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Rebirthing The Restricted

April 8, 2008 Comments off

OK, so just started my newest little project, which I’m sure will turn out to be my newest time consuming sucker of sanity, but I did it anyway. Here lately I’ve notice that my blog has strayed from what I had originally intended it to be, and turned into more of an online diary. There’s nothing wrong with that, but unfortunately that’s left me with nowhere to put my more structured writing/articles that I originally started this blog with.

Solution? Start another blog just for that type of writing. So I present to you… The Restricted, a continuation of a project that Tony, Joe and I started a long time ago. I’ve been playing around with the idea for quite some time now, but have been putting it off because I really didn’t want to undertake the project all by myself. Tony and Joe however are otherwise occupied with writing their new television series (good luck to you by the way), and I figured it was do or die time and if I didn’t do it now the motivation would soon dwindle away to nothing.

So check me out as the sole contributor right now at therestricted.wordpress.com, and keep an eye out for new authors and contributors in the near future.

I still plan on making regular entries here and just keep them more personal, hopefully I will be able to build enough of a reader base with The Restricted to generate a little revenue and invest a little bit back into the publication, maybe do a weekly/monthly podcast to go along with it. Who knows?

Anyways, don’t forget to check it out and enjoy!

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And Some Heroes Came Along…

March 28, 2008 Comments off

OK, so I just started watching Heroes for the first time at the recommendation of a friend… Awsum!

Admittedly, I didn’t give this show a fair shake at first. I don’t really have a whole lot of time for watching TV, so I have to pick and choose what shows I watch/DVR. I usually record one show a night (excluding various news shows) to watch and that’s enough to give me my TV fix for the night.

Just so happens that Heroes and Studio 60 both debuted on the same night and I chose the latter of the two for my after work entertainment. Then with Heroes being one of the major factors in Studio 60 getting canceled, like a spoiled child, I refused to watch it strictly out of spite… I still feel like Studio 60 had some of the best writing on television at the time and in the midst of all this reality television; if it had been given a different time slot it would have done very well.

So long story short: given the lack of new episodes of anything to watch (as a result of the recent writers strike), I’ve had some time to check out a few programs I wouldn’t have otherwise watched. I may have… um… lets say… acquired the first season of Heroes… *cough* torrents *cough* *cough*… I’m just kidding, I would never advocate the illegal downloading of copywrited materials from the internet, I bought them from Wal*Mart. :\ *rolls eyes*

Honest!

Regardless… come next season they’ve got a new viewer, I’ve just got to get caught up by then. It’s a good thing my iPod holds 80 gigs worth of shit.

P.S.

Just for the record: I did buy the first season, it just may not have been before I “previewed” it by other means, and it was money well spent! 🙂

Just Me Being A Geek

February 23, 2008 Comments off

OK, so my laptop finally crapped out on me the other day. It didn’t stop working all together, but for some reason my mouse pad and keyboard just decided that they no longer liked their stations in life and just weren’t going to participate anymore… go figure. *shrug* The easy work around was to snag the mouse and keyboard off of my home PC and hook them up to my laptop, but that’s more or less rendered my laptop “not so portable” anymore. I do a lot of my writing at work or on the road, so until I bite the bullet and find replacement parts or just go out and get a new laptop (I’m really pulling for the new laptop BTW), I really don’t have a convenient way to write right now… so my apologies for the lack of posts here lately.

So what’s been going on in my life here lately, other than a broken laptop? Oh where should I begin? Lets start with what’s new on the Transformers collecting scene, that always puts me in a good mood.

All the stuff from my “I sold my 25th Anniversary G.I. Joes Haul” came in, Devil Satan 6 is the awsum! He’s in better shape than he looked like in the pictures and that made me extremely happy. The TF Jr’s were indeed unopened, and I was indeed the first person to free them from their “Styrofoam Prisons”, and when I posted about it on TFW it sparked an offer from another collector for two of the six figures that form Raiden Jr. *SCORE* And the Collector’s Club Exclusives were everything I thought they would be, so all in all it was a great series of transactions; I made way more off of my Joe’s than I thought I would, and when it came time to spend it I got a lot of ridiculous deals on the stuff I wanted.

Here recently, I’ve stumbled into some great deals too. I snagged five of the six figures that form Piranacon from the original Generation 1 Transformers series for a fraction of what they were worth, due to the seller not knowing how to spell his name correctly. I’ve had the sixth figure needed to complete him laying around for a while now and never figured I’d be able to complete it because of his ridiculous price so I’m not complaining. On top of that I was able to work out a deal with another collector for a bunch of the parts I needed to complete my newly acquired Piranacon, along with parts for my G1 Metroplex and Trypticon, so now I just need to get the big gun for Pirranacon, and the smaller guns for Scamper and Full Tilt, and I’ll have all three figures 100% complete. If all goes well with this deal, I should be able to get most, if not all, of the parts I need to complete Scorponok from the same guy too… so n00b3rz eatz0r your heart out, lol. I’ve been wheeling and dealing so much here lately, I feel like a fucking Ferangi 🙂 , but so far 08 has been turning out to be a great year for collecting, at least for me anyways. Here’s to hoping it continues *cheers*

I’ve been trying my hand at photography here lately too, not so much like professional photography but more like product photography (?). I built a small light tent and have been taking pictures of some of my TFs to try and hone my skills. I’m having a little trouble with the white balance and getting my backgrounds to turn out completely white, they tend to have a slightly blue tint to them but I’m encouraged by the results so far. My wife’s been a major help, she the Photographer not me; I just take pictures, and yes there is a difference. Here’s a few I took with little or no Photoshoping, other then cropping the pictures down to size.

I’d really like to get good enough to submit some of my stuff to the TFW galleries, because I have quite a few figures that they are missing from there and they have been such a great help in collecting for me I’d like to give something back. Other than that I don’t really know what I would do with those said skills other than have really good looking images for anything I sell on eBay, lol. I guess I’ve always been like that; I just like to know how things work, see if I can do it, and then I lose interest in it. Kind of like, way back, when I only had a webTV and I decided to write my own IRC chat program for it completely in HTML. I worked day and night on it for about a month, and once I finished it, I never gave it a second thought. The key with that is that WebTV recognizes one HTML command that normal computers don’t: wtvchat or wtv.chat or something like that (It’s been a reeeeealy long time ago), but once I did it I quickly lost interest in it because there was no challenge left behind it other then coming up with snappy little saying to pop up when someone clicked the little button.

Anyways, I’ve rambled on long enough… Peace!

A Little g33k Fun

January 30, 2008 1 comment

I can’t help but find the humor in this:

The other day I had to rest my router back to the original factory setting. I was having trouble getting my laptop to connect after messing around with the port forwarding option, and figured it would be easier to start over than try and figure out what I had messed up. Simple enough right? But what fallowed has filled me with amusement for the past few weeks, and gives me a chuckle every time I think about it.

Normally when I make changes on my router I’ll use my PC, but for whatever reason I used my laptop this time… no biggie. Almost immediately after resetting my router my laptop detected a wireless network named “linksys”, witch is the default name for my router. So without thought, I logged in using the default password “admin”, and just out of curiosity I decided to look at the log to see if anyone else had connected to my network. To my surprise, I found four other people who had connected to it.

So rather than kick them off I decided to have a little fun with them. I immediately changed the access password, changed my network name from the default “linksys” to “FBI Mobile 934”, and sat back to have a little chuckle to myself as I pictured all the police and highway patrol officers who live in my neighborhood befuddled as they started to wonder why there was a mobile FBI unit within wireless range of their houses. LOL!

Not to mention the building down the road, full of collage students who must have surly started to panic as they noticed that they were illegally downloading music on an FBI server… good times! I left it that way for a while, and went on about my business.

Anyways, after the amusement wore off, I decided to go in and actually set my router up; turn off the SSID and turn the encryption on. For those of you that don’t know, when you do this, your laptop will immediately disconnect, and reconnect to your network using the new settings. The only problem was that when my laptop reconnected, it connected to “linksys” again, I quickly looked at my available wireless networks and seen that the one I had just set up was still in there, but the signal strength wasn’t what it should have been… I hadn’t just set up my router; I had inadvertently changed all of the settings on one of my neighbors’ routers. LMAO!

I could have been the nice guy, went back in and changed all of the settings back to “default“, but… well… that didn’t happen.

After thinking about it for a while, the building full of collage students was the most likely owner of this router; given how many computers were connected to it, and they were probably the only ones in the neighborhood in need of a large unsecured wireless network anyway; one person paying the bill or all of them chipping in for one connection while the whole building mooches off of it. So again I just sat back and laughed my ass off as I thought about this entire building full of collage students unable to connect to the internet and not know why. My head quickly filled with the image of everybody in the building clambering to get a hold of that one motherfucker who owned the router, bitching because they can’t get connected, and him not knowing how to fix it, because he wasn’t even smart enough to change the password from the factory default.

Did I feel bad? For a second, then I thought about how I almost got into a fight with some of them at the beginning of the year, because they tried to steel my daughter’s bike off of my front porch… so “fuck em”, fuck them and their term papers… bitches.

Random Thoughts At Work

January 23, 2008 Comments off

Random thoughts about a customer in the club tonight:

What a fuckin freak! He’s just gonna spin right off this fuckin planet.

Could you possibly do any more drugs?!?!

I wander what color the sky is on whatever planet he came from. Do they speak English there? Cuz you’re kinda struggling with it right now.

Q: “So whatta you do?”

A: “Drugs”

WTF! I don’t think that was the answer she trying to get at bro.

I don’t think I’m the only person in here that don’t give a shit if you could take them into Wal*Mart and get them high for a full week on $10 with nutmeg. That’s not really an accomplishment!

Why the fuck would I sell food?! This is fucking titty-bar you moron! Got the muchies bro? Hmmmm

Q: “You need a cab? It only cost like $5 to get into town.”

A: “No thanks, I’m gonna need all my money for food and drugs. I don’t wanna waste it.”

You’re gonna fuckin walk? It’s 4 fuckin degrees outside! Idiot.

Good bye and good riddance! FRUIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lockdown

January 22, 2008 Comments off

OK, yea I’m still alive. *lol* So where have I been you may ask. Well that’s not such a long story, and I aim to tell ya… those fuckin iPods are evil! I’ve spent the better part of a month building my iToons library, obsessively ripping every DVD I own, editing the ID3 tags for damn near every goddamned Mp3 I have, and manually getting the album art for every fuckin movie and song in my library (before I realized that iToons will do that for you automatically if you register an account).

I’ve neglected almost everything in my personal life, my office is a shambles, I haven’t so much as dusted my toy collection, and other than checking the stats to my blog every once and a while, I haven’t done anything on the computer in weeks. Seriously: Why the fuck do I need to have every episode of Babylon 5 in Mp4 format? Do I really need to carry around all seven seasons of Deep Space 9 in my pocket? And I just finished watching every episode of Entourage, in order, less than a month ago!

*Fuckin OCD*

Geeezus, if you have OCD or even OCD-like tendencies, seriously stay the fuck away from these things they’ll destroy your life. I’ve turned into some sleep deprived audio/video-phile fruit cup. I stay up all night, until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore, ripping movies, I haven’t shut my laptop off since x-mas, and whenever I’m away from it; I have my iPod on… I sleep with the damn thing on for fucks sake!

So what snapped my outta my self imposed iPod isolation? Go-Bots! That’s right, those little generic half-assed transformer wannabe toys from the 80s. While waiting for a movie to download (legally, of coarse), I found an auction on eBay for the Go-Bots Power-Suit Combiner: Grungy with the box, Styrofoam, and enough bots to fill the suits for what I thought was a good price, so I did the “Buy It Now” and now I’m eagerly awaiting a package in the mail (LOL). But that got me thinking about some of the Go-Bots I had as a kid, and started looking for some of them too.

That brings me to my current dilemma. Much like Transformers, Go-Bots were originally sold under another name in Asia, Machine Robo, before they were re-branded and brought over to the States. I found the Japanese version of one of my favorite Go-Bots, Mint In the Box (MIB), from a toy store in Asia for a decent price and now I’m trying to figure out how to finagle enough money to snag him up before somebody else does. I don’t have too many bots that I want to part with, but I’ve been playing with the idea of selling my G.I. Joe collection to get enough money to buy him. I’ve got the entire 25th Anniversary line (Mint On the Card) all the way up to wave 5, including all of the variants except Snake Eyes with the black Timber, that should net me enough to pay for it plus some.

I really haven’t had much of an interest in them lately, but I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t been able to find them for a while or if it’s because I’ve genuinely lost interest in them. I originally wanted to get the complete line and keep them all MISB/MOSC, but I’ve been looking at all of the planned releases for the line, and those little buggers are gonna break me. It was fine when I thought they were just going to be a filler line until the next line was ready for production, but they’re starting to look like they may be Hasbro’s main line for a while. I’ve got the entire line pre-ordered through BBTS all the way up to wave 7, along with all the comic book 2 packs, and I can see these getting really expensive in the future.

On the other hand, I’ve got a really good start on the line and if I sell what I’ve already got, I may never be able to afford to get them back.

It’s a stupid thing to have to worry about, especially with the economy the way it is and all, but… DAMN IT, I REALLY WANT THAT BOT!

Christmas Memories: New & Old

December 28, 2007 Comments off

There are very few memories of my childhood as vivid, happy, and utterly depressing as the ones I have of Christmas. I dread it, right around the beginning of November I start getting this feeling in my gut that I can only describe as “Black”. It’s an empty feeling: lonely, cold, depressing and so much more. When I’m alone it literally brings me to tears, crying helplessly in the dark with no one to comfort me… it hurts.

They say that it’s better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all, but I can’t think of a more cruel and unusual punishment than to let somebody experience pure and utter happiness, and then in one foul swoop take it all away. All the while making them watch the whole world enjoy this happiness knowing that they will never be able to have this type of joy again.

My greatest holiday memories are the ones from when I was a kid. We used to all gather at my grandparent’s house on Christmas Eve: me, my sister, my parents, aunts, uncles, their children, and on occasion some extended family from out of state. We would all enjoy a huge dinner, and then spend the night together, as a family, waiting for Santa to come and deliver the presents. As a kid it was all about the presents and toys, as a memory it’s always been about family. We don’t do that any more.

There has been a huge rift in my family for years, no one can get along, they fight uncontrollably, they have taken my childhood and destroyed it. They have taken a time of joy and happiness, and turned into a time where I struggle with depression and sadness. Of the six “grandchildren” in my family, only me, my sister, and my oldest cousin remember those “family” Christmas’… the youngest of us is getting ready to graduate this year.

There is no doubt, that as I get older, my family is becoming more and more important to me. I love them, I love them all… They.Are.My.Family.

Since the birth of my daughter, the first “great-grandchild” in the family, I’ve spent every Christmas and Thanksgiving driving all over Ohio trying to visit each and every member of my family individually, and trying to spend an equal amount of time each of them so as not to start another fight. This year I put my foot down, as one of the few people in my family that gets along with everyone, I was not going to spend it in my car. I politely called each of them and told them that I wasn’t going to be able to do all that traveling this year, but was going to host Christmas at my house, and if they wanted to see me and my family they were going to have to come to us. There was no set time to be here, but the food would be done around 1:00 and they were welcome to stop by whenever they wanted to.

I spent two days in the kitchen preparing a huge meal unsure if anybody was even going to show up. I’m still broke, I spent twice the amount of money that I had budgeted for the dinner, and I was exhausted, my mother-in-law stayed with us for three whole days, but in my mind the gamble was worth it.

This year the only present I got was the 80 gig iPod I bought for myself, but I got the greatest gift of all… my family.

The only people who were absent were my uncle, who in all fairness got a short notice, and my parents, who were both sick and highly contagious, so we made plans with them to have a small belated Christmas dinner in a few weeks after they get better. A little after midnight, I went down to the basement to smoke my last cigarette… I was ready for bed, but there were still people upstairs playing wii, laughing and having a good time. I’ve never been so happy to be so tired.

This year I did cry alone in the dark, but for the first time in years they were not tears of sadness; they were tears of joy and happiness, not only for myself but for my daughter, who for the first time in her life got to experience a real “family” Christmas… it felt good.