Something to stop alright…

I need to write this now while it’s still fresh in my mind.

This whole GameStop thing with exclusive pre-order game content is the worst thing to happen to videogames in a long time, if not ever.

Ok, yeah, I get it. GameStop must be sweating pretty bad over the slow shift to digital distribution. They’re also, of course, looking to solidify their place as the go-to retailer for videogames. That’s just business and any retailer has to form strategies like that. What’s bullshit though, is now game developers/publishers are essentially saying to game players “If you want the complete game, we get to dictate when and where you purchase said game.” and that’s not right. Sure, they made the game and can do whatever they want with it, but excluding actual game content/mechanics based on where a consumer purchases a game is pretty fucking low. That’s like a car dealer saying “If you want air conditioning, or anti-lock brakes, in your car, you have to preorder and buy your car here.” Are you kidding me? Sure, AC and ABS are not critical to the car functioning, but you’re removing choice from the consumer and that only ever breeds contempt for both the developer and the retailer.

Now, when it comes to consoles, it’s understood that there are going to be exclusivity deals. That’s the way it’s been since the old NES/SNES/Genesis days and i can understand that. But that’s choice. If you want blood and gory fatalities in your Mortal Kombat, you choose to buy the Genesis version. If you wanted tighter control and marginally better graphics, you choose to buy the SNES version. Hell, you could choose to buy both versions and you could choose to buy them anywhere you wanted. That’s choice. Even today, in the day of $300 consoles and $80 games it’s accepted that if you want to play the Joker in Batman: AA, you have to get the PS3 version. But that’s still choice. If i decide that playing the Joker is essential to my game play experience, i can buy a PS3 anytime i want, anywhere i want, and get access to it. This is a situation that nearly all gamers are familiar with. It’s rooted deep in the fragile psyche of the console fanboy. It’s fueled endless forum arguments. Add the PC to the mix and it’s really a war of the ages. It’s a war of choice though.

This GameStop crap removes that choice.

In a day where games alone can spiral upwards of $80 and bundles/collectors editions can cost more than the consoles themselves, is anyone really expected to pay for a game that’s missing content? (And I’m not talking about DLC that’s added later. We can choose to pay for that content if we feel it’s important.) Apparently we are. And I’m not talking about aesthetic content, ala Gears of War 2’s gold Lancer/Hammerburst, I’m talking about actual game play altering content and mechanics that is not made available any other way. Entire levels (Batman: AA), game play changing powers (InFamous), and game play altering mechanics (Dark Void) available only if you give up your ability to choose when and where you buy your game. This is a bad situation and it seems like it’s only going to get worse.

I’m all for pre-order and retailer specific incentives (Maxwell’s hat from Scribblenauts is a great example), but game play experience altering content is out of bounds, and just wrong. Denying players in-game content based on their chosen retailer and time of purchase is about as dirty and underhanded as you can possibly get. It’s a double sided deal (developer/retailer) and the only losers are the people who they both rely on to keep them in business, the game players.

Personally, I’m worried that a lot of games I’m looking forward to are going to fall into this BS trap. Assassin’s Creed 2, Red Dead Redemption, Lost Planet 2… please don’t let this happen. I was having a conversation today about AC2, probably my most looked forward to game at the moment, and how a GameStop pre-order exclusivity deal would probably prevent me from buying the game all together. I don’t want to pre-order. I don’t want to have to buy it at GameStop. I do want to play the complete AC2 experience. If there is additional content available for it, i do want the choice to purchase it as DLC or on an additional disc.

Game reviewers always talk about how it’s a great time for gamers because there is so much available, so many experiences to choose from. GameStop and developers/publishers that buy into this pre-order exclusivity crap are taking away that one thing all gamers should have the right to. The ability to choose what you play, how you play it, and when you play it.

In case of brawl, smash…

So I’ve been meaning to post here recently, but as you can tell from the post dates, I often fall pretty short of any kind of quota. I’ve always been more of a stream of consciousness kind of writer (unless it’s fiction, science fiction mostly, but that’s for a different post) which is why my Twitter feed gets updated approximately 97625916 times more often than this blog/journal/whatever it is. Anything that’s too big for Twitter, I plan to post here. As well intentioned as that idea is, planning it pretty much always falls apart and I just end up with this giant car-wreck of ideas smoldering in my melon, blocking the rest of traffic, and causing any number of violent, premature, deaths. Typically when it reaches an intolerable capacity I force myself to at least start writing something. By that point, though, I usually end up looking at novel length posts, months apart.

Oh well, I learned long ago to not make excuses for my posting frequency. It’s my site, I can do what I want with it… or so I tell myself. Something I love about Twitter is that I can look back over my timeline and be reminded about what it was I wanted to post about. I kind of want to start a once a week kind of deal, but I don’t know if I can make that kind of commitment. Heh.

Anyway, topics randomly floating around in my brain are:

  • Magazines: The only three I read on a regular basis (Wired, Maximum PC, & Game Informer).
  • My trip to San Francisco and working with Cisco for the Cisco Live! event.
  • Las Vegas and the fact that my lease is up in a month.
  • My never-ending quest to keep my resumé updated and relevant.
  • My diet, but only because between the last post and this one, I turned 30.
  • Misc stuff like, games I’ve been playing (return to FFXI), Starbucks, web comics, so on, so forth. I know I’ll think of other things even as I’m typing this.

Chapter 1: Magazines

So yeah. Print is dead, RSS, blogs, interwebs, etc, I know. I read three magazines on a regular basis, one because the subscription came with my GameStop Edge Card (Game Informer), one because I received a subscription as a gift, but that was so I’d stop paying shelf price every month because it’s the greatest magazine ever published (Wired), and one I pay shelf price for because I was moving and didn’t want to subscribe and then have to immediately change my address and then possibly have to change it all over again if I wasn’t staying where I moved to for more than a year (Maximum PC).

Game InformerI’m immediately speculative of anything associated with GameStop, not as much as I am Best Buy (that’s another story), but when I got my Edge card the subscription was free so I just said “Sure.”. Turns out it’s probably the best video game magazine out there, although Play is damn close. Here’s the thing, I love spoilers. I love knowing everything about something before I see/play/etc it. To me, information about something is not the same as experiencing it. I don’t see films for the story (generally) and it’s pretty much the same for games. I see movies because I like to see how things unfold visually. Similar with games, I love experiencing how it all unfolds as a complete package. With that in mind, Game Informer is always months ahead of other magazines with their info and I love knowing all that info way ahead of time. The magazine is also packed, packed, with info. They use awesomely small fonts in some of their sections and just cram loads of words, notes, letters, tidbits, articles and whatnot onto the pages. You have to read through GI like 5 times to get everything read. I love that.


Wired Magazine If the world somehow magically burned down tomorrow and was then instantly rebuilt the next day with some kind of remarkable extraterrestrial world shaping technology according to the descriptions in an ancient tome, I’d hope that tome was Wired. Wired is geek brilliance with an almost fictional level of style, or said wondrous style with brilliant geek influence, I dunno. Maybe both. In either case, it’s always spectacularly well written and full of articles on topics that seem to be handpicked from the cream of the modern technologically relevant world crop. It’s hard to even describe. If you read Wired, you already know. If you don’t, then I doubt this description here will convince you to start reading it religiously, or probably even at all. Pick up the magazine once, if you have even a passing interest in the modern world, you won’t be disappointed.

 


MaxPCOn my trip to San Francisco I was unfortunately stuck between Max PC issues. I’d already read July, but August wasn’t out yet. I picked up an issue of Laptop Magazine for something to read and that’s when I realized the ultimate downfall of being a devoted Max PC reader; once you start down the path that is Maximum PC, every other computer magazine just seems so watered down, bland, and patronizing by comparison. It’s a sincerity thing (which I have a major personal issue with, more on that later). The Max PC slogan is “Maximum PC, Minimum BS” which is exactly true. Everything in the magazine is presented in such a sincere, genuine, no BS, manner that when you read any other computer magazines they just seem patronizing. Now, I also understand that Max PC is for hardcore PC people (which I am). They know that the demographic reading the magazine is well aware of what the score is out there in computer nerd land. Other magazines are typically written for people who may not be so hardcore about this stuff, so I’m sure that’s why they’re written the way they are. Once you get used to reading Max PC though, it’s hard to take any other computer magazines seriously. It’s the only magazine I will actively hunt down if I know there’s a new issue out. The other big issue I have with Maximum PC is that when I’m done reading it, I have to wait a month for the next one.

 

Chapter 2: Cisco Live!

I’m going to write about this later. (I started this post 2 days ago, and just came back to it. Distractions, hooooo!)

Chapter 3: Las Vegas

The short story here is that my lease is up in a month. I’m kind of stuck in living situation limbo until I can nail down potential work opportunities. More on this later.

Chapter 4: My Resumé

Also going to write about this later.

Chapter 5: Diet

I’m skipping forward to diet, mostly due to the fact that I just finished the new Wired (July 09) and I’m feeling terrible about it (my diet, not the magazine). I also promised myself that in this last week I was going to eat better, just as an experiment. Yeah, experiment was fail from the start. The night I made that decision I also decided to order two sausage pizzas from Papa John’s. Although, discounting pizza and, I guess, Quiznos, as a rule, I do not eat fast food. I also don’t drink soda.

It’s not even that I eat a lot of crap, it’s that I don’t eat very much at all and the stuff I do is of questionable nutritional value. I can go a whole day on a bowl of cereal, but I know that’s just not any good at all. I’ve also been mulling it over because, as I stated above, I turned 30 between the last posting and this one. I’m not as spry as I used to be (or so I feel, people keep telling me 30 is the new 20) so it weighs (ha!) on me that I need to start paying more attention to what I put into myself. I’ve always had the benefit of a blisteringly fast metabolism, but I know it’s slowing down (something my Dad loves to point out). I should probably exercise more too, but as it is I walk way more than most people. I wish I was more regular about better exercise, but that’s another story (see a theme here?). I am in decent physical condition for someone of my height/weight (5’10, 160lbs), but I know it’s going to take more work to stay that way as I get older. As it is, I could stand to lose a few pounds and be in better shape.

I started a new personal Twitter feed for myself. I’m just going to tweet everything I consume as I’m eating it. Not the nutritional value, calories, fat, etc. Just what it is. I don’t need all that data to know whether or not what I’m eating is good for me, common sense can fill that role. I followed myself with my main account so I can’t escape it. The idea is to build a list that will eventually shame me into eating better. I know that what I eat most of the time is garbage, but not forgetting that I eat it might help somewhere down the line. Only time will tell.

There are a few major hurdles, or routines, I suppose, to overcome here.

  1. Waking up in the afternoon. A more recent development. When I first moved to Vegas, the shift to PST did wonders for my sleep schedule. I was asleep at a decent hour and up early every morning, i.e. 12:00 AM to 8:00 AM. It’s slowly succumbed to my old EST schedule and in the past week I’ve found myself falling asleep around 5:00 AM and up around 1:00 PM. The obvious solution is to move further west until I catch up with myself, but for now I need to just work on regulating out my sleep schedule. This sleep routine impacts my diet because I also end up eating on a terribly shifted schedule. “Breakfast” is at 2:00 PM, if at all. Dinner is at 2:00 AM, which is no good.
  2. Starbucks. Oh my beloved coffee shop, don’t hate me. A lot of times when I get up in the early afternoon the first thing on my mind is “Go to Starbucks for my usual.” (a Triple Grande No Whip White Mocha and an Old Fashioned Donut, shut up). A lot of days this will be the first thing I consume, since it’ll take me from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM to wind up, get basics covered, and get rolling for the day. Unfortunately most of the time, “the basics” doesn’t cover eating anything, although I usually think to myself “I really need to eat something before I dissolve my stomach lining with espresso.”. Thinking and doing are two different things.
  3. I originally changed this list from “2” to “a few”, but now I’ve forgotten what the 3rd item was. Maybe I’ll remember it later. I fear greatly that when things like this happen, (forgetting) it’s also related to my diet.

So anyway, yeah, TL:DR is “Eat better.

Now, what’s left on that list? Oh…

Chapter 6: Misc

  • I’ve ingloriously returned to Final Fantasy XI. Ok, well, technically, I never really left FFXI. My playtime was in the single digits per week though, if at all. My Xbox 360 had stolen me away (I play FFXI on PC) again thanks to a whole heaping of awesome titles. Also, work had picked up and I was keeping pretty busy with a lot of good gigs. FFXI represents a huge investment in time that I just didn’t have. In the past week or two I’ve had some more time to log on. I’ve stuck mostly to Campaign and personal skilling up (I just recently capped all applicable skills on all my jobs, see image), since it affords me ability to make my own schedule. I’m sure my linkshell isn’t thrilled about this, given that I’m one of the last “old guard” LS members. I don’t even recognize ¾ of the LS anymore. I’m still playing for personal reasons though, when I have the chance. There are still some goals I want to see realized.

All skills capped.

  • Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2. I think I broke my thumb playing last night. I’m mostly just going for achievements now. The game is a huge, repetitive, time sink when it comes to achievements, which kind of pisses me off. I’m halfway there though (15/30) so I have to keep going. Read the post before this one for more details.
  • Fallout 3: Point Lookout. I have a love/hate relationship with Fallout 3. Mostly it loves to make me hate it by spectacularly glitching out and causing me to lose disastrous amounts of progress at the most (least?) inopportune times. I got through all of Point Lookout with only a few issues. I’m only missing a few achievements from the main game (the karma/level ones) and I’ve yet to play The Pitt. Still not sure if I will.
  • Rock Band 2 is still in my rotation. I just hit the halfway mark on its achievements (25/50). I know I’ll never get them all and that’s fine. Expert Drums? Yeah, right. Some of the recent DLC has been awesome. If RB2 had real life achievements like “Transition between multiple monitors without missing any notes.” and “Convince a group of total strangers who have never played Rock Band in their life to play onstage in front of a large group of other strangers.” I’d be on the top of the charts.
  • Starbucks. I kind of addressed this in the Diet chapter. I go there. I go there a lot.
  • I’m thinking of starting a web comic. Nothing huge, just ideas I want to get out somewhere.
  • I’ve spent waaaaaaay too much time on
    t=”_blank”>Wikipedia the last few days. “Torchwood” lead me through all of “Dr. Who” and I pretty much read every Gundam article ever posted while I was researching “Zeta Gundam“.

Ok, ok, this has gone on long enough. I still have to port this all over to Windows Live Writer, fix links, add pics, etc. (I wrote this in Word for portability). I’m not keen on the idea of letting a program write my code for me, so i expect a long, drawn out battle.

Hopefully I got most of the accident cleared out of my brain, but I can already see another pile-up on the horizon.

Electronic Entertainment Aftermath

Well, it’s been a week since E3 and I’d be lying if i said i wasn’t still feeling the effects. It’s like remembering an awesome party; you’re so glad you were there but it sucks that it’s over. While there’s no doubt that experiencing all that video game awesomeness was indeed amazing, the real part of it I’m missing is the feeling of “being on the inside”. That deserves some clarification.

If you’ve swung through my still incomplete Portfolio page, you’ll see that I’ve been behind the scenes for some really amazing videogame related events. I helped launch the Gameboy Advance SP, the DS, and the Wii, all for Nintendo. I helped produce and personally directed all the tech. on all 4 years of Nintendo’s Fusion Tour, so on, so forth. All of my experience though, comes clocked in as a freelancer. And while i love being a freelancer and the freedom that comes with it, the flip side is always feeling like I’m standing just across a line of implied acceptance. It’s a strange purgatory, a no-mans-land, between envy from one side for involvement and afterthought from the other. The common term is “disposable asset”. “You’re key figure while the clock is running but beyond that, don’t even attempt to associate with or be considered part of our world.” It’s not that i actively seek to involve myself in everything a client does, after all, i work with them, not for them.

E3 was different though, mostly because of the people i was working with. Barring my own personal feelings of being an outsider, the level of hospitality and involvement extended to me from MTV and Harmonix was amazing. I was treated like a part of their team. That’s a rare, but awesome, experience and I sincerely thank them for it.

You can find pics from my E3 2009 experience on Flickr or on Facebook.

Speaking of Facebook, I snagged http://www.facebook.com/dropslash, in case there was any doubt.


Anyway, while I was out, even though part of it was spent at E3, I missed out on some serious game playing. One of the things I was most looking forward to was the Broken Steel expansion for Fallout 3. It was the first thing i bought/started playing when i got home. The new level cap of 30 is badass and some of the new enemies are nuts. Nothing really cool weapon-wise for me though, since i play pure Stealth/Sniper. I’m a never-be-seen-one-shot-one-kill kind of player, my 1500+ saves and ammo collections will attest to that. I’m also a huge packrat, i love killing, collecting, repairing, and selling. I’m about to break the 100,000 cap mark in the game. Fallout 3 feeds my meticulous OCD tendencies to a T. It’s been glitchy recently, which drives me nuts, but overall i love the game.

Also on my playlist recently is Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2. I played the shit out of the first one and the 2nd installment has already sucked away dozens of hours from my life. They’ve made some awesome changes as well as leaving out some near-crippling features. Let’s make a list!

Things i love about DW:G2

  • The new “Infinite Boost” system. This is how it should have been in DW:G1.
  • Bajillions of enemies on screen. For melee fighters like me, it’s combo mania. (382! personal best)
  • Tons and tons of missions. Keeps the game interesting and not repetitive during long plays.
  • The Mobile Fighter: G Gundam pilots and Gundams got a huge upgrade. Domon/Burning Gundam and Master Asia/Master Gundam are far-and-away my favorite characters in the DW:G series (I’m a big G Gundam fan) and they really got brought up to the level where they should be in DW:G2. They’re amazing now. LOOK, THE EAST IS BURNING RED!
  • New level designs. Combined with the number of enemies on screen, the level of possible destruction is astronomical.
  • Free DLC missions. Hell yeah.

Things i hate about DW:G2

  • The lack of voice sample diversity. So sick of hearing the same lines over and over again.
  • That annoying fucking voice cue for notifications/objectives. Where the hell did that come from? I want it to die.
  • The revamped parts/tech system. I appreciate the customization aspects, but it’s needlessly complicated.
  • Some missions force certain difficulties/mobile suits. Weak. I don’t want to pilot a goddamn Zaku Tank, no matter how relevant to the story it is.
  • Only one gamertag at a time in co-op. WTF is this crap?
  • No co-op over Xbox Live. This really kills me, no… like fkn really. Of all the games that should have XBL co-op it should be this one. The whole mission structure is designed around multiple Aces working together to annihilate massive waves of grunts! You couldn’t ask for a more perfect co-op setting. Ugh. This took a massive amount of enjoyment out of this game out for me.
  • Achievements based on play time/repetition, not skill. This was a huge problem with DW:G1 and DW:G2 amazingly manages to compound on it’s lunacy. I understand why they do it but, really, it’s astoundingly fkn lame.

Well, those are my impressions so far. It’s button mashingly wonderful fun. I love that Domon and Master Asia are insanely badass now (as they should be!) but the lack of real/XBL co-op is a huge disappointment for me. Really, there is no excuse, but I’m going to blame the Playstation versions anyway.


Also, I’ve spent way too much time in my local Starbucks recently.

Electronic Entertainment Awesome

Well, today wraps up my last day on the Can’t Stop Rockin’ 2009 Tour. It’s been a mixed bag. The production team i was placed with was absolutely fantastic. So awesome to work with. The crew on my bus was equally amazing, they made some of the long rides really fun. Styx and REO Speedwagon, while not really my first choice in music, we’re also really awesome, both onstage and off. They’re some of the most devoted bands i’ve ever toured with.

On the other hand, the marketing agency that hired me, and who iIve worked with before, seemed to not have really thought this tour through. It’s a shame too, because the sponsor, who I’ve also worked with directly, is amazing. There was potential here, but it wasn’t really capitalized on.

Anyway, speaking of amazing clients… i’m off to E3!

That’s right, E3 2009, All Access, thanks to the, wonderful, amazing, people at MTV Games/Harmonix. I’m going to be working the show floor, attending events, and checking out all the awesomeness. It’s like a dream come true for me. In the meantime, i’m going to be updating my portfolio and fixing some of the things on the site. I’ll be twittering live from E3, so you can follow the sidebar on this site or follow along at http://twitter.com/dropslash.

Can’t Stop… Somethin’…

So, first off, Total Rock, Total Rewards 2009 was, in actuality, Total Awesome 2009. Easily one of the best jobs I’ve ever worked and one of the best projects I’ve ever worked on. The people i worked with were all amazing and the bands who participated, in every venue, were some of the coolest people I’ve ever met. Huge grats to The Gurn Killers from my long-lost NYC for taking home $10,000 and putting on an awesome show at The House of Blues in Atlantic City opening for The B52’s. There are still reports and interviews and pics coming in, but here’s some links to catch you up on all the madness.

I promise to get more links in here later. There are tons of pics on FaceBook at the moment so it’s gonna take a while to pull together that much linkage.

In other news, I’m currently out on the Can’t Stop Rockin’ tour with REO Speedwagon, Styx, and .38 Special overseeing the activation and management of one of the custom Rock Band stages from last year’s Rock Band Live! tour. It’s certainly an interesting time. Not exactly my cup-o-tea demographically or music-taste-wise, but they can’t all be. It’s just strange for me to be around that many drunk/stoned baby boomers, especially since they just kind of stare at the RB stage dumbfounded most of the time. Before it took this gig i predicted to myself that this gig would probably just end up as glorified daycare for the kids who’s parents dragged them to the show. That prediction has been dead on so far. The biggest issue really is that the gig isn’t really practical as a one-man-show, which is how it’s currently being executed (by me). Oh well, the production crew is friendly and I’m done on May 30th so it’ll at least be 100% until then.

In other, other, news, i just bought a Dell Mini 9 and I’m already in love with it. I was worried about the size compared to the Mini 10, but after discovering that the Mini 10 was not upgrade/hack friendly and finding a perfectly configured Mini 9 on the Dell Outlet site, i had to just go for it. It wasn’t out of the box for 5 minutes before i dropped an extra gig of RAM into it and it never even got booted to it’s pre-installed Windows XP OS. I dropped Windows 7 Release Client into it first thing (with a sweet USB hack) and never looked back. It’s runs like a dream. Next upgrade is the SSD from 8GB to 32GB. I ordered the drive already and hopefully it’ll make it out to me during this three day stretch in California. Once i have that installed i can drop all my favorite apps onto it. I’m using a 16GB SD card as storage, so the total of 48GB will serve me fine. I’m a huge stickler for efficiency and clean HDs, so i clean out my systems and HDs religiously. I can’t wait to start using it as my regular road computer and seeing what it can handle. Here’s a pic of it next to my current road system, my trusty Dell XPS M1210.

M1210_And_Mini9_Small

Wulf

Ok, well, the new template is set in Blogger which means i’ll be able to keep the main site updated during my next tour.

This is a test to make sure that Windows Live Writer doesn’t break anything important.

Edit 1: Well, after that first test it seems that Windows Live Writer doesn’t work at all. The updates are getting to Blogger but not to my actual site. Hhmm…

Edit 2: Paragraph tags can go to hell.

Edit 3: I hate that all these programs turn my perfectly formatted beautiful code into spaghetti.

Out of nowhere

At least the work has been steady and the weather has been nothing but amazing.

I’m off to Lake Tahoe this Friday to oversee the deployment of HARRAH’S ROCK BAND NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. Tomorrow i have to sit down with their event staff, go over the whole shebang, and then run a staff tourney. Aside from a strange lack of communication from Harrahs in Tahoe, it’s shaping up to be a good time. They’re still hurting for sign-ups though, so if you live in the area swing by, say hi, and maybe rack up an easy win. Heh.

I also got offered a tour later this year with REO Speedwagon and Styx. That’s…like, crazy. The pay is decent, and the bands are just, yeah, but it’ll put me on the road for my 30th birthday. Still torn.

Road work…

Well, this is how it all turned out. I haven’t ported this new design over to Blogger yet, but it’ll get there eventually. I’ve been busy with work recently, but I wanted to get this revamp up and all the bugs worked out before I head out on tour again. Speaking of which, if you’re a Rock Band fan and reading this, come visit/hang out with me while I’m on tour. Here’s where I’m headed:

Harrah’s Total Rock, Total Rewards Rock Band Tournament:

If you’ve been following my Twitter Feed, you already know all about this.
Here’s where you can find me:

After that I’m headed out on the Can’t Stop Rockin’ tour with REO Speedwagon, Styx, and 38 Special.

Can’t Stop Rockin’: (More dates coming soon)

  1. May 13: Albuquerque, NM (Sandia Casino Amphitheatre)
  2. May 15: Phoenix, AZ (Dodge Theatre)
  3. May 16: Las Vegas, NV (Thomas and Mack Center)
  4. May 17: Fresno, CA (Save Mart Center)
  5. May 21: Ontario, CA (Citizens Business Bank Arena)
  6. May 22: Los Angeles, CA (NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE)
  7. May 23: Kelseyville, CA (Konocti Harbor Amphitheatre)
  8. May 24: Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
  9. May 27: Seattle, WA (ShoWare Arena)
  10. May 30: Sandy, UT (Rio Tinto Stadium)
  11. May 31: Morrison, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
  12. June 4: Kansas City, MO (Starlight Theatre)
  13. June 5: Thackerville, OK (Winstar Casino)
  14. June 6: Oklahoma City, OK (Zoo Amphitheatre)
  15. June 7: Woodlands, TX (Woodlands Pavilion)
  16. June 16: Boca Raton, FL (Sunset Cove Amphitheatre)
  17. June 18: Orange Beach, FL (The Amphitheatre @ The Wharf)
  18. June 20: Roanoke Rapids, NC (Carolina Crossroads Amphitheatre)
  19. June 21: Atlanta, GA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
  20. June 23: Columbia, MD (Merriweather Post Pavillion)
  21. June 26: Atlantic City, NJ (The Borgata)
  22. June 27: Gilford, NH (Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion)
  23. June 28: Mansfield, MA (Comcast Center)
  24. July 1: Uncasville, CT (Mohegan Sun)
  25. July 2: Verona, NY (Turning Stone Resort Casino)
  26. July 3: Scranton, PA (Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain)
  27. July 4: Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
  28. July 9: Clarkston, MI (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
  29. July 10: Chicago, IL (Charter One Pavilion At Northerly Island)
  30. July 11: St Louis, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)

I have a lot more to get done around here and it’s going to be a busy summer.

Portfolio building…

Edit 2: Well, i fixed the worst of it, but it’s still there. Something in the way Chrome and Firefox are handling the text in the menus is forcing the widths, through defined, to stretch. It’s fine in IE8 and looks even better in IE8 Compatibility mode, but it’s bugging the crap out of me.

Edit: Something i just posted is breaking my nav and it’s driving me nuts. No pics for now.

I’ve been meaning to convert my resumé into my website for, well… years now. I finally got around to starting it and it has turned into a hell of a task. It’s going well though and i’m glad. It’s now linked to the “portfolio” tab above. There’s still a lot to get done on it.

My resumé has always been an object of contention for me. I’ve always wanted to work on a multimedia presentation just due to the nature of my work. I can try and describe how i traveled the West Coast building, managing, maintaining, a 2-tier, 8 player, LAN’d, Mario Kart Double Dash! deck complete with multicolor’d go-kart frames each with their own working pedals, steering wheels, and 15in. LCD screens, all linked to a 42in. race overview screen, and even MC’d a whole series of tournament races on them.

Or, i could just show you a picture like this:

…and say “I built this.” (Ok, i’d elaborate, but you get the idea.)

Anyway, hopefully as i get more work done on it, it will evolve into something i feel will accurately represent my experience beyond black text on white paper. We’ll see how it goes.


I still have a lot i want to write for this blog, i need to just sit down and get it all organized. I also need to figure out how to incorporate a lot of additional elements into this site, like my Xbox 360 Gamertag, my Twitter feed, and a bunch of other stuff that gets updated more regularly than this blog.

 

Anyway, i just made myself a huge bowl of shells with bolognesé and sausage and i want to eat it, so i am. Then it’s back to work. I still have to test this out in FireFox (i worked all day today in Windows 7) and beat up Chrome for making the text too small. Amoung other things…