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iam(still)kevin. » 2004» November

Archive for November, 2004

best prank ever.

Monday, November 29th, 2004

at the 121st Yale-Harvard football game, 20 disguised Yale students helped Harvard fans show their school spirit.

via metafilter.

your mom goes to college!

back in black.

Saturday, November 27th, 2004

i made it back to seattle last night, rather tired. I don’t think i got more then 5 or 6 hours of sleep any night i was home. I kept sleeping late and waking up early for breakfast or shopping or something or other.
I finally decided on one of the jackets I bought, at a damn good price. The jacket started at $350, which is way too expensive, but it was on sale for $150, which is pretty good. Then on Friday, Wilson’s had an extra 20% off everything before 11am, so I got a price adjustment and the jacket ended up costing me $120. all in all a good deal.
The only other thing I bought was some socks at Express Men, which I only bought because if you purchased anything on Friday, you got a free really nice scarf, which had a price tag of $78. so my brother, mom, dad, and i all bought a pair of socks for $9. Express is dumb.

Other than my exciting shopping, i saw some friends and my cousin, went to see a cover band called Mega 80’s, had turkey (25lb turkey for 4 people… there’s a bit left over), learned how to play some Indian 3 card poker game and made $7 (starting with $5).

I believe this is the game we played, with some minor variations: Teen Pathi. I don’t remember the name, but the rules are the same, except that we could do a “side show” which really just serves to make the game faster. never mind, they call the side show a “compromise.”

It was good to go back home, but now it’s good to be back… home… in seattle.
i slept 11 hours last night, it was nice.

MI and IM

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

i be tired. i flew into michigan this morning, leaving last (monday) night at 1am and arriving in Detroit around 1:00pm, with a good 2 hours of sleep, maybe. I hung out in ann arbor with my parents, had lunch with fu-man-chu, then hit the mall in ann arbor while waiting for my brother to show. I bought 3 leather jackets and need to figure out which one (or maybe two) to keep.
after bryan got here, we went to royal oak to eat dinner. we ended up at a French restaurant called Bastone, which was really good. i had a hanger steak, the other had a peppercorn tuna steak, a salmon tarte (pizza-ish thing), and a sirloin fritte steak with fries thing. everything was really good, and actually good portions, especially for a nice restaurant. I would go back there, except that it’s in royal oak which is a little far from seattle.

So playing around with IM Smarter, there’s the problem that you can’t send files because of the proxy, which is not so good. It does have a neat feature of parsing out URL’s, Email Addresses, and Phone Numbers you type in a conversation and storing them for you, along with the buddy you were chatting with. that’s pretty nifty, and could actually come in handy.

oh, and also, i accidentally deleted the last 24 comments on here, while deleting one spam comment and accidentally picking All of the last 25 comments instead of just the one that was bad. whoops.

red eye flight + staying up all day = tired. sleepy time.

IM Smarter.

Saturday, November 20th, 2004

another reason the internet is cool.

I saw this on slashdot linking to an engadget interview with the creator of IM Smarter, which is pretty neat.
It’s kind of an extension to IM clients which does a few things:
Log converstaions with buddies
Create blog entries from the IM client (currently only works with their service, Live Journal, or Xanga, but they’re working on others)
Send you reminders for things

the neat thing is, you don’t install anything, you just route your traffic through their Proxy server and it grabs copies of what you send, plus it intercepts certain commands ([secret] which wipes the last 4 hours of converstaion with a buddy, or [showlogs] which will send you a link to all logs for a buddy). You can tell the service “blog” and it will take a subject as the first IM and then the actual blog entry from the following IMs, or you can say “remind me in 4 hours to turn off the oven” and in 4 hours it’ll tell you to turn off the oven.

I don’t know exactly how useful it is, but it’s a neat idea. I’m gonna play with it for a while and see if i have any practical use for it…


Saturday, November 20th, 2004

I had this big ol’ post typed up and then i hit back on accident and lost it all.

let me ’splain. no, there is too much, let me sum up:

Last week consisted of - halo 2, half-life 2, world of warcraft, halo 2 soundtrack (long description missing), staying up too late, waking up too late, dinner with freinds, games night, bond concert (long description missing), no green day concert.
Next week will consist of - moving, watching football, more moving, birthday, michigan for thanksgiving, road trip to SF and LA sometime.

and that is about 1/10 the size of what i had written.

Do you want to know more?

look at that, too lame movie quotes in one post

only the strongest will survive

Damn you!!!!

Friday, November 12th, 2004

In general, while i really don’t like programming in, when i have to i’m relatively ok with it, minus a little bitching just on principle. Mostly it’s just confusing because its syntax is like no normal programming language. But today I found out how to declare an array, and it is retarded.
In c and c++ you would do:
int numberArray[10];
and in c#, it’s essentially the same:
int[10] numberArray;
But in the wonderful VB:
dim numberArray(9) as Int32

Ignoring the annoying “dim name as type” syntax, you declare the array based on the highest index in the array, not based on the size of the array. That’s just so weird and non-intuitive.


Thursday, November 11th, 2004

There’s a neat web service called Dodgeball that everyone should use because it’s cool and should be used by more people.

It’s a friend-of-a-friend tool that you use when you go out someplace. Basically you create a list of friends, and when you go to a club, bar, coffeeshop, whatever, you check in by sending a text message to (or whichever city you’re in), and they’ll send a message to your friends notifying them of where you are. And if there are any Friends-of-Friends within 10 blocks of your location, it’ll let them and you know that a FoF is nearby.

I think it’s a pretty cool idea, but it’s rather underused, at least here in seattle.
I’ve checked in maybe 3 times, and i have 3 friends (who haven’t used it once), and yet I’m on the front page of as a top user.

Anyway, it’s neat, nobody uses it, everyone should, and it’s available in 22 cities now: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas / Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Madison, Miami, Minneapolis / St. Paul, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, DC.

go play dodgeball.

[insert sound of monks singing the halo 2 theme]


Monday, November 8th, 2004

Every day i wake up and i ask myself, “how can i make myself more geeky today?”

Friday, I increased it by joining the World of Warcraft stress test / open beta, and then playing until really late on saturday (after getting back from a club) and sunday nights. It’s the first mmorpg i’ve played for more than a brief period, and the reason I’ve played it for more than that is that it’s actually pretty fun. I played a few other betas and they were ok, but nothing i would consider paying for. WOW is good enough that I might actually buy it, but we’ll have to see, i’ve got something else that will be needing my attention…

Today I will be more geeky by going to the midnight sale for Halo 2 at EBGames in redmond town center. I’ll be sure to take pictures of the other dorky people there; there should be over 500, probably a lot more than that. Apparently they got 1300 preorders at the RTC EBGames store. I’m rather excited about it. not so much the midnight thing, just the game.

Bungie is awesome:
Just added to are the new stats for Halo 2, which includes a LOT more than you’d typically expect from an online stats page for a videogame.
For each game played, you can see:
Kill Stats: Kills, Assists, Deaths, Suicides
Game Specific Stats: Bomb Grabs, Bomb kills, Flag steals, Flag scores, etc
Hits: shots hit, shots fired, hit %, head shots
Player vs. Player: stats between specific players (X most killed by Y, etc)
Medals: you get medals for things like double-kill, triple-kill, sniping, headshots, melee kill, etc.
So that’s all really cool, lots of stats for every game played.

But what’s even crazier is they have Game Viewer. For every game, you can see the location of every kill in the game, and if you pick a player in the game, you can see the trajectory of the kill, ie. where the killer was, and where the victim was. They’ve taken images from every map in the game, taken from various angles that will together show all areas in the map. Then they plot all the player interactions in the maps. It’s a really cool feature, and if you want to know how you died and where the shot came from, you can figure out who killed you, where they were, and what weapon they were using. That’s pretty amazing, yay team.

In other news, the mean people were out and about on the weekend. At See Sound lounge, one guy almost got in a fight with two other guys who were apparently talking shit about him for no good reason. And then in the elevator, there was a guy who looked a lot like someone i worked with, so i was kinda looking at him to see if it was him, and he got really pissed off. Chris tried to calm him down and the guy said something random and called him a bitch.

Sunday I went to watch the Incredibles (which was great), and in line waiting for tickets I didn’t move to the window immediately after the person ahead of me was done, and the guy behind us in line said “Do you want to move?!” Sorry buddy, i guess that 5 second delay really affected your life

The Incredibles was really good and much much better than i thought it would be. I was really hesitant to watch it, the previews made it look bad, but it was good, i liked it a lot.

(9 hours left.)

if i’m ever in a band…

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

…it will be called: Self Cannibalizing Robot Zombies.

uh, yeah that’s about it, sorry to waste your time.

i’m lazy.

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

I’m not in the mood to write a long post about how the election was bad, and 50% of america is uninformed, and how we’re going to go to hell in a handbasket in the next for years. For one, I don’t actually think things are going to be absolutely terrible until 2008, but i’m pretty damn sure nothing is going to get any better. And also, I don’t mean that all of the “red” states were uninformed. I’m sure there are lots of uninformed “blue” states. I know i was uninformed on a lot of issues, but i also know i was better informed than a lot of other people were.

Luckily I know people who did write stuff:
jeff, talking about zombie voters

matt at snarkmarket on the next four years and also that scandal seems to be the name of the game in Presidents’ second terms.

plus, the internets have lots of stuff. look around, you should be able to find some.

(T-minus 4 days, 13 hours)

sing me a song, you’re a singer