
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OK, the a**hole (that would be me), would like to say sorry to all his friends who have sent messages to him over the last several months asking 'where are you' and 'what's up' and not giving them replies. I was checking in every once in a while just to keep the alert box from rolling into another screen.
So no, I'm not dead, though I might have been abducted by aliens (there are a few days that I don't remember and my butt was sore afterwards and I hope it was an alien anal probe and not something else). I have just been insanely busy (OK, like who isn't nowadays? I'm not looking for sympathy, I know it is in the dictionary between Sh*t and Syphilis.) I traveled the most I ever have with my company over the last 6 months, I went on two vacations, started a magazine with a buddy of mine, have been writing for that magazine so that we can launch on time, and to be absolutely truthful... I was a little burned out on RvB.
So I'm back, probably not as much as I was before the abduction but more than the last several months. I am super bummed that I missed my day of glory as featured user but I got a lot of friend requests from some cool people and I look forward to getting to know them better. To my old friends, thanks for sticking it out and not deleting me from your friend list.
I will be on later and will amaze you with tall tales of my adventures of late and I look forward to going blind on the overflow of updates on all your pages. Tonight though I will be glued to my TV watching the triumphant return of Battlestar Galactica! (This was actually all timed between me and SciFi network to drum up buzz for the show with both of us coming back on the same day! )
13 years agoImpavide117
OK, so I get the call last Sunday telling me that I would be able to pick up my copy of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion on Monday (a day sooner than I expected), and my week just got better from there. In case you have been living under a rock for the last two years, here is a glimpse at this incredible game.
I have actually stood here at this spot and it looks even better than the picture can show, since it has all the motion of the foliage and water as well. See that mountain in the background? You can climb all the way to the top. I did that on another snow capped mountain on the other side of the valley and even found a nice treasure bag the designers left for me.
Walking around in the forest is probably one of the coolest things in the game. In Morrowind, the forests seemed kind of dead, here they are briming with life. You can be just walking along and a trio of deer will come bounding out of the woods in front of you and then run on their merry way.
This is just an example of the dungeons you can find.
I have been playing it for the last 5 days and all I can say is... Wow! If you want to see a next-gen game, you don't have to look any further. The only thing that is a little ugly (and that is like saying Elle McPherson is a little ugly next to Gisele Bundchen) are the character faces. But they are so cool in that you can completely customize your character's face and all the NPCs look different (rather than being the same character model in different clothes). The moment I stepped out of the first dungeon that you start in and looked around outside, I literally had to pick my jaw up off the floor. I saw the before mentioned mountain top in the distance and I wondered is that just a background or can I actually GO there. Yep, you can go there. If you can see it, you can stand on it (with the exception of the tops of the buildings, there is no levitation spell in Oblibvion ). If you liked Morrowind, you will really like this game. I will say though that they have done some changes to the gameplay that make it a little harder but probably in a good way. It is a hell of a lot easier to get on the wrong side of the law, though it will let you know if you are going to be a bad boy or elf. Also now you have to have a little bit of skill to pick a lock with the minigame for chests and doors. All in all, this is a must buy game.
Here are some thoughts on some other games I have played since my last review:
Tons of fun. I'm not normally a driving game fan, but the different race modes, especially the crashbreaker mode (where you have to use a little physics and planning to find the optimum place to crash into a bunch of moving cars to create the biggest pile-up you can), make for a really fun game. Mulitplayer is OK except that any lag can really mess with your objectives since you are supposed to take out the other cars and they can sometimes jump all over the place. Oh well. Still a blast to play.
I thought this game sucked. I checked it out since it was the first game that OXM gave a perfect 10, but while the graphics are awesome, it just doesn't make up for silly controls. Feels too much like a button-mashing game to me and I hate those. Oh well.
Friggin rules! I wasn't a huge fan of the previous Ghost games, because I don't like having to rely on my AI counterparts to win, but this game owns! You get to do a lot more stuff on your own, and your team is a lot easier to control and they are a hell of a lot smarter. Also, the graphics are just awesome. This is also an example of a good next-gen game. I was sad (a little) when I had to pull this out of my 360 to put in Oblivion (I got over it though).
Had this one pre-ordered and was supposed to pick it up today but I canceled it instead. Played the demo last night on the 360 (was surprisingly easy to download a 650mb demo through Live!), and I was so disappointed. I have been looking forward to this game since I first saw the gameplay footage on GameSpot but I just was not impressed. The graphics are nice, but nothing really great. The two killers for me though were the voice acting (when you shoot down the Germans they say stupid shit like "Mein Gott, I have been shot down by an American, the Fuhrer will be so upset! and other stupid crap like that. I hear from the review that the Japanese voices are almost racist). The other thing was the complete lack of a HUD. I'm flying a damn plane at least give me my altitude and airspeed! It also does a horrible job of highlighting targets. There are no arrows or anything, you just have to hold down the 'camera' button and it swivels your view to show you where your next target is in relation to you. While this might be considered 'realistic' in some ways, it sucks when you don't have a 'realistic' view out of your canopy! This is a weekend renter!
Anyway, that is my 360 update for now. I'm looking forward to picking up Far Cry Insticts: Predator next week and Tomb Raider and the 360's BF2 on 11 April. Will let you all know how those games are. Gotta get back to Oblivion, I can't believe I wasted all this precious game time.
13 years agoImpavide117
Woot! Turns out they are going to be releasing a grapic novel with several stories in it this July. Here is the report (from Gamespot) and a sneak peak at the stories (from Bungie).
Marvel handling Halo comic
All-new stories of Bungie's sci-fi universe set to land in graphic novel form; Moebius, Simon Bisley, among the artists lending their talents to the book.
Like a galaxy-wide plague of The Flood, the spread of Bungie's first-person shooter Halo into new forms of media appears nigh-unstoppable. Books and music CDs are already on store shelves, Peter Jackson is producing the feature film based on the license, and now Marvel Comics is bringing the license to comic books.
Marvel and Bungie today announced that the comics giant responsible for Spider-Man, the X-Men, and a host of other superheroes will be publishing a graphic novel anthology of tales set in the Halo universe. The 128-page full color volume is set for release in July.
Few details have been revealed about the stories included, but Marvel has said they will feature signature characters and weapons and be set against a backdrop involving the alien races of the Covenant and the Flood. Perhaps more interesting to comic fans is the roster of talent secured to put words and images on the page. Beyond renowned French comics artist Moebius, the Halo graphic novel will also feature the talents of Phil Hale, Ed Lee, Tsutomo Nihei, Jay Faerber, Andrew Robinson, Simon Bisley, and Lee Hammock. There will also be a selection of gallery pages from both professional comic artists and Bungie's internal art team.
"The chance to give our faithful fans something this special was a chance we had to jump at," Bungie studio manager Harold Ryan said. "Re-exploring the Halo universe with some of our favorite comic book artists and writers--indeed, some of the greatest of all time--was a true labor of love and we couldn't have picked a better partner than Marvel to help us achieve our vision."
That vision might be achieved several times over. Marvel has signed an exclusive deal with Bungie for the comic rights to the Halo series, and has promised that additional projects based on the license are in the works.
By Brendan Sinclair -- GameSpot
Halo Graphic Novel Cover
The cover is by mega-crayon-meister Phil Hale. This is a preliminary treatment and the final cover may vary. Phil Hale's elegant, dramatic pose of the Master Chief shows him leaping backwards through the air, while taking out an unseen opponent. An understated mixture of tension and movement.
The Last Voyage of the Infinite Succor
Art by Simon Bisley
Story by Lee Hammock
When communications from a Covenant agricultural support ship are mysteriously terminated, an Elite Commander and his squad of Special Forces are sent to investigate. What they find is a peril more deadly and terrifying than any Human threat.
- The brilliant, almost gaudy palette of Simon Bisley makes the perfect setting for an Elite incursion into a Flood infested agricultural ship.
Pencils by Andrew Robinson
Colors by Ed Lee
Story by Jay Faerber
The only way to test Spartan armor, is to send a Spartan. The question is what's really being tested? The power of the Mjolnir Mark VI battle armor, or the mettle of the ODSTs trying to find its weaknesses?
- Ed Lee's dynamic, anime-inspired iteration of the Spartan armor makes for a refreshing take on the hardcases and hardware of the Halo universe.
Art and story by Tsutomu Nihei
One of the untold tales from Halo is Sergeant Johnson's escape from the clutches of the Flood menace. Now's the time to reveal how the UNSC's toughest marine got out of an inescapable trap.
- Tstutomo Nihei's vision of Sgt Johnson is visceral, rich with tone and color and perfectly captures the brooding menace of the Flood.
Second Sunrise Over New Mombasa
Art by Jean "Moebius" Giraud
Story by Brett Lewis
Fighting a war isn't just shipping men and machines to distant worlds. There are subtler, more dangerous fights taking place on the streets of New Mombasa, and in the hearts and minds of men.
- Legendary artist Moebius takes an intriguing look at the bright lights and big city of a pre-invasion New Mombasa and does so with typical Moebius flair and imagination.
Sweet. Also, the Halo Soundtrack part two should be coming out soon. They will announce the date this week sometime. That is all.
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