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March 2007 Entries

Marines ban sleeve tattoos...

Read the story here

The best part is where the base commanders now have to photograph and document all the existing forearm tattoos, to make sure nobody adds to them. Talk about a waste of taxpayer dollars...

So it's ok to go fight, and die, for your country... but if you get a tattoo that's too big, we won't let you re-enlist... morons.


Garage Games has released the latest edition of the TorqueX game engine for XNA.

Grab it here.

They've also set up forums, which you can visit here.


As mentioned before, by myself and others, the new Zune firmware update is today. A few things... 1. as of about 10AM PST, it's out there. Grab it. 2. updating your firmware can be scary. My Zune didnt take the update well the first time I tried it. I had to disconnect, reconnect and then retry. (I got a nice little "update failed" message in the Zune software.) The second try went a lot better, although... I had a couple scares along the way. The device rebooted about 4 times, which is no big deal. ......

I give to you, Lego Batman...

FULL STORY HERE


Yayyy!!

read more...

This should fix the only real issue I ever had with my Zune.

Now about that clock feature....


I recently received a review copy of this e-book, and as someone who not only owns but enjoys his zune, I was pretty stoked to read it and see if there was anything I didn't already know about. There was, but more on that in a bit. Eight Great Ways to Get the Most From Your Zune is part of the O'Reilly Shortcuts series. The material is concise, nicely organized and ultimately very helpful. I picked up a couple tips here and there. In fact, I would give this book a glowing recommendation to any Zune ......

Mine is brown, by choice... how about yours?

My employer bought a ton of black ones, and gave them to us for Christmas. (Thanks again guys!)

I hunted down the brown (or suede as they call it internally) and scored one at WalMart. After a quick exchange (mine hadn't been opened), I was all set.

I wonder how long before we see other colors?


might as well be #2 to a guy selling tshirts with your message...

 


Sometimes, when travelling, weird things happen. Tonight was one of those nights. I have a loft in TX. It's a nice, upscale place and I really REALLY like it a lot. They have fun parties and social events and almost everyone is really cool. (Notice, I said almost.) There was a pool party today, with lots of people and lots of alcohol. I don't drink often, mostly because I'm diabetic, but also because it's more fun to watch the drunks than join them, most of the time. Anyway... earlier tonight I was ......

In a fit of tabloid blogging, unseen since the days of the Rosie/Trump feud, two powerhouses of "Teh Internets" have been going at it.

Rory Blyth VS Robert Scoble

I know who my money's on...


I mentioned here that the new Zune firmware update would be today (Tuesday, 3/30/07) but I spoke too zune...

so... ETA on the firmware update is now: soon. It's being tested and all that, which is good.

Please hurry, but not too much.


New Zune Firmware update should be tomorrow, 3/20/07 http://zuneinsider.com/arch... This firmware addresses pretty much the ONLY complaint I ever had about my Zune, so I'm pretty stoked. Future firmware updates will most likely focus on additional features, so that's even MORE awesome. Way to go Zune guys ......

If you're too lazy to type in a name when creating a character in HA! I give you one randomly chosen from a list. Sometimes it's the name of a friend, like Robin, or it's androgynous, like Pat. Sometimes it's just silly, like TinkyWinky or IneedaName. So lately, in an effort to test and refine the autowalk feature, I've been creating a lot of characters that I didn't care much about. As with most manual testing, you often discover stuff along the way, while focusing on something else entirely. I've ......

So I haven' blogged in a few days, mostly due to my attempts at recovering from a serious lack of sleep. (i.e. I've been sleeping.) The summit rocked. I haven't gotten this much Microsoft lovin in a long time. Free books, free shirts, a trip to the company store, lots of gnarly NDA stuff that most folks won't see for another year... etc. The Orcas stuff is sweet, and I encourage you to play with the CTP to see it all. There's some "make my life easier" stuff in there, but also so cool new powerful ......

Starting in April, Reality Check Games will be hosting Friday Night Guitar Hero II Tournaments. Our first tournament is April 6th at 10PM. That's the warmup. The following week (April 13th), our tournament is sponsored by Red Octane, the makers of Guitar Hero!! It's going to be awesome! If you're in or near Greenville, SC on a Friday night... stop by and check it out ......

This wraps up day two in Seattle for the MVP Summit. I got in Sunday afternoon, and went to the Party With Palermo (which was great... thanks Jeff!) There were a ton of people there, and I picked up some cool swag. Jason and George and I hung out with Rory for a bit as well as seeing some other familiar faces. Eventually we went to our respective hotels and I called it a night after drinking an entire pot of hot chocolate and surfing the web for a bit. After sleeping in a little (for the first time ......

So apparently, in addition to ripped, dirty & uncomfortable seats and crappy food, the Dallas/Fort Worth airport is now charging for AC POWER. It's bad enough that they gouge you for wireless internet (my home airport does not,) but to apply an hourly fee to power is practically criminal. It hasn't happened in all the gates yet, but if you look around, you'll notice fewer and fewer "publicly accessible" power outlets. They're being replaced with "power kiosks" that you plug into, after swiping your ......

In roguelike games, like HA!, there is a feature called "autowalk" that is part timesaver and part AI. When your hero is walking down a long (and possibly curvy) hallway, instead of hitting the arrow keys 40-50 times to get where you are going, most Roguelikes let you hit "w" and a directional key. The intent is that your character will walk in the direction (including making corridor turns) until it reaches an obstacle. These obstacles can be anything from a door, an intersection, or an encounter. ......