I Gots Problems

I really did a number on my computer this time. It was in need of a format anyway, due to an abundant amount of garbage software loaded and unloaded on it while I was trying to figure out how to make VCD's and splitting up .avi's and so on. But I downloaded a deliciously addictive game from MSN Game Zone called Luxor. If you ever played Zuma, it's a lot like that, or more basically, kind of like a linear Bust-a-move. Anyway, it's a simple game that challenges your reflexes and your knowledge of colours. So after playing this game for more than an hour without blinking, I noticed that my trial had expired. This sounded like a job for astalavista. After following shit link after shit link, and voraciously closing pop ups after pop ups, I gave up and downloaded it from Kazaa. Well, needless to say, I got some nasty spyware that I couldn't clean up. My internet does work, sort of, but I'm getting some pretty nasty pop ups.

The point of this story is that I have to back up my files and wipe my machine. It's not that bad of a process, but it takes time to get all of my software back on the way I like it. And to my devoted blog readers (??), there most likely won't be another post made till next week sometime.

I knew I had to format my computer, I just didn't want it to have to be like this. I hate spyware soooo much. But maybe that should teach me for going to those crackz and warez sites again.

     Tuesday, May 24, 2005
     Now We Know

kobi-wan

This is the real reason Anakin Skywalker went to the Dark Side. Obi-Wan had a half-brother named Kobe-wan Kenobi. It happened one cold and lonely night on Coruscant, while Anakin was in tormented meditation about his love-that-couldn't-be for Padme, as Kobe-wan came to "comfort" the young Jedi-in-training. Well, one thing led to another...and we're left with a pervert that leaves disturbing messages of heavy breathing on holograph-answering machines.

Now, I haven't seen Episode III yet, but I'm pretty sure this is what's going to happen.

     Thursday, May 19, 2005
     Shut Up!

As I walked through the mall tonight Darth Vadar passed me by. I honestly thought he would be a little bit bigger. But nonetheless, he was out to support his reappearance at the opening night of Episode III. I would like to see it right now, but I imagine the hour wait to get a good seat surrounded by more people like Vadar isn't worth the hassle. I am patient and can wait another week to see it. I did the same for the last two LotR movies, and it didn't adversly effect me.

But this post is a formal announcement for everyone to please keep their pie-holes shut and not tell me anything about the movie. I like to walk into these things not knowing all the stupid little details, because if I know some little fact, that is what I'll spend the whole time looking for. An example with Episode I, is when someone told me to look for the Wookies and ETs. Oh, and don't forget Willow too. Then I was sitting in the theatre watching this movie like I'm looking through a friggen Where's Waldo book. All I ask is that I experience the movie just like the rest of you hardcore geeks that had to see it the first night. Blissfully unaware of what you are about to experience.

     Monday, May 16, 2005
     Take That Stupid Emo.

Here's a funny little music video that I found on the stupid humor site I frequent called muchosucko.com. To sum it up, it's a rap song about how retarded the numbers of emo bands on the scene and their popularity is. You could easily replace emo with other music fads (nu metal or Pearl Jam wannabes or pop punk or...), but the subject works for the music industry today. I haven't heard rappin' like this since I had a pair of biker shorts with the neon stripes. Where's the oversized clock and shoes without laces. Kick it yo.

    
     The Search Continues



If a zombie were to walk into a computer store looking for a meal, he'd go home hungry.

You'd think that when you walk into a computer store, you'd find mobs of people sporting the latest pocket-protectors and taped glasses all with Kleenex up their nostrils to stop the nosebleeds due to allergies. But these shower-phobic whiz kids are definitely there, but do not make up the only customer base.

I would rather deal with a roaming pack of zombies then what is the typical computer store shopper. We're talkin' about the general public here people. And the general public don't know jack about computers. I don't want to come off like a high and mighty jerk (which I am), but with the overwhelming use of computers in our society today, one would think that most people would have a good handle on them. And I'm not implying that you have to be a computer guru to own a computer, because I am far from that state of being as well. All I'm asking is that people know how to run an anti-virus program, keep spyware off the computer, and maybe have some understanding about their hardware and drivers. Computer troubleshooting is hard, and most people will have to take it into a shop to get certain things fixed, but when your screen size is off, learn the basics and go into display settings.

But even beyond this point of basic computer knowledge, the general public is scary when it comes to comprehension. Most of my friends and loved ones aren't computer geeks like me, but when they have a question and I explain what they should do about it, there is usually a nodding of the head and something clicking inside. I do enjoy a customer that does know his stuff (as long as he isn't a know-it-all-that-actually-doesn't) because it's nice to use the jargon that comes with computers. With all the anagrams and terms from USB to AGP to Socket 478 to DDR and so on, there is a lot to remember. Don't freak out about it, you really don't have to know all this stuff. Your local computer guy can help you sort this mess out. But generally, when you see that a computer that is called a PIII 866 Mhz, and one labelled P4 1.8 Ghz, you'd be safe to say that the P4 is better because it 4 is greater than 3, and the P4 costs twice as much. I'll get to my main beef here.

It's not my problem that there is a lack of understanding about computers (which our school systems might be helping out with now), but the problem lies with dumb people. I knew that stupid people were out there, but I didn't realize how many there are. I'm not calling them dumb because they don't know the difference between PCI and ISA, I'm calling them dumb because they refuse to listen when someone is talking to them. Customers will ask me a question and I'll provide an answer. Like I mentioned before, most people will have that universal nod and look of comprehension, but then there is the otherside. Some people will just look at me with a vacant stare. So I restate my answer using simpler words and less tech jargon. Their vacant eyes seem to slowly devolop a milky glaze as their brain returns to its natural comatose state. No matter how many times I explain myself, draw pictures, resort to pantomime, nothing gets through. By this time I'm so frustrated I have to tell that they'll have to figure it out or bring in their machine. It may be that they really don't know shit about computers, but they know enough to get on the Internet and download God-knows-what to bitch it in the first place, but I don't think so. They may be afraid of this technological revolution in our society and resist learning about computers because of their longing for simpler days, but I don't think that's it either.

I'm a nice guy and I do try to work with these people, but man, it's hard. Especially when I'm hungover.

/Rant over.

(Note: Anyone that found this page and was able to read it, you're probably smart enough to have this not apply to you. These are extremes cases, but there are more extreme cases than I would have thought before I got into this business.)

     Sunday, May 15, 2005
     Here's an Update No One Cares About



This is a screen shot from World of Warcraft. I got a pet chicken that follows me around. It's pretty sweet.

Well, I think I have the basics done to my template. A big shout out has to go to my bud Pilot (his blog link is on the side there) for helping me get this shit rollin'. It is still basic, but the main stuff is there. I do like a clean design, so don't expect to much more. I'll slowly add bits and pieces, and change the odd thing, but right now I'm happy with the nice clean design. Check back in the next few days for my big first blog-comic. It's not great, but it's a start.

Peace.

     Wednesday, May 11, 2005
     Getting Ready for the Big Show!

Ashley (my girlfriend who from here on in will be known as Ash) and I have began the ever so important pilgrimage of watching all the Star Wars movies in preparation for Episode III's release. I've seen the first three (episode 4, 5, 6) countless times, Episode I more than I'd like to have (about four viewings) and Episode II only once fully.

The fun part about watching them all again is that Ash has only seen the first one in it's entirety and that was a long time ago. It's awesome to watch these movies with someone who has fresh eyes. We've only watched the original movie so far, but she's full of questions and anticipations for what's to come. My favourite is when she asks, "So who's Leia going to hook up with? Luke or Han?" At this point I bite my lip and tell her to just wait and she'll find out. Now, because she lives in our society and hasn't been locked in a basement cellar, Ash does have some basic understanding of the Star Wars saga. She knows Vadar is Luke's daddy, and she knows some of the creatures and characters such as the Jawas (known as Dinks from Spaceballs). But many of the little features like R2's wittyness and cutsey emotional beeps is being discovered for what seems like the first time. It lets me almost watch it vicariously again for the first time.

-- Side note: While checking the spelling of Leia's name on Google, I stumbled across this little web site about Leia's outfit. Classic.

But, one can never go back and have a clean slate. So, I'll never be able to watch Episode I and be sorely dissapointed (except for the pod race), and never have the thrill of listening to the Ewok's celebration music on fresh ears. "Yub nub!" I've always been a bit of a geek, but the beauty is seeing that Ash is a little bit of one too. I think a lot of people would like this type of genre if they'd just watch it and enjoy the story for what it is: A good adventure saga.

As for my expectations for the Episode III, I have to admit that I have high hopes, but I'm still wary. The trailers look super cool, but Episode I and II just didn't quite do it for me. Maybe it's just all the computer animation, but it doesn't have the same quality that the first three were produced with. I did like Episode II a lot more than I, but it just isn't on par with the first series.

I guess I'll find out in a few weeks (and no I'm not going opening night, or week. I'm a geek, but I'm not retarded enough to stand in line for two hours with the uber-geeks). I'll wait for the hype to settle down and plug my ears until I get a chance to go.

Well, I was planning to post something else tonight, but content is still being developed for that. If this blog does become bitched over the next week or two, just relax. I've started desinging graphics to suit my tastes, but it will take a little while to get it fully functional.

Smell ya later,
Nathan.

     Monday, May 09, 2005
     A New Beginning

Here is my first post:

I figured it was about time that I got myself a Blog. I have a lot of stupid crap to say that no one really cares to listen to. So what better place to vent my thoughts than on a blog. This will hopefully remain a buried jewel amongst the treasures of the internet that friends can cherish and revisit time and time again to find out what good ol' Nate is up to.

Being that this blog is primarily about me and my life, I am sure that it be will excessively boring. You might hope to find news, ramblings, pictures, home video, and hopefully a blomic (blog comic strip) will be developed. But, this is starting to sound like a retarded "first post" post. All promises of great things to come. I'll end here by saying visit often. I hope to keep on this thing. We'll see if I do. And leave comments. I like to feel needed. I do intend to change all the graphics and personalize this mofo, but I'm sure it will take some time. So be patient, and content will arrive shortly (don't hold your breath).

/Nathan out.





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