I Push Buttons

Whether I'm coding, writing, playing games, or pissing people off, it all boils down to pushing buttons.

July 27, 2008

Be Jealous

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July 25, 2008

It's Finally Here!

That's right. I am officially on vacation! We are in the midst of packing to drive to our friends' house in Virginia, where we will stay the night. Tomorrow we will be getting up very early and heading out at 5:30am to head down to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I am beyond excited. I haven't had decent time off since Christmas, and I'm beat. I'm ready to relax!

Options for the beach ("to do" is too restrictive):

  • read Watchmen

  • body boarding

  • build a sand castle

  • take some photos for the blog

  • play some board games

  • put together puzzle of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks

  • play miniature golf

  • play Rock Band

  • watch some movies

  • play some poker

  • write some more on my current project

  • play bocci

  • play volleyball

  • have a drink... or many...



I will most likely be updating this blog while I'm down there because I will have free time. Crazy concept, yeah? My heart bleeds for those stuck working next week. I will catch a wave for you.

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July 18, 2008

Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog

What do you get when you cross a phenomenal director, great actors, super-villains, and musicals? Pretty much the greatest thing the internet has ever seen. Joss Whedon, along with Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, and awesome behind the scenes people, has created an epic (in awesomeness, not length; hey size doesn't matter, it's how you use what you got. I don't care what she tells you! It's all lies! That TRAMP is just trying to make me look... sorry, slight tangent. Where was I? Ah, yes...) short film that was developed specifically for the internet.

This movie has something for everyone, whether you're a fan of musicals, comedies, or superhero movies. (If you find none of those categories enjoyable, I submit to you that you are not human. You might want to get that DNA checked; my guess is you are most likely some kind of wildebeest.) As of today, July 18th, only the first two parts have been released. The third act is due out tomorrow. They will be available for viewing until the end of Sunday, and then they will be taken down.

But don't worry, there's a plan for you to be able to download them for a small fee, as well as purchase the DVD which is in the works. Joss Whedon explains it better than I would, but the short version is that a lot of actors and writers are tired of the Hollywood machine. They're working on a way to start things over, so to speak. I recommend reading what he has to say.

Oh, and watch the movie. NOW.

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July 12, 2008

Boston Photos

I finally got the photos developed from my trip to Boston. I forgot to bring the digital camera, so I was forced to buy some disposables. Very sadly, none of my interior photos of the churches came out at all. However, I do have some really good exterior shots of the city. I've included some of my favorites in this post, but you can view the whole photo set in my Flickr account.

A pretty cool view looking straight up the side of the tallest skyscraper within a several mile radius.



I don't know why, but I love this picture. It's just some random side alley off of Berkeley street, but for some reason the light and shadows really jumped out at me.



This is another one of my favorites. I managed to capture the sun setting just behind the top of the steeple of Old South Church.



I took several photos of other buildings as seen reflected by the windows of the massive skyscraper, and this one is my favorite.



Awesome skyline picture with some neat patterns resulting from the sunlight refracting off the camera lens.



This is Tremont Street, about two blocks from where I was staying. There were a ton of restaurants, luxury condos, and small businesses here. It was a really nice area.

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July 07, 2008

Slinging Chips

I may not be updating Matt on Poker anymore, but it does still pull in a tiny bit of ad revenue for me. This is in the form of points that I can redeem over at Poker Source Online. (PS - If you're interested, you can follow that link and check out the "Free Poker Money" section to get a free $100 to play with at Absolute Poker. No strings attached. You just can't take the money out until you play a certain number of raked hands.) With the last few months' worth of points, I decided to cash in for a $100 Absolute Poker gift certificate. There are pros and cons to this. The pros are that I get to play some poker again, and, hey, it's a free $100! The con is that I have to play on Absolute Poker. Compared to the other large poker sites on the internet, their software is pretty much the worst. Also, they're no stranger to scandal.

I'm willing to give them a break, though, mostly because I'm getting a free $100. I took my first dip back into the poker waters this evening with a $5 single table sit-n-go. For those of you not familiar with the terminology, this is a single table tournament of nine players, where the top three end up winning cash. I kept my cool, made a few well timed moves, and ended up winning the whole thing, quadrupling my buy-in. It's nice to know I haven't completely lost any skills I had when playing regularly.

I built up my first bankroll back in 2006 starting with just $30, so I'm hoping I'll be able to do the same thing again with this $100. The only problem is whether or not I will be able to stick to the low limit games and not blow what little cash I have available. I know how to manage a bankroll properly; it's just a matter of whether or not I become too frustrated to deal with it and tilt it all off. We'll see how it goes. I'll be sure to let you all know of any notable wins/losses that occur along the way, and I'll do my best to keep the bad beat story count at zero.

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July 04, 2008

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July, kids! Many thanks to all soldiers, past and present, who have fought to protect us and maintain our freedom. You are the true super heroes.

This post dedicated to Lance Corporal Daniel Arnott. Ooh-RAH!

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July 01, 2008

A Subconscious Trip To Outer Space

Apparently the average person has three to four dreams per night. This may be the case for me as well, but I rarely ever remember a dream or even wake up with the sensation that I had been dreaming. This morning, however, was different. I remembered a good bit of what I dreamed about last night.

It started out with me being on a space shuttle. I was strapped in a seat by a window, and we lifted off from Cape Canaveral. However, this launch was not like you would see in real life and actually made very little sense. First of all, it wasn't bumpy at all, and the gravitational force remained at one earth gravity. It was actually very pleasant. I highly recommend space shuttle travel for all your dream getaways. The launch trajectory started out vertically, like you would expect, but then we curved north over the earth's surface and started flying like a normal airplane. I remember flying very low over the house in South Carolina where I grew up, and then after that we banked vertically again and took off into space. Hopefully the house was not incinerated.

I remember very vividly the land falling away from my view through the window. Then all I could see was white, and it gradually started fading into a sky blue as we got higher in the atmosphere. The blue then became darker and darker until I was looking at the entire planet shrinking in front of me, surrounded by stars. It was a pretty good visual effect for a dream. I imagine that my mind combined a bunch of random clips from different NASA videos I've seen over the years.

Once we were up in space, we ended up docking with the International Space Station. For some reason, there was gravity on the station, and it was also a lot bigger than the actual ISS. Also, apparently there was some kind of elementary or middle school class up there. They were taking some kind of test on whatever science experiments they had been working on with the astronauts. Man, if only I could have gone to a school like that when I was a kid. Anyway, one of the girl students ended up taking some of the pens from the teacher's desk that the teacher used to grade the tests with. After the tests were graded, the girl ended up changing some of the grades and got in trouble. I don't know if she was changing Ds to Bs or what. Also, apparently the forensics team from CSI was investigating who had changed the grades. Obviously this was some kind of horrific space felony. The poor kid's probably gonna wind up in Gitmo or jettisoned out an airlock.

That's about all I remember of this dream. I think my alarm woke me up in the middle of it. As far as dreams go, I think this one was pretty tame in terms of weirdness. Possibly interesting bit of trivia: I'm certain this dream is the result of me watching several episodes of Numb3rs leading up to when Dr. Fleinhardt gets to go up into space and stay on the ISS for six months.

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