Music Spending Habits

I guess I don’t spend as much money on music as I thought I did.

All in all, I’ve spent about $375.57 since 2003. Not bad, but I do find that my music collection lacks a lot of music I like.

Editor’s Note: I’m leaving this archive link in place because it’s an ancient post. No document exists at that address.

Computers Rants

Browse Bugs Bite

I don’t know when it first started.  All I know is that every time I load a browser, I’m compelled to whine about something.

I’m not a programmer by any standard.  I’m not even all that good at scripting.  I just know that when a browser like Safari comes along with it’s nice integrated look and smooth widgets, I feel bad when I load up Firefox, a program built by a team of developers several orders of magnitude larger than Apple’s, I often wonder why such a basic feature is missing.

Don’t get me wrong, the current UI elements (buttons, drop-downs, text-fields, check-boxes, etc) look worlds better than their Windows-esque counterparts.  However, there is something fundamentally irritating about widgets that look like native widgets, but behave in a manner all their own.

Maybe I’m just spoiled by using a browser that was designed to use the system widgets, whereas Firefox has the prickly proposition of having to cater to no less than 3 major platforms.  All with different ways of doing things.  I mean, I know the Safari guys aren’t even going to bother trying to use native widgets on the Windows build (though, they are getting native text rendering).

I mean, does this look good to anybody?  Especially when you have widgets that look like they belong.

Sometimes I don’t even have to do anything out of the ordinary.

Family Feelings

Bernard DeGruchy

My grandfather.  Bernard DeGruchy.  Passed away last night.  He was 83.

It’s hard being more than fourteen-hundred miles away from home.   Away from people you love.  It’s not that I don’t want to be here.  It’s just times like these make it very difficult to process your feelings.

I wasn’t there, I never got to say my final goodbyes.  That’s hard.  I never got to say my final goodbyes to my dog, Aften, when she died.

I know I can’t dwell on it.  I know that I need to, almost cruelly, soldier on.  Relive the good memories and don’t let tragedy pull you down.

He lived a good life, and I’m proud to say he helped make me what I am today.  He helped raise me with my grandmother and if that doesn’t get you into heaven, I’m not sure what would.

Goodbye Grampy.  I love you.

Awesome Games

The Little Wii that Could

So. I was okay with the idea that the Wii was, to put it simply, underpowered. The console is cheap, fun and simple to use. The games for it looked good, but you only needed to look at a PC or XB360/PS3 title to really kind of grimace.

There are developers working on that, apparently. Video after the jump.

I am always amazed at what people can do when they really put their mind to a problem. Linux is a great example of what you can cram into the smallest possible format. Now some creative Wii developers are actually pushing the limits of what the Wii can do, graphically. I can’t wait to see it in action!

I know that the Wii will never have XB360/PS3/PC graphics, but with this news and the already solidified knowledge that Wii games can be huge amounts of fun and pretty (without being an FPS/MMORPG), I’m pretty stoked about the future of this little white box.

Also. Wii Fit today, suckas! Too bad every place is already sold out.

Awesome Games


A buddy from work brought in his N64 (for those of you who don’t know what it was like to get one, the internet can help) and Goldeneye.  If you haven’t played it.  It was like playing the best, and smartest first-person shooter of it’s time.

Multiplayer was perfect, the guns were awesome, the gameplay was spot-on.  A rock solid game.

Only I suck dearly at.  See, I owned an N64, about 10 years after it had come out.  I never got Goldeneye, and therefore was stuck playing it on my friend’s systems.

Now that we’ve dusted off the ‘ole beaut, we’re going to get some serious Goldeneye action up in this place while the spring semester slows down.