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honestgamer It's not all an elaborate ruse, some misguided attempt to establish for myself an online persona of dubious quality. I really am dull. If you don't find that unbearable, though, this is my blog that examines just how truly boring I can be.

Title: TuneFreaks progresses...
Posted: October 14, 2006 (04:42 PM)
I nuked TuneFreaks and planned to get a good start on the new design last night, but something went wrong. The FTP client wouldn't work, and it eventually required setting up an entirely new hosting account, then getting it associated with the domain. That took time on the host's end.

The good news is that I've finally got things working, including the FTP client, so I'm going to be in good shape to get something up probably by the end of today (though if that does indeed happen, it'll definitely be a rough design).

Anyway, I just thought I'd let you all know that the project is moving forward and things are finally back on track. Thanks for the interest so many of you have shown. Let's hope this goes well!
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Title: TuneFreaks musings...
Posted: October 11, 2006 (12:12 AM)
I've been thinking a lot about TuneFreaks lately, which I think is pretty much headed nowhere because I was trying to start it out too big.

After a lot--and I mean a lot--of work on the part of snowdragon and I, we have thousands of songs listed and bands and genres and whatever else you want to name, and it's still just the start of the growing beast that is and always will be the music industry.

I think its sheer size highlights not only how far we've come, but how far we have to go. And it's not particularly useful, even though we list tons of musicians and even some complete discographies, because plenty of other sites do that and back it up with good reviews... or just reviews at all. We don't.

Part of that is me not really getting the code up and running since the re-design, but I think it's also a symptom of thinking too big too soon. It's entirely possible that it will grow into something special, but it's also true that it may never do so in its current form. it is, after all, a remnant of a design that was even bigger and more useless.

So the long and short of it is this: I'm thinking about reworking things from the ground up, with a new system. The way I think it should work is this:

1. You register for a user account.
2. With your account, you can then browse artist listings, which will start out meager.
3. When you see that your artist isn't listed, you are tasked with the job of doing something about it. What is that something?
4. You submit an artist profile with information that makes the listing relevant. None of that "submit just a name and call it good" crap. You submit a real artist with real details because you like (or hate) that artist.

That should build up a more useful list of artists on the site, and one with a lot more passion behind it. Once a profile is up, then a forum accompanies it and people can post concert news or whatever. But guess what? No discography!

The discography would be added in the same way the artists were. You find the artist that interests you and you notice a record isn't listed. What do you do? You submit the profile for the record, along with a list of the songs on it and a high-quality review.

So what would this lead to? Well, it would be a small but high-quality site. The users would determine exactly what content goes up. There would be no ghost listings. If something is worth covering, it's worth covering right!

Anyway, that's my idea for TuneFreaks. Am I crazy? Or do you think it would work? I'd like to hear from some of you music buffs, because I'd want you involved if I'm to go through the trouble of coding everything. There are a lot of music sites out there, so I figure it's either worth doing right or it's not worth doing at all...

Title: Music binge
Posted: October 08, 2006 (03:45 PM)
Reading everyone's blogs has a very bad effect on me: I buy music. I know I haven't waited a month since my last blog post to make this one, as is my tendency, but I thought I'd give you all a chance to critique my latest music investment:

James Blunt (Back to Bedlam)
Alanis Morissette (Under Rug Swept)
Snow Patrol (Eyes Open)
Switchfoot (Nothing is Sound)
Weezer (Meladroit)

Depending on how well I like these CDs, I may get more stuff down the road. I have these periods where I'm interested in making improvements to my music library, and I seem to be right in the middle of one. Probably because I can listen to iTunes while doing web site work. Anyway, that's that.
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Title: iTunes
Posted: October 08, 2006 (03:24 AM)
I was listening to music on iTunes tonight (samples of songs, mostly) and I listened to "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt, which I think is just one of the most amazing songs in a long, long time.

I decided to see what the other songs from his album sounded like and enjoyed them very much, enough that I'll probably end up buying the CD. Because iTunes makes recommendations, I noticed that people who buy his music also buy stuff from Snow Patrol.

So I decided to listen to some Snow Patrol and, while I didn't get as good a vibe from their stuff as I did from James Blunt's, I think they're also pretty good. I might pick up their second CD sometime.

I need to stop going on iTunes...

Posted: September 08, 2006 (10:26 PM)
So, I bought some music tonight. I do that once in awhile. I shall now post it so that you can all laugh at me. I'm sure everyone will laugh at at least one of the things I got, as people are prone to do when they've not listened to the music in question.

Rob Zombie (Hellbilly Deluxe)
Gary Allan (Tough All Over)
Switchfoot (The Early Years: 1997-2000)
Paris Hilton (Paris)

I really like the song "Dragula" by Rob Zombie, and I've heard and liked a few of his other songs, so I figured it was high time I actually bought a Rob Zombie disc.

Gary Allan has been putting out good country music for a long time now, with a voice that sounds like it would work fantastic in any sort of music. His newest album has enough 'must-have' songs that I couldn't hold off any longer.

Switchfoot has been getting praise and putting out music for awhile, and I heard and liked one of their songs on Rockstar, that show on CBS. So I figured it was time to give them a chance. Three discs for the price of one seems hard to beat.

And then there's Paris Hilton. I heard her songs on AOL and I liked them, so whatever. I realize it's not cool to like Paris Hilton stuff, but I listen to what I like and I like a fairly wide variety of music. So there...


Okay, you can laugh. I don't mind. Too much. As if that would stop you, anyway...
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Title: A sexy picture
Posted: September 01, 2006 (11:19 PM)
Well, people periodically make fun of my old picture and sometimes ask for something more recent, so I got a coworker with a photography degree to take a quick picture of me at work today. He used a crappy digital camera but I think it came out fairly well:

The picture was taken in the alley behind our store and we spent probably two minutes trying a few shots. I'm not going to pay some professional studio for a picture or anything, so this will probably be the picture I have to use online now for a few years. It's accurate, at least, blemishes and all.
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Title: Games I still need(?)
Posted: August 23, 2006 (01:08 AM)
The list of games in my backlog of games to get continues to dwindle, until now it is finally in the form you see below:

Game Boy Advance

Lufia 3


Mario Strikers
Mega Man X: Command Mission (PS2 version)

Nintendo DS

Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Kirby: Canvas Curse
Mario & Luigi 2
Yoshi's Touch & Go

I think anyone can agree that my list has come a long way since I first composed it, and I'm happy with the results. There will doubtless be a few more games that I want from the current generation, but the list above accurately reflects those games that have been out for awhile that I want but haven't grabbed.

Working my way through the list has forced me to admit something: my taste in games is too varied. I enjoy a lot of games that some people wouldn't really care for. I genuinely enjoy them, and people think I'm nuts for it. Another note: most of the items on the above list aren't essential like the other items were. I'm pretty darn close to completely satisfied with my collection of current-generation games for the first time in... forever.

Title: A word on Sony...
Posted: August 15, 2006 (09:02 PM)
Sony is getting hit hard from all angles, all at once. To recap:

* Sony was lambasted for its proprietary copyright protection on CDs that allowed hackers to gain access to numerous PCs because of a security hole. This software was on its discs with no notice to consumers--or at least, notice was not widely advertised.

* Sony is in court over its use of the PS2 controller, which used a rumbling technology without permission of that technology's creator. In a worst-case scenario, it will have to send its profits for the PS2 to the damaged party. It'll probably just end up costing a few hundred million, though.

* Sony's UMD format has been a flop, despite 20 million PSPs shipped worldwide, and Sony will probably be out a lot of money from when it shipped the games to retailers (who often take it out of the product's manufacturer if something like that fails).

* The Playstation 3 is being griped over because of its $600 price tag, which sets it substantially above its competitors in terms of price only. Resistance is also building for the system because many consumers view it as a means to shove another Sony proprietary format down their throats.

* Sony manufactured 4.1 million batteries for Dell laptops, and they are now being recalled. Sony is paying part of the cost of the recall, as might be expected. Big money, there!

So yeah, Sony is in pretty sad shape. The Playstation brand is their only success, and now that's in danger of performing poorly. With finances going down the tubes everywhere else, will the company have enough money to protect its various interests while supporting the PS3 as aggressively as it needs to (while selling each system at a significant loss)? Signs point to... maybe.

But that's a big maybe and some who might have at one point considered a $600 investment are now doubting it...
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Title: If you don't mind a little profanity...
Posted: July 14, 2006 (11:29 PM)
...check out this clip on YouTube. It's pretty freaking funny and it has hot women to boot!

Yes, this clip right here.

I have to admit I find it the slightest bit offensive, but I'm so busy laughing that I have to share it anyway. So, uh... if you're easily offended, it's not the best clip for you.
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Title: True is a Venter snubber
Posted: July 01, 2006 (10:45 AM)
Well, the draft for the team tournament is underway and I still haven't been picked. Four people have been foolish enough to let my massive library of stellar reviews slip through their fingers, but what stings the most is that True--True!--has picked the lowly Zigfried instead of myself. This does not bode well for Team True. In some circles, this might be considered an act of war.

Note: this may very well be one such circle.
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