October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

For your Samhain Viewing Pleasure, I link-ily present:

Great Cinematic Pumpkins of our Time

October 25, 2007

Product of Atlanta Schools

It makes us cry. The agonizing UN-Pride. From the Palm Beach Post:
Maybe he was joking, but gregarious Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder confessed today he didn't know until Tuesday that people spoke English in London.

Crowder, a former Florida Gator and Atlanta native, apparently isn't sure where the plane is headed when it takes off this afternoon for Sunday's game against the New York Giants in Wembley Stadium.

"I couldn't find London on a map if they didn’t have the names of the countries," Crowder said. "I swear to God. I don't know what nothing is. I know Italy looks like a boot. I learned that."

"I know (Washington Redskins linebacker) London Fletcher. We did a football camp together. So I know him. That's the closest thing I know to London. He's black, so I'm sure he's not from London. I'm sure that's a coincidental name."
You think they could have left out the part about being an Atlanta Native? And he doesn't think that black people live in London? *headdesk*

October 09, 2007

Matthew K *IS* Jack Bauer

Matthew brought home a serious homework assignment from Kindergarten this week: Write a story. It had to be three sentences long, with the kid spelling and writing all by himself, (We were allowed to sound out the words for him though) and a picture was also required.

Matthew's first idea for a story was this: "Matthew K went to the Mall. Then two bad guys came in and it went BOOM!"

"No, I don't think we'll be turning that one in, Matthew," I said. This isn't a market in Baghdad. We don't want your teacher to label him an Insurgent right off the bat. That's almost as bad as "ADHD" on your permanent record these days.

October 04, 2007

A Halo3 Review I can understand

I'm a gamer. Specifically, I'm a PS2 and recent Wii Gamer. I'll play some stuff on my PC, but I have to play OLD games, because I flat-out refuse to spend $300 on a new video card every 6 months. (I just finished Doom3 this summer, if that gives you any indication. I also enjoy "Transport Tycoon" from 1991.)

I never had an XBOX, nor a 360 and have never really wanted one, save for a few hard months when they announced that any new "Oddworld" games would only come out on XBOX. So I never got into this whole HALO phenomenon. Apparently people bowed own and worshiped this game much in the same way Macintosh users obsessed over MARATHON in the 90's: It was the only decent shooter to come out on the platform at all.

SO after enduring a year of hype from blogs and G4 TV's live events for the release of Halo 3, I am relieved to finally find a reviewer that is as skeptical of the actual game experience as I am. And that person is "Yahtzee Croshaw", my favorite De-Hyping "is it REALLY a good game?" reviewer who posts video reviews weekly at The Escapist called "Zero Punctuation" Check out his other reviews if you like this style as much as I do.

October 02, 2007

DragonCon 2007

Pirates4I just finished transcribing and editing up the DragonCon Trip Report for this year. So if you didn't get to go, or would just like to see it the way I did, read on:

Bill the Pony's DragonCon2007 Trip Report

October 01, 2007

My Social in the Wild

The house should have been on the market 3 weeks ago, but we still have work to do on it. Not like it's the Money Pit house or anything, it's just been slow going coordinating the landscapers' schedule, setting up the contractor to re-do the bathroom floors and painting & cleaning it up. It sucks giving up all my weekends and seeing so little progress. But Melissa's folks have been helping out loads, her mom even paints while I work during the day from the remote desk there.

It SHOULD be ready for the Realtor to take pictures by the end of this week.

Then we get more good news. Apparently a laptop was stolen from a contractor doing work for our company. Of course, he/she was doing work for the HR Department with files having ALL the pertinent info on me and 2000 of my fellow employees. So I'll have to keep the credit bureaus on alert for any fraudulent stuff coming through. Greeeeeeat.

My company's response: A letter and 1 year of free Credit Bureau Fraud monitoring. You'd think a company that's mainly a Title Insurance provider could do better for its own.

My Suck Runneth Over