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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Save Those Pennies

I'm Training for the Olympics!

The GGL, Global Gaming League, is attempting to add video games to the Olympics. Can you see yourself cheering fatal1ty on to win the Gold? Do you think Wheaties is the breakfast of video game champions? How many 13 year olds will claim they are training for the Olympics by playing Quake in school.

The Daily Show could dedicate and entire episode to this shit.

I like video games a lot, but I'll stand behind Competitive Eating as an Olympic sport before video games.


If you go to a gym, generally they supply you with a towel. The main reason for this is sanitation. Sweat is not sanitary, so you are suppose to wipe down the equipment before and after use. In addition they will usually supply a spray bottle of sanitizing solution for you to kill all of the cooties transmitted by other.

Anyway, I roll into my gym the other day, and they present me with a survey. The survey wines and complains about the insane cost of towels. They claim it costs them $50,000 a year to maintain the towel service. So they present us, the customer, with a choice. We can either pay an additional $20 a year to keep the towel service, or we can drop the service.

What irritates me, is if we drop the service our membership fees do not change. They are not passing the savings on to the customer. No matter what we choose, the customer is losing. Either we lose more money, or we lose a service. This is a blatant grab for more cash. Since they are the only gym in town, my options are either to bow to their greedy action, or abandon gym workouts all together.

In conclusion, they suck.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

A "free" weekend!

My wife and I have a pretty busy social schedule. We usually have every weekend planed for about 2 months in advance. This last weekend was our first weekend home in about 5 weeks. This is how we relaxed:

  • Played Racquetball for 2 hours
  • Went to a 1st birthday party. He didn't really like the cake.
  • Dropped off winter bed spread for dry cleaning
  • Met up with friends at Free State for lunch
  • Met up with more friends at Sylas and Maddy's
  • The troop of us went off and played on South Park's play ground. A healthy ratio of 1 kid to 6 adults.
  • Our play time was interrupted by a car accident. A classic pontiac hit a brand new mustang which hit a light post. Everyone was OK.
    Classic Car: 1
    New Car: 0
  • Everyone returned to my house for some BBQ goodness -- Hamburgers, Fetch with the dog, and Video Games.


  • Trimmed and mowed the lawn
  • Cleaned the bathrooms
  • Emptied the living room of furniture, vacuumed, steam cleaned, and scotch guarded. It looks so much better. The high pulp orange juice stain is no more!
  • Prodded my mother-in-laws computer. (bad hard drive)
  • Did laundry
  • Boiled water. You laugh, but boiling 5 gallons of water for beer takes a while.
  • We then piled in the car and went to my sister-in-law's place. They had spent the day building a new deck. We grilled brats and hung out on the deck with tiki torches.


  • Rebuilt the living room since the carpet was dry. Tore down the guest/kids room, vacuumed, steam cleaned, and scotch guarded. Woot!
  • Cleaned the kitchen.
  • Cooked Beer. Mmmmmmm, have a nice Hefe sitting in the fermentor. Should be done by the 4th of July.
  • Dropped $100 on groceries.

Friday, May 26, 2006

The egg FTW

I love science. Not only do scientists come up with the most amazing discoveries, but they have the most ludicrous studies.

"... genetic material does not change during an animal's life. Therefore the first bird that evolved into what we would call a chicken, probably in prehistoric times, must have first existed as an embryo inside an egg."

Dr. Tran!

Warning: Contains audible foul language!

First Post

Just testing the water...

GameInterestRelease Date
Civilization IV1
C&C 31
Company of Heroes1
Half Life 21
Half Life 2: Episode One1
Supreme Commander1
Call of Duty 22
Dungeon Runners2
Dungeon Siege II2
Far Cry2
Galactic Civilization II2
Hitman: Blood Money2
Jade Empire2
Neverwinter Nights 22
Sam & Max: Episode 12
Titan Quest2
Dark Messiah Might and Magic3
Heroes of Might and Magic V3
Indigo Prophecy3
LEGO Star Wars3
Marvel Ultimate Alliance3
Space Rangers 2: The Rise of the Dominators3
STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl3
Stubbs the Zombie3
War Front3
Warhammer: Mark of Chaos3
Pirates of the Burning SeaM6/1/2007
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars?6/5/2007
Two Worlds?6/26/07
Sins of A Solar Empire?8/1/2007
Mass Effect19/7/07
Age of ConanM10/30/07
Crysis1Fall 2007
Elveon?Fall 2007
Half-Life 2: Episode Two1Fall 2007
Portals1Fall 2007
Spore1Fall 2007
Stranglehold?Fall 2007
Tabula RasaMFall 2007
Team Fortress 22Fall 2007
Dragon Age?Winter 2007
Fable 2?Winter 2007
Field Ops?Winter 2007
Halo Wars?Winter 2007
Gods & Heroes: Rome RisingMWinter 2007
Haze?Winter 2007
Hellgate: London1Winter 2007
HuxleyMWinter 2007
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men?Winter 2007
Left 4 Dead?Winter 2007
The AgencyMSpring 2008
Empire Earth III?Spring 2008
Guild Wars 2 MSpring 2008
Jericho?Spring 2008
Sacred 2?Spring 2008
Savage 2?Spring 2008
Time Shift2Spring 2008
Universe at War: Earth Assault3Spring 2008
The Witcher?Spring 2008
Darkest of Days?2008
On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkeness: Episode 122008
Warhammer OnlineM2008
Alliance: The Silent War??
Alone in the Dark??
Assassin's Creed??
BioWare MMO??
The Crossing??
Dungeon Hero??
Fallout 3??
Lego Batman??
Space Seige??
Culdcept SagaPC??
Gears of WarPC??
God of WarPC??
Beautiful KatamariPC??
Resistance: Fall of ManPC??
Odin's SpherePC??
Castle CrashersPC??

1 - I will buy it
2 - I'll buy it at discount
3 - Other people think it's good, but I wasn't interested when I first heard about it
M - Mainly Multiplayer. See if friends get interested.
? - Find out more about this game
PC? - Will it be released on the PC?