Archive | March, 2010

My Cup Runneth Over…

I got a FABULOUS new bra today, and it makes the little ladies look like national monuments. But that isn’t what this post is about.  This post is about the abundance that comes with removing the old, the outdated, the negative, and all the things that are no longer good for you.  I’ve read about […]

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God of War III (PS3) Review

Summary [9.8 out of 10] Picking up right where part 2 left off, God of War 3 brings the trilogy to a close in the best way possible. Carving his way through what is left of Greek mythology has never been this good. God of War 3 is epic from start to finish and never […]

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NVIDIA GeForce 480 – 6 months to Play Catch-up

Wow, what a disappointment. After all the NVIDIA-spewed hype about beating down ATI when their DX 11 cards were finally out, the reviews are finally in on the brand new NVIDIA 480 and 470 cards and I’ll save you the trouble of reading every single review out there like I just did: NVIDIA’s GeForce 480 […]

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The Sky is Falling!!!

He signed the bill, folks.  Now get the f*ck over it. The best part about writing for this blog is that I have the freedom (within reasonable limits) to say whatever the hell I want, and since nobody on the opposing side of the bill seems to have any compunction about not trying to fear-monger […]

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Gimme, Gimme, Gimme…

I would have to say that, up until yesterday when I watched Capitalism:  A Love Story, the sum total of my formal education in the study of economics came from Ump’s Fwat – an odd little publication distributed by The Collegiate School that is intended to introduce children to the ideas of supply and demand, […]

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Adventures in Car Shopping

Making decisions on big purchases are never easy. Hell for me small purchases are not terribly easy either. I just spent the past three days agonizing over how to spend birthday money on low range headphones only after having a near nervous breakdown trying to decide on which game I wanted. No answer was forth […]

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Digg Rewrite Drops MySQL in Favor of NoSQL Apache Cassandra Backend

John Quinn from Digg recently posted on the Digg blog about Digg’s ongoing rewrite of the entire site — both front end and back end. One of the biggest performance and growth challenges that John cited for Digg was growing it’s MySQL-based relationship DB across different data centers and keeping the site performant and in […]

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GDC: Sony Announces ‘Move’ EyeToy-based Motion Controller for PS3

Sony has announced the PlayStation Move – also know as “Sony’s Wiimote” or “PlayStation Ice Cream Cone” as I like to call it. This new motion control for the PS3 from Sony is a hybrid between Microsoft’s Project Natal and Nintendo’s Wiimote. The physical design and layout of the controller duplicates what is essentially the […]

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Klipsch HD 500 5.1 Home Theater System + Onkyo TX-SR507 5.1 Home Theater Receiver $600

From Dealsea Newegg has Klipsch HD 500 5.1 High Definition Theater System for $599.99. Add it to cart, and enter promo code “FREEGFT32A”, Onkyo TX-SR507 5.1 Home Theater Receiver ($320 value) would be added to cart automatically. Total is $600 with free shipping.

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OCZ Vertex 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $70

From Dealsea Newegg has OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5″ 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for $110 - $40 rebate (Exp 3/10) = $70 with free shipping.

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Ubisoft's New Draconian DRM Kills Gaming all Weekend

Previously we’ve written about the new DRM that Ubisoft has developed in-house that requires a 24/7, uninterrupted internet connection (not even for a modem reboot or lost sync) to the master Ubisoft DRM servers. At the time there was a lot of speculation about “What if your modem reboots?” or “What if Ubisoft’s DRM server […]

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Nexus One Owners Reporting Cracking Screens During Charging

It sure seems that Google/HTC’s Nexus One was intended to be the end-all-be-all phone to save the universe from evil, but so far all it’s managed to do is come up short in multi-touch performance/bugs, poor 3G signal connectivity and to top it all off, HTC’s unimpressive customer support. Now added to that list is […]

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Black Box Car Data Belongs to Insurance Co. in "Total Loss" Settlement

This is one of those posts that touches on 1 topic, but is really about another. The data-processing super-computer that is Marc Chung recently sent along an email thread to me that contained a link about how Toyota is stone-walling investigators questioning about the black-box data retrieved from cars involved in recent “unintended acceleration” crashes.

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Life in the Fast Lane

So, I had a birthday recently and, since I am rapidly approaching “mid-life,” I needed to commemorate it properly.  A lot has transpired in my life recently, specifically a series of decisions made to bring more positivity and to eliminate all that is negative.  Something that would serve as a constant reminder that life is […]

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Vizio VF551XVT HDTV Mini-Review

Introduction Below are my thoughts, opinions and observations of 3 solid days with the Vizio VF551XVT 55″ LED-LCD HDTV purchased from Costco.

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Use IHeaderResponse.renderJavaScript(CharSequence,String) to Avoid Duplicates

Apace Wicket Quick Tip If you are working with multiple AjaxEventBehavior‘s (like AjaxFormSubmitBehavior and AjaxFormValidatingBehavior) on similar components in a Page and you are using IHeaderResponse.renderJavaScript(CharSequence) it’s possible you are contributing duplicate JavaScript over and over again to the header section of your Page unecessarily. As it turns out, by simply changing to use the IHeaderResponse.renderJavaScript(CharSequence,String) […]

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Whole Foods Market "Organic" Food is Uncertified China-Grown Food

In the interest of making this information more visible, Marc Chung forwarded an email along this morning by Scott McNeil which was sent to Dewayne Hendricks. To be clear full credit goes to Scott McNeil for all the research done in this email, I’m merely acting as a proxy to promote this information so it […]

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Project E:st MMO Uses CryENGINE2 and Looks Awesome

After seeing CryENGINE at work with games like Crysis, Crysis: Warhead and Crysis 2, I’ve always wondered “Why don’t more MMOs use this engine to create incredible realistic worlds that I can adventure around in?” I mean, jesus, just look at this completely dialed out screenshot from Crysis 2 on max quality setting:

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Latest Nvidia 196.75 Drivers Causing Hardware Failure

WARNING: The new 196.75 graphics drivers from NVIDIA that just came out 1 or 2 days ago are causing the fans on people’s cards to die and then their graphic cards to subsequently melt and destroy themselves (I don’t know if they are melting, but they are overheating and in some cases killing the hardware).

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Crysis 2 Screenshots – No More Jungles

VE got a dump of “in-game” Crysis 2 screenshots from the Crysis 2 team that are looking bee-a-u-tiful. As amazed as I was at the Jungle scenes in Crysis, Warhead, Far Cry and Far Cry 2 (different Engine) I was always wondering “what would happen if you took this insane graphic prowess and rendered urban […]

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BioShock 2 Keybindings that Cannot Be Rebound

We’ve written about the broken keybindings in BioShock 2 on the PC since the day it was released. 2k’s response thus-far has been to issue 2 patches for the game that had nothing to do with keybindings fixes… thanks guys!

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URL Shorteners are Done – URL Mungers are More Hilarious

TinyURL started it all — the idea that a URL shortener was handy for retarded email clients that line-wrapped long URLs (like Apple’s Mail app) or IM apps that didn’t know what to do with them and would only hot-link half of the URL someone was sending you. Then Twitter happened…

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Launch Trailer

In celebration of the only game that might take some of the steam out of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, we would like to give you the launch trailer for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 that just dropped today. You can pick it up for Xbox 360, PS3 or for your PC via Steam: We […]

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Digg is Gamed by Retardation

Digg is an entertaining site, much like reading The Superficial is. I don’t turn to Digg for real news or hot topics unless I feel in the mood to pour through a 10:1 ratio of stupid shit to real honest to god interesting content. Today I saw the “Top in All” list above and thought […]

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