Archive for March, 2014

Ironic or just pathetic?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

There something that seems ironic to me, about a guy who apparently is completely incapable of recognizing that actions have consequences, trying to start up a company to help people be accountable for their own health.

Somewhere in Seattle

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Somewhere in Seattle, a man is contemplating violence against his former co-workers. I know this because he came up to me and told me, last night. When he wasn’t telling me about how his hand hurt because he’d punched someone earlier. When he told me of his plans to buy a gun and go shooting, I tried to offer alternatives, but he was quite convinced that he “had fucked himself”. Then he said he drank to much. There’s something odd about extolling the value of AA, while I’m holding a drink. But I’m not the guy who burned his own bridges, but still blames “the stupid people”.
Eventually he wandered off, though he came back to ask me to dial his phone for him, so he could booty call his ex, but his battery died as it was ringing.

I worry he was serious about his intentions for violence; it sounds like he isn’t shy about it though, so hopefully his associates are aware and prepared. Hopefully.

I’ll sing it if I have to

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

At karaoke last night, when it was turn for one of my songs, I got up to sing, but quickly noticed the DJ had left the last person’s song queued up. I am waving, talking on the microphone, saying “not my song, hello? can I sing my song?” but he’s too busy chatting with his buddy, so I give in, and sang what was left of “The Gambler”. I did OK, considering I hadn’t practiced or listened to that song in a while.
After, the guy finally comes up and asks me what I wanted; I explain that he played the wrong song. It was annoying but it happens. But he just stands there, looking annoyed at me, until I specifically say, “no worries”.

Forza 5 asphalt bug

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Lately, I’ve been racking up the big bucks on Forza 5, by racing around the Indy loop. I set the drivatars to unbeatable ( and yet they all slam on the brakes before every banked turn ), turn the laps up to 20, and jump in the best car for the job (oddly enough, not the most expensive car available, but pretty close…any of the indy cars will do). It takes about 15 minutes for the race to run finish, and very rarely, I’ve seen a bug, where, and this is the part that the programmer and tester in me finds interesting, a piece of the track won’t get rendered, and displays as a flat black square. When it happens, I can see the black square approaching from the distance, and I’ve never seen one get re-rendered before I run over it, nor ever one fail prior-rendering once it’s made it into view.

It’s not a track it down kind of obsession, just a curiosity. Did they see it in pre-release testing, or is it a side effect of the real world that they weren’t able to recreate in-house? Is it caused by network congestion, local machine inadequacy, or some other unconsidered factor?

PS4 impressions

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

They happened to have a couple of PS4’s, when I was in Target to get a coffee maker, so I picked one up.  Noticed it had been opened and resealed, once I got home, but so far, it seems unblemished, so all good on that front.  Haven’t even touched any games yet, been playing with watching people online, having gotten an idea it might be amusing from the PA folks.  I’ve been watching a french house party, 3-4 guys, one girl, a DJ setup, an hookah, and some tunes I’m enjoying so far.  The comments are amusing.  I wish I spoke better french.  Some jerk keeps complaining that the music is “gay”, so one of the guys mooned him.  He had a cute ass.  There are some little digitally inserted robots that play around on screen.  Among things I’ve watched them do, sit on someone’s drink, looking like they are taking a piss in it, jumping when people ‘touch’ them virtually, and lots of waving trying to get attention.

Now I want to get a camera for mine.

Viewcams for Condos

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

As I stood this morning, enjoying my view while it lasts, it occurred to me that there was a potential solution in the near future of technology.  With a 4k camera mounted on a pole on the roof, the building could give everyone not just back the view they lost, but a potentially better view.  I once lived in a building where the security cameras were wired into the building’s cable system, so you could tune your TV to the right channel, and see who was at the front buzzer.  A similar concept could work here.

Xbox Live Rewards failure

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

So far, it looks like Xbox Live Rewards is a poorly implemented act of desperation.  The first sign that you are about to associate with a complete loser of a program, it takes *2* days for your registration to be processed.  Seriously?  Microsoft can’t figure out how to build a real-time registration system?  It does not bode well for the level of integration between systems.  And you can see that in the forums, with tons of people posting about missing points.  Right now, they have a promotion for the Season Pass add-on’s.  By the letter of the offer, it’s a total scam, since you only qualify if you spend $50.00, and Season Passes are sold for $49.99.  But it gets more comically inept, because from the page where you learn about the promo, there’s a link to “Grab a Season Pass”, which takes you to the xbox.com store, where….there are no Season Passes for sale.

The Season Passes for Forza 5 seem like a waste of money so far, anyways.  I didn’t want to buy one anyways. grumble grumble.

Fake ring?

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

At karaoke last night, there was a guy.  Young and cute, several of the regulars and staff were showing him lots of attention, but he really seemed interested in me, even coming over and sitting next to me to talk for a while.  When other guys hit on him, he pointed out his engagement ring (which was on the ‘wrong’ finger).  I kind of got the feeling he was just saying he was engaged as a defense mechanism…like he was ready to be ‘out’ enough to be in a gay bar, and to pretend to be engaged to a guy, but not ready to have some stranger grind butt to crotch.  Which I would totally understand.  If J______ did what he did to A____ to me, even now, I’d blush and be flustered, much less how I would have reacted at his age.

At least that’s the impression I got.

I suppose the ‘adult’ response is to hope his love is sincere and long lasting.  Or I could hope he was faking it, and ends up dating me some day. =p