VNV Nation Is Amazing!

Posted in Music, My Life with tags on July 19, 2009 by That-One-Person

Well, a week ago today, I went to the most amazing concert ever with my best friend.

Hands down, no one I’ve yet to see live ever compares with VNV Nation.  On top of their normally outstanding talent, they managed to really interact with the crowd.  Someone brought in a huge inflatable sword and Ronan told them to pass it up on stage where he stopped and posed with it,  saying “I look like a fat, balding He-Man. Take pictures people, this is the only chance you’re ever going to get.”

RonanSwordYou may also notice his insane country western shirt, which is very out of place for an Industrial concert.  He said he was in some redneck state that I can’t recall, and the store had a huge sale on them and he bought some because “..those Clevelanders are going to love my shirt, I’ll look like Johnny Cash or something.”  Seriously, he could do stand up.

The opening bands were surprisingly quite good also, well, at least one of them was.  I liked Aryia far more than War Tapes, and actually got all of her albums now.

Was a really good time, especially going to leave and having gangsters follow us outside while we waited for our ride.  Afterward, we went to IHOP, which always proves to be quite delicious.

I know what you may be thinking, for such an amazing concert, how come it took me so long to post about it? Simple.  I’ve had a ton to do all week, trying to see everyone before I go to San Diego this week.  Have had a lot of clothes shopping to do,  a lot of packing, and just been having a really hectic week.  I’ve been unusually busy for a bum.

-That One Person

So Much New Software

Posted in My Life, Technology with tags , , , on July 7, 2009 by That-One-Person

First, I would like to say Happy Birthday to my bestfriend.

Anyways, don’t you all love that feeling you get when you install a ton of new software?  Almost feels like moving into a new house or sleeping in a hotel doesn’t it?  No?  Maybe that’s only me.  Well, this weekend I installed a ridiculous amount of new software, and just wanted to let you know about a few of the best.

Growl finally added a slew of support for Windows programs, instead of only OS X ones.  If you don’t know what Growl is, it is basically a global notification system for a bunch of applications.  Sadly, I didn’t use half of the software that had just became supported, so of course I decided to download it all.

Songbird is one that completely amazes me.  It blows both iTunes and Zune desktop software away, although everything blows iTunes away already.  It is basically the Firefox of music players.  Although it doesn’t really concern me, it uses around half the RAM to run as iTunes, so there’s one plus.  It comes with support for many handy add-ons, such as immediately finding the lyrics for around 90% of my music, displaying all nearby concerts of the artists you listen to, a few hundred appearance add-ons, and even a remote control app for the iphone.  I highly recommend checking it out.

Lastly, I wanted to talk about Koornk, which is completely amazing.  These last few days I have been thoroughly pissed off at how often Twitter randomly locks me out of my account (on first log-in, with my saved password), and how stopping following certain people just doesn’t register.  After wanting to reach into my computer screen and choke Jack Dorsey to death, I decided to look for something else.

This is how I found Koornk, which is pretty much the same thing and more.  It allows for pings, so I can immediately new blog posts to it without extensive modding, 150 characters as opposed to Twitters 140, the same following/follower/reply system as Twitter, and you can even send your “clucks” to become “tweets” on your Twitter account just by checking a box.  It’s really packed full of features, those are just a few of them.

Anyways, not much is really new this last week that I can think of.  I’m just being a bum like always.

The only other thing I did this weekend, was go see fireworks.  It was pretty fun, although all fireworks are quite a bore.  I know, how unamerican of me.

I’m out.

-That One Person

IHOP

Posted in Gaming, My Life, Technology with tags , , on July 1, 2009 by That-One-Person

Nom nom nom, went to Friendlys IHOP last night at 2 A.M. with my best friend, it was great not being the only person awake that late.

What else is new though?

I’m currently beta testing like three MMOs, it’s pretty good just drifting along with no money, still playing games.  Quite awkwardly I started to test out Everquest II, which isn’t nearly as gay as the first one was.  It’s pretty good, in depth, and not nearly as nerdy as the old one.  It is also in my opinion a lot more fun than WoW, which I played for three whole years.  Something funny about Everquest II is the graphics settings, which I’ve been messing with on every game since I got my new colossal video card.  “These extremely high setting with have an EXTREME effect on your game performance, and is likely to not run well on even the highest end hardware available today. Are you sure you want to test these experimental settings?”  Well guess what, I blow those settings down at 50 fps, a whole twenty faster than the human eye can even register.

While that MMO is pretty fun, the one I am really enjoying right now is beta testing Aion, although currently the beta is only open for me every weekend.  I suppose that’s good, allows me to manage my other slacker chores, like food, movies, and other games.

Yeah, the new card and RAM are both finally installed at once.  1GB of DDR3 video RAM that has it’s own physics engine on the card itself, that coupled with my 8GB of DDR3 RAM are just letting me run pretty much anything in the world right now.

Soon, probably when I get back from ComicCon, I am going to be ordering a third monitor.  This will finally give me the multi-tasking and bad ass feeling I’ve been looking for.  It’s going to look a lot like a command center, especially since currently I can spin around in my chair to use my laptop on my other table.  Which reminds me, I also just got an incredibly huge new desk on craigslist, barely used, for $40.  I’ll take a picture sometime when I get around to it, maybe once I get my third monitor set up.

Twenty-one days from today I will be on the sunny shores of San Diego, pretty terrifying.  I’m relatively positive either my plane will crash, a shark will eat me, I’ll get stabbed by a Crip (or a Blood?), or I may even just melt to death due to the heat.  We all know how much I love the heat from when I went to Florida six months ago.

Lastly, I decided that my heart is tie dye today.

-That One Person

Cravings, Broke

Posted in My Life on June 25, 2009 by That-One-Person

So, as we all know I try to make it to my local Friendlys around twice a week, maybe more, because their food is a trillion times better than anything I’ve ever tasted.  This is basically just a story of how I made myself broke.  If you want to skip all my technical nonsense skip down to the bottom two paragraphs.

Anyways, ever since my birthday last week, I have been dying to upgrade my computer.  Currently it was just running 5GB of DDR2 RAM, not real good sticks though, 6-6-6-18 speed.  For video graphics it was just running it’s default 512mb DDR2, but I loved it because it had dual monitor support.

Well this week, I decided instead of saving money I’d buy some parts.  Got myself two incredible new video cards, 1GB DDR3 in SLI, giving me 2GB and six… that’s right, six… monitor support.  Also picked up 8GB of incredible RAM, 4-4-4-12.  I know, I know, I’m speaking gibberish again.

I originally purchased other RAM but due to the abundantly large heat sink, it wouldn’t fit in my HP due to the crappy media expansion bay.  Turned out to be a blessing in disguise because as soon as I returned it, the new RAM went on sale, and it’s much faster.

So now, like always, I am broke.

I realize now, however, that making my computer much faster is not worth going seven full days without the deliciousness that is Friendlys chicken strips.  Hopefully soon though I’ll be able to afford some for me and a certain someone.

EDIT: Apparently right now if I get some of my followers on Twitter to follow @EatAtFriendlys I can win myself a meal.  This may make my day so much better.  Cross your fingers.

-That One Person

Birthday

Posted in My Life on June 20, 2009 by That-One-Person

Well, today is my birthday.  Oh joy?

Feels like just another day to me.  Only got one card, blah. It’s only halfway over so far, but it sure is a pretty bad one thus far.

I know, no one will probably even read this because, well, I haven’t posted a blog in months.  Or maybe it just feels like months?  I don’t care enough to check.  I haven’t posted in so long because since summer started and everything stopped, I guess I did also.  I just kind of lounge around, not doing much.

One good new thing though, is that I am now hooked on the best science fiction show ever.  Better than Star Wars and Firefly put together.  Doctor Who is a show I don’t know how I lived without.  It’s funny, dramatic, and intense, all at once.  If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it.  That or Torchwood, a Doctor Who spin-off, if you can get past every single person on the show screwing anyone else, male or female.

Anyways, I think I’m going to go lay down.  Maybe I’ll write back tomorrow.

-That One Person

Quicker Typing

Posted in My Life, Technology on June 4, 2009 by That-One-Person

Today I just thought I’d share the secret to typing around 20 times quicker.  That secret is to abandon QWERTY as much as possible, and make the switch to Dvorak.

When the typewriter was first introduced then went through many layouts of the keys, and finally QWERTY was developed to make you type as slow as possible.  Typing to quick or having frequently used keys too close togethor would jam the old typewriters, so the layout you’re using right now (unless you’re amazing) was actually designed to make you type slower.

By the time this wasn’t an issue anymore, the Great Depression hit, and no one would be buying any new type writers for sometime, and the heads of manufacturing companies didn’t want to make the switch.

Lucky for us today, the way your keys are arranged is purely software, and can be changed without even an ounce of hardware modification.

On a Windows it is simply Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Keyboard and Languages, and then select English (Dvorak).

Many studies have been done and those learning on a Dvorak keyboard learned more than twice as fast, and previously experienced typists could type many many times quicker with this much improved layout.

In QWERTY all your most used keys are spread out as much as possible, but with Dvorak all of the most commonly used ones are all on the home row, where you rest your fingers.

It’s also rather simple to learn, and continue to know how to use both QWERTY and Dvorak.

Dvzine taught me everything I know about it, and has probably over the last few years saved me days of time of typing. I really recommend making the switch, even if you don’t plan on using it constantly, learning another layout is like learning another language. It helps improve your knowledge, and who wouldn’t want to do that?

Plus, they can even teach you in comic form.  I’m just here to praise it and help you see the way to saving time.  Here is an image of my keyboard, with some Dvorak stickers I found online.

Dvorak Keyboard

I know it may look like a scary and insane change, that’s what I thought at first.  I don’t regret it a bit however.  Also, Dvorak causes you to alternate between hands more frequently, which is better for speed and your hands.  You can see this by tapping on the desk with one finger repeatedly, and then doing it alternating between two.  You can actually tap back and forth a lot quicker with a lot less time between taps.

For example, this entire post before the image in QWERTY would’ve used 517 homerow keys (32%) and 945 hand alternations, but in Dvorak it is 1077 (66%) homerow key usage and 1163 hand alterations.  Before you ask, no I am not crazy and counted that all out. There is a website that analyzes things you say and gives you those statistics.

So please, save your hands, and your time. Type Dvorak today!

Edit: I also recommend using the Dvorak tool instead of changing it the classic way, lets you keep all your ctrl clicks in the same place regardless of c, v, z, and others all being moved.

-That One Person

Tons of New Happenings

Posted in Gaming, My Life on June 3, 2009 by That-One-Person

I don’t even know where to begin!  There are so many new things happening.

For one, these last few days I hunted and I hunted until I found some cacti.  They always seem to be at many stores, and I never thought of buying one.  These last few days however, I have been dying to find one.  Walmart, Lowes, and around twenty different stores were all sold out of them.  Finally, I found a store with an entire section devoted to them, so I bought four.

Also, I began playing another MMORPG, because I quit World of Warcraft.  I must say, I’m having more fun with Lord of the Rings Online than I ever had in any previous MMO.  Applied for another closed beta, since I’ve done two other closed beta testings, I’ll hopefully get to mess around on another not-yet-released MMO.  After all, the more I do, the higher the chance I’ll be accepted for more.

Lastly, I have a job interview tomorrow.  I am beyond nervous.  I don’t know why I get so worried for these things.

Wish me luck.

Less than two months till I go to ComicCon.

-That One Person