shows worth watching on normal, shit TV.
Why is calculus 2 so much harder than calculus 1? Is it because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the sequel, as in calc 2: the revenge? You know, some awful moniker attached to let you know it will be awful.
There is a show on NBC, on Monday nights, called Journeyman. This is the only thing on network TV, aside from Heroes, that is worth watching. The lead role is played by Kevin McKidd. He was Vorenous on Rome. Once you get passed his trying to sound plain and American, He is great.
Halo 3 sound track = coolest soundtrack ever.
Why are you still reading this? Go watch that cool as fuck show. And we all know how cool fuck can be. . .
11 years agoWAYRAD
shows worth watching on normal, shit TV.
11 years agoWAYRAD
I have been plugging along. That is it. I have not written a damn thing since my last journal post. If you care, I have taken over my job/office/industry to the point that I am required to create training sessions, and manage the company fully. Around August 16th-ish I began my own living hell. I Had a Chem class Saturday and Sunday for eleven hours per day for five weeks. All the while, I was working 40 hours per, while taking Calculus 1 in eight weeks Tuesday and Thursday 5pm-9:30pm. I earned a B in each class. Because of my performance, in the face of what I consider hell, I decided to take Calc 2 in the second half of this semester. I have completely given up on a social life. Currently I have around 45hrs of work per week and Monday/Wednesday classes 5pm-9pm. Fantastic. All the while, I am in direct control of a multi-million dollar company. My stress level prevents me from being creative. That is the best excuse I have for not writing a journal entry in several months. If you are still here after reading this garbage, allow me to pontificate on subjects I have had opinions on in the past few months.
What the fuck just happened?
I hate Halo 3 detractors. For all the nay-saying, the game DID turn out great. If you know me, that is underwhelming. I should have used seven or so adjectives if it was the greatest thing ever. I love the campaign. The multi-player is far better than that shit in H2. My criticism comes in with the campaign story line.
I understand that Cortana had the index the whole time. Apparently, she and the Chief are pseudo in-love. One problem, what happened to the powerful AI on the ship Truth and the Chief took off on? Where is all the fancy AI that causes enemies and compatriots alike to kick over tables and such to create cover? Where was the shield ship? Things that were promised in H2 never made it into H3. I suppose Jason Jones and the rest of Bungie getting away from Microsoft will be a good thing. I do demand better from what is an epic story. Maybe the next best thing from Bungie wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be rushed, and have an incomplete story line.
John From Cincinnati
What in the fuck is everyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s problem?! Have you ever heard of writing? The same individual that wrote the dialogue for Deadwood wrote this series. Say what you will about the vulgarity, but Deadwood was a lesson in the English language. John from Cincinnati was an evolution of that amazing writing. The dialogue is incredibly complex and that seems to be the sticking point. If you have watched the program, I ask, what have you noticed? Did you pick up on the coded message in JohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s speech? Have you picked up on the things that are repeated and not? Ever notice John never repeats himself while speaking to Mitch? Even the god damn intro music is tied to the shows message. I suppose you havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t because you are a part of the dim-witted public that rejected one of the best programs to come along in years because you didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get it. Thank you very much America.
That is all.
12 years agoWAYRAD
In the months leading up to the release of Halo 3, we have been inundated with marketing gimmicks involving the Halo license/name. In the spirit of the H3 special edition Zune and 360, Todd McFarlane figurines, limited edition Mountain Dew beverage (with extra caffeine), Japanese Kubrick figures, and the several iterations of the game itself, I would like to throw my name into the hat of money grubbing bastards.
I would like to officially offer twenty, no forty, dollars to Microsoft to license the Halo brand and all of the characters held within. My proposal is to create products featuring the Halo brand. It will be a fitting and beneficial relationship to each independent productÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s individuality. I will list some of my preliminary ideas for Halo branded items.
- 343 Guilty Spark-ling Spring water. This product is essentially repackaged Arrowhead with the spherical and quirky character on the label. For the hardest of Halo fans, we will offer a special edition. This $39.95 20 oz bottle of water will be in the shape of G.S. You will drink from wherever those blue rings of light appear from and his cycloptic, blue eye will light up when you drink from him.
- Sergeant Avery JohnsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dark Chocolate Bar. Just a fantastic 2 oz bar of flavanol anti-oxidant rich dark chocolate. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“I Know What the Ladies LikeÃ¢â‚¬Â special edition will come in the shape of a heart with a sniper round of milk chocolate embedded in it. Give it to your gaming girl, and when she opens the package, a microchip and speaker will say bad pickup lines (preformed by David Scully, the voice of Sgt. Johnson).
- CortanaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Children Anti-Rampancy Medication Randomizer. This will be marketed to parents with obnoxious kids that we all hate on XBL. It will contain a mishmash of Zoloft, Ritalin, Zanex, Lexapro, Celexa, in the hopes of zoning out the little fuckers long enough for some of us older player to win, goddamn it.
- The Index. Anyone who has played the game series knows this iconic plot device that is the key to the HaloÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s destructive power. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to give away my top secret plans for this product now, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll give you a hint. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m thinking, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll slide some C-cell batteries in something shaped very similarly (special edition will glow green, only $120 more) and, *ahem* it could be a fantastic back massager. It is a mature rated title after all . . .
Sad thing is, I would buy some of this shit.
EDIT: I deleted the argument that has been going on in here so others that may want to post (as I have been told) donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t shy away because of all the anger.
12 years agoWAYRAD
So, I'm back. I flew in earlier today. I went from 78 degrees to 108. WTF?! Sometimes I question why I live here.
I had a blast. I ate so much local food I will be doing crunches for weeks. If anyone is headed to Colorado Springs, I suggest The Garden of the Gods and Seven Falls. The falls are the best. I do recommend bringing proper foot attire (there are a lot of steps to the top). I will put up pictures shortly.
In the mean time, let's play: what's that excerpt? 10 mods to the first person to tell me where this came from. I have not read this book in eight years. It is amazing how time can make the words in a book that much more meaningful. I'm about a hundred pages from the end. This seemed the most applicable, today.
What? I needed something to read on the plane.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ah yes, [life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness]... Life? What Ã¢â‚¬ËœrightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to life has a man who is drowning in the Pacific? The ocean will not hearken to his cries. What Ã¢â‚¬ËœrightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to life has a man who must die to save his children? If he chooses to save his own life, does he do so as a matter of Ã¢â‚¬ËœrightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢? If two men are starving and cannibalism is the only alternative to death, which manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right is Ã¢â‚¬ËœunalienableÃ¢â‚¬â„¢? And is it Ã¢â‚¬ËœrightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢? As to liberty, the heroes who signed the great document pledged themselves to buy liberty with their lives. Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost. The third Ã¢â‚¬ËœrightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢?Ã¢â‚¬'the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœpursuit of happinessÃ¢â‚¬â„¢? It is indeed unalienable but it is not a right; it is simply a universal condition which tyrants cannot take away nor patriots restore. Cast me into a dungeon, burn me at the stake, crown me king of kings, I can Ã¢â‚¬Ëœpursue happinessÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ as long as my brain livesÃ¢â‚¬'but neither gods nor saints, wise men nor subtle drugs, can insure that I will catch it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And (quoted in the same book)
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
P.S. Wussie if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get this, there is something wrong with the country.
12 years agoWAYRAD
I am out of here for a while. By while, I mean late the 4th. I am off to go see a broad I used to date, when she lived here in Tucson. She is in Colorado Springs now.
I am thanking God, Yahweh, Newton's mechanical god of physics principals, or whatever the hell is in charge to be free of this shitty heat for a few days. It has been around 107 here every day for a week or so. There it is about 80 during the day and 55-ish at night, yeah.
Question: Should I buy the tickets for Comic Con online, or should I try something as stupid as attempting to get them at the door the day of? That day being the Saturday (July 28), which is the only full day I could attend. Wussie would be best suited to answer I'm sure.
I'm looking forward to meeting the RT staff, visiting the San Diego Dave and Busters, and Dick's Last Resort (the greatest bar/restaurant ever). Comment and I'll get back to you before I leave tomorrow around one-ish. Beyond that, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see you people in a few days.
12 years agoWAYRAD
So the Deadliest Catch just ended another addictive season on Discovery. Sig and Edger Hansen are badasses. I heart those Norwegian, Viking looking, gruff bastards. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even mind when Edger gets the urge to cut out and eat the still beating heart of a Bering Sea Cod. To bad there will be no decent TV on for a while. At least if I want to hear Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs will be back on next week. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always funny when he gets attacked by ostriches or thrown into some other lovely situation. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re on now telling sea-stories and drinking, good stuff.
12 years agoWAYRAD
Incase anyone cares, It would seem that a new ARG has started involving the Halo Universe. Some people received emails from MS with a poem and most importantly a glyph. It is one of the symbols that were scattered about in Halo: CE and Halo 2. Shortly after this, bungie.net forums were stirred up with the cryptic messages from a new member by the name of AdjutantReflex. Then AR started posting messages on halo.bungie.org with similarly eerie word choices. There is a pseudo-animated comic attached to halo3.com and mentions of a mystery in Africa in the Sunday newspaper advertisements. There are UFO websites popping up and protesters in at least 3 major world cities (Vancouver B.C., New York, and London). The thing that links all of this together is the glyph and Africa. Here is a link to HBOÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new ARG site with all of the info (timeline, AR posts, pictures, and links to all the related sites).
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s I Love Bees all over again, but a little more complex this time. There is page with a countdown timer that will run out in about three days, should be interesting. Major marketing campaign FTW!
12 years agoWAYRAD
The following is an article off of engadget.com. I love that Sony is stumbling so badly.
It's not like we didn't see it coming or anything what with Sony's game division -- home of the PS3 -- recently posting a $1.91 billion loss for the year. But man, our hearts go out to those whose jobs at Sony Computer Entertainment are now on the chopping block. Thing is, Sony, while announcing plans to cut jobs in the US, is only turning the screw deeper by not providing any details. The move comes as Sony struggles to keep up with Nintendo which again snagged top-honors for the 4th consecutive month in the US market: 360,000 Wiis sold to the PS3's 82,000 while Microsoft sold 174,000 Xbox 360s. The gap between the Wii and PS3 sales in Japan is just as bad, if not worse. Fortunately for Sony, their Bravia LCD TVs, VAIO computers, and Handycams are all doing well enough to (mostly) offset the PS3 related losses. We'll have to wait and see if Sony's summer game catalog, bigger disks, and possible price cuts can reverse SCE's fortunes.
12 years agoWAYRAD
And here is an article I wrote about three years ago (not published). I mentioned it to Kylsie after she posted her article (published). It was a long-winded mess then and still is. I thought I would finally put it up, as I had said at the time. Enjoy! (or just try to)
For the past few years the media and our government officials have been busy addressing the controversy over inappropriate material in popular media. Who could forget the infamous wardrobe malfunction at last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Super Bowl. As this year is nearing its close, we are faced with an offensive mini game in the infamous Grand Theft Auto(GTA): San Andreas video game. Both of these pop culture conversation pieces deal with sexually explicit material. Interest groups, media, and governmental agencies would have you think of them as the same. This mode of thinking is flawed. The cases differ in expectations and abilities to control content flow.
There are certain expectations when turning on the Super Bowl. The teams run on the field with over produced entrances. Kick off, followed by four quarters of a competitive game. Then victory speeches, and if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re lucky someone answers a question with Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to Disneyland!Ã¢â‚¬Â This is all anyone wants out of their TV on Super Bowl Sunday. Notice in my above list there is no mention of the half time show. No one actually wants to see that, right? Regardless, we get it shoved down our TV tubes.
Enter Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Justin had to tear JanetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top off to reveal one breast with a nipple covering. The next day it was all you heard about. In fact it was the most downloaded image off of the internet. Immediately after this, every special interest group and the FCC were out for blood.
As much as it pains me to say it, they were all right. When some football loving parent out in TV land sat down with their kids that day, there was no way of knowing that was a part of the show. There was no way to self-censor.
Janet and her little friend broke the rules, and the peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s trust with that type of content. Viacom inc., the parent company of CBS, was hit with a $550k fine as a result.
There are certain expectations one has turning on a video game titled Grand Theft Auto. Pick up the controller, turn on the console, and let the carnage begin. Everything goes in this open-ended environment. It will be a nonstop, law breaking marathon; that is all we know for sure.
GTA San Andreas was home free until June. A hacker found and activated some disabled code for a mini game not meant for anyone to play. Enter the hot coffee mod. Through a downloadable software modification you were now allowed to manipulate your onscreen avatar into having sexual relations with his in-game girlfriend. This was after you were invited into her home for coffee, hence the name. The video game publisher said it was not intended to be playable and therefore had not been mentioned to the video game industries rating group, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
With the mod on the net, the ESRB has pulled the game from shelves to be re-rated, or have the offending code removed. This may help end the current controversy in the game industry, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not the point.
The rating system as a whole is key here. On the bottom corner of every game box is a rating symbol put there by the ESRB. The ratings range from Early Childhood to Adults Only. GTAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rating has always been Mature. This means you have to be seventeen years old to play it, and in most stores to buy it. If you are too young or find the violence offensive, you are able to avoid this title with the help of the rating system. If a child canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t buy it, then someone else has to. If a child could buy it, they still have an adult looking after their interests. My question is: where are these parents? All a parent must do is spend five minutes in front of any mature title to see they really mean mature. The next step would be acting like a parent. Take the game away and be done with it, if you truly object.
Worried the kids will sneak one past you? The more advanced consoles, like MicrosoftÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s X-Box console, have parental controls built right in. In the settings screen, choose the level of content that is appropriate per your parenting style. Like something out of a bad infomercial, Ã¢â‚¬Å“You set it and forget it!Ã¢â‚¬Â
While both events involve sexually explicit material, they were brought to homes by two totally different means. JanetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s breast was sent to your TV without warning. It was a completely uncontrollable situation for parents. GTA had to be purchased and physically brought into the home. Unlike nipple-gate, this is a completely controllable situation.
TV and video game censors strive to inform parents about content. This is a necessary job in the 21st century. Their ratings are merely a guide for parents, not a magical solution. Parental responsibility is the biggest factor in play here. If you are a parent and donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what your children are watching on TV and the games theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re playing, take an interest. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll thank you some day.
If you made it to the end of this you get a star. See, there it is.
12 years agoWAYRAD
Subject: Welcome to the Halo 3 Friends and Family Public Beta!
Welcome to the Bungie Friends & Family Halo 3 beta!
In order to play the Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta, you will need an Xbox 360 with a hard drive and an Xbox LIVE Gold account.
Your beta download code is: censored!
This code will allow you to download the Halo 3 Beta to one Xbox 360 console, one time.
Instructions for installing and launching the beta are below:
1. Turn on your Xbox 360 and sign-in with your Xbox LIVE Gold account
2. Select Ã¢â‚¬Å“MarketplaceÃ¢â‚¬Â from the Xbox LIVE dashboard
3. Select the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Redeem CodeÃ¢â‚¬Â option
4. Enter a beta download code
5. Once the download completes, navigate to the Ã¢â‚¬Å“GamesÃ¢â‚¬Â blade of the dashboard
6. Select Ã¢â‚¬Å“Demos and MoreÃ¢â‚¬Â
7. Select and launch the Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta!
The initial download may take some time depending on network traffic and your own internet connection. Please be patient.
Please note that the Halo 3 beta only supports Matchmaking play over Xbox Live. You will not be able to play any custom games or play in offline/system link matches. You can, however, play with a friend in split-screen games in the Social playlists.
You can visit our website and interact with other beta participants and leave feedback for Bungie in our forum located at www.bungie.net/Forums/Halo3Beta. This forum will be active as of Friday 5/11. Staring Tuesday, 5/15, we will have a wealth of information available to give you an edge against the online competition. Bungie.net will also give you a chance to review a sampling of post-game statistics from the matches you play online.
If you have problems or need assistance please visit the Bungie.net forum listed above. Do not respond this message, the Soul isn't listening.
Thank you and have fun playing the Halo 3 Multiplayer Beta!
The Bungie Team
I received this on my bungie.net account this morning. I am a happy guy. I won a spot in that rule of three competition a few months ago. I also have Crackdown. Now, all the 360s in the house will have a Halo 3 beta on them. Hope to see some of you on the beta. If there is clan support, how about a RvB clan? I think Shibby said something about it. Let me know.
I have played it. It looks fantastic an my plasma. Love bungie.
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