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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Literal chocolate.

So I saw some dark chocolate the other day. I'm not a fan of dark chocolate, but it gave me an idea.

I could improve it! Instead of tasting different, what if it was literally dark? Maybe inside each candy wrapper, there was some text.

You open up a piece of candy and inside it says "For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Used." and you'd be like "That's dark, chocolate."

Genius, right? I can already see the dollar signs.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

You know what pisses me off? AMD.

I'm a big AMD fan, or, perhaps, used to be a big AMD fan. Here lately, I'm not sure where their head is at.

Now, if you've followed PC hardware, particularly graphics cards, you've probably heard that ATI (now AMD) cards have had lots of driver issues. If you're like me, you've heard this but haven't had any issues, so you just brushed it off. I always just assumed those were kind of... urban legends.

Well, it would seem not. I've had a hell of a time lately with PC gaming, mostly due to AMD graphics cards. You've probably heard of Skyrim, one of the biggest games of the last 10 years, easy. It suffers from negative crossfire scaling. What that means is, if you're using more than one graphics card/gpu the performance in the game actually goes down instead of up, as it should. This is due to the graphics drivers not handling the game the way they should. AMD promised a fix for this, "ASAP." As of this writing it's been 2 weeks and a day with no working fix for this issue.

Their competitor, Nvidia, had an SLI (their version of crossfire) fix for Skyrim the day before it released. That's just baffling, imo. Oh and about that fix... I follow CatalystCreator on twitter. He's one of the guys who make the drivers for AMD cards. He posted a tweet with a link to the new driver, that promised to enable proper crossfire support for Skyrim. It didn't, but the interesting thing here is that the web address he posted doesn't work. He says to check it in "a few hours" but here we are, as of this post, 23 hours since and the address doesn't work. No updates, nothing. He just posted that and stopped. No explanation whatsoever. That boggles my mind.

Another issue is Saints Row The Third, one of the biggest games to release this year. It performs fine on Nvidia cards, but of course, it performs like shit on AMD cards. They've promised a fix soon, but who the hell knows when we'll get that, I sure don't. These two games being hindered by my AMD cards is depressing, not just because I'm a fan of AMD but because of my setup. I have an AMD 6990 and an AMD 6970. That's 3 GPUs, 3 powerful GPUs even and I can't run these two games nearly as well as I should.

It may seem minor, not being able to run these two games well, or at least as well as I should. The problem is, not only are these two MAJOR releases, especially Skyrim, but Nvidia customers aren't having these issues. If both companies were struggling with these two games, I would understand. But just AMD having issues really bothers me. They've been known for having driver issues for a long time now, but this is the first time I've really experienced it.

The recent release of the Bulldozer CPUs by AMD have also let a lot of people down. Now, for me, they're ok. You pretty much have to overclock the shit out of them to make them a worthy upgrade from the last series of chips. But a lot of people were expecting a lot more from them. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with all the turmoil at the company or someone has just been asleep at the wheel.

I'm really starting to wonder about these guys. I'm sad to say, but I'll definitely be going Nvidia when their new "Kepler" cards release in, so I hear, early 2012. Unless, of course, the new 7000 series of AMD are absolutely mind blowing.

Friday, November 18, 2011

You know what pisses me off? Pointless commercials.

Commercials usually DO have a point, to sell stuff. I don't like commercials, but I've gotten used to them. I usually have my TV on but mostly as background noise as I tool around on my PC, so it's not like I pay a ton of attention to them as it is.

One thing I'm seeing a lot more of lately are these commercials that seem to be just about making you feel ok about a company. Just plainly for image sake. We've had these commercials before, sure, but not in this amount. At least, I haven't seen nearly this many. It seems to be mostly energy companies, oil, coal, etc. You've seen at least one, surely. They feature actors talking about how we need energy but also need to protect the environment, what if we could do both? CLEAN COAL!

Maybe it's just another weird quirk of mine, but I'm starting to get really fucking annoyed with these commercials. You have people that couldn't act their way out of a paper bag being really irritating "ACTUALLY, it's cleaner" and trying to defend bullshit like the supposedly clean coal.

For some odd reason I can't stand ads that exist only to change your opinion about a group or company. Whenever I see an ad that wants me to like something, I automatically start disliking it. It has the opposite effect for me. Maybe because I think that if a company has to put out ads like this, it might need to put out ads like this. I'm not sure.

Is anyone else as annoyed with these ads as me? Maybe it's just me.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Even more Offensive Knock Knock Jokes.

Knock knock.
Who's there?
You're mother.
But my mother's dead!

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Propofol who?
Propofol who... killed Michael Jackson!

Knock knock.
Who's there?
God who?

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Jesus who?

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson who?

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Hitler who?
Hitler so hard she saw stars of David.

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Boo who?
Don't cry, it's only a knock knock joke. Also, I killed your mother.

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Polar bears.
Polar bears who?
Damn, already?

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Native Americans.
Native Americans who?
Damn, already?

Knock knock.
Who's there?
9/11 who.
... AAHAHAHAHAHAHA...sorry, you said 9/11... that kills me every time.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Attention Veterans Day: Fuck off.

I've never subscribed to the idea that we should worship people who have some professions, but not others. This applies to any job, policeman, firefighter, soldier, etc.

I don't think you should get extra credit for doing your job. For example, if you're a firefighter, your job is to fight fires and save people. If you then fight a fire and save someone, you aren't a hero. You did your job. That's what you were hired to do. You did not go "above and beyond" anything.

The same goes for police who fight crime and save people, or soldiers who fight wars and protect the country. It's in your job description. It's what you signed up for and are getting paid for.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm glad we have such professions and wouldn't want NOT to have them. I'm just not going to pretend like someone who does their job is some kind of superman/woman.

So unless we're going to have a special day for clerks, CEOs, garbage collectors and every other job that exists... shut the hell up about veterans day already.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Product Review: Metro DataVac Electric Duster ED500P.

If you have a computer then, hopefully, you clean it out on a regular basis. The best way to do this, unfortunately, is to use a "can of air." It's a can of compressed gas that's very good at blowing away dust and dirt from PC cases, fans and other bits. Unfortunately, these have a number of issues.

1. They're very limited. It takes an entire can of air to thoroughly blow out a computer and keyboard.
2. Expensive. It might cost roughly $4 for a can of air. Having to buy them over and over again really adds up.
3. They lose pressure as they start to run out.
4. They can get very cold, to the point of not being able to hold them comfortably as you use them.
5. You can't maneuver them much. Turning a can too much will cause a cloud of cold gas to come out.
6. They're bad for the environment. Buying, using and throwing away the cans will add up not only in cost but in landfills. There's also the energy it takes to manufacture and transport all of those cans.

Enter the Metro DataVac Electric Duster.

I saw an ad for this in the back of PC World magazine. It's advertised as "The Last "Can of Air" You'll Ever Have To Buy!" To anyone who currently buys canned air, that sounds like a wish come true. I checked Amazon.com and found the page for it. I read through the reviews and they were generally very good. People sounded pretty pleased with it. I decided that, once I had the money, I'd grab one and give it a shot. Luckily I was able to get a hold of one sooner than I had planned.

It arrived earlier today via USPS and I've been messing with the unit for a while now. I cleaned out my PC, a couple of tower fans, a couple video game consoles and various other things. I tried all the attachments that come with it and really put the unit through it's paces.

The result? I love it. It's surprisingly powerful and extremely well built. The main unit itself is made of steel, not plastic. The handle is rugged and ensures an iron hold on the unit. The cord is 12 feet long. It feels like something that was made in a past era, where things were made to last, not out of cheap plastic and focused entirely on styling. Another thing which will surely appeal to some is that it's made in America. It's going to be much better for the environment as well, seeing as how you won't be buying and tossing out can of air after can of air.

The only negative things I could say is that it's fairly loud. It sounds like a vacuum cleaner. It also gets very warm after a while if you use attachments which limit airflow. There's also a slightly odd smell that it gives off, maybe this is only because it's a new unit, but it's not too bad.

The negatives are very minor and the positives are just the opposite. This thing is like a WMD for dust.

Verdit: Buy it. If you currently used "canned air" for anything then you need this product. If my opinion changes I'll post an update, but I absolutely love this thing.

Metro Vacuum ED500P DataVac on Amazon

Saturday, November 5, 2011

When the internet says...

When the internet says... ...I hear
Am I doing it right? Whatever this is, I'm not doing it right.
bro I'm a fucking moron.
First world problem! Look at how e-trendy I am!
amirite? My mom dropped me on my head. A lot.
ur I never finished second grade.
dat *insert anything here* I'm stupid.
I'm so high. It should be legal to murder me.
The cake is a lie! Don't mind me, I'll be over here beating this dead horse.
OMG!!! I love Justin Beiber and Facebook and Twilight.
What a hipster! I'm cool now, right internet? I used the word hipster!
Please thumbs up/comment/subscribe! (on youtube) Please give this video a thumbs down because I'm irritating.

So there's a brief picture of what I hear when various things are said on the internet. A far as the tables, why the hell not? It's the best way I could think of to lay out the data.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Some games I'm looking forward to.

I mentioned Skyrim recently, but here's a better list of some upcoming games I'm looking forward to this year and why.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Anyone who's played Morrowind of Oblivion should know what a big deal this is going to be. A huge, open world Elder Scrolls game from Bethesda, for fans of the series that's all you really need to say. If you aren't already a fan of the series, I'd suggest you read up on Skyrim and watch some more footage. This is likely to be the biggest game of this year and likely the years to come... until The Elder Scrolls VI is released, anyway.

Batman: Arkham City

If you've played Batman: Arkham Asylum then you've probably already played this or at least have it pre-ordered. This game has been out for a little while now on Xbox 360 and PS3 but I'll be playing the PC version when it releases on 11/15. This is, without a doubt, the best Batman game in existence. In fact, it's been called the best use of a license in video game history. This doesn't surprise me at all considering the last one, Arkham Asylum, was such an amazing game. If you haven't played that one, I highly suggest that you do. If you thought a GOOD superhero/licensed game wasn't possible, it will make your year. There are demos for the console and PC versions of Arkham Asylum, so give it a shot.

Saints Row: The Third

I was a fan of the original Saints Row on Xbox 360 and Saints Row 2. Although I didn't play much of the second one as it had real ads in it, I returned it to Gamestop when I saw the first one. I've gotten official confirmation from two different sources that Saints Row The Third has no real ads in it, so this one is a must buy for me. If you're a fan of Saints Row already, you know that this will likely be fifteen different kinds of awesome. If you aren't already a fan, think Grand Theft Auto on some kind of hallucinogenic drug. It's completely off-the-rails wacky fun. Just visit youtube and watch more footage if you don't know what I'm talking about. This one should be a riot.

There are plenty of other good ones this year, but these are my top 3.

Honorable Mentions

Trine 2
Sonic Generations
L.A. Noire (PC version)
Guild Wars 2