Friday, May 29, 2009

Beam Me Up, Scotty!!!



I got bored last night and decided to read up on hacking my cell phone to try to personlize it beyond what is typically customizable to normal users.

As I trolled the web, I discovered how to change the "open slide" tone for a Motorola ROKR Z6m. Apparently, it's not really that hard and you can read up on how to access the phone's file system to overwrite the ROKR's open.mp3 file at http://www.modmymoto.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57333.

Please know that I do not recommend for anyone to do this unless they are sure of what they are doing. Doing things the wrong way can lead to you bricking your phone. Plus, hacking your phone's firware is a sure way to void your warranty. (Mine has been out of warranty for a while now.) So, if you have a new phone, don't even try thinking about doing this.

Now that I learned how to access the hidden file system of my phone, I decided to feed my inner Trek Geek and replace the "open slide" tone with the Star Trek TOS communicator chirp.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Terminator Salvation

Well, I caved-in and saw Terminator Salvation last Thursday night after being badgered into seeing it by my friends.

In my humble opinion, the movie did a greatjob of filling in the back story of how John Connor meet his future father Kyle Reese. Also in the movie, we actually get to see a personfied version of SkyNet as portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter. The homage to the to the original Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was also very cool.

Everything else in the movie seemed very trite to me. The character of Marcus Wright’s struggle to accept the fact that he is a machine who eventually chose the side of humanity was not very surprising to me. I think I would have been more surprised if he sided with the humans. Plus, his self-sacrifice at the end felt like very obvious since it made no sense at all as to why SkyNet would make a robot with a human heart. For what is supposedly a very logical computer system, SkyNet seemed really dumnb for putting in such a flaw into her robotic design. The only reason I could see was that his heart would eventually play some kind element in wrapping up the story.

Overall, it was a decent action sci-fi/action movie and it ties in pretty well with the other Terminator movies. It's not a movie that I would probably see again unlike Star Trek. Terminator Salvation took itself too way seriously with all it's doom-and-gloom vibe as compared to Star Trek which was able to toss in a little bit comedy along side the sci-fi and action.


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Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Original Captain James T. Kirk: Awesome

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Found this on the web a long time ago and the recent Star Trek movie inspired me to pull this out of my archives and use it as my desktop wallpaper.

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The Truth about Chinese Food!



It's time for this monkey to perform a public service and educate everyone about Chinese food. Here's a clip from New York Times Reporter Jennifer 8. Lee's presentation about the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

To Boldly Go . . .

I went to see the new Star Trek movie last Thursday, but I've been so busy since then that I haven't had a chance to post about it. All in all, I liked the movie a lot and I've decided that I'm probably going to see it again.

Being a Geek, I went to the movie wearing my TOS Tunic T-shirt from ThinkGeek.com. I chose to wear the red shirt to honor all the expendable crew members of the Enterprise who had fallen. When I go to watch the movie again, I might wear my blue shirt to show homage to Spock and Bones.

I love the fact that the movie was full of action from the get go and some of dialog was funny. I thought Scotty was hillarious especially with what he said he did to Archer's beagle.

The actors that played Kirk, Spock, and Bones did a fantastic job in my opinion. Bones freaking out about space flight was really funny to me. Also, tying in Captain Pike was a nice touch.

If you're thinking about seeing the movie, I don't think you'll be disappointed. If you go see it at the Rave Theater on Bayou Boulevard, you might see me geeking out in my Trek shirt and telling people to "live long and prosper."

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Classic SNL: Last Voyage of the Starship Enterprise



Classic SNL skit. Nuff said.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Song for Mother's Day


For all you husbands, fathers, and sons, trying to figure out what to get or do for your wife/mom for this Mother's Day weekend. I emplore you to heed these words of wisdom from Brad Paisely.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Quick Review for X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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I've been meaning to post something about this movie since I went to see it last Friday night, but I've been distracted with a few personal projects.

I won't summarize the movie here. There's enough people online doing that already. I will say that this movie was not a disappointment. The battle scenes and action was awesome, and the story was a decent adaptation of various comic books. The purists and true believers will easily notice the changes in the story, but it's done so well that it's quite acceptable.

Deadpool's introduction and background is interesting. There's rumors of a Deadpool movie being developed but I don't really know anything about it. I suggest you Google for it you want more info.

The movie ties in pretty well into the X-Men movies except for the fact that Sabertooth and Wolverine's relationship from this Origins movie, somehow, did not cary over.

All in all, I say it was a really good movie. I don't think anyone will be disappointed.

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Look at the Pretty Colors

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A rainbow appeared across the street after a little rain drizzling.

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Blogging from my Peek Pronto

I recently decided to get a Peek mobile email device as a way to access my email on-the-go without going broke, which is what would've happened if I got a Blackberry or an iPhone.

Someone argued with me that it would cost the same to get and operate a Blackberry if I just signed a 2-year contract. Well, I have no desire to sign a contract. I have been contract free since 2002 and I am not going back. Besides, it would cost me around $400 to get one without a contract and pay an extra $40 per month on top of my current phone plan. Compare that to the Peek which cost me about $80 and is $20 per month.

Don't get me wrong. I love my cellphone company and my Motorola ROKR cellphone. I just can't afford to spend more than I really need to. I think all of you can understand that. The Peek compliments my phone and bridges the gap between it and a smart phone.

The Peek is a very simple device. It does one thing: email. And it does it pretty well. I got the Peek Pronto and it's proving to be vey useful. I love the qwerty keyboard and the small form-factor of the device. It definitely meets my needs for getting email on-the-go.

You can learn more about the peek at www.getpeek.com.

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Pensacola Crawfish Festival


The Pensacola Crawfish Festival is happening this weekend. I went this afternoon and managed to take some crappy video with my phone. (That should teach me not to roam about without my digital camera!).

There was a big crowd today and the food was as awesome as it always has. This year, I tried some alligator sausage on a stick for the very first time and I actually think it was pretty good. Without saying, I also had some crawfish at the festival.

The Zydeco music was cool. The crowd was good. The food was really good. It was actually pretty good event!

If you're in Pensacola, you should really try to make it tonight, or tomorrow.
Hit my photoblog here for some camera phone snapshots that I took at the festival!

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