November 3, 2008


FanboysBeing that I’m a huge Star Wars geek and have actually been to Skywalker Ranch, Big Rock Ranch, the old LucasArts and ILM buildings, and the Letterman Digital Arts Center, I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Fanboys. After all the drama and delays (the film was supposed to be released in 2007) the film finally has a release date (February 6, 2009) and trailer.

Star Wars + a bunch of cameos + Kristen Bell = GREAT MOVIE


October 28, 2008

That Was Not Comcastic

Filed under: 42 — darthryan @ 8:19 pm
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After a long and tiring day at the office, I come home to find that Comcast has deactivated my internet connection.  I deal with enough problems at work.  The last thing I want to do is spend 90 minutes on the phone with a Comcast Representative named Melinda (half an hour of which was spent on hold).

Melinda’s first explanation as to why I wasn’t receiving an internet connection is because Comcast didn’t have my cable modem’s serial number and MAC in their system.  I told her I’ve been a customer for years (back when it was AT&T Broadband Internet) and that my connect was fine last night.  She tries to be nice and makes small talk by asking “how’s the weather” followed by “Are you excited about Halloween.  Do you have plans?  Going to any parties?”  I think to myself, “C’mon now, that’s not the type of service I’m looking for.  And if it was, I would have called a different number!”

She then goes on to recreate my account on their backend system.  Melinda asks for my Comcast userid.  I provide it.  She then tells me that one is already in use and I need to create a new one for my account.  I wait for “a while” and finally my connection is restored…but only for a minute.

Melinda puts me on hold and my connection comes back after a minute or two.  I then ask, “why did my connection go down again?”  Her reply was “a few people in your area are experiencing the same problem you are.”  I wonder if some dingbat at Comcast decided to randomly delete accounts before being fired.

I begin test my connection.  Usually I get 6 Mbps downstream but multiple speed tests report only 2 Mbps.  I tell Melinda this.  Her response is “would you be interested in Comcast Triple Play?”  WTF?!!  Melinda then goes on to say that their download speed varies and that I should clear my cache, uninstall old games, etc.  She then finishes with, “at least your connection is working.”  Ugh!

Comcast sucks.  Unfortunately they’re the only game in town.  If only another broadband ISP would service my area…

October 27, 2008

Are the Magic Email Gnomes Dead?

Filed under: 42 — darthryan @ 3:13 pm
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Ever since Yahoo! announced its latest round of layoffs, it seems as if Yahoo mail is no longer being pushed to my iPhone. Did Yahoo! terminate all the magic gnomes responsible for push email? It’s not just my iPhone either—some else at work just mentioned she’s having the same problem.

October 9, 2008

America’s Favorite Serial Killer’s 3rd Season

Filed under: 42,Television — masayukiespinosa @ 7:39 pm
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After a disappointing first episode of its third season, HBO’s “Dexter” and it’s titular protagonist, if a mass murderer could be called such, are back in fine form.

The second episode takes the the outline provided in the preceeding epsiode and adds a perfectly nuanced portrait of the dichotomous Dexter.  Scenes that highlight his insecurity with mimicking normal human emotions during interpersonal communication are contrasted with those that underline his cold self-assuredness as an inhuman predator.

The last sequence forced a bloody blend of the two juxtaposed positions and promises for more of the same murderous mahem in the near future.

October 7, 2008

Facebook DnD

Filed under: 42 — masayukiespinosa @ 4:34 pm
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My latest obsession is the Facebook app “Dungeons and Dragons: Tiny Adventures.”

Each adventure consists of an adventurer meeting a series obstacles and making an appropriate dice roll, combined with any intrinsic bonuses, against the difficulty of the task.  It is classic pen and paper roleplaying with the campy humor that made the 1st edition such a gem.

It is not a game for someone looking for an immersive game environment nor was it meant to be.  This is not the facebook version of WoW but that is part of its appeal.  Someone else does the grinding and I just peak in periodically to see how it is going.

Instead of the adventurer, however, I feel more like the adventurer’s overly liberal parent.  I outfit my adventurer with the appropriate gear, send him or her out on an adventure, and he or she returns with a report card and any loot collected along the way.  If the adventurer continues to make progress eventually he or she graduates or retires in game parlance.  Once retired I start the whole process again.

For those of you looking for a fun fantasy role playing game that basically plays itself I’d highly recommend it.  Hardcore gamers would be better served elsewhere.

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