Dear LJ Genie: Rock Band! snarkyshark2 and I need your advice on obtaining Rock Band (2?). The most advanced gaming system we own is a Playstation 1 (yes, 1!), so we need to get that, as well. What is the cheapest and best way to go?
We definitely want the ability to download music. A similar game that could do this (like Guitar Hero World Tour?) would be fine. Also, we're interested in perks these game systems have (e.g. Blue Ray player), though that's not the most important thing.
I've heard that the 3 platforms that support Rock Band are the X-Box, PS3, and Wii. I heard the X-Box is the cheapest, but we need a hard drive to download songs, and a Wii is cheaper than an X-Box with a hard drive.
Do we want Rock Band 1 or 2? Also, is there some deal on getting 2 guitars, a drum, and a mic?
Item the second: I'll be speaking at the alternate Rand Camp: Free Minds '09. My talk is "Objectivist Starter Kit":
The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged present a tremendously uplifting vision of life. This vision transforms and improves the lives of readers, especially young adults, but errors and misunderstandings can lead young objectivists to make the same handful of mistakes: repressing pain, rationalizing emotions, and berating themselves when they don't measure up to John Galt.
Scott Schneider will discuss his own experiences in making these mistakes, working through them, and an "Objectivist Starter Kit" that rounds out Rand's Objectivism.
I nerd, therefore I am Hey, blogosphere, I still exist! The following post testifies that posting meaningful information on my life vs not posting is a false dichotomy. (And 99% of LJ backs me up.)
I started running a D&D campaign back in February. It has been a lot of fun, so far. I think I DM well, but slowly.
Here is a log of the most recent adventure, which one might argue is somewhat amusing. On request, I can elaborate on the players' foibles and my own masterful storytelling.
7/23 Elzac, Grokk, Maartin, Viconus -- Began the quest to quell the goblin nuisance. Deciphered goblin graffiti and captured and interrogated a goblin.
7/30 Bull (late), Elzac, Maartin, Viconus -- The aforementioned goblin was eaten by a bear. A prophecy led the players to Orak's bathhouse, where they (especially the charming Viconus) questioned Orak and fought some wererats.
8/13 Bull (I think), Elzac, Grokk, Quincy, Tarsis -- Introduced Tarsis to the group via skillful role-playing. Tied up Orak and descended into the dungeon, killing a few dozen goblins in their barracks.
9/2 Elzac, Maartin, Tarsis, Viconus -- Spied out and dispatched a goblin ambush.
9/16 Bull, Elzac, Maartin, Tarsis, Viconus -- Killed the tiefling Kellev and captured her silver-tongued ally, who somehow escaped interrogation.
9/23 Bull, Elzac, Maartin, Neeka, Viconus (late) -- Neeka's introduction. Walked into the same ambush and ran into Drakthar (almost literally).
10/2 Bull, Elzac, Maartin, Neeka, Tarsis, Viconus (late) -- Killed some bats and an evil chair.
10/8 Bull, Elzac, Neeka, Tarsis, Viconus -- Vanquished Drakthar! Tarsis joined the choir invisible. Some 1st-level commoners drank Elzac and Bull under the table.
“Wow, he's so cute and he's goin' crazy! AAAAHHHHH! I'm here in the car with the car running and the A/C on, spending some quality time with my new guy while the suckers go to the aquarium. AAAAHA! I've got this guy all to myself and wow, is he energetic! He's really excited to be outside of that pet shop, and he's REALLY REALLY HYPER. Um, yeah, he's trying to eat through my sweatshirt. AH he's so cute!”
C's first weekend in LA Howdy, Internets! It has been a while. I haven't decided to start posting regularly, but I thought I'd post about this weekend.
snarkyshark2 moved down to LA a few weeks ago, semi-permanently (permanently until grad school). It's totally wonderful having her here with me, after 2.5 years. We've been looking forward to this for a long time!
As our first weekend was spent in San Diego, this last weekend was the first we had in LA. ( Things we did!Collapse )
I can't really describe how nice it is to have all this time to spend with C. Walking around the beach, commenting on all the canine accessories in need of keeking, just having lots of time to talk and do things together, is really wonderful. The transition from LDR to living together has been very smooth, mostly due to our preparations and discussion of expectations. Things come up, and we expect that and talk about them, so they are never more than minor and are quickly resolved. C is settling into the apartment that is her home, and I'm really happy!
Dear LJ Genie... 1. What should snarkyshark2 and I do in San Francisco this weekend? We will go up for a day, probably Sunday. We have been to the SF bay aquarium and Ripley's Odditorium. We also have a favorite Chinatown restaurant that we will certainly hit (the New Loey Goey Hoey -- way better than the old one), though other suggestions there are welcome. Any other ideas?
2. I am the most romantic man in the history of the Universe!!!
2) Does anyone know how bad Dodgers traffic generally is? I need to get to downtown (but not to the game) at 6:30pm on Thursday, and there is a game at 7:10pm. I also need to get there at 2pm on Sunday, and there is a 1:10pm game.
snarkyshark2 and I went to Yellowstone and the Badlands a few weeks ago. Understatement: It was great! Maybe I'll post about it.
I shipped snarkyshark2 up to Santa Cruz last weekend. Having her around all summer was wonderful, and I'm going to miss her. I won't miss waking up at 6am, though (and neither will she). I look forward to December and next April, when she comes back, and we get a jeepicopter with limited, 1-hour time travel to ameliorate her work commute and early start time.
Her landlady is crazy and C gave 30 days' notice 1 day after moving in. With luck, she'll find another place that is good.
I'm going to Orlando for a Symantec conference next week. I'm presenting on a cool hash table I made. I'm also going to have my name on a patent application. woo! I'm working on a cool project... maybe I'll say more about work in a protected entry at some point.
Uh... tired! 8pm is not the time to start driving from Santa Cruz to LA. This is good, and crazy. I'm not sure how it plays with >2 people. I need to not read HP5 right before bed. Can I borrow HP6 from someone?
KRONOS: DEVOURER OF WORLDS! (Reposted from snarkyshark2's journal)
Dear LJ Genie,
scottsch and I will be out of town starting from Sept. 7th and going through the 16th. We have this adorable pet who needs a little TLC while we're gone. His name is Kronos, and he likes to eat, drink and sleep. He's a good pet for anyone who doesn't have canines or felinoids, as they would probably enjoy a rare lobster-like dinner.
His requirements are water and food every day. He will eat your table scraps gladly! (He also has crab cakes, in case you don't have left-overs).
He's a lot of fun to watch run around, and he is a very gentle little (big) crab. I've never been pinched, and I handle him quite a bit!
Anyone who wants a crab for a couple of weeks will be rewarded with a crusty pal and some other form of compensation (money, dinner of crab-legs, sexual favors, etc.). Thanks!
If you click on the picture, you can see a higher res version that shows how happy Kronos is while he's pigging out!
Question/PSA: Goodreads A friend invited me to this book blogging site, so I started to sign up. Step 2 is to give your hotmail/yahoo/gmail username and password so that it can invite your friends. And that particular page is not secure. (The browser doesn't have a lock icon in the lower right. Though it's possible that submitting that information goes to a secure page.) Sketchy!
Does anyone know if this website is alright? When you submit your username and password, is the next page secure? Why the heck does it need that?
[EDIT] jhonen_red says the page is insecure, so don't give it your password.
Anyone need a roommate? An awesome guy friend of mine (jkirzner) is looking for an apartment and/or roommate in or near West Hollywood. Does anyone have leads on either? If someone else is also looking for an apartment, perhaps the two of you could move into the WeHo building with Paul, Lisette, Troy, Brian, and Lindsay.
Other people with bigger LJ friend lists should repost this.
Rand Camp! Who is going this year? I am having trouble being enthusiastic for this year, because of my abandoned interest in contributing as a lecturer and because attendance last year was so low. I know that I'd have a good time... but also, it means a week away from snarkyshark2 (who would be in my apartment!), as well as a week of vacation time I can't spend with her.
Dear LJ Genie: Please make me a userpic I would like a userpic of someone being attacked by a monster and saying, "Help! I'm stressed because the stress monster is attacking me!" In the userpic in my head, the monster looks like the monster.com mascot, but less goofy. It is threatening to attack, and says, "I am scary!"
Rush in LA!!! Hey! Rush is playing in LA on 7/25! Who wants to go with Corlis and me? Respond soon, because I want to buy tickets tomorrow (Sunday) morning, when they go on sale. Or, better yet, call me!
Holy crap, that was a sweet pump up movie. It made me feel awesome about being a MAN! Yeah, Y chromosome!!! I'll cut your freakin' head off!
To everyone I know IRL: Be careful around me in the next few weeks, 'cause I might just punch you in the face for no reason! Holy crap, I want a giant metal shield so I can deck people with it! I feel so good about my gender right now.
IMDB doesn't say so, but I bet this movie was a collaboration between Frank Miller and http://www.realultimatepower.net/! They are both so awesome that I want to crap my pants!! Excuse me, I am going to go pop seventeen boners and wail on my guitar while porking a hot babe so hard that pirates cry in their manboobs!!!!!!!!!!!
1. Spartans are mammals. 2. Spartans fight ALL the time. 3. The purpose of the Spartan is to flip out and kill people.
The lip service to reason and freedom was fun. Of course, it's ridiculous, like a lot of things in the movie. But who cares!!
This is Halloween Hey, LA folks! troyworks, radiantsun, burntbythesun02, and I are going to see the Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D-spookovision tonight! We're seeing it at the Bridge (near the 405 and 90) at 9:15. Who wants to come? Buy your own tickets at moviefone.com .
Working hard... or hardly working? While coding this morning, I ran across a problem where the obvious solution just felt... ugly. Make the tree doubly linked? Blech. Besides seeming superfluous, it's also a lot of work. Hours, at least! So what did I do? Crack my knuckles and get coding?
Nope! I checked e-mail. I checked LiveJournal. The purpose of all this is to give my subconscious a little time to mull it over.
After a bit, I wandered over to my co-workers' office. While discussing the problem, I came up with another solution that is much more efficient and also much easier to code. Hooray! Then I went back to my desk and...
Posted in LiveJournal! After this, I think I'll read a little sci-fi. To let my subconscious be sure it's happy. Then, I'll code it up (unless it's lunch time).