Monthly Archives: January 2007

Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden

I found this “game” while trolling internet forums. At first, I glossed over the link without expecting very much, but two words caught my eye: Chaos Dunk. It was at that very moment that I realised it was all over for me…my life was no longer my own as my eyes proceeded to read the game description…

The Great B-Ball Purge of 2041, a day so painful to some that it is referred to only as the “B-Ballnacht”. Thousands upon thousands of the world’s greatest ballers were massacred in a swath of violence and sports bigotry as the game was outlawed worldwide. The reason: the Chaos Dunk, a jam so powerful its mere existence threatens the balance of chaos and order. Among the few ballers and fans that survived the basketball genocide was Charles Barkley, the man capable of performing the “Verboten Jam”…

Flash forward 12 years to the post-cyberpocalyptic ruins of Neo New York, 2053. A Chaos Dunk rocks the island of Manhattan, killing 15 million. When the finger is put on the aging Charles Barkley, he must evade the capture of the B-Ball Removal Department, led by former friend and baller Michael Jordan, and disappear into the dangerous underground of the post-cyberpocalypse to clear his name and find out the mysterious truth behind the Chaos Dunk. Joined by allies along the way, including his son Hoopz, Barkley must face the dangers of a life he thought he gave up a long time ago and discover the secrets behind the terrorist organization B.L.O.O.D.M.O.S.E.S.

A tale of zaubers, b-balls, and atonement; brave dangers unheard of, face spectacular challenges that even the greatest ballers could not overcome, and maybe… just maybe… redeem basketball once and for all in Tales of Game’s Studios Presents Chef Boyardee’s Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa.

There’s no way I’m going to even think about starting this game now so I’ll leave it here on my blog for future reference. Enjoy the trailer.

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Buddha Call…Booty Call

Desi woman catches husband cheating.

The whole scene goes down courtesy of a Kiss FM radio talk show host somewhere in the U.S.  If you have already come across this recording, then forgive me as I tend to catch on to the fruits of the internet much slower than others.

Here is Windows Vista

Wow, finally the long awaited OS is about to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting public. I found a few articles which shared a few first impressions of Vista and one particular passage, written by Matthew Fordahl, caught my eye:

My installation took about an hour. After the software checked for updates, prompted me for a serial number and asked me to agree to the Windows user license, the installer ran without any need for input — a great improvement over previous Windows versions.

Problems arose when the PC came back to life. The beautiful visuals and inviting “Welcome Center” were covered up by error and warning messages detailing a number of incompatibilities.

There was no sound. A program that I use to synch data with a flash-memory drive wouldn’t work. The Internet-phone software Skype couldn’t find audio input or output. And I was told the control center for my ATI Radeon X1600 Pro graphics card “might” have an issue. There was no warning from Microsoft’s compatibility program that I ran before upgrading.

Great….

Madness?

A black cat crossed my path in my neighbourhood while I was driving home.  I stopped, pulled down the window, and yelled “bad!  Bad cat!”  Then I began to explore the possibility of capturing the little guy before it becomes road kill….  I promptly abandoned the idea because it would cut me up and it should know its way home….  Soon you’ll probably see me as the creepy guy looking at children while pondering whether I ought to “adopt” them.

View Your Mind

I downloaded and installed View Your Mind for Ubuntu and am very impressed with the program. From the View Your Mind website:

VYM (View Your Mind) is a tool to generate and manipulate maps which show your thoughts. Such maps can help you to improve your creativity and effectivity. You can use them for time management, to organize tasks, to get an overview over complex contexts, to sort your ideas etc.

Maps can be drawn by hand on paper or a flip chart and help to structure your thoughs. While a tree like structure like shown on this page can be drawn by hand or any drawing software vym offers much more features to work with such maps.

vym is not another drawing software, but a tool to store and modify information in an intuitive way. For example you can reorder parts of the map by pressing a key or add various information like a complete email by a simple mouse click.

Essentially it allows me to create spider diagrams on my computer. Simple? Yes. Shortly after I installed VYM, I found myself lost in thought while I began making spider diagram notes. I can export my maps in xhtml for easy presentation and viewing as well. I am pleased with my new find…and somewhat tired now. It’s as if I’ve come out of a reading binge trance.

Hurray for Linux! Perhaps it will be ported to Windows soon?

Remember the Past

Civil Rights Movement Timeline

HD-DVD, Blu-Ray

HD-DVD and Blu-Ray were once presented as opposing sides vying for market dominance. But, with dual compatible players and discs expected to be released, the entire attempt to replace the DVD has evolved into an abortive mess. Thank goodness hard drive technology will address these losers with the 300TB hard drive. Even the solid state hard drives are a breath of fresh air compared to these cursed disc pushers who accost us with their silly notions of high definition video and improved capacity. A pox on both their houses! I’m waiting for my 300TB HD so I can set up massive backup servers of terrible consequences. These two warring camps can abdicate when I finally back myself up.