Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Another B-Town Boyz Classic


Chump vs. T

T - Florida International University

Chump - Florida Atlantic University

T runs the option beautifully en route to a 17-7 win. Checkout the video

Monday, July 28, 2008

Jeff Burton Hits Birds at Indy

If you watched the Indy race yesterday, you may have seen this. If not, here you go. Not as impressive as Randy Johnson, but interesting none-the-less.

If you did watch the so-called race yesterday, you know about the tire debacle... which begs the question: "Are the birds better off because they didn't have to stay for the second half of the race?"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Set Your DVR

There's a new Robot Chicken: Star Wars coming in November.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Carson Palmer

is a dick. Well at least he should be. Checkout his comments on the upcoming OSU-USC matchup. Maybe he should worry more about his current team. Hey Carson, how's that bum knee holding up?

Good News: Carson Palmer is a dick. He was one of the 2006 Cincinnati Bengals.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

we haven't had enough bunnies...

so here's thumper and his forest friends in their hip-hop debut. i thought this was pretty funny. but how stoned were the guys who noticed the syncronicity.

NOTE: jules just noted to me that the "bunny" note that used to be at the top of the blog is gone. how did i miss it? now i look like a freak with a bunny fetish. thanks!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Damn The Truth, Just Like The Puppet You Are

If you want Gears of War 2 info, click here.

And before a life-changing, world-changing, future-changing speech, what is 'our' President doing? Working countless hours fighting for our freedom? After 9-11? With the Earth on his shoulders?

I've Never Wanted To Live In Kansas More...

In All My Life.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Time For Some Comedy


Rockband DLC: July 22, 2008

Back by popular demand(actually Chump was the only person to ask why I quit doing this) is your weekly announcement of upcoming Rockband DLC. Hot on the heels of the setlist announcement for Rockband 2 we get some new NIN and some Shinedown next week.

Release date:
Tuesday, July 22, 2008(Xbox LIVE® Marketplace)

Nine Inch Nails 3-pack
“Capital G”

“Junkies For Fame”

Price: 440 Microsoft Points for NIN 3-pack
160 Microsoft Points per individual track

This Just IN....

David Duval is tied for 2nd at the British Open!!! And Greg Norman, yes the 53 year old Greg Norman, is the LEADER!!!

What's next? Chi Chi Rodriguez makes the cut?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

At Least She Is Trying To Quit...

being such a pussy.

Democrats. Mostly Pussies. At least Dennis Kucinich has already brought articles of impeachment against G.W. already, and he has brought them up again. This time, he got the votes and backing to bring the articles to committee. Step one in the thousand steps needed to bring democracy back to America.

But Pelosi has already said that these articles will NEVER make it's way to a House vote. Then why are they sending this to committee? Because Democrats are pussies. Nothing But All Talk And A Badge.

They let Clinton get impeached by the Right Wing Religious Wack-Jobs because he got a little play in the White House. THAT compared to the HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS committed by this Presidency is like a military focusing all attention on a country that never attacked them instead of .... you know the rest of the story. We all know the rest of the story. But nobody in power is doing anything to punish those responsible.

Vote every incumbent out: Republican and Democrat, except for Kucinich.

Sports Video Games

This article got me thinking about some of the sports video games I've played that have the "money plays" that always work.

In NHL 97(or maybe 98, correct me if I'm wrong C), you could skate head on at the goalie, pull off a 90 degree cut to the right and score on the most amazing backhand that I or anyone else has ever seen. It was guaranteed. So much so that in one game against C, I scored 20 goals. We never finshed the game(or played it ever again) because C was quick to shutdown the computer.

Another good one was in NFL Gameday(again 97 or 98). There were 2 plays. The first was "352 Seam." Take the slot receiver on the left(I think) and move him to the slot on the right. In the original formation the receiver ran a post route from the left to the middle. After moving him he ran a post from the right to the middle. This one takes some time to develop, but after 7-10 seconds(not that hard to avoid the pressure) he was left standing wide open in the end zone with his thumb up his ass. Can you say 6! The only way to prevent it is to manually switch to a DB and cover the guy yourself. And that didn't always work either. Another play is called "Corner." Do the exact same thing as in the previous play and you'll be dancing with the cheerleaders. I remember being down at OU and we had a Gameday tournament going on. I was playing against Rob. Down 7 with about 10 seconds left in the game. Ran "352 Seam" and scored on a 50 yard bomb. Sent it into overtime and got the win. Needless to say he was pissed.

Anyone else got any video game "wtf's" they want to share?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sign Her Up..

for the Pirates!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Setlist for Rockband 2

Rockband 2 releases in September and Xbox 360 owners get first crack at it as it won't release for other consoles until later in the year. Here's the setlist:

Rock Band 2 On-Disc Track List:

Artist Song Title Decade

1. AC/DC “Let There Be Rock” 1970s

2. AFI “Girl’s Gone Grey” 2000’s

3. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know” 1990’s

4. Alice in Chains “Man in the Box” 1990’s

5. Allman Brothers “Ramblin’ Man” 1970’s

6. Avenged Sevenfold “Almost Easy” 2000’s

7. Bad Company “Shooting Star” 1970’s

8. Beastie Boys “So Whatcha Want” 1990’s

9. Beck “E-Pro” 2000’s

10. Bikini Kill “Rebel Girl” 1990’s

11. Billy Idol “White Wedding Pt. I” 1980’s

12. Blondie “One Way or Another” 1970’s

13. Bob Dylan “Tangled Up in Blue” 1970’s

14. Bon Jovi “Livin’ on a Prayer” 1980’s

15. Cheap Trick “Hello There” 1970’s

16. Devo “Uncontrollable Urge” 1980’s

17. Dinosaur Jr. “Feel the Pain” 1990’s

18. Disturbed “Down with the Sickness” 2000’s

19. Dream Theater “Panic Attack” 2000’s

20. Duran Duran “Hungry Like the Wolf” 1980’s

21. Elvis Costello “Pump It Up” 1970’s

22. Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way” 1970’s

23. Foo Fighters “Everlong” 1990’s

24. Guns N’ Roses “Shackler’s Revenge” 2000’s

25. Interpol “PDA” 2000’s

26. Jane’s Addiction “Mountain Song” 1980’s

27. Jethro Tull “Aqualung” 1970’s

28. Jimmy Eat World “The Middle” 2000’s

29. Joan Jett “Bad Reputation” 1980’s

30. Journey “Anyway You Want It” 1970’s

31. Judas Priest “Painkiller” 1990’s

32. Kansas “Carry On Wayward Son” 1970’s

33. L7 “Pretend We’re Dead” 1990’s

34. Lacuna Coil “Our Truth” 2000’s

35. Linkin Park “One Step Closer” 2000’s

36. Lit “My Own Worst Enemy” 1990’s

37. Lush “De-Luxe” 1990’s

38. Mastodon “Colony of Birchmen” 2000’s

39. Megadeth “Peace Sells” 1980’s

40. Metallica “Battery” 1980’s

41. Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Where’d You Go” 1990’s

42. Modest Mouse “Float On” 2000’s

43. Motorhead “Ace of Spades” 1980’s

44. Nirvana “Drain You” 1990’s

45. Norman Greenbaum “Spirit in the Sky” 1960’s

46. Panic at the Disco “Nine in the Afternoon” 2000’s

47. Paramore “That’s What You Get” 2000’s

48. Pearl Jam “Alive” 1990’s

49. Presidents of the USA “Lump” 1990’s

50. Rage Against the Machine “Testify” 1990’s

51. Ratt “Round & Round” 1980’s

52. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Give it Away” 1990’s

53. Rise Against “Give it All” 2000’s

54. Rush “The Trees” 1970’s

55. Silversun Pickups “Lazy Eye” 2000’s

56. Smashing Pumpkins “Today” 1990’s

57. Social Distortion “I Was Wrong” 1990’s

58. Sonic Youth “Teenage Riot” 1980’s

59. Soundgarden “Spoonman” 1990’s

60. Squeeze “Cool for Cats” 1970’s

61. Steely Dan “Bodhitsattva” 1970’s

62. Steve Miller Band “Rock’n Me” 1970’s

63. Survivor “Eye of the Tiger” 1980’s

64. System of a Down “Chop Suey” 2000’s

65. Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” 1970’s

66. Tenacious D “Master Exploder” 2000’s

67. Testament “Souls of Black” 1990’s

68. The Donnas “New Kid in School” 2000’s

69. The Go-Go’s “We Got the Beat” 1980’s

70. The Grateful Dead “Alabama Getaway” 1980’s

71. The Guess Who “American Woman” 1970’s

72. The Muffs “Kids in America” 1990’s

73. The Offspring “Come Out & Play (Keep ‘em Separated)” 1990’s

74. The Replacements “Alex Chilton” 1980’s

75. The Who “Pinball Wizard” 1960’s

Bonus Artist Bonus Song Title Decade

76. Abnormality “Visions” 2000’s

77. Anarchy Club “Get Clean” 2000’s

78. Bang Camaro “Night Lies” 2000’s

79. Breaking Wheel “Shoulder to the Plow” 2000’s

80. The Libyans “Neighborhood” 2000’s

81. The Main Drag “A Jagged Gorgeous Winter” 2000’s

82. Speck “Conventional Lover” 2000’s

83. The Sterns “Supreme Girl” 2000’s

84. That Handsome Devil “Rob the Prez-O-Dent” 2000’s

Saturday, July 12, 2008

now THIS might convince me to get a Wii (fit)

i'm not all that impressed with the Wii. the technology is cool, but the games and graphics... eh. but i found something that might change my mond. i couldn't get the video to embed, so you'll just have to go here to see why i'm interested in the Wii (fit) now. i hate to spoil the surprise, but it is a bit NSFW, so take care.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

those crazy kuwaitis

being that where i'm currently working is REALLY close to the middle east, we are privy to monthly security updates from the local embassy. while scanning the most recent one, i found something i thought was funny. sadly, i thought the kuwaitis were a little more progressive than this.
Kuwait Times 3 June 2008 -- A team of researchers in Kuwait concluded that the increase in homosexuals in the country is due to female teachers in primary schools. The study recommended that only males teach male students and female teachers be allowed only for female students. The study also mentioned that an increase in children being raised by maids and a decrease in parental involvement during childrearing has a contributory effect. An earlier Kuwait University study linked "uranium in the atmosphere" to homosexuality in Kuwait.
uranium?! seriously. now that's grasping at straws, or maybe it's leftovers from the iranian nuclear power plants. apparently, it doesn't take much in the way of credentials to be part of a study in kuwait. all you need is a deep-rooted, culturally-imposed prejudice and the close-mindedness to attribute that bigotry to the first (or second) absurd idea you can think of.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Just When You Thought....

It Was Safe To Walk On Water.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Okay... I Remember NOW Why Guitar Hero Sucks...

In the beginning, there was Guitar Hero. And that was okay. In fact, pre-RockBand, GH was actually pretty sweet. How fukkin cool was it to pretend you actually have some musical talent and totally rock out in front of a simulated crowd? It was fun... until RockBand was released.

RockBand was created by a group of Guitar Hero defectors, that left RedOctane (GH game developer) to form Harmonix (RB game developer) and decided to do things there own way. They capitalized on what they had learned developing GH and took the rockin-out genre to a new level. With the introduction of a drum set and microphone, you were no longer stuck simply playing lead guitar by yourself, while all your friends were out getting laid. With RB, you could invited your friends over, and everyone could join in on the abstinence. So obviously, with the introduction of additional instruments, for both variety and social gameplay, RB did not quickly grow stagnate. But the guys at Harmonix had yet another trick up there sleves. They also teamed up with EA, who has quite a bit of influence (read: MONEY) in the industry. Enter RockBand's downloadable content. Both GH and RB have downloadables, but RB consistently releases at least 3 downloads each Tuesday, with varying styles, from Disturbed to Jimmy Buffet... something for every musical taste. This keeps RB fresh and fun, while GH weeps in the corner because nobody wants to play with him.

The folks at Guitar Hero knew they were being crushed by RockBand, so to step up their game a notch, they've announced the upcoming release of Guitar Hero World Tour, complete with drum set and microphone. Granted, the drums are different (three pads and two symbols), but frankly it's still a blatent rip-off of RB. In my opinion, GH has dropped the ball again. Instead of raising the bar with maybe an interactive keyboard or turntables or something unique, they've just copied what has worked for RockBand. Copying RB might not be a bad thing, but how sustainable is that strategy? Especially if they don't have the "connections" to release quality downloads?

Interestingly, today those crazy SOB's at RB announced plans to release RockBand 2 in September. Right now there's not much information about what to expect out of RB2, but there better be something new to up the ante. And I'm not talking about a new, stylized guitar. I want a keyboard, or turntables, or dare I say COWBELL. Give me something else other than a game with updated graphics and a $60 price tag that could be better spent on downloads. I have confidence that the team at RB is smarter than that and will surprise us. That is unless they've been forced to rush the release of RB2 to stay ahead of GH.

With all that behind me, let me tell you about the motivation for this post in the first place... GUITAR HERO: AEROSMITH. Yes I am an Aerosmith fan, and yes I am addicted to rockin' out on a faux-guitar. But I wasn't entirely enthused to own this game. I will admit, I was somewhat pressured to buy this game. You see, at work, we have been forced by the corporate machine to push video game pre-sales on our customers. My sales were down, so I put up the money to buy a copy of GH:A way back in April. So when GH:A was released Saturday night at midnight, I was there to pick up my copy. I've been playing it for two days now, and MY review is in.

Let me begin by saying that this game is a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. Don't waste your money. If you want to play it, I will lend you my copy when I'm done with it in a few days. (BTW, I am serious, if you want it, I will lend it to you... BTBz ONLY). So why was the game so disappointing? First off, it's not RockBand... obviously. You play the set list, unlock more songs, play them, etc. Then when you're done, that's it. You can't rock out on drums or sing along. I found myself more than once craving the drums on certain songs, especially Sweet Emotion. But no, I'll just sit here and play the guitar part. And who doesn't know all the lyrics to Aerosmith's best hits? I'd love to be able to sing along. But no, I can't sing into a guitar. I just found myself wanting more to do. Maybe I'm just a RockBand snob, but with an epic band such as Aerosmith with their plethora of hits, they (Aerosmith) have done themselves a disservice aligning themselves with a game that doesn't have drums and vocals. Aerosmith would have been perfect for RB.

The second disappointment is the set list. Sure it contains most of Aerosmith's greatest hits like Dream On, Sweet Emotion, Rag Doll, and Walk This Way (the RUN DMC version by the way - which was a pleasant surprise.) But there was also way-old Aerosmith songs I wasn't too familiar with (No Suprise, Bright Light Fright), and brand new Aerosmith songs I couldn't care less about (Draw the Line, Nobody's Fault). Then there's the non-Aerosmith songs in the game by the Clash, the Cult, Mott the Hoople, Lenny Kravitz, etc..., most of which I wasn't familiar with.

Then that's it. It's over. Six sets with five songs each then it's over after a "Boss Battle" with Joe Perry. Thirty songs, only a little more than half are Aerosmith songs, and the game is done. There are about 10 additional un-lockable songs, but most are Joe Perry songs I've never heard of, and the other are songs I don't really know. It begs the question... where are all the other songs that SHOULD have been put in the game, but were left out? Janie's Got a Gun? I Don't Want to Miss a Thing? My original thought was that these tracks might be available later for download... a smart move from the GH guys. But no. GH has made it clear that there will not be any downloads for this game.

Overall, this game was FAIR. Not poor, and not great. Just fair. For the most part I had fun and enjoyed playing most of the songs. I just wanted more. More options (drums, lyrics) and more songs. GH didn't entirely drop the ball on this one, but they better learn from this. GH:A was almost a monumental mistake, and another dud like this and RB might just wipe GH off the map... at least until GH:Wold Tour is released. But they'll probably screw that one up too.