Christmas Card

I have been doing lots of Christmas Shopping recently and came across some Christmas cards at Bookpeople - a little pricey, but I really liked them. The front is very simplistic, and has the quote:

"We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds."



So, somehow I'm still alive. For 2 weeks now (including weekends), I've been doing the 9am to 3am days on average. Pain. I'm surprised I'm still walking.

Buuut... congratulate me, cuz I got a promotion! :) Whee!

Also, this article reasserts the fact that Samus is the most badass video game character ever.

That is all.


I think my car is talking to me

Because I just got home from work again, after being woken up and running to work without even a damn shower, and all I hear on the drive home is the last portion of Pearl Jam - Why Go:

Why go home? (4x)
What you taught me...put me here...don't come visit...mother...
Sting me...

Why go home? (4x)
What you taught me...put me here...don't come visit...mother, mother, yeah...
Why go home? (7x)

I think my car has a good point.



Happy Birthday to me! Just got home - had a total blast for the last couple of days, and a fun birthday. not a whole lot of people remembered, but the people that did made sure it was a fun day. Thanks guys! Now it is totally time to sleep


Holy crap.

Well, I have a new claim to fame here at work (pretty bad). If you want to hear about it, shoot me an IM.



Bleargh. 20 hr day. So tired. Sleep. Funny.



Whee. The only thing keeping me sane is little entertaining things when I get home from work - like so. Also, I stan... er, sit corrected. I am in fact a Gen-X-er. Thanks Alison =P I think work has knocked most of the cognition out of my head. Buut.... I'm a...

Smart Paladin
66% Combativeness, 30% Sneakiness, 76% Intellect, 52% Spirituality
Valorous! Noble! Or possibly just a self-righteous jerk (but with the brains to keep you alive!)... You are a Smart Paladin!

Paladins are holy warriors. They are valorous defenders of the light.
Unfortunately, most of them are so ardent in their defense they tend to
meet sticky ends faster than you can say "rampaging red dragon." Many
people look up to Paladins, while others just consider them stuck up,
overbearing, or self-righteous.

Fortunately for you, unlike most Paladins, you're pretty smart.
Which means that you're more likely to fall into the "admired"
category, rather than the "obnoxious" or "dead" categories.

Much like the crusades, you manage to combine violence and
religion, though unlike the crusades, you add a healthy does of
intelligence. You may be a staunch defender of the faith, a valorous
champion of the weak, or the stuff that jihads are made of. Which ever
one you are, just be happy that you?ve got the smarts to back it up and
make it work.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 72% on Combativeness
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You scored higher than 30% on Sneakiness
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You scored higher than 73% on Intellect
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You scored higher than 66% on Spirituality
Link: The RPG Class Test written by MFlowers on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test



It's been a long but relaxing weekend, and the work week is going to start far too soon... My grandmother is going in for surgery tomorrow. If anyone reads this, please wish her the best. I know I will be. I need to get some sleep, but before I do, here's an interesting article about art styles and realism in video games. I also realized that my dream is that of a Gen-Y child. The world has become a different place than the stereotypical dreams represent. I don't want to write the Great American Novel. I want to create the Great American Videogame.



We all make mistakes

OMFG this is a hilarious eBay auction...

You are bidding on a mistake.

We all make mistakes. We date the wrong people for too long. We chew gum with our mouths open. We say inappropriate things in front of grandma.

And we buy leather pants.

I can explain these pants and why they are in my possession. I bought them many, many years ago under the spell of a woman whom I believed to have taste. She suggested I try them on. I did. She said they looked good. I wanted to have a relationship of sorts with her. I’m stupid and prone to impulsive decisions. I bought the pants.

The relationship, probably for better, never materialized. The girl, whose name I can’t even recall, is a distant memory. I think she was short.

Ultimately the pants were placed in the closet where they have remained, unworn, for nearly a decade. I would like to emphasize that: Aside from trying these pants on, they have never, ever been worn. In public or private.

I have not worn these leather pants for the following reasons:

I am not a member of Queen.
I do not like motorcycles.
I am not Rod Stewart.
I am not French.
I do not cruise for transvestites in an expensive sports car.

These were not cheap leather pants. They are Donna Karan leather pants. They’re for men. Brave men, I would think. Perhaps tattooed, pierced men. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say you either have to be very tough, very gay, or very famous to wear these pants and get away with it.

Again, they’re men’s pants, but they’d probably look great on the right lady. Ladies can get away with leather pants much more often than men can. It’s a sad fact that men who own leather pants will have to come to terms with.

They are size 34x34. I am no longer size 34x34, so even were I to suddenly decide I was a famous gay biker I would not be able to wear these pants. These pants are destined for someone else. For reasons unknown - perhaps to keep my options open, in case I wanted to become a pirate - I have shuffled these unworn pants from house to house, closet to closet. Alas, it is now time to part ways so that I may use the extra room for any rhinestone-studded jeans I may purchase in the future.

These pants are in excellent condition. They were never taken on pirate expeditions. They weren’t worn onstage. They didn’t straddle a Harley, or a guy named Harley. They just hung there, sad and ignored, for a few presidencies.

Someone, somewhere, will look great in these pants. I’m hoping that someone is you, or that you can be suckered into buying them by a girl you’re trying to bed.

Please buy these leather pants.

Yeah, change that last post from 14hr day to 21hr day. >_< Time to enter a coma.


do de do de do...

Still at work... dum de dum... waiting for a build and deploy to finish... do de do... head hurts too much to get any real work done, so here I am... la la la... after a 14 hour day... still at work... bum ba da bum bum...

reading about people who have way more money than me...


Wow. Creepy.

I've had this exact conversation with quite a few people about art and my drawings. Pretty much sums it all up (in the girl in the strip's words.)


And the ramifications...

So, as per my previous post, I got home at 1:30 last night. It turns out that the alarm at work auto-engages at 1am. Needless to say, our HR rep happily reminded me of this fact because she got called at 1 am last night and was sent this picture:

Heh. With all my gear, I look like I'm robbing the place. Security cameras make you look a little scary...
Sometimes I feel like a nut...

Yeesh, so I got home yesterday thinking that Joe was home and fed Vincent. Sure enough, Vincent had some food - but no Joe! o_O Strange... I figured maybe he had gone out for the evening or something. So this morning, I'm getting geared up for my ride into work, bike out in the driveway warming up, and I see Joe walking towards me... O_o odd... turns out that he had to work a late shift and was just coming home from work! Yikes!

Something is wrong when I get home from work at 1am and my roomate gets home at 9am the next day. Something is very wrong with that... >_<

I enjoy my work, it's a good challenge. But I just got home. 15 hr work days are the suck. 9:00am -> 1:00am with an hour lunch == not cool. And any of you who know me know that people who don't do quality work, or even check their work reaaaalllyyy is a pet peeve... >:-O

grrrrrr.... on cleaning up other people's messes....

grrrrrrrRRRRRRRRR!!!!! >:-O

Anyways, I have to get a nap in before another day of work tomorrow. Whee. I feel like I'm in college all over again. Except without all the friends and videogames and campus and such. >_<


One more...

Add Jon Foreman (Switchfoot) to that list from a few posts ago. Just listen to "On Fire" and you'll see why. It's got an interesting combination of naturalistic touch as well as a gentle synth feel in the background of the vocals. Gorgeous song.
The world is ending!

Our government's secret stash of sharks with frickin' 'lasers' on their heads has escaped and are terrorizing the world!!!

... wait, that's just ridiculous ...

It's just the killer dolphins trained to shoot poison dart guns to track down the terrorists.

'My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,' he said. 'The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?'

*sigh* it's a fascinating world we live in, never a dull moment...


Damn. Damn a lot.

Okay, so I helped Joe count the quarters in his Twilight Zone pinball machine tonight. He's been putting quarters in there occassionally since he bought it about seven years ago. You wanna know how much money was in there?


Do you have any idea how heavy nearly SIX HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS in quarters is!?!?! Joe had guessed there was three hundred in there, my guess was closer to five hundred, we both underestimated quite a bit. Regardless, this newfound wealth may have convinced him to buy the Death Star, which would make wonderful company for the Star Destroyer that he currently owns. Although I have a ton of cool legos my inner child would love, none are more than a hundred bucks.

So yeah.



Long time no post.

Yeesh, no kidding. Pretty much everything in my life has been neglected recently. My cat, my motorcyle, Kim, my friends, my family, and even my video gaming time. So here I sit at my computer, a beer on one side and a bag of sour patch on the other, sitting in my new comfy computer chair with a stomach full of reheated chinese food leftovers. Sound sad? Sometimes feels like it. What's worse is that I'm sitting here waiting for something to finish so I can do some more stuff for work tomorrow. Yeesh.

Needless to say, life's been insanely busy with work recently. Got a whole tone to do before the next expansion ships, and just putting out fires takes up the majority of the days. My actual dev time has been cut to less than half recently, which is a little depressing. Been putting in long hours, but but it's nice to come in the next day and have things running smooth :) Also seems like the people I work with appreciate my efforts as well, which is a cool feeling. Just busy, that's all. Many times I've felt like "Well if I don't do it, noone else will." Or they will, but not until it's a huge priority and many other people are gated, which makes me sad.

Anyways - too much work stuff. I got to see Kim this weekend, which was a blast, with the exception of our cats. It was like a freakin' warzone all weekend all my apartment became a nuclear winter of cat fur. >_< And after it's all over, they're both little angels with the Puss in Boots eyes - you know what I'm talking about. Yeah, how can you get mad at a cat that looks like that?

My poor bike has been neglected over the last couple of weeks, and has been sitting in the garage more than it's being ridden, which is sad - it's a beautiful bike, but I've just been at work too late recently, and the weekends have all been quite packed, so I'm hoping to do some maintenance on it this week and take it out this weekend, but we'll see.

I've also been inspired to draw again. Been flipping through some more art sites online, specifically anime. After buying the Megatokyo manga and a few more while in California, I'm starting to see things from an artist's eye again. I even cracked open the untouched sketchbook I got as a gift. Couldn't bring myself to draw in it yet, though...

*it's about at this point wher previously mentioned beer was spilled all over my keyboard. keyboard is disassembled, washed, put out to dry, and a week passes by...*

So yeah, and a week later, I finish my post. I've looked back at some of my unfinished artwork, and I think I might jump back into them and see if I can complete them. (When I see something that captures my attention, I'll normally grab a screenshot of it and start a piece about it - digital, nowadays).

As per music, one of the things that really seems to get to me is the vocals (don't get me wrong, I love all the pieces that compose a song, especially guitar, but there's something about the vocal talents of some artists I really like). There's just something very inspirational about it. The ones that I can think of off the top of my head are: Amy Lee (Evanescence), J.R. Richards (Dishwalla), Jason Wade (Lifehouse), Anna Nalick , Bradon Boyd (Incubus). It always depends on the songs, but it can be breathtaking. I think I'm just envious of people when they can really portray passion through any medium. Especially in a manner where other people that share in their passion. I was complimented on my voice once, but I don't particularly see it. Then again, I'll never hear my voice with an unbiased ear. I try to show my passions through other forms, when I have the oppurtunity. It's that drive that really makes me do most everything I do.

And, just a random goofy link: why game designers shouldn't be fashion designers.

I did, however, get to finally take my bike out this weekend - went out to see some areas of Austin that are at a higher elevation on Saturday morning, with a bright sunny day. Totally relaxing, no rush to get anywhere, very nice.

I even got a chance to tune it up a little this weekend, tighten the chain, check all the fluid levels so it runns a little nicer. Even got a pic of me in my gear this weekend, and got to go riding with my roommate Joe (although his 'Busa has almost 1000 miles compared to the 350 ish on my Thundercat).

Still dealing with some fear while on my bike though. I feel confident on my bike when at speed, but ever since my accident, have had difficulty leaning the bike over in 90 degree turns. I just keep getting afraid the same thing is going to happen, so I end up slowing down a whole lot when I make those turns. It wouldn't be a problem doing that and slowly getting the confidence up if it weren't for the people who get damn annoyed on my tail when I slow for those turns. Not too bad, I'm still gonna take it slow, build the confidence over time.

Another week of work is starting up - hoping this one won't be too stressful. Just living day by day - trying to get some joy out of each one. Live's too short to spend it stressed about the little things. SMILE! *^_^*

Enjoy life. Life is worth living. Life should be a joyous thing. - Kamla Saund (my grandmother)


*groann* -_-

Yeesh, just finished pulling a 16 hr day at work. Needless to say, I am draaained. -_-

But you know what's an awesome feeling? Being respected by the people that you work with. Pretty badass, to say the least. Makes it all worth it. :)

Also, that last post was awfully melancholy. Sometimes I'm just in those moods. *shrugs* Still agree with all of it, just a little dreary reading it again. But yeah.

My bike is all kinds of fun - took it up to the Oasis yesterday - one of the best views of the lake / hills in Austin. Makes you feel like you're visiting another country. Gorgeous. Next time I'll bring my camera.

Anyways, to bed. I have the pager this week, and it could go off at god-awful-early in the morning again >_<.

g'night world.

*cough* *cough*



It's been a long time since I was able to sit down and listen to music, not just as background noise.

Take me over when I'm gone

I had forgotten how much it inspires me, even it it's just to sit back and think. I've been doing a lot of that recently.

Take me over when I'm strong

Not totally sure why, but I really miss it. I think that may just be because there are a lot of parts of my life that I haven't been in touch with that I miss. I'm on the way back from Tony's wedding, the second of my friends to have gotten married recently. (Congrats Tony and Kate!)

Spending time with my old friends really reminds me of how much I miss all of them. Maybe it's that I miss the

You're just in sight, will you save my life again.

time where we were all within 10 miles of each other and the idea of all of us getting together and crashing at someone's house on any given night was only a few phone calls away.

Spending time with all of my friends and really thinking about the past I've had with them (and how long it's been) and the future to come is really sobering at times. I'd like to have more get togethers with everyone more often (maybe even not because of a wedding, but just because, as per Tony's suggestion). It also brings an interesting sense of mortality to the surface,

Cause I can't stand up, but I can't fall down, cause I'm somewhere in the middle.

which I'm not sure is brought upon by our relative ages and maturity (or lack thereof) or because of the fact that Sean could actually be deployed at any given moment. Sent to another country to fight, possibly to the death. It just seems to surreal. Or it may be because of my own events. For those that don't know, I bought a motorcycle. 16 days later I totalled it.

I'm coming round to open the blind. You can't hide any longer. My god you need to rinse those puffy eyes.

Thank god I was wearing all my gear. To make a long story short, I took a turn, and a combination of slick tires, a steeply sloped road (unbeknownst to me at the time) and inexperience caused my back tire to slip and wreck into a curb. Just some rash of my arm - all healed up now, but I see the sight of the curb coming towards me, sideways, while I was on the bike sliding against the road every time I get on my new bike. Much more careful this time.

Why did I choose to play this game, this goes too far I'll take no more.

Are you happy? Are you doing the things that you wanted to be going when you were here in your life? If you died now, would you be satisfied with where your life had taken you up until this point? We dwell too damn much on the little stupid things in life. Myself probably being one of the worst out there.

I bought some manga while in Palo Alto for Tony and Kate's wedding, to read ont he plane and because it had been a long time since I'd read any. The guy sitting in the window seat on my aisle in the plane stepped on my bad when getting to his seat and bent / tore part of the spine on one of them. I didn't realize this until I was halfway through

And love without a dream, it will not survive.

reading it, but when I did discover it, it bugged the hell outta me so much I couldn't enjoy reading the last half of it. I sincerely doubt the status of the spine of this manga will significantly impact my life in the long run. Too damn petty.

Reading my newly acquired manga

Let me in to see you in the morning light.

also reminded me of how much I miss drawing. Just seeing the dynamism, and emotions portrayed in the character's faces through each pane reminds me of what I love about drawing. That ability to dump my emotions onto something tangible, something existent in the world

Wish I could be every little thing you wanted over time.

and even if noone else in the world understand it, I do. Better yet, I hope they fully understand it, irrelevant of whether they understand it the way I did. Oh yeah, if you wanted to IM, call or email me with an "I told you so", or "I can't believe you got another bike," etc about my wreck, just go ahead and speak your mind now, talk to your computer screen, get it out of your system, and don't include me. Thank you.

Kim's starting law school tomorrow, about 96 miles north of where I live. Suck. Sher's not too excited about the whole thing right now, primarily because of the rumors of insanity. I hope she enjoys it, or at least doesn't regret

She's only yours tonight, oh she never cries. And I know there's pain inside.

it a few years from now. Still, I miss having her in town. Although I've been at work so much (and working while at home) that may be irrelevant. I've kinda kicking my ass right now. I'm excited to do what I'm doing, but it's not easy. My primary fault is that I want to do everything we're doing right, and in our time frame, it's not always possible. The worst part is that although it's kicking my butt, I want more responsibilities. I enjoy having an impact on the game, and I really feel like

... turn your tray tables and seat backs to their full and upright positions.

I think I really miss having a creative ourlet. I even picked up my guitar back up last week and noodled around for the evening. Man, did my fingers hurt, but it sure felt good to head. I also discovered that my acoustic musings (randomly plucking strings and chords here and there) put Vincent to sleep. He actually passed out sitting upright on my shoes while I played, go figure. At least he seems to have stopped waking me up at 4 in the morning. For now.

For those of you that have

Welcome to Austin ladies and gentlemen, it will take a few minutes for the captain ...

known me for some time, you know that I don't remember my dreams, but I dream vivid ones. I also haven't had nightmares since I was a little kid. But recently my dreams have been odd - incredibly vivid, and a few times quite frightening. So vivid that I have to look around and convince myself that the stuff in the dream


didn't actually happen. It's just odd. Maybe it's because I'm finally starting to get sleep (since Vincent lets me) and my body is pissed off.

*meow* *meow* *MEOW* *purrrrrrrr* *puuurrrrrrrrrrr* *meow* *chomp* *chomp* *chomp*

Anyways, chances are if you're reading this, I miss you and would like to hear from you. I'd love it if you emailed, IMed, called or left a message here.

*sigh* anyways, it's later, and I have to to work very soon.

This is your life, are you who you want to be?



This is why.

"You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame.

On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing, the same stuff you walk on, it's right there, so blurred you can't focus on it, yet you can put your foot down and touch it anytime, and the whole thing, the whole experience, is never removed from immediate consciousness."

- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: Chapter 1



So, I'm on vacation - w00t. It's actually quite nice. We're out in the middle of Colorado at Steamboat Springs. On top of that, I've got about 30+ members of my family here, actually from all over the world (mostly from the corners of the US, but also one person from India. Personally, I think my favorite part of this vacation is that there seems to be no specific plans as of yet. I mean, I'm really looking forward to doing all the fun hiking, mountan climbing, tubing, etc, but it also seems like if we want to just sit outside and soak in the atmosphere and read a book, we can! (This is a rare occurence on our vacations - normally they're quite packed with things every minute.

Let's see... what all has happened since my last post at 5/27? Quite a bit - for those of you who have spent time with me in Austin, you know I've been damn busy at work, and taking care of my bike. That's been most of my time, especially since my boss was out because of his new baby for two weeks, and my boss' boss was out for a week on vacation, so I got to be the sole member of the build team during a few publishes and hotfixes - definately an enlightening experience. O_O But fun nonetheless (not for long periods though, >_<)

Moved into my new beautiful place, which is AWESOME - it's nice and big, and is finally getting cleaned up - even Vincent feels at home.

That, and Sean got married at the end of June - congrats Sean and Mel! You're both absolutely wonderful! ^_^ And my best man speech seemed to go off without a hitch, which I can't necessarily say for one of the other toasts, during which Sean was constantly uttering, "I can't believe he's saying this in front of my relatives..." =P

And then Kim and I got to visit DC a little with Chamal and Phoebe, which was a whole lotta fun. ^_^

And then more weddings, went back to Houston with Kim to see a hugemongous Hindu and Catholic wedding, of which my mom and relatives kept dropping hints about marriage. So subtle... so subtle... *laughs*

Anyways, so that's the narrative of what I've been up to (for the most part). Probably more to come.


*tumbleweed rolls by*

So, it's been a long time since I've updated - sorry (to all my loyal readers, ie: me). Anyways, I'm in Denver right now with my family and I will definately update again. In the meantime:

damn right!



Took my bike out a few times so far and have yet to kill myself, which is a wonderful thing. Also - check out the new link on the side (Bash). Frickin' hilarious.


I don't speak 'crazy head sucker'

Yeah. Damn skippy *laughs* ^_^


Son of a...

Yeah, so today SUCKED. A lot.
First off, my cat hasn't let me sleep for th last three days, so I'm exhausted. Oy. -_-

And I had two critical bugs that showed up at work today, one out on live that I can't replicate it, so I can't fix it, and the other a server crash for our QA team, that the cores (snapshot of the program when it crashed) were purged from, so the only way I can fix it is to wait for another server to crash again. -_-

Also, I know that it's impossible to write perfect code, but it's also really depressing being responsible for bugs that make it out - it's just a total downer and makes me feel like crap, plus it's noone's fault but my own. Looks like I just need to double, triple check my code better. *sigh*

On a positive note, my name is in the credits of a video game! That's friggin awesome ^_^, so if you play Star Wars Galaxies, click on the credits, and you'll see my name in the credits. w00t!

The new Batman trailer is out - which looks AWESOME, definately go check that out. It looks much closer to the comic, and it's just more real than the previous ones. The world feels like it could actually exist. I'm excited to see it.

Penny Arcade has an awesome spoof of Star Wars and current television.

I'm still looking at motorcycles, and in a strange turn of events, Kim has gone from total fear of them to interest! She even wants to try to ride mine once I get it. We're gonna go look at some this weekend... can't wait ^_^ - I almost physically drool over the different paint jobs on the YZF-R6.

I've been more artistically inspired as of late - starting to see beauty in the little things in life again (I wonder if it's the lack of sleep o_O). Anyways, I really like Megatokyo, there's a frame or two that stood out to me in todays. It's amazing how much emotion you can portray in one image. The female in this strip is very dark, (as can be seen through most of the strip / comic), but in the second to last frame, a total emotional shift is made in her countenance, of vulnerability. Beautifully done. I wish I could make things like that again.

We have no phone in our apartment, and it doesn't look like it's going to be fixed, and we barely have an internet connection. Suck.



So anybody who really knows me and has talked to me on a personal level knows that I don't remember much of my childhood. I'm not really sure why - all I get is small bits and pieces, little shards of memories, like individual pages ripped out of a novel.

I came across a link (included later this post) that reminded me of one part of my childhood - Final Fantasy III (VI Japanese). Man, does that bring back memories. I remember begging my mom to go pick it up for me right when it came out, and I remember how excited I was when I was actually holding the box in my hands - it was close to winter time if I remember right, and I was SO excited to sit down and start playing it. It's pretty amazing how a little image of a box can bring back all these memories of childhood joy - I can practically see myself as a kid in my old living room staring at the box with a big, goofy smile on my face.

Anyways, that game has a lot of memories attached with it - I remember constantly playing it, I remember being pretty young - looking at the release date, I guess I was thirteen. I remmeber Mike would come over all the time and watch, because he hadn't got a copy yet - man, that was fun. I don't know if I've ever got as caught up in a video game plot as that one. For any of you who say that video games are not a respectful story-telling medium and that a chunk of pixels cannot create emotion, I say you have never experienced the Opera scene of FFIII - it's a spectacular piece indeed. I think I actually shed a tear or two when I played it (I know I did in later replays of it). That, and the final section of the game was just awesome - it was like living an epic. I guess it was just easier to immerse a kid back then - I'm glad it was that way. Even listening to the music brings me back... man, I need to play that again...

I had been looking for the original ads for a long time - the real debut of Mog in a large role - as a badass ;) Thanks to the internet, I finally found 'em! I wish I could higher quality pictures of them, though... Part 1...Part 2...

Anyways, the thing that reminded me of it was this - a spoof of the ending of it where the PSP is trying to take over the world and the other game systems are trying to fight it off. If you've beat FFVI and have a knowledge of old game systems, this is actually the funniest thing EVER. ^_^

Yeah. Work is going crazy, I'm getting close to finishing the project I've been working on for two weeks (soooo close....), and with CU and EP3 going out very soon, things are only going to get crazier. But it's all good. ^_^

I've been thinking of getting a motorcycle - a dream a couple weeks back brought it on. It doesn't help that a week or so after that, my roomate got the fastest bike on the planet - not exaggerating - the Limited Edition Suzuki Hayabusa. Now I would never want to get a bike that expensive or that powerful, especially since I've never driven a motorcycle.

I think I found one of the reasons I want it, too - I always loved riding a bicycle when I was a kid, I'd bet this is an extension of that - the agility and openness of riding in a bike, it really appeals to me. And for anyone who thinks this is a terrible idea, keep in mind that I believe in driving safely. I DON'T intent to drive like a madman, or without safety gear. I fully intend to ride my bike (if / when I get one) like a responsible person at the speed limit and wear a helmet, gloves and padded jacket (I haven't tried any padded pants yet, so I dunno about that...)

Anywhoo, here are the ones I'm looking at: my boss, who's ridden on bikes more than he's driven in a car prefers cruisers and is strongly recommending the Honda Rebel, which is appealing because of the low price, and low power. But I really prefer the look of a sport bike, and I think I'd just constantly be waiting to sell it off and get a bike that is more visually appealing to my style as well.

The ones I'm seriously considering (in order of increasing power and price) are the Ninja 250R, a great low power bike at a low price - not the best looks in the world, but not too bad, my concern would be that I'd get tired of a low power bike and want one a little more powerful, not an issue with the others (all the minimums of the sport bike realm). That and I'm not sure my giant 6'2" self would really fit comfortably on it. The Ninja 500, a more powerful version, a little more sleek, looks nicer, and would probably last longer. The GS500F, supposedly another good but powerful starter bike, although the looks of it are a little goofy. The YZF600R , powerful, large, sleek and sexy, but the price matches it...

Really hard to decide, I want to get a nice bike, but I also don't want to ruin it, since it's my first one (the chance of laying it down...) So yeah, I dunno -_-. Then there's the, "if money were no object, and I already knew how to ride a bike" - the CBR600F4i, and the absolute top of my list - the sexy YZF-R1. Although it's probably good that I'm not even CONSIDERING either of those, cuz I would probably either destroy 8 - 10k of motorcycle, the chances are my killing myself are way too high o_O.

The other decision is new / used - both have their merits, most obvious being the price. New - brand new bike, guaranteed quality, but I have to tax, title and license. Used - might get a lot off the price, will probably already be broken in, but no guarantee on the quality of the bike, have to settle for some scratches or dings.

Anyways, so that's me - back to work tomorrow, and then to pack things up to get ready to move up north. How about you? How are you doing?



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Brain hurts... -_-

Alright, so this is the first weekend I've been able to sit at home and relax in a long time. And thusly, all I've done is sit around and be lazy. I played more video games today than I have in a long time, more on my new PSP than any other. My head totally hurts from playing on a small screen all day -_-. And two maniacal cats running around at top speed in mortal aerial combat like they're in some crazy kung-fu movie does NOT help. So now I've stopped and I'm trying to do something that makes my head feel much better. *_*

So yeah.

Random: last week I finally felt like the geek I know I am. I went over to Kim's place with my trenchcoat fully equipped - each pocket to the brim with:
- Sony PSP
- Nintendo DS
- 20gb mp3 player
- High quality in-canal headphones
- 2mgpix digital camera
- Axim x30 (PDA)
- All topped off with my laptop and various cables over my shoulder in a backpack

Fully equipped and ready to go.



I totally need me one of these: The Commentator.

I also need to stop just posting links and post real information.



Wow o_O

It would be worth the effort and money to make this, just for the cool factor. =P


It's like a combination of nerdiness and alchohol! Where can you go wrong?


Now that's bravery. ^_^

Haven't had the energy for a real post, but this is a great article.

How much does it take to make a credit card signature count?
If you can solve all 13, I'll buy you a coke!

13 things that do not make sense


Stuff and stuff.

So I realize that I don't post nearly as often as I used to. Not for a lack of content, but for a lack of time. Anyways.

So I started working on my car (the '68 Mustang, no longer a Must-ng) over the weekend for the first time. It's an amazing feeling to be able to take something apart and fix it. ^_^ So yeah, now I've kinda got on a high with working on the car, which is really cool. I ripped out the dash, cleaned up each part of the inside, reattached the broken part of the spedometer, and fixed up the odometer. (oh yeah, my 37 year old car has 1.9 miles on it =P) Anyways, Joe took a look at it, and I think we're gonna start looking at stereo parts for it. Good stuff ^_^

Yeah. I sometimes forget how lucky I am, I really love my job (even though it's stressful at times), I've got some great friends who are (for the most part) quite happy, a wonderful girlfriend, and I'm finally starting to listen to music again. Life is good. Busy, but good.

On that note - congratulations to Mel and Sean (who called me this morning to be his best man at his wedding) who are engaged and will be getting married this summer. You rarely see two people who are that perfect together. It's quite a sight. Now... to think up a speech...

I've also realized that Austin is home. Everywhere I go now, I have memories in and around Austin. Each street, sidewalk, restaurant has its own memories. From rolling around in the grass, going to cast parties, orientation, scavengar hunts, showing friends around, seeing sunsets, classes, and just late nights with friends, everywhere I go in Austin feels like home. I like that feeling. I always have.

And now, random song lyrics - does anyone know the song? (without using the internet to find the answer...)

Digging up the past
To cross that line
To bury it, one last time
Offered is advice to you
But all you did was fake it
I know that pain inside this truth
But you just have to face it
And she's only yours tonight
Oh she never cries, mother
I know there's hurt inside,

And, to top off the randomness, here's a crazy picture of my cat, Vincent. ^_^



Alright, so I gotta admit - this whole tablet thing is pretty damncool - I'm on Joe's brother's tables now. BTW - it has a handwriting analysis tool, and here's what I got:

Handwriting Analysis Tool for Tablet PC Results

You are pessimistic about your future. Your impatience causes you to overlook details and ignore choices previously made. You are abstract and imaginative, and enjoy philosophy.

Mental Abilty
You are sharp and impatient. You learn quickly, and skip parts that seem useless. However, you make decisions carefully, weighing the pros and cons before committing yourself.

You keep your inner-most thoughts to yourself. However, you enjoy discussions and are receptive to other opinions. You can be deceitful to yourself.

You set ambitious, long term goals, though sometimes vague. Fortunately, you have strong will-power, enthusiasm, endurance, and self-confidence, helping you to achieve those goals.

Self Image
You are confident and self-assured, and resultantly set ambitious, long-term goals. However, you are also sensitive to criticism and need approval.

You are a cautious person who thinks carefully before acting. You keep feelings inside and do not express them openly, in order to protect yourself. However, you can be empathetic and sympathetic, and forgive and forget quickly.

Social Skills
You are a solitary person, and desire to work alone, and be alone most of the time. However, you do feel isolated sometimes.

Fascinating, that.



Had my performance review with my boss today, and discovered something insteresting - apparently there were times when I was still in college where I was referred to as the "miracle intern".

Cool ^_^


Frickin' sweet

You know what's really cool? Fixing a bug in the live game, and having people on the forums rave about how awesome of a change it is. That's one of those times where it feels good to do what you do. It's an awesome feeling to know the stuff you're working on all day is appreciateed by someone. ^_^


Food for thought.

1. Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4. Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
5. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
8. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
9. Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
10. The second mouse gets the cheese.
11. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

Cirque du Soleil: Varekai was amazing! Absolutely beautiful visuals, and incredibly talented people, with a wonderful musical score. Highly recommended for anyone that can go while they are in Austin. The tickets may seem pricey, but it's well worth it, IMHO.


Work work workity work work.

First of all - here's some fun links I've seen while at work:
How to write unmaintanable code
The evolution of a programmer

And a quote from lunch today:

Producer: Can you do [insert crazy impossible task here]?
Programmer: Not at my current salary.

hee hee.

Now, back to admiring the cat scratches all over my hands while waiting for my build to finish...



I got a kitty! Meet Vincent:

Kim and I saved him from the cold outdoors, and now he is staying with me. ^_^


Stuck in my head

Take my photo off the wall
If it just won't sing for you
'Cause all that's left has gone away
And there's nothing there for you to prove

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
Oh well, it seems likes such fun
Until you lose what you had won

Give me back my point of view
'Cause I just can't think for you
I can hardly hear you say
What should I do, well you choose

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
Oh well, it seems likes such fun
Until you lose what you had won

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
A fool of everyone
A fool of everyone

Take my photo off the wall
If it just won't sing for you
'Cause all that's left has gone away
And there's nothing there for you to do

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
Oh well, it seems likes such fun
Until you lose what you had won

Oh, look what you've done
You've made a fool of everyone
A fool of everyone
A fool of everyone



Alright, so it's been a long time since I've posted anything, just thought I'd shoot an update. First of all - it was awesome to see everyone in the last few weeks, that was probably the best way to celebrate all the awesome stuff I've gotten myself into recenlty.

First, I graduated college. It's over. THANK GOD. Amazingly enough, the fact that I passed this last semester is more amazing to me than the fact that I finished college as a whole. Is that sad? Anyways, somehow I not only managed to pass, but I got straight As! Yeah, that's pretty nuts - what a way to go, 22 hours of A credit at the end. Allll right. ^_^

Second, my parents surprised me on my graduation day with the Mustang! It's finally up and working, so I've been taking it around as my primary car - especially since all the other cars in my family are being repaired right now. For those of you that don't know, my mother bought a '68 Mustang in 1970, and we've had it ever since. Needless to say, I've wanted it for the longest time, and it's finally working. It's absolutely wonderful. ^_^

Third, I got my dream job. I never could have EVER imagined getting right into the game industry out of college. I really feel like working my ass off in school all this time finally paid off. I got an awesome internship with the best boss I've ever worked under, whom I felt I learned a TON from, and even now, I'm working with some awesome people. Plus, I'm making good money, have great benefits and get to stay in Austin, but far away enough from the total hustle of the city (up North). Work is currently kicking my ass, because the stuff I've working on is a huge part of the whole system, and is very problematic, but at least I'm almost done with it. ^_^

Also, just recently we found out that at the worst, Kim will be coasting by on a full scholarship to Baylor for law school. (yeah, some worst case, huh?) Anyways, so at the worst, she'll be between Austin and Dallas. Good stuff. ^_^

So now, I'm just working my butt off at my job, and spending time with Kim, my family and friends, and playing all kinds of video games.

Gooood stuff. ^_^

Oh yeah - Congratulations on the recent engagement, Mel and Sean! You two are wonderful together!