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Saturday, January 10, 2004

Halo 2 gameplay? - [11:09 AM]

It's no secret my entire family is absolutely nuts about Halo. We've been traveling up to my brother's house every couple of weeks to have a massive Halo contest, last time we hooked up three boxes. It's without a doubt the best game for XBox, I.M.H.O. Why do I mention this? Well I keep thinking about Halo 2 and what to expect from it. I have copies of Brute Force, Mech Warrior, and Unreal. None of those games comes remotely close to the feel of gameplay in Halo. It's all about feel to me, that's a hard thing to explain, but it's the single most important thing to me. The controls are perfect. The movement of the player fits my expectations of how a game should feel. That brings me to my worry about Halo 2. I hope the feel of player control doesn't change. I'm one of those players that'll rarely play a game again if it doesn't feel right and it would be a crying shame if Halo 2 changes what I see as perfection.

So my plea to the Bungie guys is just this, don't mess with perfection! Leave the feel alone. Give me things like sustained damage, damaged or unusable vehicles, let me blast a hole in the wall and leave it like that, leave the bodies laying around. I know some of those are hard to do, but it's something I'd welcome.

In the end if you leave the feel of the game alone I for one will be the happiest camper in the world. If you manage to mess that up and deliver all the other things I want I'll probably go back to Halo.
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DSL rumors abound... - [10:53 AM]

Just blog baby!I've been holding my breath for a very long time, and I believe hell is just about to freeze over. I've heard rumors over the past couple of years that we're going to get broadband in our little town, only to be disappointed when I call Verizon or Comcast. A neighbor recently told me that while a Verizon phone tech was out to fix a problem with her line she asked about DSL. The techie told her we were supposed to get it in February 2004 but the company is remaining tight lipped about it in case they decide to slip the date or pull the plug all together.

The thought of entering the 20th century runs a chill down my spine. I've had a very nice Microsoft wireless base station sitting in the office collecting dust for a couple of months now. It may finally get its' chance to perform!

Work will be that much better, my wife is going to be giddy with delight once she realizes how wonderful it is to be able to take advantage of a laptop for the first time in her life, I mean the advantage of it being mobile. She'll be able to sit on the couch, or the front porch, and have an always on connection.

Next thing you know someone will invent a horseless carriage, what's the world coming to?

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Friday, January 09, 2004

Movie line of the week answer - [8:15 AM]

I got a great response this week! Thanks for playing everyone!

We have a new player join the ranks of champion. Congratulations to Mr. Charles States, Jr. Charles doesn't have a weblog, but we'll convince him he needs one.

I decided to use a line from this movie because it's become one of my daughter's favorite movies, at least for now. She received it as a Christmas present and fell in love with it.

The correct answer is...


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Thursday, January 08, 2004

New softball league? - [9:13 AM]

I've been meaning to post about a new softball league for a while now. I received an email back just before the holidays and got so busy I forgot to post it. The site isn't up and running yet but I hope we'll be able to find some interesting tournaments here in California, Nevada, or possibly Arizona, for the coming softball season!

Once I get my Softball page blogging software setup on a box somewhere (that's the only bummer about client based blogging software) I'll be sure to post a permanent link to the site, for now the one above will have to do.

Thanks for link!
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Movie line of the week - [8:52 AM]

After a holiday break Movie line of the week is back in full swing. Hopefully folks are still looking for it?

As usual I've had many "Oh, that would make a great movie line!" moments only to forget them, typical Rob. If it's not written down it falls outta my head.

Screws just fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Visio for Family Trees - [5:22 PM]

It's been a while since someone has asked something about Visio, or shown me something cool they've done with it. Jeff Wilkinson is creating Family Tree's with Visio. This is a wide open "home" type market for Visio. I actually tried to convince the powers that be we should do a Family Tree add-on for Visio but it just didn't fly.

Jeff, you should go for it! There are some standard formats you'll want to support, and I can't for the life of me remember the names of them. If anyone has a background in this type of stuff and can help Jeff you can contact him directly.
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