Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category

Blackberry Postin’

Friday, March 20th, 2009

So this is my first attempt at updating the ol’ blog here with my new Blackberry. So far, not too bad.

Anyways, Megs and I are currently in the lounge at the Westin Hotel in Palo Alto awaiting her moot court team’s final practice session in a few minutes. The actual competition is later tonight, so best wishes to Megs and her team!

The weather has been absolutely lovely up here, and I wish we had more time to just hang out here and enjoy it. It’d be nice if we could visit with friends in the area too, but it looks like we’re not going to have time.

Take care, everyone! Chris loves ya!

Facebook Fights My Blog

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I feel bad for neglecting good ol’ ChrisWeb here. I’ve been spending more time updating my Facebook status and doing silly memes over there, however that generally only updates the 149 Friends I have on Facebook and not the world at large. For the record, I only befriend people I know in real life on Facebook, so it’s not like I’m sharing personal information with random weirdos on the ‘net. Only the random weirdos I know personally.

In any event, not a whole lot going on with me. Megs and I have both survived the February Cold/Flu of Suffering, so we’re back to our nominally-healthy selves. Work has been good, and we just released another content update for Pirates this week. Check it out! Tell your friends!

Changing subjects, I still really love my Blackberry Curve. It’s a sweet little device and does all the things I want out of a cell phone. I know it’s no iPhone, but honestly, I think I prefer it. It has an actual physical keyboard and it’s still smaller. I don’t need to play silly iPhone games, even if it does “have an app for that”. In case folks didn’t know, there are apps for the Blackberry too! My favorites are Google Maps (with GPS!) and Facebook. Man, I’m such a Facebook fiend these days!

Oh! And the other day I bought The Secret of Mana on the Wii Virtual Console. I forgot how great this game is! It was also really ambitious for its time, 1993. Sure, the AI and pathing are crude now, and sprite-based orthographic games are certainly not in vogue as much as they were 16 years ago, but at the time it was pretty damn advanced! Having worked in the video games industry for almost five years now, I can appreciate how much work this was, especially since it was all done in 65816 assembly code! ASSEMBLY!!! This was basically a supped-up 8 or 16-bit version of the good ol’ 6502 that the original Nintendo ran on. Hardcore.

Lastly, what is more awesome than a unicorn puking a rainbow? If it’s needlepoint:

Unicorn Rainbow

Unicorn Rainbow

Twitter Patter

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Some of my readers already know of so-called Internet “microblogging” service Twitter. What they may not know is that I have a Twitter feed of my own now. Basically, it’s a place where I can post about the minutia of whatever in 140 characters or less per post. I can do so via the web site or via text messaging on my phone. Interested parties can “subscribe” to my “feed” and keep up with what I’m posting about. Oh the joy of it all. Not sure if I’ll ever post there or what, but since everyone else was doing it…I wanted to be cool. 😛

Megs and I are slowly settling on some kind of holiday plans, so here’s what we got so far: Thanksgiving is gonna be down here in Los Angeles. Probably down in Long Beach with whatever relatives we can manage to find there. For Christmas we’re planning on taking the train up to Eugene, staying there for a few days, driving up to Portland for a week, back down to Eugene for a few more days, then train back down to LA. Whew! If anyone is gonna be in the Eugene/Portland area in the last half of December, let me know and maybe we can say hi.

I hope this does not happen

Back Home from the Lake

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

We’re home safe from our trip. Pretty tired, so no big write-up quite yet. I’ve got the pictures on my computer, but it’ll take a while to caption and sort all 200+ of them, so I’ll upload them later. I’ll link ’em when they’re up.

Kim, Matt, and Grandpa at Yosemite

We had a wonderful time, but it’s good to be home.

Headin’ South to Nerd Out

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

In just a few hours, Jacques and I will be taking mass transit down to meet Megs in Fullerton after her night class gets out. From there we will take her car all the way to San Diego for the famous San Diego Comic-Con!!!

Comic-Con logo

I’ll be taking a vacation day from work tomorrow to spend Friday at, as Wil Wheaton calls it, the Nerd Prom. Speaking of Wil, perhaps we’ll bump into him there and say hi. We’re also hoping to catch the Venture Brothers panel at 17:30 and get some signatures and/or art from the Penny Arcade guys and others. We’ll be taking lots of pictures, so expect those when we get back.

Excelsior!

Nifty Device!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

I got a new toy today! It’s called the Turtle Beach AudioTron, and it’s awesome! What it is is a stereo component that goes in, say, your living room. Then you plug it into 1) your stereo and 2) your home network, and BAM! Suddenly you can play all your mp3s on your computer in the living room! How sweet is that? It just looks for fileshares on the network with music and then it streams the music to the stereo. Has a remote control and everything! Damn cool.

Some future stuff: this weekend Megs and I are looking after Matt and Anna’s dog. Next weekend, we’re going to the world-famous Magic Castle with some friends of mine from work. The weekend after that we’re going with Jacques down to the famous San Diego Comic-Con! I’ve wanted to go for years, so now’s the time! If anyone else who reads this thing is going, we’re gonna be there Friday, so drop a line and we’ll try to find you in the thousands and thousands of people there.

Second week in August Megs and I are gonna be with mom, Matt-donut, Grandpa G., and maybe Kim and Uncle David up near Yosemite. I haven’t been to Bass Lake since I was, like, seven, so this should be fun. Gonna learn me how ta water ski! Woo hoo!

I think that’s about it for the summer, but that’s enough, I think. I’ll keep you posted as interesting things develop. Lastly, since I get more comments when I post a picture, here ya go:

Homer Simpson fails at breakfast

Net Neutrality

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

I always liked Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). I like that he’s standing up for the basic principles of the Internet. For those who haven’t heard the term, “net neutrality” basically means that all packets on the Internet are created equal and should be delivered without thought as to who sent them or where they are going. Many Internet service providers are currently trying to make it so that sites that paid would get priority traffic — but how do you prioritize one service’s packets without de-prioritizing other sites’ packets? This is an issue that matters to me a great deal, and I’m glad someone is standing up for it.

More Posts, You Say?

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

So, apparently Kim has thrown down some kind of virtual gauntlet to post every day for some length of time. I can do that.

As Matt and Jacques would say, “It’s turkey ice cream ON!”

Last weekend was unremarkable. Played video games, did laundry, hung out with folks, yadda yadda. Oh, and Megs and I saw Stardust, which we both rather enjoyed.

Lately I’ve been trying to sharpen up my C++ skills. All I’ve ever really done with it is tinker around and what I did in college. I found an old “Teach Yourself Visual C++ 4 in 21 Days” book on my shelf, and although version 4 is about four or five versions behind what’s current, I’ve managed to adapt the conventions in the book to what’s done in version 7.1 (.NET 2003), which is what we use at work. In two days I’m up to Day Ten in the book, so it’s quick going. Not sure how useful it’ll be in the long term. It glosses over the more technical details of C++ and focuses more on the MFC API, which I guess is good to know, but I’m still fuzzy on such basic things as typdef’s and pointers/addresses. I think I have another book on the shelf back home that’ll be more language oriented.

Lastly, this is awesome.

Linkage and More

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

First off, the big news for me is that I finally got that new phone I’ve been asking for for the past couple holidays. It’s totally awesome and I love it. I really missed having a flip phone.

Saturday evening we held a party to break in our new couch and to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Here are some pictures which basically tell the story of us hanging out and playing games:

St. Patricks Day
Guitar Hero
Kim

A good time was had by all.

I have high hopes for Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (aka Pirates 3) after seeing the trailer that just came out last weekend. It looks really cool.

Lastly, Matt and Jacques both sent me this cool link for a free game called Plasma Pong. Remember the arcade classic “Pong”? Well, picture it but with real-time fluid dynamics you control. It’s totally trippy to play/watch. Also, this is a nifty mental game. Check ’em out (especially you, dad!)

Voting and Script Kiddies

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

No, the two subjects have nothing to do with one another other than they’re the two things I felt like talking about today.

Yesterday as most of you know was Election Day here in the U.S., and I availed myself of my local polling place and did my civic duty by inking my dots of preference (throw more dots!!!), so that’s done and done. No fancy touch-screen machines for us in L.A., just the usual Ink-A-Dot system, however they did have a machine there to scan the completed ballot and make sure it’s filled out right or something. Not sure exactly what it does, but it sits on top of the big black box we used to deposit the ballots into and I’m guessing it does this for me now or something. Gash-dern’d new fangled tek-naw-la-gee! PH34R!!!!!

And how about Rumsfield? I must admit, I didn’t see that one coming.

So, with regard to part two of my stupid headline, I find myself writing a lot of various shell scripts at work these days. I must say that I enjoy it. Some folks even ask me to do this thing for them. The term “script kiddie”, by the way, is not generally a nice thing to call someone on teh interwebz. It’s an older term usually referring to someone–often a young person–who doesn’t really know how to program or hack computers, however they can run (often harmful) scripts they get off the net, so they think they’re hot stuff. So I call myself this in jest, mostly because I like the phrase “script kiddie”. It sounds funny to me.

If this were LiveJournal, I’d include a line for “Listening to:” here. It would say I’m listening to an obscure Canadian rock band doing covers of NES games. I’m betting none of my readers would be surprised by this.