Wednesday, January 28, 2004

It's no secret that most geeks like Star Wars. Most debate the movies, many have costumes based on characters, some even mod their computer.

But one has turned his Honda into an "H-wing".
Ok, so this one Call of Duty camp....
I noticed a disturbing pattern about those "first thing in the morning" conversations at the office. When you're a gamer geek, they always seem to start out, "I was playing <game name> last night, and was on this server..."

Is it just me?

Friday, January 23, 2004

Are you a gamer? Have you ever been to Ikea? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you'll get a hearty laugh from the Ikea Walkthrough guide.

When I read this, the following played out.

Scene: Office cubicle farm.
Me: <laughing hysterically>
Co-worker 1 through 5: <pops up like a prairie-dog in their cubicle, looks quizzically in my direction, comes over to my cubicle>
Me: <more laughing>
Co-worker 1-5: What's so funny?
Me: <points at screen>
Co-worker 1-5: I don't get it...
Me: <wiping tears from eyes> Never mind, it's a <wheeze, deep breath> gamer thing. Whew!
Co-worker 1-5: <backs away slowly, keeping eye contact> Uh, yeah...
Me: OMG that is teh funnay!!1

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Have you ever wanted to play pong with someone using a cell phone as a controller and the side of a building as the display? If so, you're not alone

Friday, January 16, 2004

I think that test is fixed. Lookie what I got.

And, just for the record, my hair looks WAY better than that.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Do you miss the old arcade games? Ever wanted to build an arcade cabinet to run a MAME emulator and impress your friends? Perhaps this will fit the bill.
As a geek, one way to impress your geek friends is to have the fastest processor or the coolest video cards. For the hard core, it's all about storage. Now you can buy a 1 terabyte storage system for your PC, which every geek needs for your video and MP3... er, I mean properly licensed and paid for digital content, which may include entertainment brought to you by your friends at RIAA or MPAA.


Anyway, it's all about size - right?

For Ye Olde Geeks, you may fondly remember the time when a terabyte of storage looked like this. It's a IBM Photostore "massive storage system" from 1969 installed at the Lawrence Livermore National Labratory. You can find out more information about it here (scroll down a few paragrahs to the IBM Photodigital Store section.)

Monday, January 12, 2004

It used to be that playing video games could get you in trouble. But now just asking about them will.

Saturday, January 10, 2004

"Bowling for Columbine" - The Condensed version

I laughed so much, I nearly woke up the baby. Heh.

Courtesy of via Dean's World.
I was in Fry's Electronics tonight, checking out equipment for my new computer setup. During my browsing, I needed to use the men's room. While I was standing there, I heard little electronic noises coming from one of the stalls. I thought, "Good Lord, someone's playing a game while they're doing their business. Now that's a gamer!" The noises continued, as I shook my head in disbelief. Finally, the unseen occupant sighed noisily and said, "Oh Jesus. Hello? No Jackie, I'm wiping my ass. Yes, I'll be out in a minute!"

It wasn't a game; it was his phone ring tone. Man, that dude is on a short leash.

As I left, I saw his girlfriend waiting outside the men's room, phone in hand, obviously impatient. I walked by and casually said, "He's wiping his ass. He'll be out in a minute." The shade of red she turned was totally worth it.

Friday, January 09, 2004

Remember: when snowballs are outlawed, only outlaws will have snowballs! (Okay, so I stole the line - but it was a great line!)
So you need a vacation, and leave for a trip to Los Angeles. While you are away your friends decide to play a practical joke on you involving over 4,000 square feet of aluminum foil. But the question is: does it block the alien mind control beams?
So I bought a new computer last night, online of course. It should arrive sometime next week. It's been a long time; now I can finally max all the graphics settings in my games! (And dude! It's got striped RAID drives!) But it's hard to buy a system with a plain ole case any more. Either you buy a mass merchandise pre-modded box (from CompUSA, for example), or you do it yourself, or get a ready-made mod box from any number of vendors like this one.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Speaking of sexy gamers, you know you're a total gamer dork when you react to real life in gamer terms. I found a dead mouse in the garage today, that had fallen into one of my recycle bins and couldn't get back out. I immediately thought of Gauntlet and said, "Gray mouse needs food!" Then, mad that a rodent had invaded my territory, triumphantly pointed at it and screamed, "HA! 0wned!"
The 2003 Sexiest Gamer Awards. The name says it all.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

In honor of all the amazing amounts of snow falling in western Washington, I give you the Snow FAQ.
I am also extremely excited about M2K4. And, as a true geek, I have a set of red/blue steroscopic glasses so I can view this image in true 3-D.
What? Can't hear you... SNOW DAY!
I'm personally very excited with the news coming out of the Mars mission. So I decided to go to NASA and see what was new. When I hit I just about died laughing. NASA has hit the hype machine: "M2K4 - Roaming the Red Planet" with a sidebar "We're back!..."

Oh man. Those zany NASA people. Heh.

Monday, January 05, 2004

Ok, cooled video cards I can see, but what kind of shit are you running that you need heatsinks on your RAM? And as far as the holiday thing, I love the fact that the "roof" reflects the light everywhere else. BRILLIANT!
I am so glad the holidays are over. People like this annoy me.
Yes, that's right. Advanced cooling techniquies apply to more than just processors.

Of course, I'm a talking about Ram and Video Cards. You didn't think I mean't snowflakes, did you?
As a geek, I can appreciate the geeky interests of others. For example, some people like to photograph snowflake crystals. But how the hell do you take a picture of something so small that melts so quickly? Leave it to a geek to figure it out. See the how-to.

Saturday, January 03, 2004

Bob is traveling the world, and writing about it as he goes. He unapologetically reminds us he's only writing what he sees, so he may be missing a lot. But he is a writer with a capital dubyah, so his posts are a great read. Best line so far:

"These people must be incredible at Frogger."

And to think they were going to call it "Highway Crossing Frog." Absurd! Thank you, architect.

Oh yeah, the travelogue is here.

Friday, January 02, 2004

If you're a hardcore geek, you overclock your computer (or at least know about it). But how do you get that maximum cooling effect for the optimum speed? Water? Ice? No, it's liquid nitrogen.