I did it and I didn’t think I would ever do it. I just sold my Green Lantern modded PC today to my friend Todd.
A lot of time, money and hard work was put into this amateur mod so I’m feeling a little bit of sadness now. I’m sure I will get over it.
I found there was no need to have it sitting around any longer since I had a powerful Dell XPS gaming machine sitting right next to it rarely being used. So, now that the mod is no longer in use, the Dell machine will be me my main desktop machine. It frees up the needed space and saves electricity. I’m sure I could have upgraded all the parts in the modded PC to be just as powerful as the Dell XPS, but there really is no point.
Here is an old web site I keep around showing the created process of the PC mod.
Next step, selling my 250 CD collection as it is also just sitting around collecting dust. All my music is on three different hard drives in MP3 format. I haven’t touched a single CD in my collection in over two years.
Just an update to my last post. I got word from Simon today that he wants me to play a small role in the performance. Needless to say I was totally shocked.
Of course, I am excited. I’ve never been in a play before, unless you want to count the parts I had in kindergarten. The most exciting thing about this first experience is that it will be – should I call it – an off-Broadway play right in the theatre district of Manhattan. BRILLIANT!
I need to thank Simon for having faith in me. I’ve acted before, if you call working as a gangster on the Great Movie Ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios acting. But trusting me with this task, even if it is a small part, is something powerful.
The only difficult thing about this is that I will not be up there for all of the rehearsals. I did, however, change my plane reservation so that I would be up there until the 7th instead of leaving on the 5th. Getting there on the 30th will allow me a couple of rehearsals before the play starts on the 2nd. Crunch time!
I purchased my plane ticket to New York’s LaGuardia Airport today. I plan on staying a few days with my good friend, Simon, for a play he has written, produced and directing. The name of the play is Witch Prison. It should be a pretty exciting time; but when is New York not exciting.
His play runs from July 2nd through the 6th (details in that web link above) and I will be there June 30 through July 5th. I’m actually expected to help out with the production (lighting, stage help, or whatever and whenever I am needed) while I am there, which makes the trip that much more exciting. I can’t wait.
One other really cool thing about the trip is that I will be there for Independence Day. The play has an early showing that day so that it will be done in time for the night’s fireworks that, I am sure, will be occurring all around the island that is Manhattan, where the play will be taking place.
I’m pumped! I’ll be sure to post pictures and, possibly, video when I get back from the trip.
Here is a video I created as a photo slideshow a couple of years ago. I found a pretty good site that will host it that seems to be better than You Tube. This video file I created was over 10MB, You Tube’s limitation is 10MB. I also tried Google Video since it will allow more than 10MB but the quality was atrocious. I then tried Viddler but the result was the same as Google Video. Finally, I tried Vimeo and the quality was perfect.
I just finished editing the video I made of my New York trip from a couple of weekends ago. I am such an amateur. Watching the video during the editing process almost made me sick from dizziness. I was out of control; the video was shakey and totally fast on the panning of everything I wanted to record in Manhattan. I have got to be more conscience of the recording and how it will be viewed once it is on DVD and screening on the television.
Chelby went with me this time to visit the Big Apple. Like last time, Simon was a generous host and allowed us lodging in his Brooklyn apartment. It was a total good time. Chelby had been to New York before with old friends from work (who live in New Jersey now) but only briefly and was not able to enjoy the many sites and residential experiences I had experienced so many visits before. We did a lot of shopping at vintage stores in Brooklyn and visited all the typical Manhattan stores that so many tourist experience. We tried to see Mary Poppins and The Lion King on Broadway, but we waited too late for both and was not able to get any good seats for Mary Poppins and The Lion King was sold out for many days.
After the first two days of shopping and rainy weather, our last day there was flat out perfect. Blue skies, 60 degrees and activities that did not involve shopping. We visited Central Park to check out the Central Park Zoo. Afterward, we made our way through Central Park toward The American Museum of Natural History. By evening time, we had walked a few good miles that also included the many floors of the museum. As I stated, it was a perfect day.
When the day arrived that we were flying out toward home, I was not happy. I hadn’t noticed until after we landed in Orlando that I was depressed. I honestly did not want to come back to Florida to the warm temperatures and mundane life. I did not want to leave the continuous excitement that is New York. Some day…some day I will call “the city that never sleeps” home.
I know one thing for sure, I will strive to be a better cameraman on my next visit.
Pictures from the trip
Well, I’m back from my 5 day vacation to Atlanta for our yearly visit to Dragon*Con. It’s a trip some old friends of mine have been doing for a few years now. It first started out as what we liked to label as Guys Weekend back in 1996 (I believe that was the year). It was a weekend each year that some core friends of mine, living in different states and cities, would meet in a city that no one lived at for hanging out and catching up. In 2003, when some of us got too lazy to plan, we started making the trip to Dragon*Con for our Guys Weekend trip in which, I have noticed, we no longer call Guys Weekend. But the result is somewhat the same, we all meet in Atlanta to hang out and at the same time participate in the convention.
This year will probably be my last year at the convention. Aside from having a good time hanging out with friends, the convention itself was not a pleasant experience. Here are a list of my complaints:
– I never buy my ticket in advance, I buy at the convention registration area. In past years there has never been a problem. The longest I have ever had to wait in the past was 20 minutes; this year I waited 2 hours. Pathetic!
– This years attendance had to have broken a record. It seemed to me that there were at least five thousand more people this year than last. And five thousand may be a generous number. Due to this increase in attendance may be a factor in my annoyances this year.
– The queues to some of the popular star panel sessions were some of the longest I have ever seen. Seeing these long lines were a deterrent for me. I wanted to see stars like Nichele Nichols from Star Trek: TOS, Ron Glass from Firefly and Serenity, and James Marsters and Juliet Landau from Buffy the Vampire Slayer but their lines were some of the longest and possibly a wait of at least 45 minutes, there was no way I was going to waste my time. If you know me, I am not a patient man at all.
– Most of the security personnel at the hotels were some of the most unkind and unfriendly people I have ever met. Their attitude was completely unnecessary.
– The Walk of Fame room, the room where all the stars sit for autograph sessions with their fans, was completely unorganized and chaotic. But, this seemed to be a running theme at this years convention, disorganization.
But aside from all of the convention grumbles, I had a good time hanging out with all of my friends from the entire trip.
I first traveled to Tallahassee on Thursday to stay the night with my good friend, Shag. He and I decided to car pool together so I stayed over so that we could make a early departure on Friday morning. While in town, I decided to catch up with some old high school and college friends. We met at TGI Friday’s for dinner and reflection on some good times. It was another good memory to store up in the old noggin.
The other nights in Atlanta, while at the convention, were the best times while at the convention. A group of us would make an effort each night to meet for diner and hanging out at the hotel lobby playing games.
Despite the bad experiences at the convention itself, I have no regrets on the visit itself. It was good to hang out and catch up with old friends. It’s times like this that are priceless.
I’ve noticed the past year or so the accumulation of all things zombies. I’ve always loved zombie movies since the first time I saw Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video in the early 80’s and it only intensified when Return of the Living Dead came out.
But recently, I have been sucked into the flow of the new fad and have fallen in love with a tile-based game called Zombies!!! by Twilight Creations, Inc.
The pieces of the game are a stack of tiles that, when placed, form the roads of a town with buildings and intersection entrances; a stack of event cards used to foil your opponent or give yourself a boost to gain the advantage; miniature zombies (male, female, glow-in-the-dark, & dogs) for battling; two dice for movement and battling zombies; bullet and life pieces used to kill zombies and stay alive.
The rules: Each person in their turn have to place a tile, role the dice for movement in the spaces in those tiles and as they are placed battle any zombies that get in their way. Rolling the dice for battle is as follows: 1-3 means damage to yourself in which you can use your bullet pieces (3 given at the beginning of the game with the chance during movement to obtain more) to kill the zombie or a life piece (3 given at the beginning of the game with the chance during movement to obtain more up to 5) to stay alive for another chance to kill the zombie. 4-6 on dice means the zombie is killed in the first shot. The goal of the game is to either kill 25 zombies or reach the helicopter pad tile placed randomly at the bottom of the tile pile. At any point during the game a person can die by using up all their bullets and lives and return to the beginning (town square) with half their conquered zombies taken away. However, there are certain zombie filled stores in town that have lives and bullets to acquire, as long as you kill those zombies that get in your way.
It’s a super-fun game and I have enjoyed it immensely every time I have played it. So far, I have only played the core game and the third expansion (takes place in a mall instead of town, even though you can include the town). The last time I played it was with some friends visiting from New York a few weeks back and, being a complete dork, decided to record our game session. The game can take as long an hour or longer. The game we played took close to 2 hours (if I remember correctly). The following clip takes place at the last few minutes of our game. Simon had just sent me to town square for a second time and only needed to kill three zombies, with one bullet and four lives, to get to the helicopter pad to win the game. Monica is right behind him.
Watch the 3 minute video: