Archive for July, 2006

The Annual Ventura Lan Party

Ventura Lan Party 2006
Is it just me, or do I look the nerdiest?

Last weekend I attended the annual LAN Party with Lem and his group of friends in Ventura. I started playing Guild Wars with Lem and his friends all of last summer, and we played using Ventrillo to voice-chat with each other the whole time. We ended up insulting each other more than actually talking about the game. Anyway, last summer we all got together and I met all of them in person when Mac, AJ, Oliver, Nem, and I drove down to Ventura to join them for the first annual LAN Party. |inline

Another TimChes Spinoff

Chesney wanted a place to stick all of the Caleb stuff onto, so we gave Caleb his own blog, and I finally finished the first phase of creating a design for it, so now it’s not the WordPress default theme anymore. For the latest Caleb-isms, check it out. caleb.timches.com

It’s been hot, hot, hot. We headed over to San Francisco for the weekend to escape the heat, only to find that it was hot there too (though cooler than Scotts Valley). The heat continues this week. I’m in an air conditioned office all day, but Chesney and Caleb have to find other ways to stay cool during the day.

Things have been busy this week. I should get back to work…

Mmm…grubs.

I got a call from Lem over the weekend telling me that he just got a text from Oliver saying that he made it out alive. Later I got an e-mail from Oliver himself describing a little bit about his experiences.

Oliver has been on a trip overseas for the past 3 weeks, and this past week he had been in a remote village that they had to helicopter into. He stayed with a village family, ate their food (which included grubs…cooked and not cooked), and as an added bonus, shared their ailments. Yep, a double-whammy even: he got malaria AND pink eye. Both of those were present when we used to live in Davao, but cases were really rare. He’s back in a larger city now, debriefing and resting up. Just pray for his complete recovery. He says he’ll be up in the Bay Area sometime soon to show pictures and video–it sounds like he’ll have a lot to talk about.

Sorry for the vagueness. Sensitive areas and sensitive work.

Say No to IE

Here’s another appeal from another web designer, to STOP USING INTERNET EXPLORER. It was great in its day, but that day has come and gone. Long gone. Microsoft, once it claimed the market share, stopped development on Internet Explorer and let it sit and rot for 4 years. In those 4 years, standards have been created for websites, and every other browser has risen to meet those standards. IE 6 has not.
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Save the Internets

UPDATE: ok, In case you had no idea what I was talking about when I wrote about Net Neutrality, I found an educational video that will answer all your questions about the issue.

I don’t know if anybody is familiar with the whole Net Neutrality issue, but our Senate couldn’t pass an amendment that would’ve at least taken a few small steps to prevent telecommunications companies from using their control over the internet bandwidth as an unfair advantage over competitors.

Senator Ted Stevens explains why he voted against the amendment. Here’s an excerpt:

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.

Wow. You can get a sense of how little he knows about this whole issue (or technology in general) by reading his whole lesson on how the internet works, in all its hilarity.

It’s just sad to see that people like this, who obviously have no clue about the issues they are voting on, simply parroting what the telco’s with large amounts of money and political muscle are telling them (or try to). These are the people deciding what’s best for us and are making the laws.

I’m Back. Superman’s Back.

Wow, that was a smooth transition from the old timches design to the new one, but not for this blog. It was down for a while, had the default theme for another long while, then the comments weren’t working… What a mess.

But i’m finally back, and I have nothing else to write about but the new Superman movie. I saw it last week on the second day it was out with Chesney and our reactions were both the same: meh. Liked it, didn’t love it.

Supermans
Reeve (left) and Routh (right) as Superman

Certain elements of the movie seemed to pay homage to the 80’s Superman movies. I just love the fact that they kept the theme. At the opening credits, as soon as I heard the classic theme start to play, all the memories of seeing the Superman movies of the 80’s for the first time came flooding back. Routh played Clark a little bit differently, but his Superman was a lot like Reeve’s in manner and speech. And they just looked strikingly similar at times. I’m just happy that Nicholas Cage didn’t end up playing Superman–he was the guy early on.

My favorite thing about the movie was the CG. Superman just looks much more awesome with today’s CG. The shots of him flying around are no longer obviously green/blue-screened. You can also get a sense of Superman’s powers now more than ever.

There were a few things that made me feel like the movie was good but not great. Whereas Reeve’s Clark was geeky, clutzy, and annoying, he was at least witty and interesting as a character. This movie’s Clark had no chemistry with Lois at all, and in fact didn’t have that many lines. Lois did all the talking and Clark stood there speechless for most of their encounters. The 80’s movies also explored the fun possibilities of Clark using his super powers covertly in everyday situations.

There also didn’t seem to be any resolution at the end of the movie. Superman never goes head to head with the bad guy and there’s no epic battle. Just seemed anti-climatic in my opinion. ‘Guess it’s leaving it open for a sequel. Then again, the first Spiderman movie had all of that AND left it open for a sequel.

The greatest Superman movie to date, for me is still Superman II. Three Krytonian criminals each with Super powers go on the rampage and destoy everything in their path. The whole question about whether or not Superman will come back, and the battle between super-beings, and the tearing up of metropolis… THAT’s epic.

I can’t complain too much though, because if Brett Ratner (who directed X3) was directing, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and maybe even Superman himself would’ve been killed off in meaningless deaths.

While it’s no revelation like Batman Begins, Superman Returns is still a good movie to go see on the big screen, whether you’re a Superman fan or not. I’m still bitter that Bryan Singer left X3, but I’m also glad he did Superman Returns!

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