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