What a pleasant surprise after a short vacation…a buddy of mine was kind and patient enough to send me a converted bit of video from the old Dragon’s Lair game. None of the kids growing up today will probably get the same feeling as I when I saw this game in the arcade. The local arcades by me had pretty common games…Star Castle, Glaxian, etc. So when this beast showed up with frikkin’ awesome animation (granted, game interaction is not as action packed as most games)…I was floored. The sad part is, I never got to see much of this game…because it was two quarters to play, awkwardly essential timing…and no “continue”. Most kids I knew shunned it too for the expense…we weren’t loaded with allowance money. When I lamented this to an olde mate, he mentioned he not only had Daphne (the laserdisc game emulator) but also a working version of Dragon’s Lair from the original game data on his PC. He sent along the final game sequence…which I know I’d never seen. Anyway…for those that remember & would love to see it…here it is. =}
Archive for the ‘Geek Stuff’ Category
I finally got around to treating myself to the Ren & Stimpy collection set…and I love the extra features on the discs…here’s a short clip I hope inspires you to also reward your senses to the delights & sounds of some amazing artwork! x}
I’ve been a big fan of Divx over the years. But the recent update for OS X, Divx V7, was a disappointment. I at least, can’t find a way to disable the Divx logo watermark that is easily turned off in the Windows version of Divx. I’ll gladly be proven wrong…but for now I reverted back to Divx Version 6 for Mac OS X.
I’ve always been a big fan of the Alien series. I was a happy young child the Christmas I received a 12″ Alien action figure. I remember when the second movie, Aliens, came out I went to see it in the theater about a dozen times. Some of my friends at the time didn’t think it was as big of a deal as I did. It’s a damn sin Michael Biehn (Hicks) didn’t get paid well for his excellent work.
Later…in my college years, a friend hipped me to the movie Delicatessen. I was instantly hooked to Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s work in that film. It’s been my all time favorite piece of cinema since…so you can only imagine how excited I was to find out he was going to direct Alien Resurrection.
While trolling along through the second DVD of Alien Resurrection, I was stunned to find out Sigourney Weaver made that backhand basketball shot all by herself. No digital trickery, no guy off camera dropping it into the hoop. All net, all HER. I don’t know who I’d give a kidney to meet first, Sigourney Weaver, H.R. Giger, or Jean-Pierre Jeunet. x}
How I love the Republicans. If they didn’t have such ridiculous ways about them, we’d not drool at the juicy opportunity to revel in their rot.
Apparently, Sarah Palin thinks she’s really special. So special in fact, that she considers herself hallowed ground when it comes to twisted humor. Now, every politician knows that being in the limelight comes with the great risk of being ridiculed & lampooned. But, if David Letterman chose to poke fun at the idea of nymphonecropedophiles having their way with Sarah’s new grandchild, I might cut Sarah some slack for her feeling offended. With the terrible state of the country (or should I say, cuntry) at large, and so many lives being torn to shreds over the economy, you’d think she could blather about something more meaningful than being likened to a slutty flight attendant by a late night comedian. Possibly, Sarah might be just the type of person who’d defend rich kids who have no job experience getting out of college, who also get monthly allowances of $10K a month for their overpriced life in condos all over Williamsburg & Bushwick, Brooklyn. And…once you put your kids on your expense reports, you’re fair game.
I should expect nothing less from the base of folks who think Ronald Reagan was the last noble human to walk the Earth. These creatures love to work themselves into a frothy lather over the “Good Old Gipper Days.” However, when I was growing up in the 80s, those years were pockmarked with crack vials littered everywhere in the streets, gunshots in the neighborhood at night, festering open lots filled with rats, stray dogs, abandoned cars…trash…tires, and the occasional murder victim. I bet Rush Limbaugh didn’t get mugged a few times on the way to and from grammar school. It’s too bad, he might have a human character behind those evil words of his.
In other news, New Yorkers are beating their chests in protest over a saucy ad by Calvin Klein. CK is just taking notice of the successes of American Apparel. This reporter is surprised by their spicy endeavor, but I, you may note, am not complaining one bit. =}
So, as fate would have it, even the sex industry is reeling in lower abdominal discomfort. Global financial pain has made its way into the world’s oldest trade. And now, wherever this valued service is deemed legal & taxable, they’re yearning for the “glory days” of plentiful spending on the services they render. So, now they’re throwing in some extra perks to bring the clients back.
The good news is that maybe illegal human trafficking and exploitation might have some impact on their numbers…the bad news is anybody already in it will have to work even harder.
If prostitution is legal in your town…help support your local sex worker, they gotta eat too! x}
Do you think you’re too sexually focussed? Do you see genitals in everything around you? This video may be able to answer those questions. x}
With much fanfare, Sony has announced its most highly anticipated device in history.
This news release contains content which parents might not find suitable for children.
I awoke from a dream this morning…funny thing is, it was two months long. x}
No…what I’ll share with you will be a glimmering moment in DIY performance…but indeed, not a moment wasted.
It dawned on me after not so long ago landing a used 2005 Audi S4 for a decent price, that the headlights had built up a lot of condensation. This water wouldn’t dissipate over time…it seemed to get worse. Some people wouldn’t care, but this problem really irritated me.
This wasn’t my first bout with Audi’s choice in component design. When I lived in New York my 2001 S4 Avant had its lights stolen, twice (once in Manhattan, once in Brooklyn).
I’d like to thank Valeo for giving me this awesome opportunity to highlight uniqueness in their design.
I recently brought up this “water matter” to the dealership’s service guys (it was a Certified buy), their chief mechanic told me “…there’s nothin’ you can do about that” and “that’ll be gone once you have your brights on for a while”. Well, needless to say, I gathered his remarks as total B.S. and did some research. I’d found a few discussion threads regarding an o-ring upgrade to solve this ridiculous water problem.
I’m not suggesting anyone try any of this on their own. I’m only documenting something I took upon myself to do. You would be wise and are advised to trust your vehicle service needs to a trained professional mechanic…which I am not.
First step, and this was a big one…I had to prep the machine. I stopped by the pharmacy to double up on some DIY inspiration.
Then, I bought a set of long Torx wrenches, and some o-rings.
Once the battery was disconnected, I removed the top two screws and only loosened the side & rear screws (they can easily get lost).
Removing the wiring harnesses proved tricky, the plastic snaps were very stubborn (and are delicate)…pushing onto the tab eventually released the securing snap:
The location of the screws on the passenger side are similar (now having seen where they are on the driver’s side), however 2 sections of the air duct had to be removed. Also…two zip ties needed removing.
Once I had the lights out of the car (Eek! What a familiar sight!) I cleaned them off a bit & located the cover for this adjustment screw which had the “evil o-ring” in it.
Carefully the adjustment screw was removed without turning it…just straight up & out.
My foe was wedged out of his harness and replaced by a new/clean/well lubricated o-ring. Then it was on to cleaning up some of the collected dirt (an important move considering the next step).
Before putting the lights back into the car…I used a sophisticated heated-air discharging device to evaporate the excess water buildup. Another amazing sight for advanced component design. x}
Once the humidity was dissipated in both units, the closing of this edition could begin.
Weeks later…the water problem seems to have been resolved (for now). =}
Well…this is great news for people in nanotechnology…but potentially bad news for the shameless rat bastards who have been stealing copper from churches, playing fields, and homes in foreclosure just to sell it for scrap metal (these people should be flogged in public…20 lashes…ALL OF THEM). Stronger than steel (when stacked) and it conducts electricity like copper or silicon…this “buckypaper” is serious stuff.