Duel Screen

In what I’m calling a stroke of insanity, I picked up a Nintendo DS Lite last week. I saw one of the hard to find candy-apple red ones in Target and I decided I needed it. My reasoning was that it would be a good time killer when we’re up at the hospital with my father-in-law. Turns out its one of the best things I’ve ever purchased, time killing or other wise. It’s an awesome little device. The screens are bright and clear, the games look good, they’re simple and fun and most important, it’s very hackable.


What’s wrong with people

I know most of you know about the “pour shot” saga by now. This kid took one of my photos, edited it, claimed it was his until I called him on it and got DeviantArt involved, it got pulled down, he begged an pleaded with me not to sue him, I was nice and let it slide and ever since it’s run wild around the internet and I can’t seem to stop it.

The image is of course this:


Which is an inverted and recolorized version of my photo here:

Real Version

The only reason I mention this is because it just showed up again under “92 Must See Photographs” over at “Just Creative“, which is a feed I happen to read from time to time. Saying I was shocked is a little of an understatement. Then again, it’s been on Worth1000 as well, which is kind of an honor in an of itself. In this case, not even the ripoff was properly credited, so I don’t even know where this tiny version came from. It’s been included in wallpaper packs, posted in forums, all over the damn place. I’ve gotten past the “people are stealing my stuff” because professionally I’ve grown past it and I’ve done a lot better work since I took that shot, but it still kinda irks me to see it float around in this fashion. What’s worse is that this isn’t even the “real shot”. This was one of my test shots before I took what I considered to be the final version. For reference sake, I put that photo up on Flickr. I had to dig through hundreds of old backup disks to find the originals to resize and post, but this incident spurred me on. So, it’s up on Flickr in a reduced size, and you can see that here:

Some days I don’t understand the internet. Then again, maybe it’s just Monday.

For my own amusement

So, we’re developing a new web site at work, and I needed some dummy text as a place holder for a section called “Who’s Having fun?” Rather than use regular old Lorum Ipsum, I decided to actually write a paragraph or two, just for my own enjoyment, lol.

We’re all having fun. Pie is fun. I like to eat pie. Apple pie, Blueberry pie, Strawberry Rubarb pie, Key Lime pie. Oh, Key Lime is good pie. Have I ever told you about the time I made a Key Lime pie and it caught the cat on fire. Well, not directly, but the oven sure did. That’s ridiculous, pie setting cats on fire, who would think such a thing. Crazy people, that’s who. And we’re certainly not crazy. Nope nope. We don’t even talk to ourselves, that’s how not crazy we are. Nope, we just enjoy pie. I think that’s a universal law. Liking pie. I mean, who doesn’t like pie? Cats on fire I suppose, and maybe Communists. I bet the Commies don’t like pie. That’s what’s wrong with that system of government, no pie. How can you have a constructive society without social problems when you have no pie. I tell ya what.

Now just don’t get me started on cake. The cake is a lie. I found that out the hard way. Got all the way to the end and did I get cake? Hell no. They teased me with the promise of cake the entire way and then, just at the last second, no cake. What kind of a deal is that? I tell you, they wouldn’t have done that over at Black Mesa. Those guys are nice over there. Especially that Dr. Freeman. Quiet guy, doesn’t talk much. But man, you get him to a bar and that cat can’t shut up. I bet he gets cake. Any time he wants too.


Ultimate Universe

Having now seen both Iron Man and The Hulk this summer, I find myself missing comic books as a whole. A long time ago I had stopped reading them altogether, mostly for budget reasons and the lack of a good comic book store nearby. I had skipped months at a time and, like all serial story arches be it movie, TV or literature, once you fall behind, catching up is nearly impossible. It’s the same reason I don’t watch Lost or Heroes. So I gave the habit up.

Now, after seeing those two, I find myself wondering what exactly happened to the stories and characters I loved as a kid and a teenager.

I was also confused as hell when (spoiler) at the end of Iron Man, Nick Fury was black and (spoiler again) at the end of The Hulk, Tony Stark pops in and wants to start a super team.

Apparently I had missed the whole “Marvel Ultimates” universe and it’s becoming blatantly obvious the more I read about the comics in that series, that this is the direction Marvel is taking and drawing from for their movies. It’s also pretty obvious that we can expect either a Capt. America movie in the very near future or they’ll go all out and to an “Ultimates” movie of some sort. Apparently it’s not cool to call them “The Avengers” any more either. Found that out the hard way.

So, long story short, I feel like if this is where all the new comic book movies are coming from, I may as well catch myself up. I started digging around on “Things from another world” or TFAW.com, which I remembered being a website Nagle had ordered comics from back in college, and quickly realized that in a few short years I had not missed just a mini-series of a title or two but that Marvel created and entire other universe and filled it with dozens of titles. I don’t know where to being. I think I might pick up the TPBs of “The Ultimates” and “Ultimate X-men”, at least the first ones.

From the sounds of it, the entire universe revolves around S.H.I.E.L.D and the super-solider program. It’s the basis for nearly everything in that universe, minus the mutants of course, but only kinda.

This brings me to my next point in that TFAW is having 50% off on their “Nick and Dent” TPBs. I figure, for $30 I can catch up on years of comics. Just thought I’d pass that little tid bit along in case anyone else is needing to catch up too.

So, has anyone read any of this stuff? Is it worth trying to catch up?

Personal Update

I typically don’t see the point in “general life” updates, but it’s been a while, so maybe it’s needed. I usually think that if I don’t have an opinion about something, that’s it’s pointless to talk about simply for the sake of posting something. No ones cares that I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch today. That’s all I’m trying to say.