Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Sleepwalker rescued from

Now this would be freaky to have happen to yourself, especially if you were afraid of heights.

Lock her in the tower!

I like it.
Penny Arcade

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Browster - Fastest Way to Browse

This is cool.. I'm going to try this out and see how I like it.

Edit: I have tested it, it works fine but irritates me so I uninstalled.


Starcraft gets an update

What you say that was written way back in the 1990's? Ohwell Blizzard doesn't seem to think so.

50 mil raid on warez dealers

That is nothing in the scope of pirated software...


Monday, July 04, 2005

Couple anime things

Well, I tried out the demo to a "Visual Novel Game" based on Ai Yori Aoshi. If there is anything really game-like about it, then its not in the demo. The demo just showed me a typical first scene of an episode of the show, except that it wasn't full motion, just the characters with speech bubbles. The website doesn't say much more about it. They use the same voices, though. The storyline has potential for puzzles you'll need to solve, so that might be it, I'm not sure...

Amazon has something called Hellsing Vol. 2 available for pre-order arriving early September. I'm going to keep an eye on that as I'm guessing that might be the new series.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Let's keep our fingers crossed

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA are apparently in the process of booking a headlining tour of North America beginning in mid-January 2006. Two dates have been released so far:Jan. 17 - Jaxx Nightclub - West Springfield, VAJan. 18 - BB Kings Blues Club - New York, NYMore information will be made available soon.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

This is flipping hilarious...

Street Fighter themed Salsa competitors in Korea


Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Penny Arcade

If only you all understood how often I feel this way even with a wife as cool as mine!


Nummy Cellphone

The Motorola Franklin… or should we say RAZRberry! - Engadget -

This is beautiful...

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Trailer for King Kong


Zombie dogs rule

So they are talking about how US scientists have 'killed' dogs, done surgery to repair problems with their bodies and then brought then back to life... Read the article, but kinda cool.

Boffins create zombie dogs | The Other Side | Breaking News 24/7 - (27-06-2005)

So you want a custom keyboard?

Shade, I know you were looking at getting a keyboard for gaming... well this one might be just the one...
ThinkGeek :: DX1 Input System

Monday, June 27, 2005

New Endstille

Endstille kinda replaced Gorgoroth for me as the ultimate in screaming distorted noise...mainly because half of Gorgoroth is in jail and won't be making music anytime soon.

"A brand-new ENDSTILLE track, entitled "Bastard", has been posted online at"Bastard" comes off the German black metallers' upcoming fourth full-length album, "Navigator", due on August 1 via Twilight-Vertrieb. The follow-up to last year's "Dominanz" was recorded at JAKs-Hell studio and will contain 10 tracks with a running time of 43 minutes."

Track from the new Arch Enemy

It owns.

A brand-new ARCH ENEMY track, entitled "Nemesis", has been made available for download at (zipped .WMA file, will require you to acquire free license key before playing, windows media player will kick it off automatically).

That is really funny

Alien Loves Predator

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Homes may be 'taken' for private projects

That is mean... much unhappiness.


Solar Sail :(

So unfortunately it appears that the launch of the new Solar Sail test machine which would have hopefully proven the theory of using Photon's for propulsion has failed. The Russian rocket which carried the Cosmos 1 up into orbit had a catastrophic failure during launch and although it isn't confirmed that Cosmos 1 was destroyed they haven't received signals from it, nor sighted it.

Solar Sail : Blog This has no direct link to the particular article, rather it is a whole page of articles.

Guard Robots

This is an interesting article, but what I found even more interesting is a fact dropped within the article itself.

1 in 5 Japanese citizens are over 65 years old. And they expect this to increase to 1 in 3 by 2040.

I wonder why less children are being born, or are they moving out of the country, or?

Japanese robots to guard shops and offices - Tech News & Reviews -

Shelf Life

Interesting web page with a list of different items shelf lives.

Real Simple | Surprising Expiration Dates

Tuesday, June 21, 2005


Reuters is reporting that singer Billy Corgan said on Tuesday (June 21) he plans to revive the SMASHING PUMPKINS, his Grammy-winning band which broke up in 2000 after more than a decade of blending alternative rock with the avant-garde. In full-page advertisements in Chicago newspapers, the bald-headed Corgan said, "I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams." He did not say which if any of the band's former members would be involved in the revived group, which broke through with albums such as "Gish" and "Siamese Dream".

Boing Boing: Robo-legs

This article has a link to an awesome website detailing what a 15 year old kid had to go through after losing both legs and an arm to a train accident.

He now has robotic legs that are pretty darn amazing.

Boing Boing: Robo-legs

Solar Sail


The Planetary Society footed the bill for a Solar powered space craft to be launched into orbit today. It is going to circle the earth until it builds up enough speed and the scientists in control of it understand how to control/steer it.

They estimate that after one day it will speed up to 100MPH.
After 100 days it will be running at 10,000MPH.
After 3 years it will be flying at a cool 100,000MPH.

This is the technology that a lot of scientists are betting on because it does not require a limited fuel source as the photons which power it are supposedly available anywhere we would want to go. With this technology if it works the way we hope, we could potentially reach other solar systems.

I was just thinking about how this would work and found this thought really interesting.
a. We use the Sun's photons to increase our speed to 100,000+ MPH
b. We fold in our solar sail and change heading from our solar system to the nearest external solar system
c. After reaching the remote solar system x years from now, we fold out the solar sail to use the new star's photons to slow ourselves down.

Originally I was thinking that we would start to head towards the remote solar system and we would slow down because of the photons hitting us on our sails from the front (like how a sailing boat angled towards the incoming wind would slow to a stop). Interesting, a lot of stuff could go on with this technology.

Here is the official site for the Planetary Society - Solar Sail launch.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Japan Moon Base

Originally I heard in the 2010's but I guess they pushed back their plan... Now they are saying by 2025.


Thursday, June 16, 2005

Upcoming movies with Hank

Henry Rollins will be in a movie called "The Alibi" later this year and is said to have gotten a lead role in a film called "Feast" which will be out in January.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Another new Rammstein album

According to a posting on RAMMSTEIN's official web site, the band recorded several songs during the sessions for their latest album, "Reise, Reise", which were omitted from the CD's final track listing. During a recent session at a Berlin studio, RAMMSTEIN recorded several more tracks and are currently mixing the combined collection of new material for a full-length album, to be released in September.

GPU SLI article

Interesting article on SLI video cards, it talks about what it means for today's systems.

Real Tech News

Friday, June 10, 2005

Website up and running

NightenGailArt up and running! Granted it's only a blog now, but everyone's gotta start somewhere!

Check out onion boy! he rules :) more of him to come.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Another review of the new Demons and Wizards


New York Daily News - Home - Nerds make better lovers

That's right girls, listen up!

A fix for a Broken Patent System?

Oh god I hope it does something. Nothing irritates me more than hearing about this company sueing that company because they took their idea and improved upon it. But because the company doing the sueing allocated more budget to litigation they can put the better company out of business.

If the new patent laws can reduce the number of patent 'monopolies' that are appearing, I am all behind it. - A fix for a Broken Patent System?

Livio De Marchi

This guys carvings are amazing!


Computer Case

Alright Executioner, for your next PC upgrade you are required to build this:

Rocket Mail

Yeah, that would be a little scary...

USPS launching mail from coast to coast by ICMB's...

Tech that thankfully never was: rocket mail - Engadget -

Rocketboy bought a house off Fatal1ty woes

Fatal1ty lost... I don't know how many of you follow the gaming culture but as far as FPS deathmatch champions around the world Fatal1ty has been winning all the tournaments for the last couple of years.

I don't know if this was an isolated event or of the Chinese player Rocketboy is truly better then him but interesting none the less.


L.A. Daily News

This is psycho. Some guy in training at Countrywide stabbed a fellow trainee!


Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Points for Ozzy - seems he's a soda fan too is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne's tastes have proved to be pricey for bosses of his Ozzfest 2005 tour — because he guzzles close to $2,000 worth of fizzy drinks alone on the road.As the BLACK SABBATH frontman prepares to take a host of bands on road with him for the summer-long trek — which begins next month in Massachusetts — organizers are scurrying to get Osbourne's specific tastes catered for.Tour manager Dave Moscato says, "He drinks English Orangina Light. Each bottle runs at $4. Over the course of the tour, at a six-pack a day, that's almost $2,000 in Ozzy's soda alone."

Wired News: Dinner Comes With a Side of Games

It sounds like they are going retro with this, but still they ganked my idea (although I have to admit that I knew it was going to happen more and more since internet cafe's started).

Night Watch

They are touting it as an epic horror trilogy. It seems interesting... I don't know, check it out (it is R so not for the nicer people in our group).


In Tokyo, a Ghetto of Geeks

This is so awesome, we neeeed to go when we go to Japan next year!!!!

Coming in out of the cold: Cold fusion, for real |

This is a very interesting article, it takes some time to get through but I found it intriguing...


Saturday, June 04, 2005


There are some samples up of their come back, self-titled album.

Sounds like its going to be delightfully gross.


A new way for Scott to play chess

hehe. I guess they weren't selling as well as they thought, since they lowered the price.

Just what Jenny and I need ;)

Since we love the Japanese culture, I think we'll go for the tatami-matted version. Love ya, boys!

Gift for our guys.

China's America Idol...who here doesn't wanna watch?

The catch: this contest is for girls only! sinophile anyone?
And what a name...try saying that ten times fast!

Super Girl

Recreating war machines

Forget guns, let's go back to the good ole days
I got to this link from Dave Barry's blog. He's a humor columnist from the Miami Herald. Treb.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Rough week for our clan...

Just wanted to take a minute to acknowledge the support we've received from you all.. Crimson and Strife, thanks isn't enough to express how much it meant for you both to take night watch at the hospital with Shade and I... You guys are the best.

I'm back north, hating to leave everyone in this time, but needing to get back for a while. Things are slowly settling, some for the better: Shade's mom and my grandparents recovering slowly and some for the worse: Nightengail, our thoughts are with you as you travel back home and deal with your loss... Hopefully the next time we all get together, we will be able to be celebrating instead of mourning and comforting.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

one more thought

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N 3 qu3s7ions? ....r3l4x, w3 und3rs74nd j00!

Gail is going crazy...what is new?

i've been attempting unsuccessfully for the last 45 minutes to get back to my paper... I'm tired, I don't want to. so instead i've done everything from getting a drink, to putting on music, to changing eric's desktop picture to read all the blogs on i decided to do something my own blog! because that's gonna help me get this paper done! expect more chaos throughout the night as i ramble on....and if you don't understand any of the phrases i might mention, i'll loan you my Japanese art history book. enough rambling for now. byebye.

Vampire Magazine - Demons&Wizards

Sadness. The article is good, but I don't like where he states that after 'Nightfall in middle-earth' that era of music is done for them. It makes me worried over where they are going.

Vampire Magazine - Demons&Wizards: "Well that ‘s my favorite Blind Guardian album, haha. Yeah I love that one! But that’s not meant to be the future, that defines what we have done on ‘Nightfall in middle-earth’ since we’ve pointed out, after ‘Nightfall in middle-earth’ that this era for us is finished."

Necromania: Traps of Darkness

Looks interesting...

Necromania: Traps of Darkness |

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Apocalyptica will be coming back to Cali

Sep. 26 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
Sep. 27 - House Of Blues - Los Angeles, CA

Anyone in our group seen Episode 3 yet?

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Xbox 360 Prices - Joystiq -

XBox 360 base model, we are talking potentially < $300? Wow!
The loaded version will probably be closer to $400.

Xbox 360 Prices - Joystiq - "Xbox 360 logoXGP Gaming is reporting “leaked” Xbox 360 prices. The basic package is expected to retail for
$299.99 and will include the console, one controller and all the requisite cables."

AnandTech: E3 2005 - Day 1: The Xbox 360 Update

I find this extremely amusing that the new XBox is requiring Microsoft to buy Mac G5's to do development / testing.
AnandTech: E3 2005 - Day 1: The Xbox 360 Update: "A pair of Apple Powermac G5 systems were actually running the Xbox 360
demos, not the 360 console. The consoles in the kiosks weren't actually
running, they were just for show - now you know why all the controllers
were wired."

Chess Guide

This website gives a guide on how to play chess... I haven't read it yet, but it is definitely a skill I should pick up.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Early Reports

It seems that Star Wars 3 made up almost half of its production costs in one day...

While Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith was expected to have a big opening, no one expected it to be this big! George Lucas' third and final prequel in the "Star Wars" saga earned an incredible $50 million from 3,661 theaters on Thursday alone. That's an average of $13,661 per location for just one day.The $50 million opening, which includes $16.5 million from midnight screenings, blows away the $40.4 million opening day record held previously by Spider-Man 2 from 4,152 theaters, and it also marks the biggest single day ever at the North American box office, beating Shrek 2's $44.8 million from 4,163 theaters.In comparison, 1999's Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace debuted to $28.5 million in 2,970 theaters and 2002's Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones to $30.1 million in 3,161 locations.Released by 20th Century Fox, "Revenge of the Sith" was produced for about $113 million.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Mr. Wang’s ‘garden in the sky’ - Environment -

This is a cool article on what Beijing is doing to clean up their pollution for the 2008 Olympics.

Mr. Wang’s ‘garden in the sky’ - Environment -

Xbox 360 video clips captured from Mac test machines

I know that the hacker community is slavering at the bit waiting for the XB360 to come out so they can start putting Mac OS X on it.
MacNN | Xbox 360 video clips captured from Mac test machines

Thursday, May 19, 2005


Their vocalist is already in jail for assault, and now this. I guess its time for me to move on.

E3 2005: Fallout 3 Confirmed

Well, even though the details are non-existant I am happy to hear this game will eventually be released. I haven't been a hardcore fan of fallout 1&2&tatics, but they were very interesting games plot-wise.

PC Games: E3 2005: Fallout 3 Confirmed

BBC NEWS | Technology | Call for radical rethink of games

Stop violent games and increase games for girls? Ehhh? Alright fine, I do enjoy games that don't have explosions of blood everywhere and naked women... So maybe it is acceptable to make games more mainstream, as long as we retain our RPG (elite) games which require a little bit more. And my wife is a perfect example that just because you are a woman doesn't mean you can't kick it with the guys.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Call for radical rethink of games: "As part of this, games had to become easier to play, as often people
are intimidated by the technology or the complexity of a title."

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Chinese made first use of diamond

The BBC has an article about how the chinese were using diamonds to polish rocks earlier than anyone else... What I want to point out is the lower picture which I have included.

Look at that shine after if I read it right 4500 years...

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Chinese made first use of diamond: "Harvard University physicist Peter Lu and colleagues studied four
ceremonial burial axes, the oldest of which dates to about 4,500 years

BDSM dolls

Fun for the whole family... NOT

Boing Boing: BDSM dolls

Guild Wars

Free Update Coming
Pretty image!

A FREE Content Update to Guild Wars...I have to say they are garnering my respect by the bucket.

Preview of Guild Wars update - Joystiq -

More Xbox360 coverage

A little insight into the development of the Xbox 360.

"executives kept out of the loop at the early phases so no one championed a particular design"

The organic look of the Xbox 360 is broken down - Joystiq -

Wired News: The Beeb Shall Inherit the Earth

I really like this article, especially page 2 which describes the issues facing Americans on the Digital TV / HD shutoff.

Wired News: The Beeb Shall Inherit the Earth: "The BBC's news website is the first commercial news-gathering
organization in the Western world to solicit and give prominence to
photographs and reporting provided by its visitors."

PlayStation 3: E3 2005: PS3 Price Revealed?

Let me just say... holy crap. If you were to compare specs vs. a PC this price tag is great, but when you are comparing the limitations of the environment it puts a big unhappy face on me :(.

PlayStation 3: E3 2005: PS3 Price Revealed?: "May 17, 2005 - According a an article published in the
May 17th edition of Japan's Mainichi Shimbun, the PlayStation 3 could
be one of the most expensive mass-market videogame consoles ever
created. Officials from Sony apparently told the newspaper that
PlayStation 3s would sell in Japan for 'less than 50,000 yen each.'
That translates to about $465 US dollars."

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Quake 4 trailer

This is from E3..

I'm not that hyped about it which worries me. It doesn't look as good as Doom 3...

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Lady Iranian racecar driver kicks ass

Boing Boing: Lady Iranian racecar driver kicks ass: "
Laleh Seddigh stepped on the gas, cut off a truck and blasted her
Peugeot between two other cars. 'I prefer to drive by myself,' she
said, seeing her passenger steadying himself with a hand on the dash.
'In case something happens - it's a very big responsibility.'"

Nintendo Revolution

I really like the initial designs here. I think it is much more streamlined then the XBox360 prototype and the PS3 prototype...

PS3 and XBox360

We are Live yet again

Please note that I have about 5 posts that haven't shown up till today because of the downtime, so read back a little bit.

Monday, May 16, 2005

The Noise Shirt - Engadget -

Interesting piece of technology, need to get it for the executioner with his music listening habits ;)

The Noise Shirt - Engadget -

Expect 3 to 5 major hurricanes east coast

Ouch this ain't good...

Forecast: Expect 3 to 5 major hurricanes - Weather News - "'Forecaster confidence that this will be an active hurricane season is very high,' he added.

said the outlook reflects 'an expected continuation of above-average
activity that began in 1995.' Since then, all but two Atlantic
hurricane seasons were above-normal."

Xfire - gaming simplified

Interesting application, the main problem being the fact that right now I'm playing games with all of 1 person outside of my household...

Ohwell I like it.


Friday, May 13, 2005

Tritium-powered batteries

Safe atomic batteries that could be produced at consumer product size and last up to 20 years. I'm hip with that. How would you like a laptop that never needs to be charged? Disposal of the batteries though would have to be seriously regulated.


Female GI Combatants...

My personal feeling is that if they want to be in an infantry unit that is their human right to chose their life. It is sad that laws and regulations try to force someone who was born a different gender to not have the same rights.

For female GIs, combat becomes a fact - Highlights - "By Ann Scott Tyson"

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Sometimes even PSPs get the blues

This is some hilarious imagery.
Link: "Sometimes even PSPs get the blues"

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Billy C

Former SMASHING PUMPKINS/ZWAN leader Billy Corgan's video for the track "Walking Shade" has been posted online at Yahoo! Music."Walking Shade" comes off Corgan's debut solo album, "TheFutureEmbrace", due out June 21 on Warner Bros. Records.

Germany faces up to its history

Article on MSNBC describing a holocaust memorial that opened on May 10th, 2005.


Monday, May 09, 2005

A review of the new Demons and Wizards


Titan Quest

Looks interesting, seems to be another system trying to cash in on Diablo 2 type gameplay...


Thursday, May 05, 2005

Happy 05-05-05!

Although it is Cinco De Mayo the real thing for us geeks out there is that it is 050505.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Fun Weekend

Both Nightengail and myself had a great weekend. Played some of the new game Guild Wars that was just released with the executioner and also got some homework/studying done. Now 80% over the cold we acquired last week, although it has been fighting us tooth and nail. Hope everyone is as revitalized as we are!

Thursday, April 28, 2005

The View Askewniverse - Kevin Smith geeks out on 'Sith'

Alright I read the first paragraph and a half. If Kevin Smith gives it his two thumbs up then I have a little more faith in this production...

I am not going to read any more of it because it is spoiler ridden, but I figured I would pass on the goodies to you all.


Microsoft's Gates Urges End to Tech Visa Limits

Basically the concept is, let skilled intelligent workers from other countries come into the US and get jobs. In theory this sounds great, we should allow that. But the concept of skilled workers who don't really want to become US citizens, just make money in a higher valued monetary system then go home, I personally don't like.

We should have been throwing money hand over fist towards our schools for the last 20 years. But shoulda woulda coulda.


Tuesday, April 26, 2005


I don't know, there is just something about the explosive runes jokes that crack me up...


Monday, April 25, 2005

Star Wars... The TV Series?

According to, the saga's creator George Lucas told attendees at the fan convention Celebration III in Indianapolis Saturday that he is working on two "Star Wars"-related television projects after "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith."

Very interesting. I would be pro to this!


Samsung and Microsoft introduce hybrid hard drive

MS and Samsung at WinHEC introduced their new HHD designed for use in the next generation of Windows. It's outfitted with a 1Gbit NAND flash buffer and it only spins up the platters and writes to the drive when its good and full.

Sounds like a great drive, more of a leap in HD technology than those 10,000 rpm drives, in my mind at least.

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Square-Enix Reveals Lineup

PS2 RPG goodness coming:

  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2)

  • Final Fantasy XII (PS2)


Saturday, April 23, 2005

Student Art Exhibition @ CSUN


Annual Juried Art Student Exhibition
April 29 - June 2, 2005
Opening Reception: Friday, April 29, 7-9pm

If you click on location, you'll get a campus map with the location of the gallery.
If you're coming straight from LB then exit the 101 @ Reseda, go north about 4-6 miles and turn onto Plummer.... There is an entrance to Lot E6 that has special event parking, although you may still need a parking pass for the day...not sure.

Friday, April 22, 2005


My wonderful wife got a piece of her artwork accepted through a school sponsored art exhibit!

I'll try to get a picture of the piece posted up on the website soon!

Go love!

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Demons and Wizards

From Blabbermouth:

A one-minute, 45-second sample of a new DEMONS & WIZARDS track, entitled "The Gunslinger", is available for download at this location."The Gunslinger" comes off the group's upcoming sophomore album, "Touched by the Crimson King", due on June 27 via SPV Records.The follow-up to the group's 2001 self-titled CD, "Touched by the Crimson King" (view cover here) will feature the following track listing:01. Crimson King02. Beneath These Waves03. Terror Train04. Seize The Day05. The Gunslinger06. Love's Tragedy Asunder07. Wicked Witch08. Dorian09. Down Where I Am10. Immigrant Song (LED ZEPPELIN cover)The digipack version will include a bonus CD containing the following songs:01. Lunar Lament02. Wicked Witch (slow version) 03. Spatial Architects 04. Beneath These Waves (radio edit)

Heroes of Might and Magic 5 screenshots

I have posted them up on my website due to the fact that I am unable to access game websites from work.


Movie... Good?

BBC Review: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

They say that it was amusing, but confusing for those who have not read the book. As I have not read the book this worries me. Check out the review here.

"Did I say characters? Hmmm. While Dent is a familiar cipher, audiences will be left clueless by Ford Prefect, bemused by Zaphod Beeblebrox and indifferent to Trillian."


Doom 3 movie delayed

Sometime in October from what this says:


Dieting and reverse psychology

I don't normally post health articles like this one, but I found this really amusing. So teenage girls trying their hardest (throwing up, taking laxatives, etc) to be thin can actually be causing themselves obesity. They say don't go on binge-eating runs...

To me this sounds like a) reverse psychology b) common sense and c) an attempt to trick people into not doing bad things... Comon already!

If it was as easy as saying, doing this is bad. No-one would do bad things!


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Cool knife

It is called the Global G-48 Santoku Knife Hollow. Excellent craftmanship from what I hear.


Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

More BG stuff

From Blabbermouth:

BLIND GUARDIAN singer Hansi Kürsch has posted the following message on the group's official web site:"First of all I would like to say how much we all appreciate the way you are dealing with the split [with drummer Thomen Stauch]. It is, as some of you have pointed out, not the end of the world but a new beginning. I am really proud about each step we have made in the past but as time moves on we must move on as well."The future is wide open..."And now a couple of short statements in reply to your concerns and questions:"There will be no delay of the next BLIND GUARDIAN production. As you probably know: a BLIND GUARDIAN album is ready when we feel it is ready. This makes it somewhat difficult to come up with a precise schedule. I can guarantee the release of the next BLIND GUARDIAN album for 2006. If it finally turns out to be spring, summer or fall I don't really dare to say. If you had asked me about the release date for the next DEMONS AND WIZARDS album two months ago I would have said April. Now it will be June. Things like that happen and it doesn't take a lot for a delay to be introduced. The orchestra album is scheduled for 2007. I do not see any reason for delays there."

Monday, April 11, 2005

Alarm Clocks

I am on a constant search for the best alarm clock. This is getting a lot closer than most.

Pro's: MP3, Dim LCD
Con's: Not Auto Time Setting, Doesn't sound like it has Random MP3 Alarm.


CoD 2 Announced

The Executioner and I destroyed the first game + expansion in 2 days time. It was an awesome war simulation. I am hoping for a lot from this updated game. They say that the AI will be more advanced, the game engine is completely updated, and it should have awesome graphics update.

Due out this Fall.


Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Demons and Wizards

DEMONS & WIZARDS, the project featuring Jon Schaffer of ICED EARTH and Hansi Kürsch of BLIND GUARDIAN, have set "Touched by the Crimson King" as the title of their sophomore album, due June 27 via SPV Records. The follow-up to the group's 2001 self-titled CD, "Touched by the Crimson King" will feature the following track listing:01. Crimson King02. Beneath These Waves 03. Terror Train 04. Seize the Day 05. The Gunslinger 06. Love's Tragedy Asunder 07. Wicked Witch 08. Dorian 09. Down Where I Am 10. Immigrant Song (LED ZEPPELIN cover)There is currently talk about DEMONS & WIZARDS filming a video for their version of "Immigrant Song". However, at press time, this has not yet been officially confirmed.

Ionic Breeze

Interesting MSNBC article about the Ionic Breeze. I don't know if I completely agree with the article because I have seen tons of dust and dirt on mine after 2 weeks of being used. On the flip side because of the warning about unhealthy levels of Ozone from the system, I think I'll move it farther away from my bed (heh).


Sunday, April 03, 2005

Blind Guardian Drummer

From Blabbermouth:

German power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have parted ways with longtime drummer Thomen Stauch. Frontman Hansi Kürsch's official statement on the matter reads as follows:"No news is good news. This obviously is bad news. After walking along the same musical paths for about 20 years and after several long, open and honest discussions between the four band members, we have all (including Thomen) come to the same conclusion that it is now best for Thomen to leave the band."Since we developed different musical and personal directions for quite a while now, it turned out to be more and more difficult to find acceptable and suitable solutions for everyone in the band. Such circumstances would have eventually caused severe internal problems. Therefore, to avoid any damage to our close relationship this difficult step is essential. In terms of creativity or progression neither one of us would like to hold the other one back. Due to that fact the split seems to be a sad, but reasonable solution. We wish Thomen all the best for the future and hope to come up with more positive news in the near future."…and day shall come again"In a separate statement of his own, Stauch emphasized that the split was amicable and offered his gratitude to his former BLIND GUARDIAN colleagues:"As you may have read in Hansi's statement, I am no longer the drummer of BLIND GUARDIAN. From now on we are going our separate ways, at least musically. I must admit it is quite a sad, but necessary decision in order for us to remain friends."I stand fully behind Hansi's declaration, so I will keep my statement as short as possible, and wish BLIND GUARDIAN all the best for the future, hoping that they find another drummer without any hassle."I would also like to use this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you who stood by us through all those years, especially our fans. You are the best!!! I hope to see you again soon!"A big thank you to my old colleagues, Hansi, Andre and Marcus, for all the amazing times we've shared."Stauch is currently working on an as-yet-unnamed new project with SOILWORK vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid. The collaboration, which originally went under the COLDSEED moniker, was previously described by Strid as "a mixture between RAMMSTEIN and ALICE IN CHAINS." A full-length album was recenetly recorded and is due later in the year.

Gail's birthday pictures have been posted!

Birthday 2005

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Type it into your browser and see the support they have for L33t Sp34k.


Wednesday, March 30, 2005

MSNBC - Burning VHS onto DVDs

Interesting article on a new Sony product that will take VHS tapes and burn them onto DVD's


Still Lovers

Interesting website on an artist who photographed sex dolls (not the cheapo ones, but the high class fully human looking ones) in interesting 'real life' situations.


Tuesday, March 29, 2005

New CD wallet design

What do you think? Could I even lift it once its full?


Toyota - New Scion Concept

This is a cool looking car interior, I don't know if I would want it but neat none-the-less.


Monday, March 28, 2005

New pictures

We have posted 4 new folders of pictures to our webgallery:

Japanese Museum: Link
J's place Spring Break 05: Link
San Francisco and JapanTown: Link

and post trip -
Easter 05: Link

Friday, March 25, 2005


From Blabbermouth:

According to a post on The NIN Hotline, NINE INCH NAILS' upcoming album, "With Teeth", will receive a simultaneous regular/DualDisc release on May 3. The regular version will have a $13.98 list price. The DualDisc be a 18.98 list and will include the following extra features:* Album in hi-res DVD-Audio surround sound* Album in Dolby 5.1 surround sound* "The Hand That Feeds" video* In-studio performance videos of "The Collector", "Love is not Enough" and "Every Day Is Exactly the Same"* Photo gallery* Lyrics

Wednesday, March 23, 2005


Nightengail and I went to a demonstration on Wood Block printing and here are some images from it.

The JACCC hosted it which was a really cool place, we are going to go back there next month for a Photo Exhibition and an Auction for charity.

Link to Pictures: Images

Friday, March 18, 2005

Morgana LeFay

A reduced-quality MP3 of the new MORGANA LEFAY track "Angel's Deceit" has been posted online at this location."Angel's Deceit" comes off the Swedish "heavy doom progressive" band's new album, "Grand Materia", due on April 18 via Black Mark Records. The follow-up to 2000's "SOS" (released under the LEFAY band moniker) is said to be a concept album about Nicholas Flamel, an 14th century alchemist who supposedly lived on forever. A complete concept outline has been posted online on the band's official web site.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Digital Map Projection ::

Digital Map Projection :: Very interesting stuff... Hey Eric, you've got the equipment already... maybe with mirrors or a second mounting bracket...

Friday, March 11, 2005

Boing Boing: The Fembots are here

It is about time, I mean come on, I've been waiting for robots for like 15 years!


Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Friday, March 04, 2005

Dino Robots

I haven't seen this video clip yet but it sounds amusing:
Please do yourself a favor and watch this video of these crazy animatronic dinosaur robots created by Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. We totally want to see Michael Crichton riding one of these things, ramping through the Disney World Hall of Presidents and tearing apart an animatronic Abe Lincoln.


Penny Arcade - Hilarious

The comic today is really funny. I have definitely felt this way before.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

64-bit Windows XP

June, I'll probably try it out as an alternative boot partition on my current machine so I can test the 64bit technology.


Tuesday, March 01, 2005

MegaTokyo - relax, we understand j00

I found the little mouse/squirrel thing holding up a sign Tru5t m3 really hilarious.


Monday, February 28, 2005

MSNBC - Japan reportedly plans future moon base

TOKYO - Japan plans to start building a manned base on the moon and a space shuttle within the next 20 years, a newspaper report said Monday.


MSNBC - Now you see it, now you don't

High-tech cloaking machines could one day render very small objects nearly invisible and perhaps improve military stealth technology, scientists said Monday.


Splinter Cell Chaos Theory Co-Op Hands-On

Executioner, I think we should try this. I really need some Co-Op FPS action.

Battlestar Galatica

I'm going to download this:

This is a Link to the full first episode of Battlestar Galatica. Specifically the new show on Sci-Fi, not the old show.

Sunday, February 27, 2005


More pictures of DJ have been posted up in the web gallery.

He is doing well and certainly wishes he was done with his tour of duty.


Saturday, February 26, 2005

Episode 3 spoiler

Here is a link to a ton of pictures from Star Wars Episode 3. Don't know how long it will stay up for, but there it is.


Friday, February 25, 2005

Xbox signs up video game legend

LOS ANGELES - Microsoft has enlisted Hironobu Sakaguchi, credited with creating the legendary “Final Fantasy” series of role-playing video games, to make two games for the next Xbox game console, the company said Thursday.

This is definite good news for the 'Xbox - 360' (working title of the next Xbox). I would say that Microsoft is not going to make the same mistake of titles on the new Xbox. But I hope they include backwards game compatibility, it makes a huge difference.


Voodoo knife rack in shape of a person

Track Back

Tuesday, February 22, 2005


Because of the troubles we had today, by end of week I plan on switching to a new blogging utility called WordPress. This will allow me to host all the content locally on my server and not wait for

There is a lot of customization that needs to happen prior to me rolling the new blog out and as such I'll keep everyone updated.

Scott ignore the email I sent you for now, we'll worry about it later this week.

Wolf and Raven

That song by Sonata Arctica has awesome lyrics.. I mean listening to the song you just enjoy the music, but if you actually read it... Really very cool. It makes me want to write a short story on it.


Monday, February 21, 2005

Clerks 2


Freedom Call

A while ago Imperial Executioner put up a link for the new Freedom Call album 'Circle of Life'. I unfortunately didn't get around to listening to the new tracks on it, and quite frankly I wasn't that impressed. I hope that the album turns out better than the 3 tracks they have up there but if this is the fare we are getting from Freedom Call nowadays I fear no more albums will be purchased by me.


Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Bad Camera News

Two days ago I attempted to turn on my new Canon SD200 Digital Camera to take a picture of my massively scary CPU fan. Unfortunately it wouldn't turn on so I am out of a digital camera for a while during the time that CompUSA figures out what is wrong with it / sends it to Canon for repairs.


Short Story - I, Robot

This guys does some interesting stories...


RockRage: Music Band Fonts

This is cool!


Tuesday, February 15, 2005

MSNBC - What germs are on your hands?

Alright J, here ya go this one is for you. I wish it was a more in depth article, but you get what you pay for.


Monday, February 14, 2005

For all the Hardcore fans

A new METALLICA tribute album, entitled "Hip Hop Tribute To Metallica", is due for release on March 8, according to The track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Enter Sandman 02. Am I Evil? 03. Creeping Death 04. Harvester Of Sorrow 05. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)06. Through The Never 07. For Whom The Bell Tolls 08. Fade To Black 09. Master Of Puppets 10. Nothing Else Matters It is not yet known which artists are involved in the album. Other non-traditional tribute albums to METALLICA which have been released include "Fade To Bluegrass" (bluegrass music), DIE KRUPPS' "A Tribute to Metallica" (Electronic/Techno) and "Say Your Prayers, Little One" (Classical/Cellos).

(Taken from Blabbermouth)

Sunday, February 13, 2005

New Server

I have updated my website to a new server.

Unfortunately during the upgrade it broke the Reviews section so that is under construction at this time.

Once I figure out what went wrong with that portion then I'll bring it back online, but all other functionality appears to be working.

At Last

Audio samples from the new FREEDOM CALL album, entitled "The Circle of Life", have been posted online at the group's official web site. Check out the tracks "Mother Earth", "Kings & Queens" and "Hunting High and Low" at this location.

Friday, February 11, 2005


This makes me happy....

It sounds like it would be approximately $1500/night to stay here, but an underwater hotel? I would save up money to do it.

8GB Flash drive

I really like flash drives.

I have a 128MB one that I use for porting my current projects on (I have a development project that I am working on right now). Now an 8GB one would be awesome, that could be used for serious data retention.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

North Korea - Nuclear Weapons

This isn't a good thing...

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

The Return of Ash??


This is cool

Microsoft now has an AntiSpyWare application in Beta.

I say download it, it can't hurt.


Monday, February 07, 2005

Cell Processor

I wonder if they are going to plan on migrating this to Windows based machines. And if so does this completely kill Intel / AMD?


Boing Boing: Monkeyshines

Hahahah, this is funny. It sucks that the Monkey's are forced to come into their major cities due to shrinking forests.


Saturday, February 05, 2005

New Freedom Call

SPV Records has set a March 21 release date for the new album from German power metallers FREEDOM CALL, entitled "The Circle of Life".

Friday, February 04, 2005


Campus group raises money for snipers Thought some of y'all might enjoy this...

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

MSNBC - Medicare to cover Viagra prescriptions

Sexual performance drugs like Viagra will be covered by Medicare’s new prescription benefit beginning next year, along with medications for other conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease, Health and Human Services officials said Tuesday.

Comon. Can't we spend american social security benefits for more appropriate drugs?

Monday, January 31, 2005

Frozen Geneve

This looks cold. I would not want to be here.


Saturday, January 29, 2005

Day Trip!

Here are some pictures of the day trip we took to Port Hueneme!

We wouldn't necessarily suggest the place to anyone, it isn't as beautiful as say Santa Monica or Newport Beach but the drive was a lot of fun!


Friday, January 28, 2005

More Kaia Pictures

Unfortunately I have 2 duplicates in there, but anyways:

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Service Pack2?

Anybody know the details on XP Service Pack 2?

In an effort to be useful

I posted a 2005 movie calander on my site, highlighting movies that I think one or more of our group would like. Hope you like...

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

More on Demons and Wizards

From Blabbermouth:

BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch has posted the following message at the group's official web site:"Though you have not heard a lot from us during the last months we have not been lazy at all. There are a lot of things going on at the moment. Just to mention a few: the DEMONS AND WIZARDS production is making good progress and the same can be said about the songwriting for the next BLIND GUARDIAN album which is at a very important point."André [Olbrich, guitar] and I have completed five songs for the new album and 10 songs for the orchestral project. Yesterday, we had a meeting with Charlie Bauerfeind (who is going to produce both albums) during which we have set up a rough schedule for the next months. We definitely will start the production within the year and it won't take as much time to accomplish it as it did with 'A Night at the Opera'."With regards to the next DEMONS AND WIZARDS album I am happy to tell you that five songs have been mixed for it already and that there are seven more to go. How many of them we are going to use for the regular album and how many we will use as bonus material I can't tell you right now. There are 11 Schaffer/Kürsch songs and one cover tune. We will be done with everything mid-February. The album surely will be released in late spring, or early summer. I am very pleased with the songs and so is Jon [Schaffer, ICED EARTH mainman]. My favorite tune at the moment is called 'Touched by the Crimson King'. We have not spoken about an album title yet but have to make a decision rather soon. I will let you know."

New pictures!

My new baby cousin was born early Monday morning, I have 4 pictures of her! And 2 pictures of my Aunt's completed house remodel that she did before selling the place:

Baby Kaia
Aunt Karen's

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Nightwish Singer in some video

This is the Nightwish singer in some video with a local pop guy. Local as in Finland local.


Demons and Wizards

Drum tracks have been completed for a new studio album by Demons and Wizards. No info yet on its title, release date, or if its still all the same line up.


DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco Bay Area "black" metal band featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT, will finally hit the studio in February to record their long-awaited second album, entitled "Black Wings of Destiny".

New Hammerfall Video

HAMMERFALL's video for their new single, "Blood Bound", has been posted online at

Friday, January 14, 2005

The Order of the Stick - by Rich Burlew

The Order of the Stick - by Rich Burlew Funniest thing I've seen in a while.... But be careful, it's addictive and there are 140 of them

Baby Cheetahs

Now that is cute.



This sucks hardcore.

When fate is mean, it is really mean. Some images of what happened to Crimson's car during the holiday's. It looks like a tree branch fell from a tree right onto his car. Much sympathies bro! :(


Thursday, January 13, 2005

Disney Plans Tron Remake

I thought I heard they were doing a Tron 2 movie and then I see this article where they are planning on refilming the original Tron movie just with changes to the story... We'll see.


Longhorn Schedule Updates

For those who don't know Microsoft Windows Longhorn is the code name given to the next operating system Microsoft is developing. The link below gives timelines for when it is going to be released.


Robot, Dance!

I found this amusing until I saw at the bottom that it can help with Construction jobs and also 'drive a car'. That is pretty cool.


Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Giving Away Millions

Neat article on Encarta that talks about how Percy Ross gave away somewhere around $30 million dollars to people over his lifetime. Don't know who he is? Read it.


Rumors about Shakespeare

"Shakespeare’s Writings Indicate He May Have Had Syphilis"


MSNBC - NASA launches comet-busting probe

I heard about this from someone the other day, but it wasn't until I read this article that I truly believed we are attempting this...

I would be amazed if it connected.


MSNBC - Early mammal snacked on a dinosaur

This is extremely interesting. They are saying that during the Cretaceous Period there were mammals (dog looking creatures) that hunted small dinosaurs. This contradicts a main theory that during that period of the earth's history mammals were the size of chipmunks and running in fear of huge dinosaurs.


Friday, January 07, 2005

Code update

The Pictures Gallery has had multiple updates to it tonight.

So go check it out!


Thursday, January 06, 2005

More pictures posted

Since I don't know all items I posted tonight just go ahead and run over to the pictures section on the menu to see what you haven't checked out yet. I do know I posted some more pictures about the trip to Busch Gardens and I think I posted some pictures from Christmas Day...

Song from new Gravedigger album up

Streaming only...on their site.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

For you die hard fans

Vitamin Records has just issued "Eclipse: Piano Tribute To Evanescence", a collection of EVANESCENCE songs performed exclusively on a piano. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:01. Going Under02. Bring Me To Life03. Everybody's Fool04. My Immortal05. Haunted Haunted06. Tourniquet07. Imaginary08. Taking Over Me09. Hello10. My Last Breath11. WhisperAudio samples from the album can be heard at this location.Vitamin Records has previously issued "The String Quartet Tribute To Evanescence". Audio samples from that CD are available here.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Butterflies everywhere

Today (Sunday) we checked out Butterfly World here in Florida. Lots of cool things to see there so here are the pictures:

Butterfly World

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Busch Gardens

Here are the pictures from Busch Garden's in Tampa, Florida. There are around 93 pictures so be warned if you are on dialup that it might take a while to load all the images.

Busch Gardens 2004