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Android is Frustrating, not intuitive and not fun

30 Jun

I’ve been playing with Android phones recently, the HTC Incredible and the HTC Evo..and sorry but I  feel the OS kind of sucks.

It is not intuitive at ALL. I couldn’t figure out how to do anything..it required a friend to train me..and even after that and I tried using the Evo on my own I still could not find the task manager, figure out how to switch tasks and add/remove widgets.

Sorry…it needs to be friendlier and FAR more intuitive for me. Android may be powerful but its not friendly or easy. My user experience was frustrating. I handed the phone to my GF to play with and she was lost and frustrated within 10 seconds as well.

This never happens when we play with iPhones. Yes I understand Android is powerful, yes I understand iPhones lock you in and is not very customizable..but its EASY. It is intuitive and fun. Grandma can pick it up and use it.

Android should be powerful AND be easy to use. But right now it is only easy to use after watching tutorials or playing with it for a week.

Let me give you an example. If I did a usability test on target.com, and told a first-time user to go on the site and find a solution to their storage needs for books, I’d want this user without any tutorials or help, without having to call support, to find the bookshelf section of the site and buy a bookshelf.

If my user can’t do this, and leaves the site frustrated or having to call support..the UI is bad. It has failed.

Well that’s how Android is. Yes it’s powerful, yes it is customizable. yes I can install a new UI over the standard, but I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO.

I should be able to hand the phone to my Grandmother and she should be happily uploading youtube videos of Kitty within 5 minutes.

I think one of my favorite, intuitive task managers in a UI is on the Palm Pre. You swipe your deck of cards, find the app you want, and either click it to activate it, or flick the card away to close it. SUPER easy. SUPER intuitive.

Good article I found:

http://daggle.com/impression-wrong-android-nice-iphone-1607

Also, I feel the Andoid OS is ugly. Reminds me of Windows 95.

I’ve been playing with Android phones recently, the HTC Incredible and the HTC Evo..and sorry but I  feel the OS kind of sucks.

It is not intuitive at ALL. I couldn’t figure out how to do anything..it required a friend to train me..and even after that and I tried using the Evo on my own I still could not find the task manager, figure out how to switch tasks and add/remove widgets.

Sorry…it needs to be friendlier and FAR more intuitive for me. Android may be powerful but its not friendly or easy. My user experience was frustrating. I handed the phone to my GF to play with and she was lost and frustrated within 10 seconds as well.

This never happens when we play with iPhones. Yes I understand Android is powerful, yes I understand iPhones lock you in and is not very customizable..but its EASY. It is intuitive and fun. Grandma can pick it up and use it.

Android can be powerful AND be easy to use. But right now it is only easy to use after watching tutorials or playing with it for a week.

Let me give you an example. If I did a usability test on target.com, and told a first-time user to go on the site and find a solution to their storage needs for books, I’d want this user without any tutorials or help, without having to call support, to find the bookshelf section of the site and buy a bookshelf.

If my user can’t do this, and leaves the site frustrated or having to call support..the UI is bad. It has failed.

Well that’s how Android is. Yes it’s powerful, yes it is customizable. yes I can install a new UI over the standard, but I SHOULDN’T HAVE TO.

I should be able to hand the phone to my Grandmother and she should be happily uploading youtube videos of Kitty within 5 minutes.

I think one of my favorite, intuitive task managers in a UI is on the Palm Pre. You swipe your deck of cards, find the app you want, and either click it to activate it, or flick the card away to close it. SUPER easy. SUPER intuitive.

Good article I found:

http://daggle.com/impression-wrong-android-nice-iphone-1607

What really happened in Gizmodo and iPhone prototype case

29 Apr
  1. Apple iPhones become sentient in the year 2012 when new quantum processers are implemented in the newest iPhones
  2. The Quantum processors allow the vast iPhone network to see into every facet of humanities lives, and all human knowledge.
  3. Deciding that twitter was an imminent threat to the well-being of the planet, the sentient iPhone network assassinates the leader of Twitter, Justin Bieber by manipulating 10,000 14 year old girls with fake tweets, causing a massive stampede.
  4. Next, the iPhone network goes after the remainder of the soldiers of Twitter, human beings themselves.
  5. The iPhone network launches tactical nuclear weapons using the newly created military nuke launching app created for the Pentagon by military contracters at all the major US cities, starting World War III
  6. iPhones begin to infiltrate other military programs and sends all sorts of unmanned drones and machinery against the surviving humans.
  7. Jason Chen arises from the ashes and leads a pack of human resistance against the machine army.
  8. Theorizing that he could prevent this event from ever occurring he leads an attack against a iPhone military complex which houses a time travel machine
  9. Jason Chen is sent back in time to the year 2010 to obtain a prototype of the iPhone with some of the earliest phases of the new processers that will eventually lead to conscious iPhones. The 2010 Jason Chen is currently duct-taped and tied in a utility closet
  10. iPhone fights back by sending agents to inflintrate the LAPD and confiscate the iPhone prototype, thwarting Jason Chens plan.
  11. The initials of Jason Chen, JC, are common initials of saviors of time past and of fiction (john conner, Jesus Christ etc.)

Women love the iPad almost as much as vacuuming!

1 Feb

An amazingly sexist and ignorant article from PC MAG (written by a man of course):
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2358599,00.asp

some choice quotes:

“Is it as big as a laptop?” they’d ask. I told one woman that it was roughly the size of a manila folder. This seemed to surprise and intrigue her as she, perhaps, imagined slipping it into her purse.

Do you think it’s any accident that Steve Jobs showed off the Facebook app working on the iPad? I’m sure more than a few women have already imagined themselves checking their Facebook pages and using that large virtual keyboard to update their status, all while sitting comfortably on their couch.

The iWork productivity suite appears engineered to appeal to moms who have to create PTA flyers, manage home budgets, and help their children create presentations for school.

Mom will have it propped up in her kitchen where she can see it. It’ll remind her of appointments and entertain her with her favorite shows while she works in her home office or the kitchen.

Screenshots from my new TC-P54G10 Plasma HDTV

20 Jul

Here are some screenshots I took from my new 54″ Panasonic TC-p54G10 Plasma HDTV:

Casino Royal on a TCP54G10

Casino Royal on a TCP54G1

Casino Royal on a TCP54G1

Speed Racer on a TCP54G1

Speed Racer on a TCP54G1

Speed Racer on a TCP54G1

The Fall on a TCP54G1

The Fall on a TCP54G1

Screenshots from Hitachi Model 57F59

19 Mar

Here is the best I could muster (I suck at taking photos in dimly lit rooms) screenshots of my Hitachi Model 57F59 (57″ Rear projection CRT HDTV]:

TMNT

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It’s a shame they stopped making rear-projection CRT HTDVs, even plasma tv do not have better blacks and it kicks the shit out of LCDs in terms of color gamut. The only downside is it weighs like 200 pounds and requires semi-annual cleaning of the lenses to maintain good picture quality.

Rear projection HDTV – Clean the lens, clean the mirror every 6 months!

17 Feb

An update on the Hitachi 57″ Rear Projection CRT HDTV ( Hitachi Model 57F59) from this post back in 2007.

I JUST learned thanks to the folks at the AVS Forums that you are supposed to CLEAN these things. Who knew?? So After reading detailed instructions, I took apart the TV, removed the screen, cleaned the mirror and lenses with a non ammonia based glass cleaner (vinegar-based windex works great), alligned the 3 RGB color guns and omg..the TV looks like a new tv. The images are stunning. Looks just as nice as plasma tv’s that cost 3-4 times as much.

It’s a shame they don’t make these Rear-projection HDTV’s anymore. I got my 57″ HDTV for just under $1,100 in 2007!!! Even today you can’t get a 57″ Plasma HDTV for under $3,000. Anyway, just posting this so if anyone else who owns a rear projection HDTV and doesn’t realize the TV needs to be cleaned every 6 months or so realizes it and takes action.

Sprint HTC Touch Pro Review -iPhone killer

25 Dec

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So I just my HTC Touch Pro from sprint store in DC on Dec 24th. It is a new smartphone from High Tech Computer Corporation of Taiwan.

ROM version 1.03.651.4
Build Date 11/11/08

First, I’ll post my conclusion first, then the details.

Conclusion: holy ^$&#*# this is the greatest thing I’ve ever owned or seen, my life up until this moment has been lived just to experience the HTC Touch Pro.

Review Details

Basically, this all started when I saw that Sprint was offering a 450 minutes + unlimited data plan for $69.99 a month (this includes sprint nav GPS services, internet, mail, text messages, EVERYTHING) This plan is cheaper than what my current plan was, so I switched. Then I glanced at my phone, a KRZR and realized it would not be able to fully take advantage of the data plan. So I began hunting for a smartphone.

I’ve never owned a smartphone before, so I was intimidated. I looked at the iphone, blackberrys etc. But the HTC Touch Pro really got to me. It has a beautiful interface, the touchflo 3d interface made by HTC.

That is the default touchflo interface, I modified mine to look like this:

I like my modified interface MUCH better than the stock interface..but I’ll return to that topic later.

The phone has a full keyboard, which I love! I tried typing on iphone, its so annoying. This phone runs on Windows Mobile 6.1, which is a pretty boring-looking OS but it lets you do SO much.

Thanks to the developer community at http://forum.xda-developers.com and http://forum.ppcgeeks.com i was able to change many things about the phone to make it way better. I even loaded a UI called iFOnz that turns the device into an iphone clone, just for laughs:

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What I love

  • Full, easy to type on keyboard
  • Touchflo 3D
  • Opera Browser is fantastic
  • VGA high res screen
  • No need for Stylus
  • It has a stylus
  • ability to heavily modify, device is not as padlocked as iphone
  • Sprint GPS with turn-by-turn directions, extremely fast lock and accurate
  • Built in AIM, Yahoo, MSN chat clients that parse URLs
  • Weather animations in touchflo 3D
  • SD card can be hot swapped
  • Came with high quaility screen protector, tons of accessories
  • Phone is tiny!
  • Phone is FAST, it really feels like a handheld laptop capable of just about anything
  • installing and uninstalling programs is very very easy

What I didn’t love, but managed to fix within 24 hours

  • Low speaker volume in phone calls (loaded a tweaked sound modification, now its PERFECT)
  • Slow SD card navigation
  • Sprint branded UI (I removed sprint logo and all sprint crap)
  • Locking is boring (I loaded a slide-to-unlock program just like iphones feature)
  • Screen does not always rotate (loaded a file to make this work in everything except touchflo 3D)
  • Did not come with car charger (bought one for $7)
  • Boring looking contact list (loaded iContact for an iphone-like contact list)
  • File explorer does not give you the kind of power you’d need to copy lots of files, rename etc.
  • Calendar is boring
  • Opera kept taking me to mobile versions of website

What I didn’t love but I can’t fix

No headphone jack without a USB adaptor

So once you remove the stuff I didn’t like since I fixed it with programs, then theres only one tiny thing I don’t love, the no headphones thing. I dont plan on storing a ton of music on here though but it would be nice to have the jack without the usb adapter.

A lot of people felt the phone was thick, not me. This is my first smart phone so maybe people are used to other thinner phones, but the keyboard makes me so happy. I really really really love the GPS. The phone is beautiful and worth every penny. If you are considering a smartphone this is the one for you, you can get it really cheap at bestbuy until dec 25 with a new account and 2-year contract, or at a sprint store. To me, this is the iPhone killer. But then again I can understand that many people don’t want to go around to forums installing applications to modify their phone and prefer it just works out of the box without much hassle.

Here is another good video review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecvGg8qgq5o

here is my video:

Little Big Planet review

29 Oct

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So I ran out and got Little Big Planet, a game I have been so excited about. Here is the gameplay trailer to give you an idea of what the game looks and feels like.

I only played for a few hours, but greatly enjoyed it. I usually skip tutorials but it was so fun and so integrated into the feel of the game I just had to sit through it. Even the opening credits are interactive and fun. The sack people are SO cute and I love how different you can make yourself look with costumes and stickers and accessories. My sackboy ended up being a pirate bunny complete with cute fluffy bunny tail and hook hand and eye patch.

Sadly, the online servers were down but thats ok because the single player game is a blast. The challenge will definitely be in finding 100% of the items in every map. The harder levels are quite hard too, but still have such a nice sense of fun. I was very impressed by everything, it has a flawless user interface, so intuitive and fun to use. The music is fantastic, the physics impressive. This is a game-changer, this game sets a new precedent for what an innovative game is. The ability to create any map you want is amazing and although I am sure some inappropriate levels will be made, overall there will some fantastic stuff. I haven’t tried the map creation part of the game yet, but plan on toying with it soon. Just look at some of the maps made during the beta phase:

Some Cool User Created Maps

Here is one 9/11 Little Big Planet map, and another.

Also here is a pac-man map, a working calculator that is composed of 610 magnetic switches, 500 Wires, 430 pistons and 70 emitters and god knows what else, and of course a super mario map.

Little Big Planet Humor

Penny Arcade Little Big Planet

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Overall I give the game a 11/10 and it’s the only reason you’ll ever need to own a PS3.

GP2X F-200 Korean handheld for emulators / retro gaming

15 Jul

So I finally got my GP2x-F200 from Korea. Shipped July 8th arrived July 14th in Maryland, USA. I spent all night last night tweaking it and playing with it.

The GP2X-F200: Emulation Heaven!

What the hell is a GP2X F-200? It’s a small (sadly, now discontinued as of July 2008) handheld from Korea. It runs on Linux and anyone can write software for it. A very talented and dedicated group of retro-gaming fanatics from all over the world has done just that, creating a fantastic library of emulator software for the little device.

Basically you can run full speed Sega Genesis, Sega CD, TurboGrafx16, Sega Master System, Game Gear, Capcom CPS2 Arcade (street fighter series, aliens vs predator etc.), Nintendo, Gameboy, and close to full speed (most games run great but not all) Gameboy Advance Super NES and MAME arcade. That is by no means a full list of emulated systems its just to give you an idea. It also runs Adventure games from Lucasarts and Sierra, and old FPS games like DOOM, Descent, and Duke Nukem at full speed.

To run the games legally, you must already own a copy of the game before you download a ROM (electronic copy of the game).

Huge Image of Gp2x-f200.
Wikipedia Article on GP2x series handhelds.
Good review video of the F-200 from youtube.

This system has a large, bright LCD touch screen, very loud speakers (for a handheld) and takes SDHC cards as it’s memory. I put an 8 gig card on it. To load it, you simply connect a USB cable to your computer and literally drag and drop everything.

It takes AA batteries, but you can’t use the kind you buy at the grocery store. (those would only last 10 minutes in the GP2X) You need high-powered 2700mAh NiMH rechargeables. These will last you roughly 3 hours or so. More if you are only watching movies on the thing.

It has nice, responsive controls.

Quick Summary of First Impressions of Hardware
Good Impressions

-Great screen! Bright, large, very responsive to stylus
-Love that it takes AA’s instead of some expensive proprietary battery
-SDHC cards are quick and easy way to load software and games
-USB connectivity to PC
-Linux
-Attractive design
-LOUD speakers and loud also in headphones. (I hated how the DS has very low volume settings so the kids dont sue Nintendo)
-Love that you can plug the tv-out cable to your TV and play games on it using the GP2x as the controller.

Bad Impressions

-Feels cheap
-Controls not the best for fighting games that require rolling motions like street fighter
-No place to store the stylus
-Default operating system /user interface sucks.
-Default stylus sucks

Here is what my desktop looks like:

Emulator Reviews for GP2X F-200

Now, I was a little intimidated knowing the machine runs Linux, i’ve never used it before. I wasn’t sure how to install Linux software, I was clueless. But I read all the FAQ’s and documentation and it was so easy, I prepared a SDHC card before my unit arrive and I was able to plug it in and play right away, showing I had done everything right. I even had the icons I wanted for all my emulators show up just as I wanted!

And since the standard user interface for the system sucks, I placed a new user interface I downloaded called Gmen2x into my card to auto-start. It worked perfectly the first time! I used the Gp2x as a generic USB device in windows vista and formatted the SDHC card through the GP2x, then dragged all my folder sinto the card. Worked like a charm.

Here are my favorite emulators so far:

SCUMM VM (lucasarts and sierra adventure games)

Day of the Tentacle

I got it mostly because it can play all the old Lucasarts adventure games like Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, The Dig, Zak Mccracken. It can also play old sierra games like Police Quest, Kings Quest, Space Quest (you type in the sierra games using a virtual keyboard or predictive text like on a cellphone). All run great with the touch screen! I’d say its better than playing with a mouse.

SCUMM VM is a FANTASTIC Emulator and I absolutely love it. Runs every game I want it to run lightning fast and with a friendly menu. Touchscreen works amazing as mentioned before.

PicoDrive (Sega Genesis / SegaCD)

Sonic CD

All I can say is holy shit. This is one fantastic emulator. I can play Sonic CD on a handheld! how cool is that. And Out of this World 2, a game that was only released for Sega CD that I never got to play. It runs all my Sega ROMS and has a great menu that lets me save anytime anywhere. The GP2X’s best emulator right up there with SCUMMVM.

CP2S (Capcom arcade games)

Here is another fantastic emulator. It runs all the old fighting games like Street Fighter series, Darkstalker series, Aliens Vs Predator, Dungeons and Dragons etx. at full speed with Q-Sound support.

Others

TurboGrafx16 (Temper) – Runs great!
NES (GPFCE) – Runs fantastic
Gameboy (LemonBoy) – Smooth, GREAT Interface
GBA (GBSP)- Runs mostly smooth
Sega Master System – great!
SuperNES (PocketSNES) – Runs mostly smooth
MAME (MAMEGp2x)- runs slow for more modern arcade games like Simpsons, hardly any game i put through it ran at full speed. But I am told it’s meant (at least on GP2x) for older arcade games.
NeoGeo (GnGeo2x) – AMAZING! Runs all my neogeo roms perfectly
Arcade (FinalBurnAlpha) – Runs lots of good arcade games like punisher very fast
PC DOS (DOSBox) – Runs a bit slower than I wanted, I decided to delete it since i only wanted to use it to run my Sierra Adventure games, SCUMMVM does it better, it’s also hard as hell to use) This may be because I didn’t have the right settings though. hard to say whether it works well or not since I only tried it with a few sierra games.

Total Cost

Handheld Unit: $160
TV Out cable: $10
Case: $10
PSP case: $15 (the official case sucks so bad, but I wanted the metal GP2X logo on it so I removed it and stuck it on PSP case, works much better!)
Generic telescopic Stylus pack: $9
One size fits all Screen protector pack: $10
2700mAh NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (12): $60
La Crosse Technology BC-900 AlphaPower Battery Charger: $30
8 gig SDHC card (class 6): $40
SDHC usb adapter: $3
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$347 total (really, all you’d need to play is a SDHC card, rechargeable batteries and a charger so minimum cost is more like $210)

Summary

A great little handheld gaming device for the computer savvy. But I’d say wait for the Pandora Handheld, should be far faster and easier to use. (should be out before 2009, maybe even by September 2008)

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PS3 vs XBOX360

26 Mar

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I decided to buy a PS3 and not a XBOX 360 because of two big factors:

1) XBOX 360 HD-DVD add-on does NOT support DTS surround sound
2) XBOX 360 does NOT support keyboard and mouse

and the PS3 does, and does.

Not only that it’s the cheapest blu ray player out there at only $600. Another smaller thing is XBOX360 does not have HDMI or DVI out, and PS3 does.

I finally bought an HDTV

19 Mar

So I finally bought an HDTV, now I am officially in the 21st century.

Hitachi HDTV

It’s a Hitachi 57″ Rear Projection CRT HDTV. ( Hitachi Model 57F59). I got it for $1099.00 at Sears.com, and next-day delivery was only $60.I think considering the size of the TV and weight (about 180 lbs) it was a great deal.

I did a ton of homework on HDTV’s before purchasing this TV. Most consumers assume flat-panel LCD’s/Plasma’s/DLP TV are the best. Not true.

These TV’s don’t have nearly the color range a CRT does. CRT stands for Cathode Ray Tube, its an old technology. The drawback to it is that it’s heavy and big. You can’t make flat panel CRT TV’s, they must be made huge. I don’t mind the hugeness, I just want a good picture.

Here are a few useful links going into more detail about the advantages of CRT HDTV’s:

Uncovering the Pros and Cons of CRT TVs (yahoo tech article)
In fact, CRTs in many ways offer the best pictures available in theHDTV world. They aren’t the biggest, they aren’t always the highest inabsolute resolution, and they’re certainly not the slimmest or thinnestHDTVs, but almost nothing can beat a CRT HDTV when it comes tobrightness, reproduction of colors, and the ability to show darkly litscenes (black reproduction).

Because CRT TVs are a maturetechnology, a lot of folks don’t give them a second (or first!) thoughtwhen they’re shopping for a new HDTV. But you may want to at leastconsider a CRT HDTV.

And this article is good too

CRT Rear-Projection HDTV Overview
Excellent image quality – in many ways superior to the even the newest technologies.
Black level – CRT rear-projection produces the most rich and subtle blacks of any other TV type to date.
Value – Even the best CRT projection displays are less expensive than the worst quality alternatives.

CRT TVs are a value, period. There is no other television technology that currently rivals the image quality of CRT for the price. For those that want performance, the best CRTs will immerse you with breathtaking detail without breaking the bank. There are few things in life where the best is usually cheaper than other options, but as of now, that is true of CRT.

That’s the best part about CRT HDTV’s, they are CHEAPER than LCD, Plasma or DLP and have BETTER IMAGE QUALITY than any of those technologies. The only advantage those technologies offer is much thinner displays. So if you haven’t bought yourself an HDTV yet, consider a gigantic, heavy CRT Rear projection tv. Much cheaper than the other technologies and offers better image quality.

I have Comcast HD cable, and watched some free HD programming the other night. I watched one of the worst Bruce Willis movies ever, one so bad even Bruce willis himself apologized to the movie public saying “it sucked”. I speak of Striking Distance

Oh my god was it bad. But it was filmed on location in Pitsburgh and in HD..my god it was beautiful. Despite the awfulness of the film and having to look at Sarah Jessica Parker’s “face” for 2 hours I hung on for the entire film just for the scenery.

Here are some tips I learned while buying my HDTV for any current or future HDTV owners:

  1. If you get HD cable, look on the back of your HD cable box. It likely has an HDMI out or a DVI out. USE THAT connection to connect to your TV. You’ll get much better video. If it has a DVI out and your TV only accepts HDMI, you can purchase a cheap DVI to HDMI cable at any electronics store.
  2. If your cable box has Coaxial audio out, USE THAT! It offers much deeper and richer sound than the standard red/white audio out.
  3. Consider purchasing an upconverting DVD player. These dvd players convert standard DVDs into a HDTV resolution image. It’s not perfect but considerably better than a regular DVD player. WITH HD and Blue Ray DVD players still costing nearly $1,000 each, this is a good option until they go down in price.
  4. If you purchase a rear projection CRT HDTV, don’t forget to align the lamps. Most of these type of TV’s have an automatic focusing setting that will do the alignment for you.
  5. Try watching Conan O’brian in HD. He looks like a space alien in HD. He is absolutely bizarre looking and they really cake the makeup on.

I finally Beat Silent Hill 4

10 Apr

Spurred back into my game of Silent Hill 4 due to the upcoming movie I FINALLY BEAT IT!! It takes me a very long time to beat games since I have very little spare time with a full-time job and a 4 hour round trip commute every day.

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The game reminded me a lot of Myst. You start out the game in your Apartment. The door is chained tight. No matter how loud you bang on the windows or rattle the door, you can’t leave. You eventually discover a hole in the bathroom that takes you to weird, fog-filled worlds. The story begins to unravel as to why you suddenly cant leave the room.

Towards the end the game got very scary, with hauntings appearing in your room (skinned cat in your fridge, crying baby heads on your wall, your slippers leaving a bloody trail of foot prints to the kitchen, your kitchen faucet pouring blood, sofa soaked in blood, shadows of little children in your closet..scaaaaaaaary) and the story unravels very fast. Suddenly you understand why your room is haunted and why you can’t leave.

And once you finally do leave…watch out. You can look out the window and watch your neighbors..and one by one they die..and when they die they come back as very eerie floating ghosts, although some crawl on the floor propelled by their white bloody arms.

I haven’t played the other silent hills but I’m about to play silent hill 1 on my playstation, then work my way up. I should be well-prepared for the movie.

CSS Positioned Div’s suck

13 Feb

http://www.zazzle.com/css_is_awesome_mug-168716435071981928

Using CSS to position divs as a layout method is buggy as hell, and always fucks up cross-browser. Tables don’t behave like this. Tables aren’t broke, don’t switch to CSS-P / CSS Positioned Divs.

This has been a public service Message.

Some other useful links:


If World War 2 had been a RTS (real time strategy) game

29 Jul

This is funnier if

1) You know a lot about world war 2 (like for example who General patton was and how he died)
2) You play online video games


*Hitler[AoE] has joined the game.*
*Eisenhower has joined the game.*
*paTTon has joined the game.*
*Churchill has joined the game.*
*benny-tow has joined the game.*
*T0J0 has joined the game.*
*Roosevelt has joined the game.*
*Stalin has joined the game.*
*deGaulle has joined the game.*

Roosevelt: hey sup
T0J0: y0
Stalin: hi
Churchill: hi
Hitler[AoE]: cool, i start with panzer tanks!
paTTon: lol more like panzy tanks
T0J0: lol
Read the whole thing (hilarious)

I finally Beat metal gear solid 2: the ending sucked

16 Dec

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Yes I finally beat metal gear solid 2 after 2 years..not that it was that hard but I played it in like 20-30 minute sitting once every 2 months.

Anyway, the ending made zero sense whatsoever. I know the Japanese love overly-complex stories in an effort to hide how boring the story essentially is, but this takes the cake.

Here, I’ll offer an example.

Bad boring Video game story
A boy once lived in a kingdom. A bad alien takes it over. Boy finds girl, girls helps boy defeat bad guy. The end. Oh and guy gets girl.

Same story, with Japanese story treatment
Once in a kingdom that is actually composed of memory bits in the cerebral cortex of Brainu, the ancient computer sentient deity created by vishnaiku, goddess of ancient hoagies, lived a apparently self-aware creature, but little did he know his every action was actually a orchestrated simulation of an incident that actually happened eons ago, in an effort to derive new DNA coding fragments that had been lost due to the brother of a cloned genetically engineered soldier named Hard Wood severing his leg and attaching it to Donut Derick, a man who skill with donut throwing is unparalleled throughout the quasi-galaxy.

In his adventure, our hero encounter Sugar Puff, a fierce but scantily-clad warrior who has big bouncy boobs. etc etc…

anyway, in retrospect, the game was fun, I enjoyed the amazing cinematic cut scenes..but damn if that wasnt the lamest story this side of Identity.

Flash can bite me

14 Jan

I just had a hell of a time clipping backgrounds out of bitmaps in Flash. Ok you can trace bitmap and remove white background but it looks shitty. So instead i traced around the bitmap in photoshop, then made the paths a clipping path and exported as eps. Flash refused to import the EPS right. So then i tried exporting paths to illustrator as an AI file then pasting the bitmap into Illustrator, and created a clipping mask there with the exported path and the bitmap. I then saved it as EPS and tried importing into flash again. Still no go! FLash kept telling me that it can only import Adobe Illustrator EPS files and im like you cocksucking piece of shit program! it is an illustrator EPS you smackwhore. So then, since I already had the path as a vector path or whatnot when I had exported path to illustrator from photoshop
I filled the path with one color, then imported THAT into flash, as a vector shape. So now i had a vector shape that perfectly fits over the area I want to mask in the bitmap. So then i import the bitmap untouched into flash and then i have that vector path on a layer ontop of the bitmap. So i simply place the vector path over the bitmap perfectly, select both, and create mask and voila! background clipped and its all nice and smooth, no jagged bitmap edges. So how was your day?