Friday, October 30, 2009

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

I saw that this movie, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, comes out next week on DVD. I will watch this movie on DVD but I believe this is another destruction of my childhood television watching series.

I'm sure it will be an exciting, action-packed movie. I'm sure it'll have cool CGI. The problem for me is that it doesn't follow anywhere close to the cartoon series. Sure, there is Duke, Ripcord, Scarlett, Cobra and some others but it's just not the same story line. I guess they have to do what they have to do to sell the movie and appeal to younger generations that weren't even born during the time I was watching original airings and not reruns.

They didn't follow the story line and weren't convincing enough (for me) with the way they did Transformers.

Sure Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was action-packed but c'mon...who the hell is the Fallen and why can only a Prime kill him? Also, if only a Prime can kill the Fallen why can Megatron kill Optimus Prime, the last Prime? How many times does Optimus have to sword the big robot (forget his name) in the woods, Starscream (although he does finally cut his arm off) and Megatron (although he does come back and stab Optimus once and kills him)? How come everything the Allspark or shards of touches turns electronics into BAD robots? Is the Allspark only full of bad ju-ju and it only affects newly created robots? Was this movie tailored more to kids, tweeners or adults? It had a lot of cursing, derogatory terms and scenes of dog-dog/robot-human leg humping. Not that I cared, but my kids didn't really to see it!

Anyway, I just hope Joe is a good movie. I know we can't all have a sort of continuation of the discontinued shows we watched when we were little (see the bad remakes of Land of the Lost, Starsky & Hutch, Bewitched, the list goes on and on) but at least make them with some quality!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Creative Vado for $39.00 at Dell (Daily Deal)

From the links at Click here to see the deal as it lasts (probably just today since it is a "daily deal"). This is a really sweet deal in my opinion.

I want one...or two...but I really don't need one, especially since most point-and-shoot digital cameras come with video-taking capability. Besides, I don't think this is true HD, maybe 720p at best, but nothing phenomenal and the zoom sucks. It still could be a cool toy for my kids or me.

Must resist. I will not submit. Resistance is not futile!

Goodbye and Good Riddance!

I Love Natalie Portman!

Does a title like that need any follow up? I don't think it does but I will anyway.

Natalie Portman was on Top Chef: Las Vegas last night. If you need any help knowing who she is (you should one between the eyes or), you can click here.

My boss told me Monday about Natalie going to be on the show. My boss knows my yearn for "my Queen." I don't make an effort to watch Top Chef but the wife does TiVo it so I knew I would get to see her. I went home during lunch today to eat and remembered I needed to see the show. I didn't care about any parts other than those that Natalie was in until I started watching. I get trapped in the enjoyment of watching people squirm and make egotistical asses of themselves because they think they can cook. Well that might be but you can't all always cook the way Cooking God (Gay) Tom and Goddess Padma...oh yeah, and She-devil Gail (but I think Gail's lost some weight or got a stylist specialist because she's actually kind of hot in a Yes-Mistress-Gail kind of way).

Anyway, when they said they were going to some steakhouse restaurant I knew these cheftestants were in for a BIG surprise. Because I'm a stalker, er...good at celebrity triva, I knew that Natalie is a vegetarian. It was funny to see all these kitchen rats looking at all the many types of meats and devising a game plan with meat in mind. It had to be one of the best "tricks" I've seen by the show that I can recollect.

Tom, even though obviously gay, giddyshly introduces their surprise celebrity guest...(tada) Natalie. Man, when she walked in and the long flowing, bobbing, beautiful hair and that sparkle she,!!! Then when she told the "rats" that she was vegetarian (as if they didn't know because EVERYONE knows Queen Portman is a vegetarian), it was quite amusing to see their reactions. It's rare to see so many "Oh shit!" facial expressions in one room. I'm not going to recap the episode because that's not why I watched. If you want something of a recap, you can google it or I found one here while I was Googling it myself hoping to find some good still pictures of Natalie from the show because she just looked so darn good without even trying.

I was lost in she was sitting at the dinner table. The way she spoke, smiled, joked, laughed, sipped wine, ate food...ah man, I could go on and on. The moment I really, really know that Natalie and I were meant to be together was in her light yet eloquent banter regarding Padma's comment about a piece of garlic being like a "little prick on the tongue." I just gets more R-rated from there albeit briefly but it just let me know that Natalie is truly just like the rest of us in her perverted humor.

You can see a clip of the exchange (and ogle Natalie with me) here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Stupid girl at work gets more stupid

I've mentioned this bright star before here. She still hasn't gotten it.

A couple of Fridays ago we had a "team" meeting about 3:00pm. She came sounding all congested and runny-nosed. She said she felt miserable but she was getting upset because she might miss a weekend retreat for which she had already paid something like $150. She didn't know if she would get better in time, I think she was leaving Saturday morning, but didn't want to waste the dough, which I can understand. Our boss says, "We'll try to make this [meeting] short and maybe you can go home early and rest." Stupid girl says, "I might do that."

Meeting ends about 3:45pm. We leave the boss's office and each go to our own. About 5 minutes later, stupid girl returns to the boss's office door and says, "I think I will go home early." Stupid girl goes home early.

Sunday evening rolls around and I see a status update on her Facebook page that says, "Had a great time at the retreat."

Also Sunday evening, my youngest starts to blow chunks. Blows chunks for most of the night. Goes to bed about 10:00pm feeling okay after having some ice chips (all day) and sips of Pedialyte. I make a sleep pallet on the couch as we put the sick child on a twin air mattress as to keep the bed safe from possible spewing. Sick child sleeps until about 4:00am and chucks again. At this time, I wake and call the boss's office number to say what has transpired and that I won't make it into work because I have to watch the kid and take to the doctor (the oldest just got over swine flu although it wasn't the bad-symptom kind) as the wife has to go into work (she's a professor and couldn't miss). I state that I can work from home and be available if needed via email or cell phone (unfortunatley they have that #). I return to my make-shift bed and we go back to sleep after about 15-20 minutes.

We try to sleep in and I finally get out of bed around 9:00am. I check my email, personal and work, to see that stupid girl is out of the office sick. I begin to think, "What a dumb ass!"

In my eyes and ANY boss's eyes, it's not good to call in sick on a Friday or Monday. I did it but I wasn't sick AND I offered to "work from home." Besides, they like me. I mean they really, really like me (think Sally Fields acceptance speech). Not only that, though, she posted what she did on her FB status which our boss is a FB friend for both of us. Just like last time she gave hourly updates about her chest pains.

Anyway, flash forward to Wednesday and back in the office. The boss and the boss's boss invite stupid girl into boss's boss's office. While they are in there my cubicle mate and I discuss what we think is going on. I mentioned the FB status and such but tell cube mate that I'm really just speculating. About ten minutes later, stupid girl emerges sniffling. Now, I'm not sure if this is because of her continued "illness" or allergies or whatever. I didn't pay that much attention at the time.

On Thursday afternoon, my cube mate tells me that stupid girl said they took her into the office to talk about how she "handled" Monday. They didn't think she handled it properly. DUH! Her, our, boss brought up her FB status that stupid girl posted and then she didn't show on Monday. That was a big NO NO and because she's so stupid they had to point out the obvious to her. Little do they know that stupid girl is still not going to get it! While talking with cube mate, stupid girl comes over and was like, "Yeah, can you believe that!? So, now I've changed [boss's] viewing access because unfriending her would be too obvious." DUH! Did stupid girl really think she was friends with her boss!? Golly gee willickers stupid girl, get serious!

Needless to say, I don't feel sorry for stupid girl. She's effing stupid! She does many things wrong. She doesn't work but says she's busy all the time. I don't think perusing Facebook and uploading photos to your Google Photos at work is technically work work. The list goes on and on but I'm not the snitching type unless it REALLY affects me and my time. Which sometimes it does but not long enough for me to really complain about it...yet.

So, I'm sure I'll have more to post on stupid girl's stupidity in the near future.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More in the news 10/27/2009

From, the headline reads:
Agassi admits he has used crystal meth in book

Article here for as long as it lasts.
Like this is a revelation? He was billed as the "bad boy" of tennis. The dude grew up in Vegas. What the hell do people think he was accustomed to and grew up around? Jeez! That's probably why he created the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.

I've never met Agassi but he seems like he's become a very mature and giving individual. Who hasn't gone through trials and tribulations (and 'experiments') while growing up?

It's just a pity that he couldn't play longer because of his back.

In the news 10/27/2009

I was reading an article from the 'new' Yahoo home page about Scientology being convicted of fraud in France. [Article here as long as it lasts.]

It's an interesting read. I especially like the last paragraph:
Belgium, Germany and other European countries have been criticized by the U.S. State Department for labeling Scientology as a cult or sect and enacting laws to restrict its operations.
It makes me wonder why the hell the U.S. State Department gives a shit about what other countries think about religion. When did the U.S. become the "Earth Police?" Who said the U.S. is the be-all, know-all on everything in the world? Not that I don't think the U.S. is great and all or that the U.S. handles some situations much better than other countries.

I'm just saying who is the U.S. government to point fingers!?

Goodbye and Good Riddance!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Email humor 10/24/2009

Confucius says...
If you can't find the book you want, you are probably shopping at the

Goodbye and Good Riddance!

Friday, October 23, 2009

The price people pay for Oakley Sunglasses

Now, granted the following glasses are "on sale" but the regular price is still a little insane. Just because noone has really purchased these (or have and these are just leftovers) doesn't mean that people don't pay stupidly high amounts of money for a pair of freaking sunglasses! It's amazing because you can probably get the same UV protection in a pair of sunglasses that costs $20, even $10.

So from my very informative deal shoppers at Slickdeals, comes these overprice shades:

These are the Oakley Titanium Whisker Sunglasses. Currently selling for $89.00 was $195.00.

These are the Oakley A Wire Sunglasses. Currently selling for $89.00 was $145.00.

A post of complete randomness

I got this link from an email listserv I am on. I don't drink but thought it was kind of funny. Personally, since I don't drink, I think the drink count might be off. I'd probably die after 15...10...or less! Oh, and it would probably happen in way less than three hours.

Saw this little gem when I was posting a comment to some newspaper article. I think it might have been on Pegasus News, but not totally sure as it was three days ago. Yes, it's taken me three days to post this. Anyway, I thought the first word was a funny word verification word to have to enter. I can see the law suits coming now as someone names 'Robards' is going to be pissed!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Email humor 10/22/2009

The Funniest Banking Joke in Ages!

I guess we all need a few laughs in this time of financial turmoil.

I was at my bank today; there was a short line. Just one lady in front of me, an Asian lady who was trying to exchange yen for dollars. It was obvious She was a little irritated.

She asked the teller, "Why it change? Yesterday, I get two hunat dolla fo yen. Today I only get hunat eighty? Why it change?"

The teller shrugged his shoulders and said, "Fluctuations."

The Asian lady says, "Fluc you white people too!"

Goodbye and Good Riddance!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Random picture taking while driving...don't try this at home

Took some pictures on my way to tennis Saturday morning. It's probably less safe to do this than texting while driving.

I thought I'd be a good samaritan and let other drivers know a particularly popular place for a speed trap. This is the overpass of Hurstview Drive over Hwy 183 right before the Precinct Line Road exit. The cop with the radar gun tends to stand on either side of the big green sign. If I recall correctly, they usually have a good showing near the end of the month. While radar cop is up top, there are a few boys in blue in cars just after the overpass or just after the Precinct Line Road exit. Mainly stupid people still get pulled over during these times. I'm warning you now so don't be stupid.

This is a TxDPS information sign. I've always wondered how these are okay but the ones that used to be in DFW Airport have been removed because of the stupid drivers that would slam their breaks on to read the signs to find out about their flight arrivals and/or departures. I guess they cause a lot of rear-end collisions. Lawsuits ensued. Signs were turned off. I haven't been through DFW Airport in a long time so I don't know if they are still standing or if they have been removed due to the revamping of the airport. Anyway, apparently there is a Denver or Denver City, Texas (I did not know that but I'm not some freaking geography or topologist) and some child was kidnapped that day.

I was on Mockingbird Lane just off of Hwy 183/I35. I was driving along and saw this cool looking bus. Reminded me of one of those London-type buses. The closer I got, the more I realized what it actually was. It's like one of those mobile billboards but, to me, it wasn't as well thought out as the other types. I didn't get a good look as driving, taking pictures AND asking questions to other drivers is REALLY not a good idea but I wonder if this is used as a regular transportation bus. It looked like it had all the windows and at least some of the seats. All I really saw in clear view though was the driver because he was driving on the right side of the vehicle while I was on the left. Therefore, we passed each other very closely. Anyway, thought it was cool and interesting to see.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Beretta Elite II CO2 Airgun Pistol

As the post title states, this is the Beretta Elite II CO2 Airgun Pistol. You can find it here at Sports Authority. If the link expires, go to the Sports Authority web site and either search this item number (3257517) or CO2 air pistol and select the Beretta brand link.

I purchased this about a week ago at the brick and mortar store down the street. I actually paid $54.99 + tax. I picked up a box of sixteen CO2 canisters. I thought I had a box of or quite a few BBs at home but I was mistaken. I just had about thirty inside the chamber of my Daisy BB/Pellet rifle. I'll be making another run soon to get the BBs for more fun.

I mainly purchased this for tagging the gosh darn squirrels in my backyard. The little bastards keep dropping pecans, leaves and just all kinds of shit upon my back driveway and occasionally on my vehicles when I park them back there. I've had a few opportunities to tag the little bastards but I'm not sure if it's my inaccuracy or the gun isn't powerful enough to penetrate the hide. I think I'm hitting them and they just have a tough hide. I sort of know this when I have hit them in the past in previous yards with my ten-pump rifle. The BBs are very penetrating but the pellets (in the rifle) usually did a good job.

I guess I don't really care to kill them (or do I). I'm just hoping that if I at least keep hitting them it will scare them away. If not, I will look into reloading the rifle and making the bastards bleed.

The cool, and dangerous, thing about this gun is that it looks EXACTLY like a real 9mm real 9mm Beretta. There are some subtle and obvious differences upon closer inspection but I wouldn't recommend pulling this out in front of anybody, especially a cop. You may not live to tell about it!

Anyway, next thing to purchase/refill, is my paintball gun...well, my nephew's paintball gun but since we no longer talk and I have it in my possession still, I guess it IS my paintball gun. I got to get some air put into the CO2 canister I have and get some paintballs. I bet that will make the squirrels think about coming around these here parts again! That is as soon as I find out which freaking rubber maid bin it is stored in in my garage.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Lie To Me

This is Brian Grazer, Executive Producer of the television show, Lie To Me. Not a lot to say, just that he's got some funny ass hair like Kramer from Seinfeld.

Just some quips on the show...I have only seen season one. My coworker saw a few episodes on TV, thought the show was pretty good and then found that the show already had season one on DVD. She watched it and shared it with me.

I just finished season one myself. It is actually a pretty decent show. A little far fetched on some of the facial recognitions and shit but still pretty neat. I believe the study of facial "ticks" is true but I don't think a person can be so exact in all of his observations.

The main character guy, Dr. Lightman...played by Tim Roth, is pretty smart. He kind of seems stressed all the time but I guess there is reason and they'll let us know more as the show continues. The funny thing about Tim Roth playing this character is that I recall always seeing him as the bad guy, villain. He's actually playing a good guy in this TV series.

The 2nd 'main' character, Dr. Foster...played by Kelli Williams, is pretty hot. She's worth a view. I don't know for sure what else she's been in but I feel like I have seen her before.

One final note...I just saw the 2nd or 3rd to the last episode (Season 1 Disk 4). I saw one of the doctor dudes from ER. It is Mekhi Phifer. Seen him before in movies like Dawn of the Dead and Soul Food. Anyway, I guess he found himself a new day job since leaving ER.

I haven't started watching season two though I believe it is the current season. I just don't know what day it is on, I haven't looked to find out and I wasn't so sure that I would like the show when I started watching it. I'll wait until the second season comes on DVD or I can watch for free online (which I'm sure it already is on the network website or Hulu).

Oh yeah, one more thing. The ex-wife of Dr. Lightman is played by Jennifer Beals...yes, that Jennifer Beals, what a feeling!

Monday, October 12, 2009

New sales gimmick (Rooms To Go)

I guess whatever it takes to get the people inside the stores. I'm not sure that an at least $800+ kid's bedroom suite is worth spending for a free $299 Xbox 360. Of course, I'm sure their "special bedroom packages" are way more than $800!

I recently purchased a new dining room table with eight chairs (yes, it's that fucking big). I signed up for notifications via email. I don't mind as it's not my main email. I really don't care to receive them but you never know when you might get that "special" deal. Most of the "deals" are crap for me because I'm not prompted to buy things from subliminal advertising. If I need something, I go look. If I find something I like that I needed, I buy it. Simple as that.

Anyway, I just thought it was funny to see a furniture store throwing in a free Xbox 360 to basically bribe people to buy kid's room furniture. They might have something especially for the rich people with kids. If a rich brat complains and whines enough, the rich parents will give in just to shut them the fuck up.

Oh well, it's not like it's the first time I've seen such "bribery" to get people buying shit they don't need.

Goodbye and Good Riddance!

College (The Movie)

I watched a movie last night called, "College," starring Drake Bell and some others. And yes, that is Drake from Drake & Josh and anyone who has young children should know who he is or at least heard of him in some form or fashion.

Anyway, the movie was funny in spots, very funny in others, but never worthy of spending money to watch it. I don't even know if this movie was put to theaters or straight to DVD. I do know that Drake Bell is probably no longer a "spokesperson" for Disney. I'm not sure if his show was canceled before or after this movie was made but the movie was dated as of 2007. I'm sure a quick Google could solve the mystery but right now it's not important enough for me to do so.

The movie had its very gross and funny parts like when Drake's character and his two sidekicks are visiting a college and end up unknowingly becoming pledges in a fraternity. Some of the things they showed were just way too funny and gross...even if they weren't real, the thought and image they provoked was quite surreal.

The movie was basically like Revenge of the Nerds and they didn't disappoint on the gratuitous boob flashing or hot, bikini-clad sorority babes!

I probably wouldn't rent this movie if I had to pay too much for it. I think Blockbuster has a 1-day rental fee of $.99 or $1.99. The latter may even be too much but if you have some spare change you found in between the car or couch seats, then maybe you could splurge. Otherwise, find a sucker friend to pay if he/she hasn't already rented it...if they did, then you could use the spare change for Taco Bell.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Marge Simpson is the bomb!

Congrats, Marge! Although I don't think this is going to help reach a younger-aged demographic for Playboy like they hope. When everyone from an 8-yr-old boy to a 90-yr-old man can access naked pictures of women on the Web on a daily/hourly basis, why would someone pay for a yearly subscription to a one-time-a-month-delivery of magazine with the same (or very similar) photos? We are an immediate gratification society at this time.

Besides, Playboy, Penthouse and others are still TOO full of extraneous pages of ads, cologne pages, and useless information. It's gotten better than back in the days of the 70s and 80s and even 90s but when you cut out all the crap men don't care about, you'll have a magazine about 1/10th the size.

Anyway, I read that Marge just graces the cover but we won't be seeing her "Marge mounds."

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

CyberpowerPC from NewEgg

On Tuesday, 9/29/09, I purchased a new desktop from NewEgg. It was delivered on Friday, 10/2/09. So far, I must say that I'm quite impressed with the service/shipping of NewEgg.

I didn't need a new desktop but I this one to replace (or compliment as they still function) two home-built machines that I put together about 5+ years ago. I figured that any PC that I purchased would be 5-10 times better than what I have because they've made such strides over the years since I built mine. My old PCs are exact in specs. I used an ASUS motherboard, 2 gigs of ram, AMD AthlonXP processors, 128MB ATI Radeon vid cards, my own WinXP Pro (2) operating system, some leftover CD burners that I later upgraded to DVD burners, etc. You get the picture...anything bought today will pretty much be faster than what I have...although they work with everything I currently play and use them for.

Anyway, the PC that I purchased was a CyberpowerPC. I can't say I've really heard of the Cyberpower brand but that doesn't mean too much. I researched quite a bit Of brands and waited for some time before purchasing. I initially looked at another brand that was on a really good sale. I saw it on SlickDeals. I can't remember the brand but I thought about it too damn long. You know, "Do I really need it? Is it really a good deal? How about I just upgrade some parts to my old machines. Do I really need it?" On and on and on. It lasted about an hour and then I decided to go for it and the "in-stock" status changed to "This item is temporarily out of stock." WTF?

So, with further research, I found the CyberpowerPC at NewEgg. I read the reviews there and other places before making my final decision. Once I was satisfied, I purchased because I didn't want to miss out on a good deal again. I didn't need a monitor as I have three 19" LCD monitors that work just fine and they were free. Maybe eventually I'll upgrade a bigger monitor but we'll have to see what the need will be later on.

So far, I think the new PC is speedy. It's only got one DVD burner and one 500GB hard drive but I will remedy that soon. I have two DVD and 2 CD burners in my old machine but I think I will just transfer one of the DVD burners to the new machine. I also have some extra older IDE (PATA?) drives at 120GB and 160GB that I may add to the new machine. I'm not totally positive on that as I can get a 500GB SATA drive for about $60 these days and there are like eight SATA ports on this motherboard. It does have the IDE slot which is convenient but I'm not sure I am still in the need of 120-160GBs of space. With so many different machines for the wife, kids and myself, backing up to a 120GB hard drive is not feasible unless I'm using it for one person which in itself is not feasible.

The things I don't like about this PC so far are minimal but noticeable and maybe fixable. I don't know why at this time but the power supply seems to be louder than the reviewers stated. I haven't checked it out thoroughly (at all...yet) but it could be anything from where I have it sitting to a vibration issue to ???. I just haven't taken the time to investigate yet because I've been loading it up with Office 2007, Firefox, Eraser, Replicator, Revo Uninstaller, and other programs.

I did run into an issue with an older game: Medal of Honor Allied Assault: Spearhead. I just installed it a few nights ago. I updated the game with it's required patches and quite a few downloaded maps. I started the game and it when through the initial loading screen and then I get the message about the program failing to start properly. It shuts down and Windows looks for a solution. No solution is found and so I'm stuck at this time not knowing what's wrong. I did take the time to Google the issue and some people have gotten it to work in various ways. I will try again when I have time but this is obviously a Vista problem as I've never had issue on my XP machines. It pisses me off because I think the programs should run without issue but who am I to criticize those that make software that isn't easily compatible with future upgrades. Again, I'm not sure what the culprit is but when I get around to it in the next few days or so, I will completely uninstall and retry. If I still have issue, I may just keep MOHAA:SH on my XP machine and play from there which sort of defeats the purpose of a new machine, right?! Oh well.

Another issue that is Vista related, is file/folder sharing. It's not easily done in Vista. Well, it may be easy for those who are "Vista experts" but for me who just started using Vista back in April and is probably not too invested in learning it because Windows 7 is on the breakout, it is, it's fucking annoying! I have turned off password protected sharing thinking it would be easier. I right-click on the folder I want to share and click SHARE. I go through the steps of adding a already on the machine as it hates me when I try to add someone not on the machine. Actually, I tried adding a name that is not a user on the machine and it pops up another window. I haven't fully read and comprehended what this window is asking because I got frustrated thinking this should be way easier and just closed it. I will try to pay more attention next time. Anyway, I have also right-clicked on the folder to share and selected PROPERTIES. In the properties box, I select the SHARING tab and create a name for the folder ending with the dollar sign ($ - although I'm not sure if this is still required for the 'secret' folder sharing). On this same tab, I add permissions for a user account on the machine and off with the same outcome as before. I then go on another XP and Vista machine and try to access that folder through the network. I got it to work on 2 out of 3 folders for the Vista machine and 1 out of 3 (I only tried one) on the XP machine. I don't know for sure why the 3rd folder is inaccessible other than maybe because it's not under one of the three folders of DOCUMENTS, MUSIC, or VIDEOS in Vista. I just don't think it should be this hard and involved to share a fucking folder on my own internal network. Again, it could be that I'm pretty much a Vista virgin but if I'm having troubles, just think of the people that are really ignorant to technology since I consider myself as a power user (maybe more) but I also know how to Google for solutions or troubleshoot on my own. I just loved the convenience in XP of right-clicking the folder, selecting share, check two boxes, name the folder mydocs$, then OK or APPLY. B a.m! Done! Lickity split!

I really like the machine overall so far. I haven't done a whole lot with it. I have burned a DVD (my own copy for testing), downloaded files via uTorrent, and watched a few DVD, AVI, MPEG, MP4 movies via WMP and VLC. I've done a few other things like installing/using Picasa3, Media Monkey but when I have a new laptop, netbook, reloading the older XP machine (2 down to 1), and a new desktop, I don't always get to put a whole lot of time into one thing for an extended amount of time. I have to multitask and sometimes it's only 2-3 or 3-4 things at a time or just one. With work, family and school, it's tough to find the "Jay time."

Oh yeah, the mouse and keyboard that come with it is functional although there aren't any hot keys to mute or adjust volume, to control media, or whatever. They are basically for input only. The included video handles dual monitor just fine. Now, it doesn't do the SLI (I think) handling but it allows you to extend your desktop without issue. I don't need this functionality but it has been nice when I am watching a movie in the VLC player and then I surf the web or whatever on the other screen. The 500GB hard drive is small compared to other newer machines but it's not like I can't get a 640GB, 750GB, 1TB drive for $100 or less these days if need be. I do have a 640GB SATA drive that I will probably add as an extra drive and down the road a 1TB as I need more room for backups from the many machines I previously mentioned. I also removed the cover/door to the disk drives as it was a pain in the ass to have to open it and close it and open it and close it to put in a CD/DVD. It does detract from the sleekness of the tower but I'm more about convenience and ease...if you haven't already gotten that.

And that's my basic review of the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra 2012. I've included some unboxing photos just for the hell of it. I swear I turned the ones that needed it in Picasa (and saved changes) but for some reason they uploaded in their original format. I think it still works though.

The Mangroomer

The head of our IT department at work forwarded an email regarding a good deal on a netbook at Fry's. It is a decent deal especially for an 11.6" screen, 250GB HD, and 2GB RAM.

Anyway, while at I decided to see what their weekly specials were and I came across this little gem (see pic). It's called the Mangroomer (at Fry's, at Amazon). It's weird how it's advertised so blatantly as a "man groomer" and how the picture on the front of the case shows where to use it.

For more enjoyment, read some of the reviews on Amazon. Some of those guys who have purchased and used are hilarious.

The Mangroomer! Don't delay, get yours today!

Email humor 10/07/2009


My neighbors...the door asked me what I would like for my birthday.

I was quite surprised when they gave me a Rolex

It was very nice of them, but I think they misunderstood me when I said,

"I wanna watch."

Goodbye and Good Riddance!

Friday, October 02, 2009

More P90X info

I just wanted to mention that I weighed myself last night and this morning. I am weighing in at 215 lbs. I think the time of day affects this, maybe because of what I ate hasn't digested from my stomach and been removed through...well, you know...but I have steadily weighed between 215-216 lbs the past few days.

Again, for me, it's not so much about the weight to start as it is about getting "fit." I think the weight loss will come as I exercise and continue to build more muscle, lean or otherwise. I'm sure if I was more strict with my diet the pounds would fall off more quickly. I'm just lazy and I know I probably won't buy or cook the foods they recommend. However, I may give in to their nutrition plan since I've been thinking about it more. I just can't decide.

Also, I haven't told anyone about my attempt at P90X except for the wife. I told her not to tell anyone either. I mainly do this because I didn't want to start, let everyone know, and then quit like I'm prone to doing. So far, I haven't quit. I have had to push a day back here or there like my days right now are a day or two 1 was day 2, day 2 was day 4, day 3 will be today (day 5), day 4 will be day 6, and day 6 will be day 7, then I should be back on track for Day 1 Week 4 on Monday since day 7 is actually rest or stretch. (fingers crossed to stay on track)

Anyway, the wife thinks the love handles have dwindled a bit and she was quite into the "new feel" of my sides during a "session" Wednesday night. I told her I didn't think or see it but she was emphatic. I just know that I continue to do the routine in the best of form possible and keep going. Hopefully, I will have the body I've never had before. I've been skinny-fit but not fit-fit. Know what I mean?

I feel better and I really like Plyometrics. Tonight will be Shoulders & Arms which is also nice (the shoulder parts anyway). I just think about what I could look like in ninety days and I get excited. Even if it's not "Master Tony ripped," it should still be better than where I was three weeks ago or even now.

I keep up the hope!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

P90X - The Proof, The "Suffering" - Day 3, Week 1 to Day 3 Week 3

It’s been a while but I’m on week 3 day 3 (or day 15 total) of the P90X-perience. You liked that, huh? If you aren’t familiar, the workout is over 6 days with the option for the 7th which is either rest or Stretch X. I didn’t stretch the past two Sundays (my 7th day as I started on a Monday and go, for sure, through Saturday) because I played tennis for 4+ hours on Saturday AND Sunday so I figured that was my “Stretch X” or even a good workout.

So, let me get right to the recap of days 3-10. I don’t think I’ll type for each day as weeks 1-3 are the same set of exercises over the 6 (or 7) days.

  • Day 3, Shoulders and Arms
    As stated previously, I don’t work out and haven’t done so in a very long time when I did. These exercises are new to my muscles therefore I think I’m wimpier during them and more sore after them. That’s not saying that I am a complete and utter pussy. I did the routine. It just was difficult and painful, especially after already being sore from days 1 and 2. I wasn’t that sore after day 1, chest and back. I got a little more sore before day 2 workout of plyometrics. Before day 3, I really didn’t know if I was going to make it. My triceps hurt badly. My biceps hurt badly. My pectorals hurt. My lower body was sore after plyometrics—I contribute this less sore to me being a regularly scheduled tennis player which already works my calves, thighs, and hamstrings although these exercises are different the muscle structure is already somewhat there. That’s my opinion anyway. That means I’m a lower-body strength person and the upper body could use some serious work.

    Shoulders and arms does this. It kind of adds to the already used muscles from chest and back because there are sort of similar bends of the arms. The sitting lifts were loads of fun. Good movement for the upper shoulder and back. Master Tony says, “Everyone does 16.” That’s everyone but me. I did do 12 with 15lbs on the first round but didn’t want to overdo it as there is a repeat. The second round I was able to do 15. Form is important and I think I got it down with the second attempt. There were a few other exercises that were mothers but I’m not too motivated at this time to provide much detail. Just know, they suck, they hurt but they are also fun. My soreness was in my mind the whole time during the workout but it did not hinder me like I expected it too. I did get shaky on a few moves but I maintained.

  • Day 4, Yoga
    Still a bit sore in the tricep/bicep area, I was looking forward to yoga as a more relaxing time. Was I ever fucking wrong! I have a new appreciation for those people that do yoga. I ignorantly assumed it was like an old-person’s exercise like maybe Tai Chi or something where it’s about stretching and movement and balance. Yoga is all these and much more. I don’t think my body was built to bend or just move in the manner Master Tony requires. There were some movements like bringing my knee up to my chest after the downward dog I was like, “WTF ever!” I think part of the difficulty was my spare tire but the other part is I just am not that flexible! Like I said, I have a lot more respect for those people that do yoga and can move/bend like it requires. I’m also thoroughly impressed with Master Tony being able to do these moves (which I’m sure there wouldn’t be a DVD for it if he couldn’t) while looking to be so muscular and physically “big.” It’s truly impressive. Maybe with time, I too will be able to bend like Master Tony.

    Because of my limited flexibility, yoga was somewhat more difficult than the weight exercises. The transitions from one pose to the other are inconceivable without more flexibility. I had to modify the graceful movements of Master Tony and crew to choppy-but-I-got-there movements. Again, with time, hopefully I will be a graceful eagle soaring from one position to another.

    I appreciated yoga for the extra stretching of the muscles…all muscles, mind you…to help get more of the soreness out.

  • Day 5, Legs and Back
    Master Tony may say that Plyometrics is the mother of all P90X workouts but legs and back is no slacker! There is one move where you lean against a wall with your back straight. You start out with the thighs at a 45 degree angle for like 15 seconds or so. Then you lower to a 90 degree angle for about the same amount of time. I believe this went on for a minute maybe longer because it hurt so gosh darn much I can’t remember the time correctly but the pain and burn I will never forget.

    There are some other exercise done but you can tell which one I remember. Again, I fell that I already have somewhat strong legs but this exercise was a total different way to work them.

  • Day 6, Kenpo X
    Day 6 for me falls on a Saturday. Saturday mornings I play tennis from about 8:30am to 12pm. I hadn’t played tennis in two weeks because of all the rain we’ve had in Dallas. I was still a little sore in the upper body and my lower body was a little drained and loosy-goosy from the previous Day 5 Legs and Back. Granted the exercise movements may not be the same but I made an executive decision to pass on Kenpo X. After such a long layoff from tennis my back gets sore from my service motion and I guess overall ground strokes. My body was sore to begin with and now it was even more sore and weaker. I justified passing by saying the tennis workout was four hours versus 30mins to an hour or Kenpo.

  • Day 7, Rest or Stretch X
    I played tennis again on Day 7 from about 8am to 2pm. It wasn’t high-intensity tennis as on Saturday but it was hot and I did get good exercise. Besides, I’m not sure I know where to find Stretch X. I don’t think it’s a DVD. If it is, it didn’t come in my package or maybe I haven’t look well enough for it. I will try again. I like a day of rest, especially after all the tennis, but I think I prefer to keep the P90X going if I’m not doing long hours of playing tennis. I also won’t skip an exercise that isn’t like Yoga, Kenpo or Stretch even if I have already played tennis. I think I like and require the other exercises for now.

  • Day 8, Chest and Back
    I’ve repeated Day 1. It wasn’t as painful as the first time around. My muscles are still pretty tired and drained from the work out but I’m more prepared for what to do and my muscles know what to expect as well.

  • Day 9, Plyometrics
    Once again the mother of all P90X workouts, was just that. I enjoy this one more than others. I think it’s because most if not all of the moves are easier for me as they are my lower body muscles versus the upper body ones.

  • Day 10, Shoulders and Arms
    Shoulders and arms must be the second mother of all work outs. As with the other work outs, I feel better now that I’ve done it once. I know what to expect. I know to use better form. And my muscles have experience it once so it’s not as vicious the second time around.

  • Day 11, Yoga
    Unfortunately, this time I had to miss yoga. I have a sick child and had to “baby” them because it could be a relapse of the flu of swine. I do what I need to do to make sure the kids feel safe in all ways and at all times. I did take a short walk. Not too long or too far because the rain interrupted it.

  • I think that brings me up to speed with the whole P90X-perience thus far. Hopefully all will continue to go well and I will get better at doing the exercises. I don’t expect at this time to look like Master Tony or his minions in the video. I would be happy with dropping about 30-40lbs and have better strength and stamina.

    On that note, I had weighed myself about a week or so before starting P90X. I was 226 lbs. I weighed myself the morning of Day 8 and I registered at 217 lbs. Out of curiosity if I really lost any weight, I weighed again the night of Day 9 and I registered at 219 lbs. Between the night of Day 9 and the night of Day 10, I weighed a couple of more times and I seem to have stabilized at 219 lbs. Now how much this had to do with P90X or steps I had sort of taken a few days before, I’m not sure. I’m not complaining.

    I will continue with the regimen. I am not completely following the nutritional requirements but I am also not eating as big as portions as I used to. I also make choices like instead of bacon cheeseburger I have a Healthy Choice steamer or instead of a barbecue bacon burger I will have a hamburger.

    Next week is week 4 and it starts a new routine for the week. I’m excited but also nervous as I don’t know if I fully excelled at weeks 1-3. Although Master Tony says, “Do what you can do, just keep good form,” I feel like maybe I should have been able to complete more push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups or whatever than I have. I definitely can do more than before and they aren't quite as painful compared to when I started but it almost seems like I’m unfulfilled at this point. The workouts are intense and I feel drained but good afterward. It’s just a feeling. I guess maybe I should wait to see what week 4 has in store before I start complaining.