Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tuesday WTF

This is your Tuesday WTF. Whenever I get bored and trol around the web, I tend to find some strange and funny things while surfing the web. Here's what looks like a Japanese popping edamame keychain. (I think).

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Picture Pooper

I'm sure most of you have seen Polaroid's Bluetooth portable picture printer for phones and cameras, Pogo (http://polaroid.com/pogo/us/), at your local BestBuy, Circuit City, and even Wal-marts. The idea is pretty interesting, but did anyone ever thougth about just integrating a camera into the bloody thing.

Well apparently the Japanese did. Takara Tomy's new Xiao is a combination poket-sized digital camera and photo printer (http://takaratomy.co.jp/products/xiao/). It's a neat device but what's even neater is the Japanese commercial to promote it. Apparently, the Xiao doesn't print pictures. It "poops" them out. Watch the video and see!

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Monday, December 22, 2008

What to do with your Christmas Gift Money?

If you’re fortunate enough to have the problem of not knowing what to do with money that you received as gifts for Christmas, then I have a suggestion for you. I say forgo the idea of stashing away your cash and help jump start the economy by buying something. But, don’t buy just anything, Buy something awesome. Buy a retro-gaming system.

Although, it may not be apparent to any of you, I am an avid video gamer. I’ve been hooked ever since my hands first gripped my first joystick twenty years ago. The games had simple game play mechanics but had enough of challenge to them. Those were good times. No. Those were great times.

So during my routine web scouring, I found something that brought about a strong sense of nostalgia. I was surprised to find out that there were still people (in China) that are still making video game system for what is now referred to as classic “grand pa” games.

Like an old music buff rediscovering his love for listening to music on a turntable, I have rediscovered it’s equivalent for gamers. I still have all my old game cartridges for the NES and SEGA but my consoles have died so long ago. This find has made me optimistic and long to play my original copies of Altered Beast, Battle Toads, Zelda, Double Dragon, Duck Hunt and Metroid.

Some of you will say that you could play/buy those games on the Wii or find ROMS online for them and I agree with you. I have even done that myself but there was something missing or something wasn’t quite right. I wasn’t getting the same excitement or experience as I did when I played those games on a console. There was something about having to set the game cartridge just right into the system or having to blow on the game cartridge to get the dust out on them so that they work. The whole experience is muted when you through the more efficient Wii or illegal ROMS.

So here I am excited and I have figured out what do with some of the money that I will get this Christmas. I hope that I’ll have enough money after I pay my bills to pick one of these systems up.

If you’re interested in finding out more about these retro-systems, go to http://www.videogameaction.com/…tendo.html

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Gizmondo Sticky Balls

I was rummaging around the Internet and I found this old clip of the intro to the video game “Sticky Balls” that was released on the ill-fated Gizmondo portable gaming device. This will teach me never to rummage around the web again.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

One Week with the Sony PSP


It’s been one week since I broke down and bought a Sony PlayStation Portable. So far, I really like it. I know the PSP is old news and that it has been out for years, but I’m just finally getting around to having enough extra money to buy one.

Now that I have it, I must say that I really like it. The larger screen on the PSP is very different for the small dual screens of the Nintendo DS Lite, and it is a welcome change for me since my eyes are not as young as they used to be.

My acquisition of the PSP marks the completion of my video game system collection. I own all of the current game systems except for the PSP. Every time I would get close to getting one, some financial emergency would happen or there would be some false rumors about a newer model coming out soon. So, I just held back and waited.

At the moment, I don’t own any other games except for the ones that were bundled with the system. If you have any suggestions on what games to get, please let me know.(I enjoy fighting, puzzle, and RPG games.)

Right now, I’m fascinated with the PSP’s web connectivity and it’s built-in Skype program. I managed to turn a few heads and probably confuse a couple of people at a restaurant during lunch today when I made a phone call on the PSP using Skype.

I’m a gadget freak so I love the whole multifunctional device thing. The PSP is like an electronics version of a Swiss-army knife. I uploaded some videos and mp3’s on it ,so now it’s also acting as an mp3/mp4 player in addition to being a video game system.

So, this monkey gives his thumbs up and a wagging tail to the Sony PSP. If you haven’t used one, borrow from someone and see what it’s all about. If you own one, let me know what you think about it.

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope that everyone is as stuffed as I am this Thanksgiving day. If not, I recommend crashing someone's dinner and scoring some turkey.

This year, my family did the whole traditional/classic Thanksgiving dinner. We had roast turkey, cornbread stuffing, yams, beets, cranberry sauce, green beans, mash potatoes and gravy. I wish I had the foresight to take a picture of the whole thing. It was truly a beautiful sight.

I'm at Books-A-Million right now trying to keep from dying of boredom. I'm using the free wi-fi that you get if you join their Millionaire's Club to surf the web for a bit and post this blog. Also, I really wanted to check on online order for a Sony Mylo COM-2 that placed yesterday at the Sony web site. It didn't look like it shipped out yesterday, so I'm hoping it goes out tomorrow or Monday.

Well, I think that's all I have for everyone. I'll post again soon.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Walkway to Eternity


A while back, I went out on the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier at night. I decided to take a picture using my phone and see how bad or good it would turn out.

The fishing pier is very eerie at night. Being one of the longest fishing piers on the Gulf of Mexico (1471 feet long), you normally can't see antything into the darkness of the ocean. All you can hear are the waves crashing on pier.

When you reach the middle part of the pier, you can't see where the pier starts or ends in either direction. It's sometimes quite disorienting. I always feel like I'm on some walkway to eternity whenever I reach this point.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Igniting the Fires of Chaos

After watching RunAwayBox's "The Great Office War", I was inspired to initiate a covert game of Nerf Office Tag.

We haven't finalized the rules, but I have taken the liberty of issuing everyone their weapons. Toys-R-Us's Exclusive Nerf N-Strike Attack Unit/6-pack was perfect for this occassion.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Live the Moment and then Post!

I thought about posting at the exact moment last night when I heard that Obama had enough electoral votes to win the election. Then I realized that I would actually be missing out on such a great moment in history if I spent it twiddling away on my phone or computer trying to post online.

Sometimes, you just have to put down the keyboard and experience life! You can always post about it later.

As for me, the Obama's election brings about much hope to this usually apathetic and pessimistic monkey. It shows that America is socially progressing and that the voice of the people can still be heard in a nation where its government officials were getting more and more disconnected from its people.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

The Great Office War

I wish this would happen at my work place. Too bad they have no sense of humor or fun.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

No More Twittering through IM

Since I usually post to my twitter account from my phone, it has been a while since I have actually logged-in into the Twitter web site. When I looked at the service's project status page, I was saddened to read that they had completely disabled and shelved twittering via instant messenger.

Twitter says that they plan to have it back but it's not a major priority anymore. It's now something on their "wish list" as opposed to being on the "broken list."

Now, I always liked having the option to post whenever my phone was out of reach like during meetings and training sessions. I guess I'll just have to be more sly and keep my phone close to me at all times.

Blogging on the Patio


The weather outside was too good to pass up so I decided to do my web surfing and blogging on the patio today. I just need to remind myself to buy some citronella candles to keep the bugs away.

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They're Shopping!!!!


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They're escaping!


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Monster Bash


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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Marking the Moment: Resurrecting the Akoya

In 2005, I bought a Medion Akoya EX laptop. Despite its age, it’s still my favorite laptop. It just has enough processing speed and RAM to do the things I do (web & graphic design), and the glossy widescreen was one of the first it kind at the time.

As time went buy, I started noticing more and more dead pixels popping up on the screen. It wasn’t long that there were so many dead pixels that it looked as if a black hole was growing in the center of my screen. So I decided to retire the laptop in May of 2007 and buy another to take it’s place.

I did consider getting it repaired, but Medion had pulled out of the laptop business in the US. I would have had to ship it to Germany to have it fixed. Reluctantly, I tried taking it back to Best Buy and asking how much it would cost for Geek Squad to replace the LCD. At the time, it had been over a year past the warranty that I bought from them. For the most part, I wasn’t surprised that they asked me for both of my arms and a leg. It was financially unrealistic to have it fixed at the time and buying a new laptop seemed like the best option at the time.

Since then, I have missed my Akoya. I felt like that system had been put offline well before its time.

We are now in the tail end of October of 2008 and since the time I shelved the Akoya, I have had time to learn and improve my PC repair skills. After having done a dozen laptop repair projects, I now had the knowledge and skill, not to mention the money, to fix my precious Akoya.

Finally, I decided to fix the Akoya last week. It cost me twice than it really should have since my supply source originally sent me one with a hot pixel in it and this was apparently not enough to warrant a return or exchange. I ended up having to buy another to get a flawless one.

As of 10:05 AM CST, October 25, 2008, I successfully completed the replacement of the LCD screen. Everything is working. Everything looks good, sharp, and fine. It’s been a long drawn out process that has been weighing on me for a long time. Having this burden lifted is such a relief and having the Akoya back is like seeing a long lost friend. All is good at the moment!

Note: I apologize for my sentimentality with my computers. These machines have become more than tools to me. They are my windows to the world beyond my reach, a way to call home, and a means by which I make my living. They’ve become trusted friends much like a steed is valued by a cowboy. So please pardon this monkey for wanting to mark this moment.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

You Always Remember Your First

I will never forget my first computer. It was loud, clunky, and used both high density and double density floppy disks. Today, I celebrate the 15th anniversary of buying my first computer. It was an IBM PS2 Model 30 286.

So, do you remember the first computer that you owned? Post a reply if you care to share.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Beware of Buying Refurbished from Tigers!


A couple of weeks ago, I decided to buy a refurbished laptop “directly” from a “Tiger” online. Being a monkey and they being a tiger, I should have realized that there would be some communication issues which would lead me to be somewhat disappointed with my purchase.

The laptop I ordered was a Dell Latitude D610. I know going into my purchase that this was an older model and that it wouldn’t win any speed tests. I bought it because I had a chance to use one at my workplace and I really liked the sturdy body frame. It was perfect to use when I have to go out into the field or if I have to lend a computer to someone who is known to have the case of “The Clutz.”

When my order came, I was very excited. I must’ve opened four boxes before I managed to free the machine from its packaging. When I finally opened it, I felt my quickly heart sunk. Sure, it was the right model laptop, but the machine looked more “used” than I expected. The case had way too many scars and the screen looked a little too washed out as if it had been set on full brightness for way too long. But this wasn’t what bothered me the most.

Now, I can live with the case scars. I can convince my monkey self that they’re battle scars and that it gives the machine character. The screen being washed out is something to keep an eye out and may have to be replaced if it eventually burns out. The thing that bothered me the most is the keyboard. Yes, the keyboard looked so used up that some of the keys were shiny, but this wasn’t the worst thing. The keyboard was also filthy. Between the keys were crumbs of what I could only assume as Doritos. The keys felt greasily slick. It was as if the tiger working on the machine was sloppily eating chips on the laptop while they did their supposed refurbishing.

I called the Tiger and explained my issue. They tell me that it happens sometimes and that a system slips through the cracks and miss its cleaning session. They added that I could send it back for an exchange since it’s only been less than two weeks but I would have to pay for shipping to send it back and to get my replacement.

Now, when I buy something that is refurbished I expected it be cleaned and restored to a nice working condition. I didn’t expect it to be greasy with chip crumbs. That’s something I expect from tuna casserole.

I looked into how much it would cost to ship the laptop back to the Tigers in its original box and a burly man at the UPS Store told me that it was going to cost me close to a hundred clams.

Now being in a country where someone let a “shrub from Texas” depress the economy, I have found myself unable to spare any more clams. So, I acquiesced and decided that I would just spend five clams on cleaning supplies and clean the nasty laptop.

I spent three hours today cleaning that bloody thing. I really shouldn’t have had to do it. Apparently in the language of the Tigers, refurbished means “greasy with chips.” I’ll have to remind myself not to buy a refurb from these animals.

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pissed off at McDonalds


On rare occasions, I do break down and go to McDonalds to get a Big Mac meal. I know it’s not good for me, but sometimes you just have live a little. Plus, I’ve been craving for one for about three weeks now. So when I went to get my Big Mac meal, I was pretty excited.

Well, my excitement was killed pretty quickly and replaced with anger and frustration. When I finally sat down to eat my sandwich at the McDonalds on 9th and Creighton Avenue, I was surprised to see that my Big Mac was lacking lettuce.

So, I went back up to the counter and cashier tell me that they are out of lettuce and they are so sorry about. They didn’t offer to give me a refund. They didn’t give me an alternative. They just knowingly served me an incomplete sandwich. Sure they apologized but they made no attempt to remedy the situation. When I asked for my money back, they ignored my request and replied that they had sent someone to get some lettuce.

The thing that pisses me off is the fact that this McDonald’s actually gave me an incomplete sandwich and expected me not to notice. Did they think I was blind?

Also, how the hell does a McDonald’s run out of lettuce? How incompetent can someone be not keep their restaurant stocked with the basic ingredients of the food that they serve? Lettuce is not some unique ingredient. It’s available at any grocery store. What’s even worse is the fact that this McDonald’s is located between a 24-hour Super Wal-Mart and a Winn-Dixie. They should’ve sent someone out there to get some lettuce before they finally ran out.

Selling me a Big Mac without lettuce is like selling me a car without seats. It’s unacceptable.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Local Hospital Turns Pink

Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida is being lit up in pink at night as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

If you're a local and drive anywhere near Cordova Mall at night, then I'm pretty sure you've seen the massive hospital glowing in pink. If you haven't seen it, then I suggest taking a little drive about town at night and taking a look. I think it's pretty neat.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Posting about Nothing

I just realize that it’s been a while since I posted anything on my blog. It’s not that I’ve been lazy. There’s just nothing really interesting happening around me lately except for the fact that I seem to be way to busy at work these days.

So, I decided to break the dry spell and post something even if it is to comment about not having anything interesting to post.

I did start reading a book that wasn’t a computer/programming manual which is a rarity by itself. I’m currently reading Orson Scott Card’s “Invasive Procedures.” I’m not exactly sure how to describe the story since I’m only a third ways into the book. I suppose I’ll post about that when I finish reading it. We’ll see.

At work, I’m swamped up to my eyeballs with having to “tween” a bunch of pictures for our web site of bariatric surgery patients to show how they progressively loose weight over time. It’s a tedious and boring task that makes me feel a lot of loathing towards myself for being pudgy and guilty for loving bacon a little too much.

The weather is supposed to be pretty good this weekend. I’m trying to decide if I want to spend my time on the beach or have a backyard barbecue or have a barbecue at the beach. Either way, I hope to not spend too much time in front of the computer screen this weekend.

Well, that’s enough babbling for now. I’ll post again if anything worthy of posting happens.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Someone's Having a Bad Day

Right now, there's a car on fire across from where I work. Someone is definately not having a good day.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

It's Monkey Magic Time!

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Pensacola Seafood Festival 2008

The crowds at the Pensacola Seafood Festival were actually pretty decent while I was there. This year, I decided to go at night to avoid being baked by the sun. There were so many people that it was actually somewhat difficult to find a place to plop down and eat my mountainous platter of fried seafood and roasted meat-on-a-stick. Despite these challenges, I actually had a great time. My only suggestion to the organizers of the Festival is to try to get some big name bands to play. The music was somewhat weak in my opinion.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Free Air Guitar


I have seen this before, but someone emailed it to me again. So, I decided to share it to all of you Utterlings out there.

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