3.27.2008

Benedict Arnold Was Here

I woke up on Monday and found that my building had been graffito-tagged by someone named Traitor. Which, first, let me say that given the sheer idiocy of this act, I am really impressed that 'traitor' was spelled correctly.

Monday was the day after Easter Sunday so when I came out of my apartment that morning I thought maybe it was like a religious thing. You remember that part in The Ten Commandments when all the dudes put lambs blood on their doors to protect their kids from the evil green misty fingers of doom? But then I was like, hey Moses isn't Jesus. Then I stepped over the upside down writing and realized what it actually said.

"Oh, Boy."

Devoid of any meaning, the whole thing becomes pretty hilarious. Anyway, I have no idea who did it or why. There are only three units in my building and I (the librarian) did not betray anyone recently. I don't think it was my Yoga-training, computer programming upstairs neighbor either. No, my money is on the boys on the 3rd floor. The self-proclaimed Xtreem Renegade Riderz. I'm not making this up (or exaggerating the spelling). This group of 4-6 individuals live on the top floor and own roughtly 14-17 vehicles all of which have Xtreem Renegade Riderz stenciled on the windshields. They are fast and they are furious... apparently.

The funny thing is, when I bump into them in the laundry room or pass them in the hallway they are super nice. All smiles, at least one of them has kids, and they even pitch in around the building, like when my landlord cheaps out and begs his tenants to "help him out" instead of shelling out for a grounds crew.

So maybe someone in the crew lost his pink slip and now is forced to ride the bus. The other dudes were like "Oh yeah, we'll totally pick you up" and then they were busy with their illegal street racing and forgot? I don't know. You're guess is as good as mine.

Anyway, I just felt compelled to share this because it was so crazy. I wanted to post it on Monday but the shit went down at work, and you know what they say: when the shit goes down, you better start runnin'.

3.21.2008

Kinda Wanna Go Skiing

In honor of the lovely 6-8" of snow we are expecting in the Chicagoland area today I thought I would post this gem of a video.

If you ever hear me say "I kinda wanna go skiing" as a euphemism for "I'm over it, already", now you know what the hell I'm talking about, and you can thank Jeff Gerstmann for starting it all in the first place.

3.19.2008

No Point

So, this post doesn't really have a point. I'm just trying not to work and this seems like a halfway productive non-working exercise that I can engage in.

This week I have been completely destroyed by the weather. I am not generally one who's mood/demeanor is dictated by the weather. I love bad weather and good weather about equally. After a long and cold winter, enjoyable as it may have been, I found myself actually looking for to the Spring (something that doesn't happen every year). We finally got a little taste of it last week with sunshine galore and warm temperatures, but this week, someone flipped the switch on the big lightbulb in the sky and we have been wallowing in Doom and Gloom since Monday.

I have been completely deflated by this. It also doesn't help that I haven't been getting enough sleep this week and all I can do is spin my wheels on the projects I'm working on at the office. I feel like Superman after he got shanked with kryptonite. Or maybe Nuclear Man... I guess Nuclear Man is a better example. They both get their powers from the sun though, so whatever. Also, Nuclear Man looks exactly like Dolph Lundgren (in fact, I mistook him for Dolph for a good chunk of my life). I wouldn't mind taking a nap in a tanning booth right now, or maybe just rigging up some kind of UV heat lamp like those ridiculous cameras they make people wear on reality TV.

Blargh, indeed.

In other news, I saw a woman this morning with bright orange hair. She was older and at first glance I thought she was wearing a hat. It just made me wonder, how it can be socially acceptable for an old lady to walk around with neon orange hair (or at the very least, overlooked) while a punker kid with green hair gets demonized. I guess the grandma probably isn't blaring death metal from her mom's minivan, but whatever. Down with the double standards!

Let's see, what else can I talk about? In computer news, I'm pretty happy with my new setup. I've got Mac OS X and Windows XP running on my new computer and Linux on my old desktop. I'm running gOS, which is a really slick and light, Internet dependent flavor of Ubuntu, I believe. I like it a lot, but I can't get my wireless card to work with it.

I'm not going to lie, I don't understand shit about Linux. Loading drivers, installing packages, that kind of crap makes my head spin and I don't want to deal with it. gOS is one of the most user-friendly flavors of Linux too, so if I can't hack that, then I should just give up. I am thinking about moving the thing into the living room where I can plug it into a landline, loading Linux MCE on it and just using it as a media center. But that would require buying an adapter cable though and probably more learning, so I can't just do it on a whim.


Whatever. It seems like computers are all I ever talk about anymore.

Oh yeah, I know; I can mention that April is Cyberpunk month and it's coming up soon! To be clear, this is a distinction that I have completely made up, but it serves a good purpose for me to set aside a month to get caught up on all things cyberpunk. You can read more about it if you follow the link but the short version is, April is my least favorite month, typically, so I am basically just trying to turn a frown upside down.

Last year I finally watched Robocop 2 and 3 and Tron. I'm excited this time around, although I'm not really sure what I'm going to go for. I was thinking about reading some more Richard Morgan from his Altered Carbon series, but my buddy Jeremy warned me off and told me they were pretty pale compared to the first book. Instead, I'm thinking about checking out Tea From An Empty Cup by Ms. Pat Cadigan. I can't remember what movies I am going to look for. I will definitely watch The Terminator trilogy again. Sarah Connor Chronicles started that itch a while ago and it will finally be scratched.

In other movie news, I just watched The Last Starfighter for the first time in my life last night. It's not cyberpunk, but, like Tron it was one of the first movie to use 3D CGI special effects. It wasn't bad. I'm sure if I had seen it in 1984 when it originally came out I would have a much bigger sweet spot for it, but I was decently entertained 24 years later and that's not too shabby.

*Update: So, I'm feeling a lot better, now. The sun has come out, I managed to find some traction on one of my projects at work and it's all thanks to the magic of the Internets! Next up, I'm going to take a damn nap!

3.18.2008

Drum Test

I threw this together as a test for recording drum audio and video simultaneously. It also served as a good intro to learning the newest version of iMovie.

3.14.2008

Triumphant Return

So, about 2 weeks ago, my laptop died. I've had the thing for almost 4 years, but for some random reason it just won't operate without freezing any more. From what I understand it was some crazy logic board problem only occurring in my specific model.

Whatever.

In the meantime, I ordered a new computer (a desktop, for a change) and after many calls to the bank trying to convince them that I was not defrauding myself, I am finally, fully back online.

It's cool though, I am online practically 8 hours straight everyday at work, but so much of what my computer has become now is more than just websites, my music, movies, photos, all that crap is on there.

So, yeah it's good to be back. And no, if you're wondering I didn't lose any of my data. I am awesome at backing shit up. In fact, Juvenile's song "Back That Ass Up" was actually written about me. Originally titled "Back That Cache Up", the record execs didn't think it would synergize backward overflow in the key demo's, so they made him change the lyrics and throw a bunch of hoochies in his video. Whatev.

DataMapRight, so I'm still working out the kinks on the new system. Right now I am shuffling the data around on my increasingly ridiculous array of external hard drives. (To the right is a diagram I had to make to keep myself sane.) I thought I was done about an hour and a half ago but now we are "verifying" that my first hour and a half of transfers wasn't spent in vain. So it's almost 2am and the only light on in the room is the blinding white luminescence of my monitor. I'm kinda going crazy. At one point I swear there were bugs crawling on me. Oh well, tomorrow's Friday, hopefully I can walk around like a zombie at work and no one will notice. Also, I got a new keyboard and it's totally -uckin' with my shi-. I love it, but it will take some getting used to.

3 minutes remaining on that verify. I'm out. Stay tuned to this space, I hope to be updating it more frequently now (barring another crazy-ass Star Trek-esque exploding computer panel).

Oh yeah, I also installed gOS on my old PC (since Windows totally failed me in my time of need), but more on that later.