More wacky patents. What has Namco patented? Pac Man (described in really fancy language), scoring, and every other videogame idea that could be thought of by a 5-year-old. I tell ya, patent examiners need an English language de-obfuscator program. Of course, that’s probably already patented.

Evin and Erica and family came over last night, bringing with them Samba de Amigo…a classic game in which you shake actual maracas to the music. Pretty good game. It’s interesting all the specialized controllers they’re coming out with these days. Maracas, taiko drums, bongo drums, dance pads, cameras, feedback steering wheels, etc. Unfortunately, they all take up precious space where games formerly didn’t need physical space. Still, when they’re fun, they’re really fun.

Vanessa and Sean returned from being away for a few days. Good to have them back, but Sean has a cold now. Seems a miserable lad. I think colds really do make people miserable. Since he’s just a baby, his reaction to it must be entirely honest. Not old enough to put on a show. I have wondered in the past when I’ve had a cold and was moaning and groaning if I wasn’t exaggerating. Still, perhaps I’m a bit more vocal about it than necessary.

If you’re running Adobe Reader 6.0, you noticed that annoying banner ad at the upper-right in the program. To fix it, go to Edit->Preferences… Startup and uncheck “Show Messages and automatically update”.


Tomorrow is a rather pointless gasoline boycott day. Since you’re just going to buy the same fuel later on, what’s the point? The old “never trust forwarded email” rule comes through again.

It’s the Albuquerque R/C Club schedule. They are having a show on June 26th and 27th. It seems R/C planes are probably better to watch than to participate in, since several hundred dollars can very quickly go “thud”.

Still no baby yet. Many are recommending that the baby be born quite soon due to various travel restrictions. He seems rather obstinate, though.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but when free websites ask for registration logins and passwords, you can find logins at bugmenot.com…for sites such as fileplanet.com and nytimes.com. It makes the web as convenient as it used to be!


I just got the weirdest spam ever. It uses just about the same trick Marty McFly used on his dad with the headphones in Back to the Future. I think it shows the level of gullibility in those who respond to spam.

A bible study with Patricia and Walen and us this evening. Walen has been giving her the Cliff’s Notes version of the old testament. If the old testament were a novel, it’d be the thickness of War and Peace, at least. Nevertheless, he’s been able to summarize it pretty quickly.

Grrr, the new version of AIM with file transfer behind firewalls breaks the old version of DeadAIM. The new version of DeadAIM is $5 rather than free. DeadAIM is a program that’s supposed to break the ads in AIM. But it’s all ok because the new version of AIM installed “AOL for Broadband” icons all over the place.

Those TV Land spots are pretty funny. Last night, they did a viewer mail that said,
Dear Macguyver. My bird is hungry. What do I do?
Macguyver clip: Unscrew the inside of an ordinary pen and whatdya got? Bird feeder.
It made no sense whatsoever.

I played my first multi-player game of Rise of Nations with brother-in-law, Kyle yesterday. He layeth the smack down. The night before, I was in voice conference with 2 cousins and the other brother-in-law playing an old-fashioned game of Starcraft. They layeth the smack down on my team.

I rode my bike to Tijeras around 2 PM, Saturday on Route 66. Bad timing…broiling hot. It’s probably about 15 miles round-trip…not that far on a road bike, but it sounds like I rode to another town. I’m not sure if Tijeras isn’t technically just a suburb of Albuquerque. It’s drudgery riding uphill on the way over there, but the trip back is quite fun with the high speeds.


Just found this site for finding musical recommendations. It looks pretty useful for those with more obscure tastes in music.

Here’s an interesting article about the dollar value of virtual objects in online games. Amusing to think that people are actually making money from virtual objects. Also interesting to think about the possibility of creating your own objects in games…perhaps things like a ghetto blaster that plays mp3s from the player’s hard drive. All sorts of odd interactions between the virtual and the real world could happen. Perhaps you could put digital pictures from your hard drive into a picture frame in the game. Perhaps the game could scan your website bookmarks, documents and mp3 file names and learn a great deal about you to tailor the game accordingly. You can download objects like clothes or other things for The Sims at websites like this one.

Went to doc for physical this morning. All systems are running within acceptable parameters. Still must do blood test of some kind. I had never gone for a full physical before and I figured I might as well since I’m paying for insurance. It was somewhat like taking a car in for a tune-up.


A while back I bought a $120 mouse from cyberrebate.com. The idea was that they sell you items inflated by 10 times and then 3 months later, they send you a rebate for the full amount so you get it for free. Well, now they’re bankrupt and I probably won’t get the rebate. Don’t I feel sheepish. With all my warning people about pyramid schemes and urban legends, I fall for this. I would laugh at me if I were you.

Gameboy Advance comes out June 11th and I think that’d be cool. Very light-weight and has low power consumption. I thought I had the ideal “portable” game machine with my Sega Nomad…until I finally realized that it’s pretty impractical to try to hold up a couple of pounds of console and batteries for very long before losing circulation or hurting your wrists. The Nomad is probably the heaviest “handheld” ever and had horrible battery life. The Gameboy Advance is only 5 ounces…almost pocketable and supposedly has a battery life of 12 hours or more.


The wedding date is moved up to September 29. They checked out Vanessa’s dog at my apartment office and said the dog’s not too big to live there after we get married. Very excited and wishing it was even sooner but there are other scheduling constraints. Got wedding bands this weekend. Went to bible study. Helped Vanessa rebuild her mom’s swamp cooler. (Well, not really but there sure is a lot of work in replacing parts.)

Went to some seminar about how the houses in the upcoming development are built. I look forward to installing stuff from smarthome.com…like robotic sentries. Well, not really.

Ya know, these 80s radio stations remind me that there really is a lot of unpleasant 80s music. From Journey to John Cougar Mellencamp to Billy Joel. It wasn’t all cool synths and rhythms. I guess there have always been ballads but you can avoid them if you try…unless you have a girlfriend. 🙂 Ever notice that Belinda Carlisle sounds surprisingly like a chipmunk?

Hmm, disturbing new trends in spam…”You’ve received 2 free cruise tickets.” Doesn’t that push into the realm of fraud? The spammer seems to be in Russia though. Wonder if it’s smarter than the old “Here’s that e-mail you requested” thing. Oh well, just keep reporting spam to spamcop. Gotta love that site.


And here’s a bio model of my brother, Ty. (Files are zipped so that this web server won’t serve them as text.) I’ve been trying out cybertown a little. Apparently that’s what happened to VRML. Is that the only site that’s really using it? Kinda cool…just wish you could make it render full-screen.