Archive for December, 2007

Well, as many of you most likely know, christmas just recently zoomed on past us. A time for presents, pretty lights, fat men getting stuck in chimneys, gingerbread cookies, egg nog and 24 hour marathons of “A christmas story“. Overall it’s supposedly a great happy holiday. While I am not too much of a celebrating christmasholic I don’t completely hate the holiday..I just don’t celebrate it as much as some people.

One thing I do however usually do is watch: Miracle on 34th street, It’s a wonderful Life, How the grinch stole christmas and A christmas Carol. Although this year, I just stacked em up on my DVR since I have been kinda busy as of late…So, took awhile to get through them. However I watched them all….It wasn’t until AFTER christmas, but it still counts.

Christmas Carol is my mostest favorite one though I think. Mainly because of the gothic/sci-fi/supernatural aspect I think. Definately because I agree with the “Morals” of it. In fact, I couldn’t disagree more with them. I think Scrooge is a fool quite honestly. I mean, the old codger is incapable of change. Yes, he stops being greedy, but think about it! He is for lack of a better word, an extremeist.

Scrooge went from extremely greedy to extremely generous. Both opposite ends of the spectrum, and both pushed to the extremes. When he became generous he handed out gold like it was going out of style. Tore up bills that people owed him and so fourth. While good in theory, it’s actually quite horrible. Hell, the old fool most likely threw all his money out on that one day, his acts of “Generosity” also made it where his business wasn’t going to be earning him much..if anything at all, therfor he hurt himself. What good is he going to accomplish if he becomes one of the huddles helpless masses?

There is a middle ground, which is the path he should have traveled. Instead however he revealed his sickness of extreme actions. Also, who’s to say which is worse? Hurting others with his greed or hurting himself with his generosity?

Still, it’s a good story, just really messed up morals in my opinion.

I love comic books, most people who know me already know this. I have even in the past gone into discussions about my favorite comic book company. So, this definately isn’t a secret. So, I’m not going to repeat that previous discussion…It’s out there, you all know about it.

What I am going to do however is talk about CLASSIC marvel comic books. They came out in a time when Americans were all great, all knowing and of course…a time when the american people were scared to death of communists(Some may still be scared to death of communists..I don’t know..but if they are luckily it doesn’t show in comics).

Case in point. Classic Thor comics(Was before he had his own series..back when he shared ‘Journey into mystery’ with some other Marvel heroish type..person) always pitted Goldilocks…errr…I mean Thor against either crazy gods or…Communists! Some times just communist agents, other times whole freaking communist countries…In one such instance Thor saved the day from them wacky commies and their leader decided he was gonna head off somewhere with his countries cash flow…and then his army-type people…realised how bad he was, how bad communists were…and how great America was…and killed their leader so ol’ thundergod wouldn’t hafta! Here’s a little panel that shows that.

Silly Commies

See? Classic! Ya gotta love those older comics, because they are so realistic….

If you own an Xbox 360 you no doubt have an Xbox live account. If not a paid subscription, at the very least a freebie silver edition. If you don’t, then go sign up for a freebie silver edition account.

Now, I am not saying the service is great. It’s fun and it’s handy, and it’s fairly inexpensive. However here’s my thought process. Most of the games, like Call of Duty and such allow for online playing FREE of charge. Not the Xbox however! The same games you could play head to head with real players for free on the PC, requires a PAID subscription to play on the Xbox. So, considering that? I would say the cost is a tad high..no matter how cheap it is..when compared to the free alternative? It’s a bit high.

Next is the subject of media! Xbox Live allows you to download movies to your Xbox system that you hav bought through your Xbox live account. The movies are actually reasonably priced, and there are many new releases from a huge variety of genres! You can also purchase TV shows through this same process. This is where the pricing becomes a little skewed. TV shows cost roughly all the same. So, you can spend the same ammount on a 23 min episode of “Family Guy” as you would on an 11 minute episiode of “Robot chicken”. That’s a tad bit extreme in my opinion. On top of that, they also charge that ammount for “shorts” from Atom Films, that you can watch on their bloody website for free!

Now, about downloadable content. I think this is the numbero uno reason to have an xbox live account. You can get extra maps and levels for your favorite games, or even new characters or items…or new quest lines to expand your favorite RPG…heck, even an expansion pack! The thing is, most of these items are going to cost you. You pay for the new content on top of your xbox live account, which just seems a bit iffy to me. On the original xbox live you weren’t charged for new content, and on the PC in most cases you aren’t charged for new levels and things. I can understand the expansion packs, but the rest is just silly.

Not everything about the Xbox live account is bad though. They do allow you to connect to your MSN account, so you can still keep in contact with your non-xbox live friends on your MSN contact list. Though this is a bit tedious at best. You see, unless you spend 30 bucks on the keyboard/gamepad combo yer gonna have to type to them using your gamepad and a pointer on an on-screen keypad…which means it’s going to take you an hour to say “Hello! How are you!”. It would be nice if they allowed you to call your MSN contacts through Xbox Live, but they don’t so your only option is spend an hour getting one message out, or plunk down an extra 30 bucks for the special keyboard.

Xbox Live also has released a new feature! Some may have seen this, others might not have. What it allows is you to purchase and download original XBOX titles on your 360 console. Games Like Halo and Fable…as well as a handful of other titles(Though more apparently will be added in the future). The games are priced about equal to what you would expect to pay and Best Buy or EBGames. However, you could get the titles cheaper getting them used or in a discount bin. However that’s not really the point. Here’s the thing though. When you purchase and download the game to your console, you don’t get a case or manual. I like those items myself. On top of that, the downloaded game takes up precious room on your Hard drive, and if you have a lot of games, and use a lot of the xbox live features…your Hard Drive room is extremely valuable. I would say buy the damn game and save your hard drive space.

So, what it boils down to is, the Xbox live service for the 360 is a very mediocre service at best, and they charge for every little thing. It’s no secret that Microsoft is money hungry. It’s that same hunger for constant flow of money that caused them to release Vista years before it was actually finished and ready for release..Or what made them release the xbox 360 originally with so many over heating bugs that resulted in so many people having to return their console to get it fixed.

The service however wouldn’t be so bad if at the very least they had some sort of stipend happening..where each month you recieved a couple of microsoft points(The currency you have to buy so you can spend on their service) for being a paid subscriber.

Mystery Lump

Posted: December 12, 2007 in All about ME!
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Ever since my early teens I have had back trouble. It stems mainly I believe from when a lifted and carried a washing machine across my backyard on a dare. I hurt my back pretty bad, and even urinated some blood…It wasn’t pretty. However I still have the back pains, and so today I was rubbing my back, trying to work out the pain, or pop something back into place.

However while rubbing my back I felt a mysterious lump there. I don’t rub my back often, so not sure how long it has been there. I am however certain it’s not supposed to be there. This isn’t based on any medical knowledge…just one of those things you KNOW in your gut.

Not a clue what it is, but it has left me a wee bit worried. I definately intend on going to see a doctors about it, if I can remember to get an appointment, AND get someone to take me down to the docs office. Since I don’t drive, it makes things like appointments very difficult. On top of that, being in a small town like I am makes it also very difficult to get into see the doctor. There is also a good chance the doctor won’t know what it is, and just tell me it’s nothing to worry about.

I’m sure it isn’t a tumor….but it could be I suppose right? They can appear on your back right? Good chance it could just be some fatty deposit, and the odds of me having some kind of tumor are like…what? Astronomical? Even still, it’s not impossible..and the people who do end up having tumors have the same odds as I do. So, it definately can happen.

Just hope it isn’t a tumor…In the immortal words of Arnold Schwarzenegger.. “Eets not a TUMOR!!!! Ok?? EETS NOT A TUMOR!”…

Knock on wood.

Fashion in this day and age is…well, quite weird to be honest. I’m not talking about high fashion, from top of the line designers from france and other countries(Those have always just plain wierd). The fashion I am referring to is Hip-Hop fashion, if it could actually be called “Fashion”.

Things like backwards AND upside down sunvisors(Which kinda defeats the purpose doesn’t it?), saggy britches or even BACKWARD britches…Pull your pants up and turn em around I say! I swear, it looks like these people can’t even dress themselves..and yet people dress like this and aren’t even embarassed!

One of the worst offenders I can think of is a rapper named Lil Wayne. Have a look for yourself!

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What the hell?!? This guy not only has the sagging britches going on, but also has 2 layers of boxers, so that 1 layer can sag as well! the most disturbing part of this picture though is his tank top. He has his HEAD stuck through his arm hole..the scary part is i think he’s sober.

I mean, sure! I used to dress like that when I was younger….but I was Three, and then my mom would laugh, pat me on the head for being all cute and trying to dress myself, then she would dress me properly. This poor guy never had that luxury. So sad! So sad!