Monthly Archives: January 2007

I played with someone’s Wii.

Okay, the Wii jokes are just too easy. I wonder if the Japanese thought of that when they picked the name, or if it was just another announcement that made Nintendo of America put their face in their hands knowing they were going to have to deal with the P.R. of it all.

Names aside I was pretty impressed. All I played was Wii sports with Stooks but it was a blast. At first, I’ll admit, I felt a bit insecure standing there with a Wiimote in my hand pretending to be holding a tennis racket, or a bowling ball, but once you get into the game and realize how really fun it is, you’ll find yourself lurching and swinging just as if you were right there in the game. I always though that simple wrist flicks were all you really had to do for the Wii to interpret the movements, but it really does work better if you go through the full range of motion whether it’s swinging a golf club, or pitching a baseball.

It was a good time and it tempts me to run out and try to find one. But I’m in major money saving mode right now, and I keep telling myself I’m not getting any more games until I beat Final Fantasy XII! Now if someone were to give me one on the other hand…I suppose I’d find a way to deal with it. 😉

Life after football!

It dawned on me today that in about a week and a half the football season would be over. There was a moment of alarm. Granted, I am not a football addict (at least not EXTREME), but it’s just such a big part of my Sunday routine. I don’t glue to it, but it’s there like an old friend that waits til I notice they’re around. So this flutter of panic hit me….What would I do with my Sunday afternoons???

But (deep sigh of relief) NASCAR, my other old buddy, will be there to pick up the slack. The Daytona 500 is held on Feb. 11. Yay!! Now I am excited again. “Boogity, boogity, boogity! Let’s go racin’!!!!!!!!”

Kids these days.

So I’m doing the show right? And I get a lot of kids calling in, it’s just the way it goes.

Well this girl calls me and says, “Hey! Today is my friend’s birthday and she wants to hear ‘I’m In Love With A Stripper’.” This girl couldn’t have been but 12 or 13 years old. When I was 13, I was wishing I were old enough for somebody to give me a job. Oh well right.

I ask, “What? Is your friend really in love with a stripper or something?”

She says, “No, that was just her first slow dance song and she wants to hear it again.”

Wha!? Maybe it’s because I went to school in po-dunk ville USA, but that never would have gotten played at any of our school dances. And even if it were, I’d be pretty uncomfortable out there slow dancing to “I’m In Love With A Stripper.” What has the world come to!? I can’t believe I’m leaving my elderly years in the hands of these hoodlums.

Winter Wonderland

You know, I’ve lived in Kansas all of my life. There hasn’t been many times when we’ve ONLY gotten snow. Usually it’s ice and sleet and all that goes with it. I love the snow because it’s so beautiful, but I wish it didn’t have to be so cold for it to do it’s thing. 😛

Anyways, I took some pictures today. I love how it just blankets the frozen stream out there!

Holy smokes!

Be careful carrying around that cell phone…because it just might BURST INTO FLAMES!

Are you kidding me? I’d say this lends credit to not pumping gas with your cell phone, but I think this is more in line with the rule, don’t pump gas with anything that could spontaniously combust.

In other news, this is expected to be one of the “hottest” new trends of 2007. FLASH TONES!

Oh SNAP!

As you’ve probably noticed, WordPress added this “Snap!” feature to the blogs that lets you preview links without clicking on them. I don’t know about anyone else but I find it incredibly annoying, mostly useless, and a little too much like adware. Personally I disabled it by clicking on options in the bubble. It’s cookie based though which means if you switch computers, or you clear out your cookies you’re going to have to disable it again.

That said, I can disable it in the options. But if you guys liking having it around I can just leave it enabled and keep it turned off on my end. Discuss.

A refreshing weekend.

So since the chance of another devistating blizzard scared the grandfolks out of heading out to Cimarron, I found myself with a weekend with nothing in particular that needed to be done. First one in quite a while. That doesn’t mean I didn’t do anything all weekend, it just means I didn’t do anything important. I’m used to being on a regular sleep schedule these days of going to bed around 11:30 and getting up around 7:30 or 8:00. That went out the window this weekend. I kinda reverted back to the olden days where I’d be up until 3:00 am and sleep until 11:00. Ahh those were the days. Luckily I didn’t have much trouble getting back on track and up for work today!

My 250gig hard drive and monitor got delivered to work on Friday. So after I finished up my remote at Manhattan High for the basketball game, I went home and got to work setting up all that. It takes a LOOONNNGG time to format 250 gigs. I can only imagine how long it’d take Brian’s 500 gigs (I’m guessing twice as long). I got my monitor hooked up and man is that thing nice. It’s not the top of the line Dell widescreen or anything, but I think it’s an awesome monitor for the price I paid for it. 19″ widescreen, 5ms response time, 700:1 contrast ratio for all you who are interested in specs. And the thing is freakin’ bright. I don’t know why anyone would want it on the brightest setting unless maybe the sun were shining directly on the monitor. I have the brightness set at 80% and it’s still noticablly brighter than my old monitor.

Andrea did a little splurging herself and after seeing my monitor she just had to get one for herself. She also picked up a “Wal-Mart special”computer desk for herself (finally)! She didn’t get a widescreen though. To each their own. After going widescreen, I don’t think I’d ever go back. I used to think it’d be awkward but it actually feels more natural. Go figure. But with the extra space left on my desk left from Andrea’s computer, I hooked my old monitor back up and am running dual monitors now. Just because I can I guess. I’ll try to get some pics later when I get home from work.

So after 130 screws and pieces A through L we got Andrea’s desk put together and my desk organized. Then I finally cleaned out the closet and made room for the old twin bed frame and tucked the box springs away. The room is nice and organized now. Now if I can just motivate myself to do that to the rest of the rooms…

It was nice to have a weekend where I could pour myself into something I enjoyed. I was able to be a little productive, get some video games in, and mostly just take it easy. Bring on retirement! 😉

EDIT: Here’s the pics I promised. And added one more.

My Setup

Andrea’s Setup


A Week in the Caribbean…

Yeah, a week in the Caribbean would sure be nice. Not happening for me, but I can dream.

In reality it appears we are about to get hit with our second blast of winter. Depending on who I talk to or which weather station I tune into it’ll be another icy and snowy weekend or just bitter cold. Either way, I’d rather be on a tropical beach sipping one of those umbrella drinks from a coconut, the only ice in sight floating in my beverage.

You all take care and stay bundled. The only thing everyone agrees with is that you guys in northern Kansas are going to get it a lot worse than we do!

OMGWTFBBQ!

I just noticed today that my hard drive is almost completely full! There’s not a whole lot I want to delete, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to need more than 3 gigs of storage for the future. So I ordered a 250 gig drive from Newegg tonight. That should suffice.

I’d like to think that I would never be able to fill 250 gigs worth of space, but I also remember saying that when we got our first 20 GB hard drive back in the day. *sigh*

So for now I’m just taking it easy and working on copying stuff over to the new FTP server which is up and running at ftp://kartmaster.myftp.org at least I hope. There’s nothing there yet but hopefully there will be soon. If you’re looking for a great ftp client and you use Firefox, I can’t say enough about FireFTP. Check it foo!

Goodbye old friend.

This is all that remains of my old 1990 Pontiac 6000, which  later came to be affectionately referred to as “Lil’ Brudder” (inspired by this Strongbad e-mail.)  Lil’ Brudder finally was laid to rest at the local salvage yard, sold for the grand sum of $50.

The poor car, really did have the heart of a champion.  After all it had been through, it still ran like a champ clear up until I took my last drive the other day down to the junk yard.  It didn’t all happen at once, the car has had a long history, or wrap sheet, which ever you prefer.

I have to admit, before I got the 6000 I considered them among the ugliest cars ever made, while that opinion has waned a bit over the years, I still think the A-Body offerings from Oldsmobile and Buick are far more appealing.  Below are (from left to right) the 1990 Buick Century, Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, and Pontiac 6000.

Since I already didn’t care much for the styling of the car, I decided that I’d go ahead and have some fun with it.  And three rolls of 1″ white electrical tape later, the car had racing stripes, effectively adding 300 horsepower.  I always hated the front grille and headlight design more than anything.  And sticking with the electrical tape trend, I blacked out the fog lights on the inside to make the grill seem less puny and to take some of the focus off the gawdy headlights.  This is probably the best Lil’ Brudder ever looked.

It didn’t last long though.  As most everyone knows, the car has a long history of simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Most of the accidents weren’t my fault though.  Let’s see if I can remember all of them…

The Accidents:

#1 – Within the first month of moving to Manhattan a hail storm blew through and pelted the car.  Good thing I had insisted on that full coverage insurance at the time.  (Not my fault)

#2 – Rearended by some guy with a suspended lisence while at a stop sign in Manhattan.  Busted out the rear tail light covers and pushed the trunk in.  (Not my fault)

#3 – Pushed into a gaurdrail by a big moving truck that didn’t stay in the inside lane when turning left through an intersection.  I was in the right lane, he started moving in, and there was no where to go.  (Not my fault)

#4 – Hit in the left front fender while at my sister Jamie’s apartment.  Never found the cluprit.  (Not my fault)

#5 – Car spun while hitting a patch of ice going to work.  Spun the car 180 degrees and slid into the curb blowing out the left rear tire and bending the rim. (Okay, that was my fault.)

#6 – The deer.  (Not much you can do when they jump right infront of you.)

So after all this is added up…you get…

Ouch!  I almost forgot how that car looked the morning after the wreck.  Still running like a champ though and I couldn’t exactly afford a new car, so I had to drive this thing.  But first I had to make it legal and get two working headlights.

Thanks to a $5 Wal-Mart bolt on flood light, I did.

And this is how she looked until just the other day when she drove off into the sunset.  It was certianly an ugly car to begin with, and even uglier in the end.  I really think the car would have drove forever.  But in the end, it needed a lot of work, a lot of attention, and a lot of money to make presentable on a car that I wasn’t too crazy about in the first place.  After all we’ve been through together though, I must admit it earned a special place in my heart.  For a little car that got no love, and went though it all, it never would give up.  Heart of a champion…*sniffle*.