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Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
9:23 pm - Florida's so weird.


I've been awake for close to two hours already, and in line for just about an hour. There are four people in front of me also waiting for the T-Mobile G1, but no one has sit down behind me during all this time. Strangely, it's getting much colder as the time wears on. I'm very much awake, oddly, but the others around me are losing the fight to stay awake. Except for the old man seated at the front, pleasantly reading the morning news. The caravan of school buses just arrived at McDonalds for their break.

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Sunday, November 7th, 2010
2:54 am - The audience for webcams?

Originally published at The VidZone Network Blog. Please leave any comments there.

With the exception of that time in college I hooked up my PS2 EyeToy to my PC (just because I heard you could), I haven’t ever really paid mind to using a webcam. For the most part, IMs got the job done, and if I wanted to talk to someone, I had a phone in my dorm room or I could eat up some minutes on my cell phone. If I wanted to see someone face to face, it was a matter of minutes to go to each other’s dorm or to meet somewhere else on campus. The device just never fit in to my lifestyle, even as gadget-filled as it was.

Today I went with my folks to ye olde electronicks shoppe and picked up a pair of webcams so I could still see my parents while they travelled. After installing communication software and making a Skype account, my dad finally joined some of our other relatives in the video-chatting age and even beat me to webcam usership. I thought it amusing that my parents would have a webcam before I did, and then I remembered that my netbook had a built-in webcam. Of course I forgot about it; I never used it.

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Sunday, October 17th, 2010
2:04 am - Favorite Video Gaming Moments (1st Edition)

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I really do enjoy writing, whether or not anyone ultimately reads the result. You should see my backlog of posts that I’ve started but haven’t yet finished because of my inability to stop rambling on Tim-Rogers-style.

Thank goodness for 1up’s article about their writers’ favorite gaming moments; it serves as a good bite-sized writing prompt.

Let’s get on with it, then…

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Thursday, October 14th, 2010
12:37 am - Me, My Car, and LA

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Last week I went with some buddies to attend a friend’s wedding. We were flying in and out of LAX, the wedding was in Santa Ana, and there was a party downtown. We needed to rent a car.

Early in my undergrad, I’d joined a group of students on a trip to LA to see Bob Barker on The Price is Right before he retired. We rented cars and after witnessing the chaos and havoc of the LA freeway, I swore I never wanted to drive there.

But…for this trip last week, I’d volunteered to drive anyway. No one else actually enjoyed the act of driving as I do, so I seemed like the only real candidate.

This experience left me with a few thoughts:

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Thursday, August 19th, 2010
2:32 pm - My Gaming “Blind-Spots”

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I find it amusing they used what appears to be a Countach for the car. [Image credit]

I took the opportunity during my drive back to Orlando to catch up on some podcasts. One of which was the Kotaku podcast regarding “gaming blind spots”–games or genres that one just hasn’t experienced, unintentionally or otherwise. I figured I may as well air out my blind spots, but first some background…

I first started playing video games in the arcades around the turn of the decade between the ’80s and ’90s. Then one day my dad brought home an NES and I was a Nintendo gamer (owning all their systems) up until the Dance Dance Revolution revolution where I was gifted a PSone for Christmas. I was surprisingly spoiled and was bought many games and also rented games regularly. Some of my friends had Genesis, so I wasn’t completely shut-out from its offerings, but all other consoles prior I haven’t had much exposure to.

Starting in the PS2-era, I was able to buy my own things. If you know me personally, you know I have a massive collection of video games. If I had to bet, my collection from this period onward (across all platforms) consists of about 1000 games, give or take. Have I played them all? Heck, no! I have an awareness of why I bought these games in the first place, though, but that doesn’t mean I’m thoroughly familiar with them.  That’s why my “blind spot” list will likely include games I actually already own.

Now, let’s get started.

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Thursday, July 15th, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging

  • 12:41 I'm at New Hong Kong (380 S StateRd 434, Altamonte Springs). 4sq.com/9iRoPE #

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging
  • 00:10 Suffocating humidity + stinky reclaimed water sprinklers = the opposite of pleasant. #
  • 00:10 Frightening fact: I'm such a regular at Best Buy, workers can recognize me outside of the store. #
  • 13:25 Crap, we're stuck in Chipotle, in the rain. (@ Chipotle Mexican Grill w/ 2 others) 4sq.com/8gjtSh #
  • 22:21 Fantastic batch of behind-the-scenes office/factory photos of Nintendo from 1989. bit.ly/90smxi #
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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging
  • 00:08 Dear stinky sprinklers: Just shut off already so I can get out of my car and into the house... #
  • 00:56 Ever wonder where all those Tetris pieces come from? Murder, according to this shirt. bit.ly/aRcBRv #
  • 01:55 Gonna have to try this when I get time. Google released a drag & drop Android app creation suite for non-coders. bit.ly/9i8eVP #
  • 12:49 Picked up DQ IX. (@ Best Buy) 4sq.com/9J3UpZ #
  • 12:57 I'm at Popeyes (460 W State Road 436, Altamonte Springs). 4sq.com/90wPzd #
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Monday, July 12th, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging
  • 12:45 Where'd all the chocolate milk go? And detergent for black clothes? That's racist... (@ Walmart Supercenter) 4sq.com/8nY1pN #
  • 18:34 The new Leader-class Starscream is a spectacular figure! I don't blame Takara for wanting to add it to the Masterpiece line. #
  • 18:36 On the other hand, it took 1hr to free Optimus from his twist tie prison & then more hours & reading instructions to get him into a cab. #
  • 18:37 We're in awe of the engineering of these figures and refuse to believe the Ages 5+ rating on the box. Maybe Ages 5+ plus dad... #
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Sunday, July 11th, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging
  • 01:35 Re-upped Flickr account. Last set uploaded was from exactly one year ago. Hmm...uploading's gonna take a while... #
  • 11:26 Yay, something's still open at this hour! (@ Chick-fil-A) 4sq.com/6W9nen #
  • 11:34 No Arcee, no Drift... (@ Toys 'R' Us Altamonte Springs) 4sq.com/93wBUq #
  • 13:30 I'm at Publix (851 S State Road 434, Altamonte Springs). 4sq.com/4w5PHj #
  • 18:15 Hooooollllllyyyyy Shiiiiiiiitttt. Look at these two Death-Race'd NASCAR cars from Transformers 3. bit.ly/cg2cJw bit.ly/8XvC2a #
  • 19:39 Where'd all the chocolate milk go? And detergent for black clothes? That's racist... (@ Walmart Supercenter) 4sq.com/8nY1pN #
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Saturday, July 10th, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging

  • 21:27 Yay, something's still open at this hour! (@ Chick-fil-A) 4sq.com/6W9nen #

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Friday, July 9th, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging
  • 13:16 I'm at Jimmy Johns (Longwood). 4sq.com/bBAZS9 #
  • 15:58 This bag contained only 5 minis. twitpic.com/23tscq Less than the equivalent of 2 regular cookies! twitpic.com/23tru6 #
  • 19:39 Ohh, eating all that BBQ was a terrible idea. A terrible, terrible, delicious idea... #MoreSecondsThanMyFirstPlate #
  • 23:51 Sweet tea + pink lemonade = not-quite-pink Arnold Palmer... Tasty, nonetheless. twitpic.com/23xp52 #
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Thursday, July 8th, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging

  • 00:25 Bigfoot (the monster truck) is now a Chevy instead of a Ford?! 2012 is real! We're all going to die! bit.ly/ab3TDd #

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging
  • 00:23 @sledgehammer70 Congrats on landing another gig! #
  • 12:53 I'm at New Hong Kong (380 S StateRd 434, Altamonte Springs). 4sq.com/9iRoPE #
  • 19:04 Salad for dinner? No, thank you. I'm going across the street... (@ Chick-fil-A) 4sq.com/6W9nen #
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Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging
  • 12:26 I'm at Popeyes (460 W State Road 436, Altamonte Springs). 4sq.com/90wPzd #
  • 13:00 I'm at Popeyes (460 W State Road 436, Altamonte Springs). 4sq.com/90wPzd #
  • 13:00 I'm at Best Buy (515 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs). 4sq.com/5gZqz0 #
  • 14:14 Article on that crazy Taiwanese news CG animation studio. They crank it out almost on-the-fly like South Park! bit.ly/blznwI #
  • 19:21 Cow-hat, bitches! twitpic.com/231m23 (@ Chick-fil-A) 4sq.com/6W9nen #
  • 19:31 If you go to Chick-Fil-A in a two-man cow suit, does that mean each of you only gets half the combo meal? #
  • 19:32 First thought: Adorable. Second thought: I don't think I approve. Scuba-dog: bit.ly/b7jZei #
  • 23:53 Kylie Minogue just can't get respect in the US, can she? Only 1 copy of new album at Best Buy. No, didn't buy it...wasn't the deluxe ed. #
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Monday, July 5th, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging
  • 10:33 Janelle Monae's "ArchAndroid" is a star-making, genre-defying journey thru many styles. The album's so much more than what you've seen/heard #
  • 11:58 Video: Andreas Kraniotakes's photo-shoot for EA Sports MMA. Seems to be an audio problem; would've liked to hear them. bit.ly/9pAO9D #
  • 13:56 I had a bicentennial quarter in my pocket. Today I spent it on an Orange Fanta. Ahh-merica... #
  • 16:57 "Barbara" first impression: Probably first disappointing album I've heard from We Are Scientists. #
  • 21:31 The Cribs' "Ignore the Ignorant": Have the brothers matured into making a gentler, subtler wall of noise? Madness!! I approve. #
  • 21:39 @randychase75 KungFu action: Ninja Assassin, Chocolate. Tense drama: Brothers, Better Luck Tomorrow. Val Kilmer: Spartan. #
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Sunday, July 4th, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging
  • 13:16 Oh, yes. (@ Texas de Brazil Churrascaria) 4sq.com/4rMnLj #
  • 13:17 I'm at Romano's Macaroni Grill (12148 Apopka Vineland Road, Lake Buena Vista). 4sq.com/9lYpF4 #
  • 15:10 I'm at World Of Disney (1780 Buena Vista Dr, Downtown Disney Marketplace, Lake Buena Vista). 4sq.com/5b3q7n #
  • 15:18 Yay, free samples. (@ Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop) 4sq.com/9uCO7h #
  • 16:39 Seeing Toy Story 3(D) w/ the 'rents. (@ AMC Pleasure Island 24 @ Downtown Disney West Side w/ 11 others) 4sq.com/6TPskG #
  • 19:48 I'm at Buffalo Wild Wings (12511 SR 535, Orlando). 4sq.com/cN6Un3 #
  • 22:16 The whole trip back home from Disney, fireworks were going off left & right. On I-4 downtown, it was like driving in real-life Ridge Racer! #
  • 22:17 So many cars parked on side of highway. First thought was major accident, but they were for miles on both sides. Can't be normal/safe... #
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Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging
  • 00:22 The awesome thing about SYTYCD is that, to the casual observer, at worst, the performances are "merely" "great." No bad dancers allowed. #
  • 12:50 Twilight Zone on Blu-Ray w/ new masters direct from film/magnetic reel?! Giddy. amzn.to/cnr4gv #
  • 15:09 Struck out on new Transformers but got German-made yo-yo. twitpic.com/224vrj (@ Toys "R" Us) 4sq.com/cQGw5Z #
  • 16:33 Is yo-yoing coming back in vogue with the kids? There was a big ol' endcap at the front of the store dedicated to them. #
  • 18:00 Oh, yes. (@ Texas de Brazil Churrascaria) 4sq.com/4rMnLj #
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Friday, July 2nd, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging
  • 02:03 I swear, if the in-app experience weren't so good, the bullshit other factors in using/managing an iPad wouldn't be worth the trouble. #
  • 02:04 TF War for Cybertron figures continue to evolve the artform. How do kids figure these out? Why aren't these engineers working for DARPA? #
  • 02:49 Strictly re:graphic design, EGM is an embarrasing overdesigned fanzine and GamePro is a professional class-act. Total flip-flop of years ago #
  • 12:27 4Rivers as a fund-raising incentive? Yum. Still had to wait in line, of course, though it was in the office lobby. #
  • 20:06 I think my fortune cookies are talking to each other about what to say to me... twitpic.com/21vywf #
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Thursday, July 1st, 2010
11:55 pm - Carl's Daily Micro-Blogging
  • 12:34 Chatted w/ a young aspiring game dev student. (@ Sam Sneads Tavern) 4sq.com/92GoTY #
  • 12:37 Got WFC Transformers but no Leader Starscream or Arcee. Pegs overstuffed w/ Ratchet, tho. Grr. (@ Toys 'R' Us Altamonte Springs) #
  • 12:44 Finally remembered to get the chili. (@ Jason's Deli Altamonte Springs) 4sq.com/66UJvt #
  • 15:28 When I say "Facebook movie" do you think "meh?" What if I said written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by David Fincher? bit.ly/9GLC23 #
  • 17:28 Throwdown-brand cage/bed. Maybe we should buy a couple of these for the team. bit.ly/clbWwy #
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