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Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Amazon search engine


HFD

I started using Amazon search recently.  A GAH-zillion things are there.  For some reason, it's sometimes easier to find the author of a book, or DVD movie title, or some such thing quicker on Amazon than it is wading through hits on Google lately.  Especially so, if I just want to put a link to refer to something tangible but I don't want to  spend a long time sifting through every friggin' mention of the term "Ensign Wesley Crusher" on 10,000 pencil-necked geek's fan sites to point to STNG as a passing reference.

I can't put the inputtable search engine form in this blog entry due to the way blogdrive formats their pages, or their java script editor or something.  So just for me, I stuck it on the left side panel so I can use it like I do alot of links over there -- as my personal open-a-new-browser-window-and-don't-lose-my-train of-thought-in-the-other-four-open-browser-windows thing.

And then I thought about it.  You guys buy all kinds of stuff anyway.  When you are looking for your stuff, use the HFD search here, and buy it on sale at Amazon.  That way, you get your stuff and I might get a few nickels thrown my way for helping you find your stuff.

A house. A place to put your stuff, man. - George Carlin.


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Monday, March 29, 2004
dA Nah'lins pix


 red sauce

I started to upload some pix over on Morphine Dreams @ deviantArt.  Here is red sauce, taken while in the French Quarter in Nah'lins in a galaxy far, far away.  Not that Nah'lins is very distant actually, but I've lost those sunglasses and that beard.  Oh, and the girlfriend whose jean jacket is laying on the empty chair is long gone but I still have the Red Wings jersey.

Those two pix were already scanned in.  I just re-sized/reformatted them as friendly downloadable .jpg files.  Now I just have to decide what set of pix to tackle next.  Once I get things rolling, I'll have better URLs to give you because the dA site lets you set up a certain amount of organization in your galleriesThen, you won't have to look at my infantile digital coloring book or endless Quake-related screenshots everytime you just want to view some nifty pix of other stuff.

Bare with me for a while though.  I really should put some of the stuff I already have in digital format from scans or the digital camera up on that site first.  Then there's the old sepia/brown and B&W photos I'd like to dig into before my great-uncle leaves town.  He's the only one I now know that can identify most of the people in those pix.  The majority of those pix are unlabelled and loose. 

You can judge in what decade some of the photos were taken by the hairstyles or articles of clothing (like hats in the 30s).  Some pix have names.  One photo of about a dozen dirty, shoeless, Our Gang-looking kids with a school marm has a date of 1875.  My great-uncle is pretty old, but not that old.  I better do the research now, as next year may not come.


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Sunday, March 28, 2004
Singing like Sammy


Sammy sing me a song!

Heh.  He sang like
Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, whose testimony in court put infamous mob boss John Gotti in prison.  Who is he?  His name is Mohammed Ibrahim Omar al-Musslit, aka The Fat Man.

"It's not over until the Fat Man sings", Saddam Hussein wasn't heard as mumbling when he was discovered hiding in his spider hole last December by U.S forces in Iraq.

Just like Gotti's trusted underboss, Sammy The Bull, the Fat Man gave it up under pressure and told where Saddam Hussein was hiding.  The Fat man is not going to benefit from singing however, according to the NY Daily News:

Because Musslit did not volunteer the information, he will not get the $25 million reward for Saddam's capture.  "The U.S. Treasury gets to keep the money," said a senior U.S. commander, Maj. Gen. Ray Odierno.

So, The Fat Man coughs up Saddam for us and gets nothing except some likely post-interrogation medical treatment. "Fucking-A-Right", you say.  Let me play Devil's Advocate (DA) for a second:

Housewife: "Boy, I wish they'd get Osama like they did Saddam."

Bridge Partner: "They will. I heard there's a multi-million dollar reward."

CIA guy: "I wish we could get good intelligence from someone inside al-Qaeda."

DA: "You won't.  The Arab-street knows the U.S. re-negs on our rewards."


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Friday, March 26, 2004
Fraggin' Friday: RocknRoland


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After fraggin' bots hundreds of times in Pain from Spain, it's unfortunate that binaryshi says that that will probably be his last Quake 3 Arena map.  Since I had so much fun playing it, I thought why not check out some of his other maps and the best place to start, imho, is at the beginning.

RocknRoland is binaryshi's first released Quake 3 Arena map.  Like PfS, it's also a pretty big one:  4-16 FFA DM/T players is suggested.  Whether the players are humans or bots, this map will keep you happily fraggin' for a while.  Each main area of RocknRoland may have its own theme, but there are multiple ways to get to these areas of interest from different levels.
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Shown (left) is the double-decker bridge over the lava courtyard, where the Rocket Launcher respawns.  Below that is where Haste respawns.  Overlooking the courtyard (center-top) is the Rail Gun.  Behind the ledge to its right, you'll find a chute where the Personal Transporter is located.  Needless to say, this courtyard is a popular destination for Bots and Humans alike.  The MegaHealth is available in another area, atop a statue in a room with mutiple entrances.  You can see (above) the Quad Damage power-up on a ledge near the Quake on fire wall.  What you may not see is someone running up on you with the Invisibility power-up and a double-barrel Shot Gun.
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This is one reason Q3A maps by binaryshi are absolutely great
. Not only does he think about game flow in his architecture, but also details like this huge metal Q3A symbol above the lava courtyard showing the moving clouds environment through it.

Download RocknRoland and have a Fraggin' Friday !!


more quake maps

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Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Let me tell you something ...


Well, go on!  Start ruing!!I spent a considerable amount of time yesterday hunting down decent-looking Family Guy ©haracters on the web for Life at Work.  I finally found some topically appropriate images, worked on them, and made them available for Helleena to use.  Show her some love, visit and say hello.


I thought I was the only one ...While the artists at Family Guy are probably out getting drunk right now because the massive DVD sales caused Fox to un-cancel their show and start production on a new season so they all have jobs again, why not help out Andrew by visiting his cool comic site?
I mean, really ... help the poor guy out:

" i 'm an artist living, working and doing my thing in New York City. 'creatures' is a daily illustration project that i felt the need to undertake for reasons that are now entirely beyond me... i don't go out much any more or see sunlight very often... i'm so very hungry and pale. enjoy. "

-Andrew Bell


I finally got a copy of GtkRadiant!  Learning to use Q3Radiant v2.02,  after discovering that my purchased copy of QuakeWorld was useless to me, I then had read in most Quake 3 Arena game map author's text files that they were using some version of GtKRadiant to create their maps.  Hurmph.

It's 33 Mb download.  Uh oh ...  no, I didn't turn into Zog.  Although it took the better part of 12 hours to transfer, I used Fresh Downloads that I set up for 99 retry attempts to get it.  Not a moment too soon.  Everytime I'd hear the wind blow outside, my connection would drop (couSprintSuxgh).  It's dropped twice while I typed up this entry.

But I got it and no Zog.  Thank you, Melicious!


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