Archive for the ‘useless’ Category
Over the last few months I’ve started to notice that I’m actually getting traffic to my blog. I don’t think I’m getting that much traffic in the grand scheme of things, but it’s cool to see that my ramblings aren’t completely useless. In fact I checked FeedBurner today and found that 39 people are actually subscribing to my blog. This is great, but at the same time I need to remind everyone, while you subscribe to my blog, I subscribe to mediocrity and failure. As long as you realize I don’t have anything but low expectations for myself, what I produce will appear to be of a much greater quality.
From the analytics standpoint, I started blogging towards the end of May 2007, and as of today, I’ve reached roughly 10,500 unique visits, my average user time on site is 00:01:21, my bounce rate is 77.92%, and my new visits are 82.32%. Frankly, I’m astonished; I can only take the orange for at most 00:01:00 so thank you to the brave souls who endure. The majority of what people seem to be reading are the restaurant reviews which is not surprising considering the infrequency of and small audience for my posts on programming. That being said, I really enjoy writing up my experiences for local restaurants in the Central Florida area. Anyone who knows me, knows I like to eat. Local joints, especially restaurants, struggle enough to get their feet off the ground; if I can help them get their name out and reduce the amount of chain restaurant abuse in the area, that’s awesome. In fact, recently I’ve noticed that my wife and I are starting to repeat at a lot of places I’ve blogged about. If anyone has any new restaurants they can recommend in the Brevard area, please email me or post a comment. I have a feeling I have a lot more exploring to do.
As for those of you who read my programming posts, thanks for keeping an open perspective with respect to my thought process. I’m currently working on a few posts regarding DSLs in ColdFusion, a revisit of Grails, and different approaches to event handling in Flex. Please consider this fair warning that disappointment may be coming your way if you stay tuned in.
In all seriousness though, thank you to everyone who stops by and takes the time to read my sometimes nonsensical rants. I appreciate your average of 1.3 minutes and look forward to the day when I can provide something for you that makes you want to put in that extra 0.01 minute. Have a good one.
So I went to donate blood today as I like to do every couple months and I got turned away! Turns out that I took a cruise to Roatan, Honduras (off the coast) and there is a risk of Malaria in the area. Obviously I don’t have Malaria (cough), but I was told I can’t donate blood for a whole year now as a precaution. I really enjoy donating blood for some strange reason (my wife used to be a Phlebotomist), so I’m kinda bummed. I think what bums me out the most though is that the cruise ship (Norwegian Sun) never mentioned any risk of Malaria in the documents we got for the trip. Oh well, live (hopefully ) and learn, I guess.
For those of you who read/listen to the folks over at 2ndPlayer.net(http://www.2ndplayer.net), you may have read Dan’s write-up on the state of online play in the latest Dragonball Z game for the Wii. I’m not terribly savvy when it comes to looking into these things (so I’m definitely grateful to the 2nd Player guys for the investigation), but I’d like to throw my experience with the game into the ring.
First off, I’m a huge fan of the DBZ games since Atari took over the franchise. This installment of the game is probably some of the most fun I’ve ever had playing a DBZ fighter. The controls are definitely different from 2, but after a few chapters in Dragon History, you get used to how simple they are and how much more fun it is to pull off super moves. That being said, holy crap, why is it so hard to block in the Wii version. Maybe I’m extremely slow witted (which is probably the case), but man, I cannot pinch those damn (A + B) buttons fast enough to deflect an energy blast, teleport, or block. If it weren’t for easy mode, I’d probably be having less fun.
I digress though, online play … yeah it sucks. Here’s my advice, pray you can fight in an area with sparsely populated terrain and someone who is just as patient as you are. I haven’t had much luck pulling off any special moves, movement is like crawling, and my Wii has locked up twice while in this game mode; did I mention once you’re in an online battle, leaving is out of the question until it’s over. If the answers that Atari have given are true, then I’d suggest that anyone who owns this game just write off online play all together. Ignoring the fact that broadband in the US is all over the place, you figure most people have DSL/cable, getting 5-7Mbits down, and the Wii is running an 802.11b adapter (max 11Mbits). Even if your running some form of encryption over the wire and the Wii has less than favorable signal strength, I find it hard to believe these issues are coming from running DBZ over the wireless adapter. Maybe it’s the peer-to-peer connections, but come on, the game play experience is the same no matter who I’ve played against online thus far. Are you telling me we all need to use a 100Mbit wired connection to our 7Mbit pipes? Give me a break.
I bought DBZ Tenkaichi 3 because I’m a fan, but the promise of online play brought the potential for high replay value. I’m gonna be playing this game for at least a few months because of all the things necessary to get 100%. If online play isn’t fixed though through some type of patch, I’m gonna be cashing this game in for store credit once I get that 100% and moving on. Atari probably only cares about the original sale, so I’ll just say, if you’re looking buy this game because of online play, save your money. It sucks.
2ndPlayer.net rules, keep up the great work guys!
So I bought the new Creative Zen 4Gb last Wednesday on Amazon for $129.99 (free shipping and no tax). I’ve really been excited about this player since I haven’t had a portal video player before. Supposedly it can play AAC encoded files that don’t have iTunes DRM as well as the usual mp3, wav, wma, and Audible. It can also play DivX, WMV, XVid, AVI, and mpeg videos. It really seemed like a great player to replace my battery eating Creative Zen Micro 512Mb. With all the format support, how can you go wrong …
Well I got it in on Saturday and the results aren’t too great. I wasn’t able to get the MTP protocol that Windows has built in for PMP’s to work with my USB 1.1 drivers and crappy old motherboard. I tried a registry hack and ran a help application that actually messed with my Windows system files, which I haven’t figured out how to undo, with no results. So admitting I probably need to get rid of my 8 year old PC, I tried the player with my wife’s laptop and it connected w/o issue.
Creative recommends that you install their sync software at a minimum to put things on the player, but I use Juiced for my podcasts and I’m not too proud to copy over music files, so I installed the suite but decided to use the device as a storage drive first. I do this currently with my Zen Micro. So first off, I tried to play the DivX encoded season premiere episode of Smallville, Season 7. I copied it into the TV folder on the Zen, disconnected it and hit play. It came back saying the resolution was too big, which made sense, so I ran the video through a converter that came with the player. Doh, DivX 6, couldn’t reduce the resolution or convert it to 5 which can be read by player. After an hour of searching and testing, I was able to figure out the converter just wasn’t working with any of the DivX/XVid files I had on my PC. I was disappointed but I figured I could find another converter so I moved onto music, at least I know that should work right?
So after a good night’s sleep I’ve decided to go back to eating batteries and listening to podcasts on my Zen Micro. I’ll be returning my 4Gb Zen to Amazon this week and resuming my disappointment in non-iPod players. Bucky, you can say I told you so.
NOTE : I have to commend Amazon on their return policy. I had a return label printed, placed on the box, and off to the post office in one day with no cost to me. I have yet to get my return, but so far everything has worked seamlessly.
So I saw the Nerd Test on a couple blogs out there so I decided to take it (see below) …
So yeah, I got a 97% in Dumb/Dork/Awkward. I have a feeling that even taking this test put me there What’s even worse is, I tried to answer the questions honestly. Oh well, let the constructive criticism begin, I can take it … that’s a lie.
So this morning I woke up and felt like it was gonna be a weird day, but wow I thought I was just kidding myself. I get to work and spend the majority of my day trying to figure out why CFEclipse won’t install correctly on our new developer’s machine only to find out later that other people are randomly getting a similar issue, but no one’s problem is the exactly the same. Each time I check the clock, its lunch, then its time to go. By the end of the day, I still had no solution and realized I should probably step away from the problem.
I then leave the office and I rear-end an Acura MDX coming out of Sandlake Commons … I mean the Honda gremlin’s manipulate the golf cart engine in my Civic to cause my foot to come off the brake and bump a car (true story). So we pull over and I find out she is the personal assistant to one of the Seigel’s that runs the travel portion of CFI, I think. My luck and feeling accomplishment for the day grows. On a side note, we left the accident amicably and everything has since been set in motion to work itself out.
So I get home later than intended, and there is a message on my machine from a recruiter. This is kinda strange since I don’t have my resume out, don’t publish my contact info, and haven’t looked for a job in about a year. In any case, he says “I’m looking for the sarcastic bastard” or something along those lines; he was quoting a comment from my blog … wow. My scope of influence should not reach that far such that people actually talk about what I write. His message actually turned out to be beneficial because he was informally offering the potential for sponsorship of the Adogo (looking forward to working with you and your company Connery).
So long story, longer, I think the universe dealt me a “limbo” day and I need some sleep. Happy birthday baby bro and Seacrest out (oh crap, I’m gonna owe royalties for that).
So the title of my blog is “What do I know : My unintelligible thoughts on stuff”. I was hoping that most reading this title would take what I have to say with a “grain of salt” or realize I’m a sarcastic bastard. To be honest this blog is mainly written for myself and my co-workers. In fact, the only reason this blog exists is due to inadequacies on my part of being one of the last ones in the office to get a blog. Honestly, I thrive off of self deprecating humor and the attention it brings, I can’t make it any clearer.
Recently, Matt Woodward and Brian Rinaldi left posts on my blog after Luis Majano linked to me on his blog. Let me start out by saying, I have a huge respect for the work these guys do in the ColdFusion community as well as all of the other community participants out there. You can tell a lot of work goes into CFWeekly and Remote Synthesis from Matt and Brian respectively. I couldn’t imagine juggling the amount of work they do in addition to their careers.
That being said, I don’t always agree with what people say or write, and I blog about it. Matt’s comment was done very well; I could tell he wasn’t too happy with what I wrote, but can you blame him? A lot of work goes into those presentations, so I applaud him for replying to my post and empowering me to do something in the community. Brian’s comment on the other hand, which was a comment on my entire blog, was awesome. I still respect the amount of work you put into your blog and round-up Brian, but come on, get over yourself. If you’re gonna leave another comment, at least pick a different word than “haughty”, I gotta look those words up.
To everyone who reads the blog (meaning the 5 visits I get per week), continue to read on if you want, if not … then continue to at least post comments, I’ve gotta get my content somehow.