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Sometimes I get this restlessness in my core that makes me want to do something creative, but then I realize I have no creative abilities!

Most people don't really think of clients as "fireable", including clients themselves... Think again. Sometimes the best thing a company can do is get rid of that problem client by giving them the boot.

I have always wanted to fly and have taken several steps towards doing just that in the past, but each time I would run out of money or something else in life would get in the way - No more.

I can suffer flying commercial to go back and forth to Texas when I need to go because it's only $300 round trip, but to have fun in the sky I can use a glider. It's more fun, safer and far cheaper that general aviation.

After my first 48 hours with the Oculus Rift; Holy crap. It's awesome. Not perfect by any stretch of the meaning, but as developer kits go it's impressive as hell. Once the final consumer version comes out, you should get one.

When your software goes from 'magic' to just another tool in your toolbox that you fully understand, then you can call yourself an expert. Until then, you have some learning to do.

It's time to remove the often obtuse vocabulary overhead required by certain UI frameworks

I started creating my main escape gear measured it to have 30 teeth and made a jig to help. Sure enough, 29 teeth.. Damn it! Math is hard!

Both of my grandfathers were darn good carpenters, and my father is too though he wont much admit it. Well apparently I do alright myself!

We decided to take a break from the unboxing/unpacking routine and ride the motorcycle to a local state park.

Now that I have my Canon 6D I need to start participating in some of the photography challenges that my brother puts on. The "I don't have a good camera" excuse apparently no longer holds water.

Something I have always wanted to do was learn to fly. When I was in the military in 1991 I had an opportunity through the USO to take advantage of a small flight training program ... Unfortunately I could not afford it.

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So a while back I had thought my WordPress install was getting exploited through some bug and decided I wanted to write my own replacement...

I realize that it's been a while since I posted to my blog and it's something that I want to be better about in new year but it's very difficult for me to get excited about anything that's going on right now.

As many of you know, I am very much my own special kind of nerd.  I enjoy doing many a'geeky thing that others wouldn't even dream of.  To be honest, I think all software engineers have to be a bit brain damaged just to do their job.

If you buy just about any product and have an issue with that product, you have a reasonable expectation of being able to take that product back and get a replacement. Not with software.

I decided to try my hand at becoming a hobby luthier (a maker of stringed instruments) and make myself something to play..    I went back and forth considering all the options and decided that for my first instrument I'd like to make a Mandolin.  

I have always been a huge fan of the turn based tactical isometric games such as Jagged Alliance, JA2, Xcom..etc..  So this new one excited me!

I played Red Faction back in 2001 when it first came out and enjoyed the heck out of it.   It was the very first game to come out with the Geo-Mod game engine which allowed for massive destruction of the game models and levels.  

I have moved my hosting off Hostgator because frankly, they suck.   My site was suffering repeated down times, crashes, database disconnects, SSH daemon crashes/hangups, ..etc..

I have been playing a lot of World of Tanks lately and I liked the look of the SU-152 so much, I thought I'd model one up!

I have a Mercedes CLK 350 and it's a pretty good car.   I'm fairly happy with it, but frankly I feel that the Mercedes COMAND system sucks and has to go..  Okay maybe "has to go" is a bit harsh, but it's sub par to be sure.

I really like the idea of community computing, or grid computing..  I've always thought it was a damn good idea and I always try to leave one running.

So in a fit of boredom last night I downloaded an indy game off Steam called "NightSky" for the low price of $9. What a great game!

I have been in the market for a new laptop for a while.  The primary machine I had was a Lenovo w500 and before that a Lenovo t42p..  But both of those machines were property of IBM, and to be honest.. crap..

I have always liked turn based strategy games.. They used to be "the" game genre, but over the years as time and technology has marched forward they have largely started to decline in  favor of more real time strategy games and first person shooters.

Easily one of my favorite movies as a kid, Tron was a movie that not only defined a generation but also began the monumental shift in the movie industry towards using computers as a tool.    Without Tron leading the way showing what could be done, many of the movies today would have never been made.

So for giggles I have been doing some Modo work this weekend.   Warhammer 40k Grot Tanks amuse me so I thought it would be fun to make one in 3D..

I really do enjoy the Call of Duty franchise..  It started out as a PC shooter back in 2003 and was pretty much heralded as the game to be or beat..  They continued with expansion after expansion and broadened their horizons to other machines.

I never played the first Force Unleashed game and I sorta regretted it as I knew several folks who said it was a pretty good game..  So I was really excited when they announced a Force Unleashed 2 for the PC... Now I'm not sure why -- it's shit.

So as a general rule, I don't vote.  I don't vote, and it's my right to do so.  Leave me alone.  Stop harassing me with mindless slogans and social pressure. I choose, to not choose.

I don't normally do book reviews but this book was so good I had to make an exception..   This book is easily some of the best candy I have had in a long time...

Acting obnoxiously on the internet is not only rude, but it's a cowardly act and you're pathetic if you behave that way.. How about you try something new for once..  Be nice..

I can't even begin to describe how awesome this is going to be..  I'm so stoked.. And I have to say, I totally called it!!

I swear every 5 or 6 months, I have another dead harddrive. It's not like I hate them or anything. I just can't keep them alive. 

Someone asked me the other day why I hadn't posted a new ramble in a while..  I don't really have a good excuse other than to say, work is killing me..

I'm really kind of frustrated at the general lack of helpful input from other people on the internet when it comes to trying to learn a new programming language.. 

Well the other day I went to pay off my card and I noticed that they bumped my APR to 29.998%...   Are you fucking kidding me?  30% APR is highway robbery.. I called them up and asked them to lower my rate and they refused.. 

So I have been in the market for an e-reader for a while.  I do a lot of reading and thought it would be darn handy to have a single device that could carry multiple books, and have the ability to order new books at any time, anywhere.

Most gamers typically play games online, download expansions or other forms of DLC, watch hulu, stream music..etc.. generally speaking, use more bandwidth than your average user who just browses the occasional website or checks email.

I really enjoy shooting..  I always have..  In the military I would go to the range every weekend and throw some rounds down range just for the pure joy of it..  And while I would sometimes shoot my pistols, I prefer rifles.. 

When will companies learn that their draconian efforts to prevent piracy only serves to hurt their paying customers which directly affects their bottom line!!

So I have been playing in the Starcraft 2 beta and to be honest, I'm not overly impressed.  It's basically the same game brought forward with some refinement..  Fine.. Those who love it can play it..

I understand brand loyalty, but Apple fanatics take it to extremes..  Buying something just because it has an Apple logo on the side is ludicrous..

So I have always liked submarines, I think they are pretty neat.  I have wanted to create a 3D sub for a while and finally decided to get started on one..

Here's my righteous opinion on the the first 15 levels of fed play and the first 12 or so of Klingon.. I only really have 2 major complaints.

Firstly, I was really worried when I found out the end game for STO would be PVP-centric.  That just doesn't really work normally for any number of reasons which I wont go into just yet..

I was tired of my original iPhone and that would be getting the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 when it came out some time later this year.   That was before I heard/read about Google's offering; the Nexus One.

So there are a lot of people, some famous, trying to get you to buy gold..  While I was in the car dealership the other day in the waiting area they had the TV playing and there was something like 10 different gold resellers trying to convince us that NOW is the time to buy gold..

So I had said previously that my musical talent ended pretty much at the ability to play the radio, and that I hated that..  I wrote that entry back in July of '08 and I still hate it..

Back in 2004 Hewlett-Packard engineer Daryl Anderson had the notion that if you can burn data on to a disc, why couldn't use use that same technology to burn the label?  And thus the LightScribe burner was born..

I have been a Skaven player since the early 1990's.  They were the second fantasy army I got into after Orcs & Goblins.  Once I found the blessing of the horned rat however, my love of all things green didn't last very long..   The Skaven were here to stay!

I ask you -- can Bioware do no wrong?  Every game of theirs that I have played, I have loved.  Neverwinter Nights was kinda "Feh" but the concept was excellent even though the editor was horrible.

On June 27th, 2007 (shortly after I got married) the iPhone came out.. I sort of waffled back and forth as to whether or not to get the iPhone or the N95.. 

The annual Halloween bash that my friend and his wife put on was a success!   Every year my friend Calvin and his wife go NUTS with Halloween.. 

I have played a lot of MMO's in my time.. I feel I have a pretty good handle on the genre and have a very good idea of what makes a game good

So my father turned 68 this year.  I thought it would be a nice gift to give him my tractor lawn mower and a few other items that I knew he could use that I simply no longer needed.   The main issue was getting the tractor to him..

Well the wife and I are back from Blizzcon..  I have to admit she had a pretty good idea of going and now that we have gone and come back I'm glad we did it..

My initial reaction to District 9, upon the movie ending was to say -- and I quote; "What the fuck was that?!"  I sort of felt like my soul had just been raped, and I was just beginning to feel the crush of information as I processed the movie I had just watched..

So Tigerdirect was having a hell of a deal on something I have sorta wanted for  a while...   I have been playing games, programming, and generally tooling around on a 20" wide screen monitor for years now.

Okay I know I'm not supposed to talk about this yet, but it's near enough to open beta that I feel I can safely talk about the game without giving anything important away -- or at the very least I think I'm safe from being sued..  (Please don't sue me..)

So a co-worker of mine showed up wearing what, at the time, I could only describe as "glove shoes".  They are sort of like water socks, where each toe has its own sleeve to fit in.

I love the Warhammer universe.  I have been an avid player of the various table top miniature games as well as the couple RPG games in the same universe.   So when Warhammer Online came out a year ago, I was stoked!

So I am going to be entering in a 40k tournament in August.  I'll be entering as an Ork player and have been tuning and playing various lists in preparation..   I have a lot left to do though.. 

While my Tau Hammerhead is coming along nicely, I needed a bit of a break from it.  I decided to model something from either the Imperial Guard or Space Marines codex.

I have been getting back into 3D modeling lately and ran into my old nemesis -- texturing!  For whatever reason, I had never really been very good at texturing.  I think a lot of that was due to the way Lightwave did textures.

Yep.. This is a World of Warcraft post.. And one in which I plan to complain to Blizzard about the recent rounds of nurfing.. But firstly let me say that Thorim is dead!  Long live Thorim.

So, on Saturday the 11th of April, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) held an awareness gathering in World of Warcraft where they killed four quest NPC's as a form of protest for the unethical killing of seals in real life.

So I wasn't terribly shocked to find a brand new penny in my hand upon receiving change for the breakfast I purchased this morning..  I was however shocked to see that they have been completely redesigned!!

So I have been asked repeatedly when am I going to get these photos posted.. I have to apologize that its taken this long.. My only real excuse is that I'm lazy..

So I have been in a the market for a new car for a while now.  I haven't really pushed for it with my wife because neither one of us really wanted a car payment and my truck, while almost 10 years old, worked just fine.

I have been playing with the jQuery animate functionality a bit today and it occurred to me that jQuery would likely be the perfect library to build a browser based game on top of..

I have been playing with the javascript library jQuery for a couple days now.. My intent is to learn the ins and out's of it for a project at work.  So far I like what I am seeing.

So I have long been a fan of the Total War franchise created by Creative Assembly..  Their games have always been pretty fun -- but most of them have been fairly buggy..

I'm generally slow to change operating systems..  When it comes to making one of those sweeping changes, traditionally I was the equivalent of an old man on his porch yelling for "you kids to get off my lawn!"   I was a curmudgeon and quite often would refuse to budge.

I love Warhammer.  I have played Warhammer table top war game both fantasy and 40k pretty much since they came out.  I also have the Warhammer fantasy role playing game, the more recent Warhammer 40k role playing game and gave the Warhammer fantasy MMO a spin.

So we have been playing a LOT of World of Warcraft of late.  I must admit I'm very much enjoying it for the most part.  But we have gotten to the point where we are farming the end game content because by and large, it's way too easy.

Mirrors Edge for the PC is a first person action-adventure puzzle game with an extremely compelling story line and quite possibly the most frustrating game play known to man.

I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of zombie thrillers, so I was hesitant about picking up the latest game from Valve; Left 4 Dead.  I just don't really get why people like zombies so much..

I'm a bit of a Sid Meier's fan -- He will likely go down in history as the king of turn based strategy games with the introduction of the Civilization franchise in the early 1990's.

So, the infamous anti-gaming crusader Jack Thompson has finally met his match in the form of the Florida Supreme Court who this week permanently disbarred him while in the background the announcer yelled "headshot" for all to see his shame..

Open world game play is all the rage. The industry has decided that linear is out and that open ended randomness is in!

So, I have always liked racing games. Grand Turismo was always my favorite franchise on the PS2 because the game was absolutely beautiful and fun to play.  However, I hated always being tied to the PS2.

The semicolon is a simple piece of punctuation, much easier to work with than the comma because it follows fairly clear rules.  If you learn the two simple rules explained here, you'll rarely go wrong.  It has two main uses, which are both easy to identify.

I used to think I hated traveling in general, but the more I ponder it the more I realize that I like to travel. ... I just don't like to fly commercial.

Shooting themselves in the foot? Mmm maybe.. I'm an avid MMO player and ever since Cryptic first announced City of Heroes back in 2002 I was in love with the idea of a super hero MMO.

I play Warhammer 40k and Warhammer Fantasy table top games. I also used to play the Warhammer fantasy role playing game when I was in highschool.. Right now I'm doing my damnedest to assemble and paint models for my new Warhammer 40k Orks Army.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is LEGEN-DARY! (er.. sorry.. wrong show).. Joss Whedon put together this little internet mini-series during the writers strike and its really very good.

So I have been pretty busy of late. Work has been on endless "crunch" period which promises to continue in this vein for the time being. It's not fun. In fact, I'm a little burned out -- No big deal though.. these things tend to cure themselves after a time..

... and that's about it. When I was in middle and high school I was in band and played everything from the trombone to the baritone and tuba but my musical aspirations sorta died there. So it's not that I don't have skill, or that I can't learn -- I just haven't.

So I find I have been playing quite a few web based games of late. And just about all of them has brought to the fore of my mind the glaring fact that there is nothing they have done that I can't do. Seriously.

Code obfuscators will strip out the unnecessary characters like white space, tabs, newlines and comments.. but that's not all.

I was asked today what my professional opinion was with regards to which graphical format to use in web design. I pondered it a bit and it occurred to me that this was a very misleading question, and showed an error in thinking.

I go on a lot of walks here in my neighborhood in order to unwind for the day.  I also like to delude myself and say its exercise but lets be honest, 3 miles every other day aint going to do much.

Spore is a multi-genre massively single-player online game designed by Will Wright and has drawn quite a lot of attention due to its massive scope and open ended game play.

City of Heroes (and thus City of Villains) is one of those sleeper games that has a lot of hidden depth. I played CoH for almost a year starting back in Feb. 2005 when it first came out. I like to refer to it as MMO Lite.

I'm starting to get upset / annoyed with Age of Conan.  Probably it's more fair to say, disappointed -- but you can only scream at your monitor for so long before disappointment spirals down into something else. 

Another console to PC port that's been out since April, Assassins Creed is a third person sneaker created by Ubisoft in which the player repeatedly delves into his genetic memory in order to assume the role of a 12th century assassin...

This game looked awesome! Everyone that played it said it was awesome and that I should rush out and get a console to play it -- so needless to say I was really annoyed that it wasn't a PC game and even more annoyed at folks telling me to buy a console..

There is no two ways about it, Steve Jobs is a pretty smart fellow, and the latest iPhone hotness just proves it.

So I can't believe I have been married for a year already! A whole year has gone by in the blink of an eye! It must be magic, cause it really went by fast and everything is still peachy..

It's interesting.. I pride myself on beta testing just about every MMO that has ever been.. So I was a little sad when for whatever reason, the gods decided to not let me into the Age of Conan beta. 

So, nothing bothers me more about Call of Duty 4 than how it and every other game, movie and .. media of choice .. misrepresent the Claymore mine.

I was asked the other day why I don't update my website more often..    A fine question, and I can only offer one answer..  I just don't want to..

I have discovered as I have gotten older, and more experienced in the ways of computing that I just don't care what operating system I use. I'm a software guy...

As many of you know I play a lot of games. Specifically PC games. You name it and there is a good chance I have played it. Lately it really does seem like games for the PC are starting to fail me.

Subluxation is a real medical term, it is an incomplete or partial dislocation of a joint or an organ. As such if you have a subluxation, a dislocated joint or organ, you need to seek real medical attention.

Recently my server came under what I can only describe as an attack. Clearly some poorly written bot was trying to slurp emails or some such and was sucking up bandwidth by repeatedly loading the same loop of pages.

As some of my close friends know, I have been shopping for a new cellphone for a while now. And those same folks will tell you that not just any phone will do, I very much prefer a "convergence device."

I am far from a linux "fanboi", in fact until recently I didn't really use linux all that much at all.. All of my games are played in WindowsXP simply because there really is no other option... or is there?

Yesterday was a hard day. Even now I get a lump in my throat thinking about it. Yesterday my long time pet, companion and friend died. She had been suffering for a while, and it was finally time to stop that suffering and let her rest. A hard day indeed.

Warcraft, I hate you! Okay I don't actually.. In fact, I think the game play is pretty good. The social aspect is pretty good, the combat is pretty good, raiding can be fun, and it's a nice mindless game to play with your friends and loved ones.. In fact, just about everything is pretty good.

So as some of you know I have been playing the hell out of Eve.. I am really enjoying the game and things are going nicely. I have created a baby combat alt on a second account that I use to PVP and generally misbehave and I'm enjoying it very much.

I fear that so many new games that are being created by small developers, like Infinity Earth, are so against creating what they call a "WoW clone" that they aren't willing to even look at some of the stuff that WoW did right.

I have been playing the hell out of Silent Hunter 3 recently.  I have always enjoyed good submarine games, which can be tough to do in an age of few good submarine games heh..    The Silent Hunter games are excellent however, and I very much look forward to getting Silent Hunter 4 -- which is out already, but I've been forbidden to purchase since Christmas is coming up..

At work I use just about nothing but Linux.  Even my IBM issued laptop is dual-bootable.. The Linux of choice I have gone with is Ubuntu..

Recently I decided it was time to upgrade both my blogging software, and my forum software.  Both are quite far behind the times, and lacking some features I'd very much like to have.

So near where I work there is a Planned Parenthood facility. It’s in a quiet little area in a very tasteful building not hurting anyone.

It’s been a while since I have posted.. and not a lot has changed.. Pretty much nothing of any importance that I can think of..

I maintain that the RIAA are a bunch of thugs and bullies with nothing better to do than harass not only you the consumer, but the artists themselves by using litigious threats and terrorist tactics to get their way.

Microsoft has yet again been a source of pain for me.. And let me say that I find it amusing that English windows does unicode better than Chinese windows.. How is that even possible?!

I really hate how in America today, and most likely the world wide, tipping is required. Tipping is no longer a gratuity...

For anyone who has ever in their life previously, or may at some point in the future, use a vertical assention device - a.k.a. an Elevator.. This rant is for you!

Well we just got back from a three day in Vegas.. It was really only about 48 hours all together and I must admit, I'm glad to be home.

So.. yet again the RIAA has decided to sue someone.. I know, shocking.. The RIAA, is suing XM for offering a device that allows people to record songs off the XM satellite service.

Some redneck jackass gets in behind me and is flashing his lights while tailgating.. Clearly I'm not going fast enough for him.

Black Toddy Coconut Palm Pen Something I used to do years ago, and have started to do again was making pens. Wood turning is a lot of fun and you can create some very pretty pens if you take the time. Here is an example of one I made - click for full image;

I first started programming on the Commodore Vic-20.. That was back in the days of hand assembling 6502 opcodes and calculating branch offsets in my head.. And I wonder why I'm brain damaged..

In an attempt to confuse any would-be reader; I have cleverly written my diary from bottom up. Ha ha!

Faith is a device of self delusion, a slight of hands done with words and emotions founded on any irrational notion that can be dreamed up. Faith is the attempt to coerce truth to surrender to whim.

I absolutely hate my legs. Not in the typical woman, "my legs are fat" or "I have tube legs" sort of way, but rather in the "I have severe restless leg syndrome (active leg syndrome) and I think they are trying to kill me" sort of way..

Sometimes I wish I were alone, out in space.. A lone trader.. Just trying to make a living.. Not bothering anyone.. More to the point, not being bothered..

I got to do something that was literally above and beyond the range of the word cool. I got to jump out of an airplane at 14,000 ft.

T-Mobile used to be a damn good mobile carrier, but their service is starting to suck. Their customer service people lie, are generally rude, and talk down to you.

I am not financial wiz-kid here. Infact, ever since my girl friend moved in, I have pushed all financial responsibility off on to her. Hey it's what she does for a living, and she's pretty good at it.

Everywhere I turn.. Advertising! It's everywhere! Right now, thanks to that damn "sober" virus out of Germany, I'm getting a crapload of German spam!

What has been solved today? Oh yeah.. You sure showed us.. What was the point? Why did thousands of people have to die? what were you trying to prove?

I got into another Software Piracy debate today.. People just don't get it. As a programmer that makes his living off the software that he writes; Its a tough thing to be stolen from in that manner.