Archive for November, 2006

Age Appropriate for 40 year Olds.

November 30, 2006

I think it was that Glen Beck guy in his usual whine who said something to the effect that Americans are all children who refuse to grow up. He then went on to suggest we were soft because we don’t live in third world hell. But the nugget that I identify with is that I haven’t really wanted much to grow up.

Often the negative example of this is the 30 year old guy hanging around the 18 year old girl because he doesn’t have a job, lives at home and gets high all the time. He doesn’t have anything in common with women his own age. He hasn’t grown up.

Frankly, I think Peter Pan is getting a bad rap!

What about those of us who have jobs, kids, car payments and mortgages? I say if we want to play Guitar Hero, Oblivion, Advance Wars and Age of Empires we should be allowed! If we want to watch Ghost in the Shell or Armitage or whatever robot anime is available, I think we should! We should be free to have interests commonly held by kids who could be our own kids.

Heck, if you don’t like sports and normal television dreck, really what choice do you have?

Just be careful about who you share with the fact that you have the hobbies of a 10 year old. Recently an Internet acquaintance of mine suggested that I probably wouldn’t enjoy going to Ohayocon in January because… well, because I’m too old. Anime conventions are apparently not age appropriate for 40 year olds, unless they are taking their children to the show. And, he’s probably right.

The moral? You can do whatever you want as long as you don’t hurt anyone or as long as you don’t embarrass yourself in public. Sometimes it’s better to keep that inner child locked in the basement.

Shameless eBay Plug: CDs, games & more!

November 28, 2006

Gentle reader, you know I have no ads on my blog.  You know that I don’t hawk things here and when I review something, it is always unbiased, honest and not tied to compensation.

Well tonight that’s all out the window!

Tonight, I’m promoting my eBay auctions!

See I feel compelled to do this because I don’t like having reserves on my auctions, but my lot of 7 CDs that I’m selling is currently only going for a penny!  Boy, if that guy wins that one, he’s going to walk away with $70 worth of music for…  (wait for it) a song!

I’m also selling old PS2 games, and Star Trek and Firefly DVDs.  So, my loyal friend, check these out and if you like what you see, make a bid.  Your ol’ pal Thaed has been on eBay since 1999 and you’ll get your merch quick after that paypal money hits the internets.

Happy Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2006

Uwe Boll can kick my ass, but his movies still suck.

November 19, 2006

The December 2006 Wired Magazine has a great article on this guy. I know him as the director who wasted two hours of my life by making Bloodrayne.  The best quote in the article is: “His movies are haphazardly scripted, sloppily edited, badly acted and, most crucially, brutally received.” When I watched Bloodrayne, I could not believe that someone could have made something that bad unintentionally. Now that I’ve read the Wired article, I understand: Uwe Boll has been hit in the head too many times. He was an amateur boxer. It makes perfect sense. His movies are something like what Mike Tyson would make if you handed him $25 million and a camera.

That being said, Boll likes to challenge his critics to boxing matches. Fortunately, at 193 lbs., I’m out of his weight class. But we can stipulate that he’d kick my butt. I’ve never been in a fist fight, much less stepped in a boxing ring.

That being said, his movies still suck. I could do better, heck probably Mike Tyson could too.

The Beautiful South.

November 13, 2006

The Beautiful South is a band that I always associate with law school. I saw them live in Cleveland at small club that’s not around anymore. The year I saw them was a heady time as my friends and I were all high on being out of school and finally making money. Some of us were making a lot of money (not me) and taking trips overseas. I don’t talk to anyone from that group anymore. None of them stayed at the jobs where they started and some of them aren’t even in law today.

I remember thinking that the club had so much stuff in it that it could have burned down at any moment. Also, the owner had painted the walls and ceiling black and really didn’t do much with the lighting so we couldn’t see the band so well. It may have ultimately burned down. I don’t remember. It’s been 15 years.

I still have some of their songs on my iPod. You keep it all in is on there. Some of the more unusual tracks are there too, including 36D, my personal favorite.

I thought they weren’t around anymore, but Wikipedia proves they are. They are even on tour, but it doesn’t look like they’re headed to Cleveland this time around. Pity.

Changes.

November 12, 2006

Our lives are made up of moments strung together.  How small an increment of time can change your life forever?  There is the extreme involving sudden violence, but what about just in terms of interaction between other people?

What does it take to change course in life?

I would posit that change from within is the hardest and rarest form of change.  I would also argue that that sort of change, be it in terms of losing weight, getting an education or ending a relationship is not something that happens immediately.

In the category of things happening to a person in life, change can be deep and immediate.  This requires no heroics and the choices made following what life hands you are nothing like those changes from within.

Such is the type of change that I’m dealing with at the moment.  It is a delicate and transitory time.  As I sit here now, experiencing the full meaning of it all, it is almost enjoyable.  Yet, there has been much stress and it really has only begun.  Change still may not happen, but it seems more and more likely.  I am standing at the top of a hill and now I must leap to another hill even though I may fall a bit in the process.

Let’s hope it’s not too far.

The Power of Analog Writing.

November 5, 2006

When I create materials on a PC that I use for work, often I’ll write notes in pen on the printouts.  I may highlight certain notes and I may even color code the highlights.  I’ll put this material in a binder.  When I need it, I know where it is because it takes up physical space in my office.

I use computers as much or more than most people, but analog writing has a force to it that I never want to give up.  When you create a mark with a pen, it is recorded both on paper and in your mind.  The analog ink stays on the paper and even though paper is fragile, if you take care of it, it can last for centuries.

Digital jottings get lost on the terabytes of computer space in my office.  I’ve been writing on PCs since the early 1980s, but very few of those documents survive today.  I have paper writings that are far older than that.  But it’s even more important than just space and ease of locating.  Once you find a digital document, it’s easier to search than old handwritten stuff.

No, analog writing serves to drive home a point.  A jotting or a note augments what I’ve created digitally and then printed to paper.  The pen is no longer suited for primary writing.  I’m never going to write more than a page at a time in longhand (printing, not script, I haven’t used cursive in years).  The pen is key for the quick note.  It’s almost as though all the power of the pen has been focused from it’s history into what it is today.  Even though it’s utility is diminished, it’s still supreme for memorializing thought.  No gadget has ever taken that away; I don’t believe any every will and I’m thankful for that.

Guitar Hero for the PS2.

November 5, 2006

It is shameless indeed to buy a game that you want to play under the pretext of it being a gift for your daughter on her 6th birthday.  But that’s what I did with Guitar Hero.  I even threw in a second guitar in case her 3 year old sister wanted to play.

The original Guitar Hero has been around for over a year now.  The sequel is soon to be released.  I had little experience with it however.  After two days of playing with my kids (both of them actually like it even if it’s a little hard for them), I have a few observations.  First of all it’s really accessible.  My wife, who is not a gamer, has been jamming with me.

Next, it’s a category killer game.  Once you play, you want to keep playing.  The game play is smooth, very much like DDR for your fingers.  Also, it captures enough of the rock star mythos so that anyone who has ever dreamed of actually playing guitar can experience some of that fantasy right away.  If you have a PS2, you should get this game.  If you don’t have a PS2, you should buy one on eBay and get this game.

I brought work home this weekend (like usual) and it’s killing me not to be playing through the career mode so I can unlock more songs.  It’s also a game that I want to play on the higher difficulty levels because you can eventually “play” every note.

My six year old is happy (and she got other presents too) and the rest of us are happy.  It’s an awesome game.

I don’t have time to write.

November 1, 2006

It’s irony at it’s finest.  Mental Interface is more popular than it’s ever been.  Hundreds of people visit here daily.  I have more people reading my writing than at any other time in my life.

But I’m too busy to write.

Even as I write this cop-out excuse for a post, work goes languishing.  I have to return to it before I fall asleep at my desk with my face dented by my keyboard.  I hate peeling keys off in the morning.

As I approach 30,000 lifetime hits for the blog, I want to take a moment to thank you, dear reader for making this portal from my brain to the web worthwhile.

Now it’s back to work.