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Monday, February 02, 2009 05:53:44 PM
Mood: Content
Reuters, Groundhog, Websites, etc...

Two of my games were mentioned in a writeup on Reuters today. The stuff about the game has some inaccuracies, but it's cool to be mentioned in the news.

Random Thought: Every kid hates writing book reports, but book critics chose to do it for a living.

In other news, the groundhog has seen his shadow, so this winter is now supposed to continue. In this day and age, you'd think someone would slip that little rat an Ativan to make him less skittish. Who isn't sick of winter by now?

Tocci Ponders: Why does one loose hair inside my undershirt itch like crazy but a hair that is still attached doesn't itch at all? (Not even the end that's not attached.)

Mii of the DayI've been focusing on websites lately. MiiCharacters.com has some new features including a "Mii of the Day" on the homepage. It changes daily (big surprise there) so there's always something new on the site. I also added an auto-complete to the search boxes which tries to guess which mii you might be searching for. The overhaul of TocciOnline also continues. I've touched up the "miscellaneous" page and named it "odds & ends". I also updated a few pages and removed some older crap. Slowly but surely it's turning into something I can be proud of once again.

A Terrible Joke by Tocci:
Q: Why do Native Americans always get seated at fancy restaurants?
A: They have reservations.

For those suffering from link withdrawal:

  • In case you missed the SuperBowl ads last night, they're pitted against each other in a tournament on MSN. For me it came down to Bridgestone "Taters" vs Doritos "Power of the Crunch", with "Taters" taking top honors.
  • LookLiker.com is a funny site. I discovered it when searching for juxtapositions of Michael Phelps and Eli Manning. Then yesterday I was thinking how much Mike Tomlin looks like Omar Epps and sure enough it was already posted there. matt hughes and guy ritchieThe only comparison that I thought of recently which didn't already exist on the site was Matt Hughes and Guy Ritchie, so here it is.
  • Neoformix is an interesting website which discovers patterns in data. I had some fun with their twitter ven app. A related site is FlowingData, which has some cool stuff as well such as The Growth of Walmart Across America. Another cool related site is breathingearth.net, which shows CO2 emissions, births, and deaths in simulated real time around the world.
  • Optical illusions - I've seen many of these before, but there are some cool new ones.

 

 

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 04:32:08 PM
Mood: Excited
Be a Hero - Double Bird Strike

When I first heard the news about Flight 1549 landing in the Hudson River, I was scared for the passengers and crew. But now that we know everyone is OK, it's really become an inspiring story of heroism to me. So I put together a little game which puts you in Captain Sully's heroic shoes. :-)

Double Bird StrikeIn "Double Bird Strike", you pilot the Airbus A320, avoiding the Candian geese for as long as possible to earn points.  Once a double bird strike occurs you'll have to make an emergency landing.  Accurately splashdown in the Hudson River to get maximum bonus points.

Friday, January 09, 2009 03:12:35 AM
Mood: Irate
cityhost.com

I had a terrible experience with my (former) web host cityhost.com today so I'd like to post a cityhost.com review. I had a good run with them over the past four years, mostly while it was under the ownership of a guy named David.  Sure, their services such as a help desk, live chat support, and live phone support all gradually disappeared, but David's personal attention made up for that. And sure, their little servers couldn't handle much bandwidth, but moving images to flickr and flash to kizash made up for that shortcoming. However, today I experienced a problem with my email accounts where my catch-all address was disabled without warning. This caused me to lose days of emails from countless contacts. (If I haven 't replied to you recently, that's why.)

Once I realized what was happening, I emailed David to get the problem fixed ASAP and he informed me that a new owner named Fran had disabled the catch-all feature without notifying me. Impatient and still losing email, I asked David if I should wait for a response from Fran or just move my email to another solution. Fran took this very personally and responded with:

I will make you a deal.

You can answer the phone at 5:00am next time the server is off line being hammered by a DDOS spam dictionary attack because someone has to have every piece of misdirected mail and I will allow your catchall's.

They are not going to be allowed and I wish you luck at your new web host.

Please let us know when you are done with the web content.

I was only going to move my mail to a new solution, not my web hosting account, but after this extremely unprofessional correspondence I told her that I would be closing my account that night. She wasted absolutely no time in locking me out of my account, isolating me from all of my data and stats. (Luckily I had backups.)  I guess she got the last laugh... except if this blog entry makes it to the first page of google results when someone searches for cityhost web hosting reviews. :-) Oh, and judging by her email address Fran also runs ladylinux.com, which apparently owns netmondo.com, so be warned for all three hosts.

Anyway as you can see it didn't take long to get up and running again. Tocci is back in business.

Thursday, January 08, 2009 11:04:56 PM
Mood: Aggravated
Feline Puke Fest 09

Leia x-ray frontLeia x-ray sideThis is the inside of my cat Leia. Last Saturday night she had an all-night vomit party and was straining to poo.  Nothing could go in or out and she was hunched over, obviously uncomfortable. At 6AM we took her to the emergency veterinary hospital where they poked, prodded, reemed, and flushed her.  $500 later, they still couldn't find what was wrong with her, but during the enema they gave her a few balls of poo came out which apparently made her a lot more comfortable. I put a cap on the vet bill by taking her home with plans to monitor her and bring her to our regular vet on Monday should her symptoms persist. Long story short, she was better by Monday. Apparently she was having some trouble passing a hairball or something. In the end, I got no sleep, had to cancel our Sunday plans, and had to part with $500... but at least the cat is healthy again. And hey, check out these snazzy x-rays!

Thursday, January 01, 2009 07:42:17 PM
Mood: Content
Happy New Year

Another year bites the dust. I don't feel like I accomplished enough in 2008, so I'm calling a do-over. With the economy the way it is, we all should be recycling our old years instead of springing for a brand new one anyway.

triforceball_tnIncidentally, I noticed something peculiar about the famous New Year's Eve Ball in Times Square. Apparently this is not the first year it's been like this, but I knows me a triforce when I sees one. This means that at some point, a young adventurer from Hyrule may come to claim it and restore balance to the universe. Maybe that's how the recession will end.

OK, enough. This blog entry is getting ridiculous, even by my standards.

In other news, Bush's Shoe Dodge has well over a million plays already, despite being just another game that parodies the famous shoe throwing incident. There have got to be at least a dozen out there.

bigbangtheory_tnMiiCharacters.com has been getting a lot of attention recently, presumably because lots of people got a Wii from Santa this year. Jenny and I were inspired to create the cast of The Big Bang Theory, and we're pretty happy with the way they turned out.

And now just a few links to kick off 2009: (I'm pacing myself.)

  • Photo Funia - This site is a lot of fun. Upload a photo of yourself (or someone else) and select the type of photo you want from the large list of options. You end up with something like this.
  • Dear God letters - These are supposedly letters from children to God. Funny stuff.
  • HD Wallpapers - If you've got a widescreen monitor, here are some decent background options.