General and Random Posts

Metroid Prime 3 is Awesome

I’ve been playing Metroid Prime 3 as I get a chance. Awesome game. Anyone else playing it?

“I Get Money (Forbes 1-2-3 Billion Dollar Remix)” Released; Download Here

A while back, I mentioned that a remix to 50 Cent’s “I Get Money” featuring Jay-Z and Diddy was going to be released. Well, it has been and you can download it at Forbes.com.

The Shows are Back

The TV shows that I watch are finally returning to air. Last night, I watched the first one to return – Prison Break. This Sunday, we’ve got The Simpsons and Family Guy. Next Tuesday, House. And then the Tuesday after that, I think we’re going to give a couple of new shows a try – Cavemen and Carpoolers. We’ll see how those go. And, of course, the other show I watch – 24 – will return in January. Besides these shows, I watch hardly any TV at all.

Winamp Playlist Update

I posted a Winamp playlist update to show how far I’d come in rebuilding my Winamp playlist. It was an estimate (since there were some tracks that didn’t already do that were counted in the done figure). Since then, I’ve done a bit of traveling, making the process slower, but I am now at a point where I can give an exact figures update. Here they are:

Done: 7,384 files, 924 folders, 25.7 GB.
Left: 9,101 files, 935 folders, 32.9 GB.

In other words, since June 11, I’ve added 651 tracks, 146 folders and 3.1 GB. But, looking at it strictly from a progress perspective, I have chipped away 4.6 GB in all, during that time. So, getting there…

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption for the Wii was just released. I haven’t been able to do much gaming for… well… quite a long time! But, I’m looking forward to messing around with this game. When looking for the best price this morning, I noticed that DeepDiscount.com had it for $43.99 (total – no tax or shipping cost). Seems like a great deal for a brand new game, so I wanted to pass it on.

“I Get Money” Remix to Feature Diddy and Jay-Z

Wow, this is huge. I like the track as is (video below), especially the chorus and the production, but adding Diddy and Jay to it? 50, Diddy and Jay on the same track? Crazy.

(Warning: explicit).

First Solo Drive

I drove by myself for the first time today. All went well. heh. Drove for about an hour in all. From home to Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart to Staples, Staples to home. Needed to get some printer toner on a very short notice. About an hour of driving in all. About to do solo drive number two shortly, as I need to mail something.

Phil Rizzuto Passes

Yankees legend Phil Rizzuto passed away last night. Not unexpected, but still sad. He’ll be missed.

Driving Test #2: Success

After failing the written portion of my 1st driving test on Thursday, I went back again today to give it another try.

Having already passed the visual portion, I went right into the written test. As luck would have it, I got the exact same test again. After I read the first 5 questions, I realized that Christmas had come early. They do have an assortment of tests, though, because my brother took the test again and he was given a different one than last time. There was one question in my test that I wasn’t sure if I had last time, but I think I must have, because I had the rest of the questions. So, I got a lucky draw there. But, still, I felt that should mean a perfect score, so I took my time and went through it and I did pick up a perfect score – 25 of 25.

So, I was able to take the road test today. The instructor had me turn the car on so that she could check the signals, brake lights, etc. After we did that, she got in and told me what we would be doing first. I think got out while she was talking (then I realized that that was perhaps a little rude… nice start), even though I didn’t mean to, in order to get my sunglasses out of my pocket. After asking her if they were OK and then getting them out… I forgot to put them on. lol. Anyway, I backed out and took the left as directed. I hit the curb. On my very first turn. Nice.

But, after that, it went pretty smoothly. The speed limit on the roads we drove on was 20. Move into the left turn lane, turn left again, go down a road, turn left again, do a 3 point turn, get in the center of the lane, backup, then accelerate to 15 MPH and stop right away when she tells me (as if a child has run in front of me), take a right at the stop sign, take a right back into the driver’s license office and park and that’s it. It all went pretty smoothly except for what I mentioned. No parallel parking or parking of any kind until the end. Whew! :) I nailed the parking in the driver’s license office, though. She was a laid back instructor and I asked her a question or two while I drove to clarify what I was supposed to do here or there.

During the test, she asked me if I had driven in this car very much and I said I hadn’t, basically a few hours. As she got out of the car, she asked me if I had ever had a permit before. I told her I hadn’t and explained that I hadn’t really been too interested in driving before. I run a small business out of my home, etc. So, she asked about my business and we talked about it on the walk back into the office. She didn’t tell me if I had passed or not until we got inside and I sat down. Once there, she told me that she felt I was on the gas a bit (I presume this means I don’t have a great feel for the gas pedal… which will come with time), but that she thinks I’ll do better as I practice more. So, I passed and she sent me over to get my picture taken. Awesome! :) It’s good for 8 years, as well.

Now, I just need to log more time behind the wheel to get a better feel for driving, because I still feel very inexperienced and a bit hyper behind the wheel. Hyper isn’t the right word, but… it’s like, I am deathly focused. I’ll relax as I get more experience. I’ve been added to my parents insurance (I had to be added when I took the first test) and that’s going to cost me $502.14 for 6 months (ouch), just to be added onto their plan. When I get my own car, I’ll get my own insurance. No idea what kind of car I’m going to get, though…

Thanks to Brandon, James and Brandon for the encouragement.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Finished (No Spoilers)

A couple days ago, I finished the final book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. No spoilers here right now, but it was good book and a good end to the series. With anything like this, there is definitely a bit of sadness that it’s over, but everything must eventually come to an end, I guess.

One thing that surprised me is that I didn’t finish it until August, yet I didn’t have a single detail spoiled for me. I was pretty lucky not to have anyone post spoilers on any of the sites that I run or have to visit.