Ad Men

Recently, the wife and I began delving into Mad Men, a show I have honestly been meaning to watch since 2007.
With the hype surrounding the season finale last year, we knew it was time. Time to … acquire … and go for it.
Each evening of late, I’ll make dinner before we sit to it. We’ve been having chicken or shrimp or turkey because we just can’t stick to a vegetarian diet. I know I can’t, anyhow, but Megan did it for years before me. My influence is like a sticky, meaty syrup. Sorry, Megs.
Then, when the food is ready, I ask, “Should we sit at the table?” to which she responds, “No, we should sit in the living room and watch more Don Draper.”
“Let’s watch more Don Draper,” she says again.
“You know it’s called Man Men,” I reply inevitably.
She acknowledges this fact while mumbling more desires for Don Draper.

I know your game, Jon Hamm.

I’m on to you!

3 AM: Game time/Retcon

One More Day

One More Day (via bamkapow.com)

I’ve been working a lot of third shifts since I accepted another part-time job at Borders. That place is always there when I need a job, and it sure is nice not having to be trained for a new job. Anyhow, I need to occupy my time to keep awake all night on days off.

Megan felt ill all day, so there was no way that she’d stay up late with me. I wouldn’t want her to. She works so many hours all week driving back and forth between Chicago and Gurnee. It must be exhausting. So what else can I do in a quiet apartment all night long?

Walk to Walgreens. Mm..ice cream cone and Mtn. Dew to jump-start the late night.

Leftovers? Yes, please. Pam sent some awesome cheesy potatoes with us when we were in Wisconsin on Saturday. I loves cheesy potatoes. Make that Chessy Potatoes. Capitals and italics emphasize the importance of the meal.

Ah, but this post is in the Video Game sub category of the blog. You must have know that tech talk was coming. Read more of this post

Wrong Answer: Waiting for E-mails

Answers flooded into my pocket all day. Is this the problem with too much connectivity?

Answers arrive at my doorstep, appear in my pocket and deposit themselves at my desk in quantity every day at all hours. Never am I so keenly aware of the tone or vibrate of their arrivals as when I await one in particular and all of the others show up first.
Never was I so keenly aware – like I said, of the tones and vibrates – as on Thursday. Read more of this post

I want you, A.V. Club. I want you bad.

Alternately, you can call them The Audio-Visual Club.

Like Tina Fey says, I want to go to there.

Dear The A.V. Club,

When I saw your string of tweets on none other than Twitter, I knew that I’d find some gems. There’re always gems. It’s your job.
Ne’r did I expect this little spot of sunshine, though.

Hey, wanna work for @The_AV_Club? We have an entry-level copyeditor opening in Chicago. [link]

What is that, you say? Jobs for the masses? Count me in. I was in it like 90s me in those spectacular parachute pants. Hammer, my parents blame you for that phase. Please, contact them about Photoshopping some family pictures.

You see, I lost my job three weeks back, a job I had taken just to pay the bills after moving with my wife from Wyoming to Chicago. Six months in, I’m on my rear, out the door, and up the creek (not with my wife, just the crappy job).
This is, of course, an opportunity to get back to what I love, back on the career path I had started. Here I write in amongst the boxes of our new apartment hoping that you’ll look at the link included in my cover letter.
Maybe you’ll even remember my name. It’s not a difficult name to remember: Daniel Craig. Just so you know, that was my name way before the James Bond actor was ever famous.

Read more of this post

De-Jobbed: Settling In

With my first full day of unemployment out of the way, I was feeling a little better. Read more of this post

The trouble with car ownership

So that you don’t have to read the rest of this, the trouble is money.
The trouble is always money. Read more of this post

Technology fails me; The phone vanishes

Even in the process of writing this entry, technology fails me. Read more of this post

Gtalk convo – A strange experiment: Blogging

me: My blog (that I share with Jake but he hasn’t ever posted to) got a link from a celebrity gossip blog today.

Megan: … what?

me: http://madblogz.com/showbiz/peter-jackson-perturbs-blogger/

Megan: is it because of your name?

me: Nope.

I haven’t written out my full name on there before

Megan: lol, awesome

me: My first link! Yay.

Megan: I’m like a proud parent.

except … you know … ew

me: All I did was react to something that someone else reacted to. The web is a silly place

his is proving to be an interesting experiment. I have never been the creator in this scenario, only the consumer (Tribtown doesn’t count)

Now I find that whenever I have an opinion, I want to write it out so people can look and say, “Who cares?”

But they’ll still look.

Sent at 3:39 PM on Friday

App-lust, not phone-lust

The only time my calls drop happens 36 stories up.

For roommate Rashad, however, I can tell you that is not the case. If he even can get a call up there, it’s a miracle. I saw a tweet recently -I believe it was from Raine Wilson – that indicated that he couldn’t get cell service on his iPhone directly outside an AT&T store. UPDATE: Yes, I was right.BB fail

Service is not an issue at all for me. Megan and I both get excellent service at all times with our US Cellular accounts. What we don’t get is amazing phones. I got the best phone (barring the HD2 – I’m not jumping on the old Windows platform when they aren’t supporting it anymore), and it’s just a Blackberry Curve. I’m no business man! It’s not even a touch screen, so gaming is pretty much limited to Brick Breaker and Tetris (not that there’s anything wrong with Tetris).

In a rush of App-Lust, I purchased an 8 GB iPod Touch some months ago when my old iPod died. I got that thing second-hand in 2006. I couldn’t say what generation it was, but that generation was the first to display color. Maybe fourth? Let’s go with fourth.

The iPod Touch revolutionized my iPod experience. That was about the time I discovered podcasts (they had been available before, but I didn’t seek them out), I could watch videos on the go, and then there were the apps.

Oh, the apps.

You can do this on a phone? I thought. Oh my. Oh dear. I want.

The Blackberry does have an app store, it should be noted. It also has the highest ratio of paid to free apps of any mobile app store. Sure, try out the Facebook app (sucks), Twitter app (actually pretty good until you compare it to the Android Twitter app), and the push notifications from Gmail.

BUT! But! Let’s say I want to play a Final Fantasy game originally reworked for the PSP. What about then?

Let’s say I want to annoy everyone nearby with the simulated sounds of a vuvuzela. What could I do with a Blackberry then?!  Oh, dear sweet Lord, what am I to do then?

I can’t help it! I want everything technologically awesome, and I want it now.

Anyway, with my iPod and my BB, I can have all that crap (within a Wi-Fi area), but it takes up both pockets. Not perfect. Sad. Crying. Boo.

At least I can get phone service pretty much anywhere. That’s what a phone is for, right? I have to keep reminding myself of that.

Phone is for phoning.

To my wife about "Dance Central"

This is about a new motion-sensing controller coming out for Xbox. It’s a dancing game that teaches you to dance. The device, the Kinect, comes out in November, and it scans your entire body.

Your body becomes the controller. How strange.

I know you normally wouldn’t like gaming news in your inbox, but this is different. This is a whole different event than video gaming, right? I don’t know. Maybe not yet, but it seems like a game like this could change the industry. There’s no pad, no wand or nunchuck. It’s just you and the Xbox. The Xbox watches you, tells you what you did wrong, and says, “Do it better, and I’ll grade you with points and downloadable content,” like it’s a teacher….with downloadable content.

I hope it’s cool. I hope it does change gaming and make the world a better place where people get up off the couch and have fun with other people. When those people go home, they can pick up a wand and shoot people on TV still! That doesn’t go away because this is that versatile.

Anyway, I thought you might be interested in this game.