Randomness (+1)

7 10 2009

DorkMasters Logo beta 1

So yeah.  I’m willing to bet no one is checking this anymore, so any audience I had, I’ve lost.   Then again, if anyone’s RSS-feeding, then this will definitely surprise you.  So if you’re that person:  Hey there.  Gotcha.

But…It’s been a while.  Let me explain what’s been stopping me from writing:

I’m LAZY.  Sure, it’s not just that, because I’ve got SO MANY ideas, that honestly, I don’t know where to begin.  But more than that, I’m just too indecisive and unmotivated to choose one and just plunge into the topic, and damn the rest.  But I’m here, so I’m trying to get that started again.

Let me tell you what’s on my mind lately, in no particular order, and with no agenda whatsoever.  But with the idea that if I purge my brain a bit, perhaps something will dislodge and allow my brain to think in a logical, (semi)concise manner and allow something noteworthy to come out next time on this blog:

So first off, I’m shopping for a new podcast.  As I like to listen to podcasts while working, driving, doing dishes (man, it’s tough without a podcast), laundry, or just to wind down before bed, I prefer something in audio-only form.  Video podcasts are awesome, but I’m finding about 20 minutes to be my cut-off.  I rarely have 20 minutes to sit and watch something (meaning ZERO multitasking) so audio fits the niche well, by being something I can focus on, while still doing something other than holding the iPod, or generally not distracting me while driving. 🙂  So any suggestions would be great.  I think I’ve listed podcasts I listened to previously, but just to avoid suggestions of the heavy hitters, I already do:

This American Life, Radio Lab, 1UP’s Listen Up, Rebel FM, Out Of The Game, and A Life Well Wasted (The last being very rare, but AWESOME…check it out, if you haven’t yet.  It’s Geek culture with This American Life/Radio Lab treatment.  Amazing stuff.).

So, yeah, suggestions welcome there.

Next on the non-agenda: I’m thinking of retrogaming.  I want to play something I haven’t yet (or never finished), but have no idea.  Preferably something from the Sega Genesis or Super Nintendo era, although I’m not against going 8-bit either.  Again, suggestions welcome.  My typical genres are RPGs (fave on Genesis: Shadowrun, and SNES: Final Fantasy III), but I’m up for anything if it’s considered certified gold by you fine folk. 🙂

Combining the previous two, I’m considering (without much detail yet) creating a podcast that would be bi-weekly or even monthly (let’s be realistic, right?) talking all thinks dork, (video games, retro games, movies, webcomics, Geek television, etc.) and getting some fun people to talk.  The point being that while there’d be a topic or semi-structure intended with each podcast, that the people would be the focus, and that the personalities would be the most important thing.  So if we got off topic, but it was fun and interesting, then by all means, that’s where it goes.  (I’ve found those to be my favorite types, next to the super-slickly-produced works of art like ALWW, TAL and RadioLab.)  So yeah, I’m considering calling it “Dorkmasters” which to me is funny because 1) the nom de cyberspace “dorkmaster” is one I’ve used for years, and 2) it makes me think of “Bassmasters” which was a hugely popular and terribly boring (if you’re me) fishing show.  So, Dorkmasters would be similar.  Only interesting if you’re into our particular brand of geekery, but if the shoe fits, put LEDs on it and make it transform into a cool gun or something.  I don’t know if that last analogy fits, but you get the point.  (Or you don’t, in which case, Dorkmasters probably isn’t for you.)

Finally,  since OtakuMom won a LCD TV for our living room last year, I’ve dreamed of a linux box that would allow me to stream hulu and other online video to my TV, so I wouldn’t have to drag my wife to the computer for our weekly Office watching, or to watch Netflix streaming (which is amazing).

Eventually, I hope to remove the need to have cable, with all the internet content.  Saving, hopefully, some money.  (Although I’d still be paying Comcast for the internet, so yeah…)

I’ve got two old (OOOOOOoooold) crappy eMachines Pentium machines that I’m hoping to hybrid into that machine, and I’ve even gotten an Ubuntu install disc, but I can’t get the darn thing to install correctly.  But then again, time being what it is for an OtakuDad these days, I’ve not spent more than a couple hours on the project yet.  But I’ll definitely update once that’s something more than a half-cooked idea.

Soooooo…  Yeah, wasn’t that worth reading?  No.  Well, you did anyway.  And I told you I’d probably say “gotcha” to you.  So once more, Gotcha.  Ideas and comments welcome, and I’ll hope to write more.  This was fun.  Although I want a little more structure next time (I’m sure you do as well).

See you soon (hopefully), intertubes.

-OD

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Early Adoption Xbox Live Issues

3 03 2009

Xbox Live DeadSo, if you were fortunate enough as me to get an original Xbox (not the 360, but the “last-gen” version) close to launch of the Xbox Live service, and signed up for Live right away (like me, back in 2001), then you didn’t have a Windows Live ID associated with your Gamertag, because WINDOWS LIVE ID DIDN’T YET EXIST.

Yet, despite multiple calls to Xbox customer service when trying to recover said (still paid for, yet unused for years) account, they keep asking for my Windows Live ID…To this, I say GRRRRRRR…. 

I’ve been told it’s been fixed.  I’ve been told it’s being escalated.  I’ve been told it’s being investigated.  I’ve been on the phone with outsourced Indian call-centers for hours.  I’ve said the same story multiple times.  No one seems to want to stray from the script long enough to understand!  

And when I ask “I understand that you’ve helped as much as you can now.  What I’d like to then do, is cancel my Xbox live account, and due to zero activity since December (when my account last renewed) I’d like to be refunded that amount, so I can start fresh with a new Gamertag and new subscription, without paying twice.”  I’m then told that this is not possible.  

The funny thing is I can still get on Live on my old Xbox.  It’s working fine.

So Live has my info.  They just can’t figure out how to migrate things from old Xbox to now, if I was such an early adopter that I never had a Windows Live ID.  Now, I did have a “Microsoft Passport” account.  But that won’t let me log in anymore.  I still have my email from when I started the account.  But my login info apparently expired due to inactivity, and now I’m in accounting limbo.  

I know I’m in the minority here, because I early adopted Xbox and Xbox Live back in the day, and yet didn’t get a 360 with online access until, well, today, yet NEVER cancelled my service (essentially throwing away over $200 in the process, since I booted up Live perhaps 5 times on the old Xbox in the last 3 years).  But still, you’d think somewhere in their troubleshooting guides, they’d have my situation.  They’d at least be able to say “Yeah, you’re screwed.  We didn’t plan on this, and here’s what we’re going to do for you now to get you online.”  But instead, they keep escalating (when they’re not saying the issue is resolved, erroneously), keep putting me on hold, and keep pretending these people answering the phones at 1oPM central time are simply people with heavy Indian accents from say, Dubuque.

A happy man is not me.  I’ll keep you updated on anything I learn from this experience in the future.





HDOD: High-Def OtakuDad

2 02 2009

Well, first off, God is good.  All the time.  And all the time?  Yeah.  God is good, y’all…

Beyond what I am about to tell you, that’s true no matter what.  However, he’s also got an amazing sense of humor, an amazing unending source of mercy and patience, and an abundance of care to give to everyone he’s created.  It’s simply amazing.

Okay, so, Super Bowl.  It’s been a really really rough weekend for Karen and I, because we’re getting work done on our bathroom, while at the same time, painting the kids room and the kitchen.  Which means, really that after storing work supplies in the living room, there’s the back room, and our room.  That’s it.  And the kids are going bonkers.  Totally cabin-feverish.  So they’re going crazy, which in turn, drives OtakuMom and OtakuDad crazy, because we can’t do any work for more than 15 minutes before someone has hit someone else, someone fell, or someone is wailing to be picked up, or wants to hang out in the room with all the fresh paint, or whatever…

You can’t blame the kids, but BOY is it frustrating…

Anyway, so yeah, Super Bowl.  I was hoping to watch it, but you know…we were getting work done, and no one else in the family except me was really into it, so, I figured I’ll catch what I can, but mostly paint.

OtakuMom informs me that she “bought a square” at her office.  You know, one of those office pools where one square equals a random 1 in 100 chance of winning via the score?  So OtakuMom got one.  For us to win, the Cardinals needed their score to end in 3.  The Steelers needed to end in 7.

Yeah.

So that happened!  Unbelieveably, due to a safety and two very last-minute touchdowns, the game was Steelers over Cardinals 27-23!!!  So what does OtakuMom win?  A 52″ Sharp Aquos full 1080p HDTV.  Yeah.  Rock on!!!  So, Thanks to OtakuMom, I will be able to view (and review) games in their intended HDTV brilliance!  I cannot wait, as the set comes next Saturday!!!

So yeah, Bathroom is getting done.  Kitchen is nearly done.  Kids room, pretty much done.  And on top?  A flippin huge HDTV!  Thank you, Lord!

More stories and game reviews coming soon.  I’ve been, well, painting and herding children. 🙂  More to come later!





OtakuDad’s 2009 Predictions

11 01 2009

 

Carnac Aint Got Nothing On OtakuDad

Carnac Ain't Got Nothing On OtakuDad

Well, it’s that time of year (well, okay, it’s a little past that time of year, but it’s been a rough couple of weeks) for some predictions about the upcoming year in gaming.  Predictions that will likely bite me in the behind later.   Predictions that will astound and amaze you, just the same.  Well, there’s nothing to it but to do it, so here we go!!!  

Click on the jump to read what crazy crap you’ll be mocking me about this time next year!

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OtakuDad's 2009 Predictions

11 01 2009

 

Carnac Aint Got Nothing On OtakuDad

Carnac Ain't Got Nothing On OtakuDad

Well, it’s that time of year (well, okay, it’s a little past that time of year, but it’s been a rough couple of weeks) for some predictions about the upcoming year in gaming.  Predictions that will likely bite me in the behind later.   Predictions that will astound and amaze you, just the same.  Well, there’s nothing to it but to do it, so here we go!!!  

Click on the jump to read what crazy crap you’ll be mocking me about this time next year!

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Harmonix Shows Sense While Activision Shows Greed

8 01 2009

 

Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos Rocks Out With His Stock Out

Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos Rocks Out With His Stock Out

 
  

According to WIRED.com’s Chris Kohler, Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos announced yesterday at CES that the company plans on “breaking out of the annual release cycle for Rock Band this year.”  Therefore, it appears that unlike the bazillion Guitar Hero spinoffs and SKUs designed to wring as much money from consumers as possible, Rock Band 2 will be the platform it claims to be.  Mind you, of course Harmonix wants to make money too, and will do so through their downloadable content as well as their upcoming (but not Rock Band related) game based upon the Beatles, but I think that it’s expected for a music-based game company to make music games.  And in a world where there are literally dozens of ways to get your plastic-guitar-game on, it’s nice to see Harmonix showing some restraint. Read the rest of this entry »





New Computer Info

2 01 2009

 

My wife admiring my mind contro- I mean, my new computer

My wife admiring my mind contro- I mean, my new computer

Well, the new computer parts are all ordered.  I’ve bought some stuff at a Fry’s locally, but the rest is winging its way from Newegg.com and will arrive soon.

 

I’m probably going to do a short mini-series of posts on how to build a computer, from start to finish, along with photos and perhaps some video.  Let me know if that sort of thing is interesting to you.  I’ll probably do it anyway, but I want to know who’s interested.  🙂

Beyond this, I wanted to give you the specs of what I’ve purchased.  By no means is it a top-of-the-line screamer, but it’s going to be something that I think will have functionality for at least a couple years, and if anything, is easily upgradeable cheaply and easily.  Click the jump for all the lurid details! 🙂

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