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Monday December 01, 2008
12:30 AM

Burnout Paradise

I've been playing a lot of Burnout Paradise lately, for PlayStation 3. What a great game. You drive cars and motorcycles around the fictional city of Paradise, and the goals are to get fastest times on roads, compete in races and other events against the computer, get a lot of cars by winning races/stunts and so on, and go online and compete against, or with, other cars.

I've completed everything in the offline mode of the game, including winning all the events and awards.

There's four types of event: Race (get from point A to point B fastest), Stunt Run (rack up points by performing tricks), Road Rage ("take out" other cars before time runs out, or your car is destroyed), and Marked Man (combination of Race and Road Rage: get from point A to point B before other cars destroy yours).

I have all 76 cars, which range from vans to sedans to hot rods to pure race cars. The one I use the most if the Carson GT Flame -- a very fast and versatile stunt car -- but I also really like the Krieger Paradise City Police Department Special. Not what you want to see in your rear-view mirror.

Playing online is fantastic stuff: you just hit the D-pad to the right a few times and you're online, in the same car and same location on the map as you already were. Now you're just playing with 2 to 7 other people, doing competitive races and events, cooperative challenges, or just trying to take out each other's cars. When you do that you can get a mugshot from your friend, and then post it online so you can mock him later.

The cooperative challenges are the most fun. There's hundreds of different challenges to perform, such as, "every player get 300 yards of jumps" or "every player jump over the other players" or "every player drive backward into oncoming traffic for 3000 yards" or "meet on the roof of the building across from the car park" (which requires jumping from one building to another, over the street). And you can use a microphone to talk to the other players.

It's a $30 download on the PlayStation Network (also available for Xbox 360, and soon for Windows). They've added bikes and other events for free, and are planning other upgrades, at least some of which will be for pay, including a whole new island added on to the city, a bunch of new cars, and a "party" (pass-the-controller) game mode. It's one of the best video game values out there: you can get dozens, if not hundreds, of hours of gameplay out of it.

Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.

Tuesday November 25, 2008
06:14 PM


Some of you have met Banjo. We got him around 1996. We're putting him down today. We have a few good pictures of him. He was a good'un.

Last year we lost George to cancer, and last winter we lost Fester. We have Tubbs, Fred, and Thornton (the latter being the only WA native) remaining.

Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.

Monday November 24, 2008
10:56 PM

Big Bottom

Sunday October 12, 2008
11:53 AM

Which Drum Set?

As a non-drummer, which drum set is better: Guitar Hero World Tour, or Rock Band 2? I'll probably get both games, so the question is not so much "which game is better?" but "which drum set is better?," and implied is also "which drum set is better for playing with either game?"

I know the Guitar Hero game's not out yet. And neither is Rock Band 2, since I am on PlayStation 3.

I am leaning toward Rock Band 2, because a. it looks like it will be better at making sure the pedal doesn't move, b. I think four pads is probably better for me than five. But GHWT's drums look more compact, and they have cool cymbals.

Friday October 10, 2008
01:18 AM

Produce, Old Woman, Produce Like The Wind

I'm watching the latest episode of The Office and I see the name of Michael Schur as a "co-executive producer." I enjoy Schur's writing at Fire Joe Morgan (as "Ken Tremendous") so it caught my eye.

Then I saw several other producers named after him. So I rewound.

I counted six "executive producers," eight "co-executive producers," two "consulting producers," one "producer," and one more person that the show was "produced by."

I have some experience adding by more than ones, so I say with confidence that the show had at least 18 producers in the credits.

I'm no Ben Silverman, or Greg Daniels, or Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant, or Howard Klein, or Paul Lieberstein, but that seems like a lot to me.

Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.

Friday October 03, 2008
02:05 PM

Voter Registration Deadline Tomorrow

If you have not yet registered to vote in Washington, register today! Many other states also have a deadline of Friday or Saturday.

Also, if you're in Washington, sorry the Mariners are so terrible, but how about Tacoma native Jon Lester, huh? In the last year he's battled back from cancer, won the clinching game of the World Series, thrown a no-hitter, and even tossed a one-hit complete game shutout in Yankee Stadium. And last night, he became only the third Red Sox pitcher ever to win a playoff game with no earned runs or extra-base hits allowed (Burce Hurst and Babe Ruth are the others).

Go Sox!

Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.

Wednesday September 10, 2008
04:15 PM

iTunes / Front Row Updates

My biggest gripes with iTunes and Front Row are that they don't work well with iTunes sharing.

And in fact, the last versions of both were a step backward in usability. Front Row no longer shows album art for shared tunes, and iTunes no longer shows some of the info about a track (bitrate etc.) until the file is played. And Party Shuffle feature has never worked at all.

In a networked world, it makes no sense. Why punish users for keeping their music on a shared computer?

I was hoping the latest iTunes and Front Row updates would fix these problems. Nope. And the new Genius feature is also not sharing-capable, and therefore useless.

Oh, and in the list view, I always leave "genre" turned off, so instead of three panes at the top, it's only two. Genre is completely and utterly useless to me. I could not possibly care less about it, and it just takes up a ton of space, so I for years have left it turned off.

I can't turn it off anymore.

Apple continues to be extremely stupid.

Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.

Thursday September 04, 2008
01:11 PM

Hockey Mom

The four things I write most about are politics, sports, music, and computers. This is about politics, sports, and music. And I am writing it on a computer.

One of my favorite bands is The Zambonis. They sing about hockey, and pretty much nothing else.

In honor of Sarah Palin and her nomination to the office of Vice President, I give you one of my favorite Zambonis songs, Hockey Mom, and my cover of it.

Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.

Friday August 29, 2008
12:03 PM

BBEdit Stuff for Git, Diff, and JSLint

I wrote BBEdit Language Modules for diff (screen), and for git's blame (screen).

I also wrote a BBEdit Unix Filter for sending a JS selection to the JSLint web site in Safari.

Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.

Monday August 25, 2008
12:03 AM

As I Ffwd Through The Closing Ceremonies



Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.