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p0lar's public journal of random brain spillings, and chronicles of nothing.

  1. Yeah, Here Comes The Water

    So, my dumb ass sent my new smartphone through the washing machine. It worked for a day afterwards, but now it won't charge. Well, I'll stick it back in the bag of rice and hope it's just an errant water droplet, and not some catastrophic failure. Insurance will cover a new one for $40, but that's $40 I don't have at the moment. As a friend of mine put it, I got phwned.

    As for life... busting my ass doing all sorts of web development goodness, trying to get a new online store platform ...
    Life , Devblog , Mixed Bag
  2. Ees Mah Burfday

    Well, it WAS. Yesterday. And just now I learn that I share a birthday with the none other than Freddie Mercury. Rest in peace, dude.

    Birthday loot includes a free dinner at Applebee's, and a hilariously ironic shirt. Also tacos. Lots of tacos.

    Rock Band customs on hold until whenever... thinking of possibly charting the cover of the Crossfire commercial song by Steel Panther, featured in one of Freddie Wong's latest videos. Funny, I was thinking about that commercial ...
    Life , Devblog , The Good
  3. ... But He's Faster Than Me

    Gah. I got beat; someone else has already done a full band chart of Walkie Talkie Man on Rock Band.

    So much for that. I'd move onto another song but at the moment I've got something else to focus on. Lightning decided to dig up a Floodlab again, which has been 4 years in the making just due to a mix of "wouldn't it be cool if...?" and laziness (the latter mostly on my part), and he'd like to get that out the door before the school year starts.

    That and Pooky ...
    Life , Devblog , Mixed Bag
  4. He's Fat And He Don't Run Too Fast

    So Threshold charting has been more or less finished, I've just passed it off to a friend that volunteered to do stage lighting cues. In the meantime, I'm moving on to charting Walkie Talkie Man.

    Unlike with Threshold, I don't have reference videos to show me how the instruments are played, so I'm attempting to transcribe this song entirely by ear. That said, I'm not fully confident that my charts will be accurate, so I'm going to start recording my charts as I make them, and asking ...
  5. Start A Band. Rock The World. Except not really.

    The flavor of the week is Rock Band 3 content creation, the not-so-official way! A few of you may have seen my tutorial on making custom Rock Band 3 songs without JTAGging your XBox or getting an XNA subscription. The rest of you most likely didn't give a shit, so screw you hippies.

    Over the next however long I feel like doing it, I'm working on authoring charts, complete with lighting, camera, and animation data, for a variety of songs from my music library that I deem cool enough ...

    updated July 30th, 2011 at 02:58 PM

  6. Droopul

    So the new platform we'll be using at my job is Drupal. To ease some headaches in the long run, I've taken it upon myself to convert my personal site from Joomla to Drupal.

    Good god, this is complicated.

    Having used Joomla (and previously Mambo) for years, I'm used to how a base install of it comes with a lot of core functionality, and thus, a defined way of doing things. Drupal comes with not a lot... but that's not a bad thing. In fact, that's what gives it its flexibility; ...
  7. Look Out, Honey, 'Cause I'm Usin' Technology

    I don't think I've ever been this busy. And it feels good.

    Been over a month at the new job and it's pretty cool so far. Mostly been working a lot with our webserver and learning how to write UNIX shell scripts to automate stuff, and trying to figure out how to make an archaic ecommerce setup be slightly less cumbersome until we get our new platform running. It's been a pain, but it's like a big series of puzzles, and I always feel very happy when I figure something out and get it ...
    Tags: college , money , work
    Life , The Good
  8. Lacktivity, here.

    I'm starting to consider cross-posting my blog entries from my personal site/deviantart/facebook just so there's at least some activity on the blogs... maybe it'll get others to post too. I just feel sorta like an attention whore doing it since it's so silent, so that's why I haven't, I guess.
    Tags: activity , blogs , modacity
    Life , Mixed Bag
  9. Reach Weaponry

    Now that I have a hang of the game and have had an equal mix of good competitive games and bad ones, I've decided to give some insight on Reach's aresnal, as objectively as possible, and ending it with a subjective message to the whiners. :P

    First and foremost, the assault rifle. The AR in this game seems very nerfed at first, but taking a step back, it's a decent weapon. The first thing anyone needs to know about combat in reach is how the shielding system works now. Melee damage ...

    updated May 19th, 2010 at 05:12 AM (No real reason I guess?)

    Literature , Reviews
  10. Reach Gametypes

    So I got some more hands-on time with Reach and I've gotten a feel for it, slightly. Still don't know where everything is in either map, but whatever, I've got some somewhat-solid opinions on non-Slayer type games.

    First and foremost, who made the decision to put an objective gametype as the default choice in the map vote for grab bag? A vast majority of players, myself included at the start, either don't seem to know about the vote system or are preoccupied with browsing the Armory ...
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