Thursday, March 17, 2011

Virtual Jack!

This is the very first thing I've ever done with Flash and I taught myself how to do it, so yeah, it looks a little screwy.
But here is my Virtual/Pocket Jack Armstrong Soundboard.
Jack is one of the hosts of a regional California AM morning talk show that I like to listen to called Armstrong and Getty.
Gonna make one for Joe eventually, he also says wacky stuff.
It's a realy good show if you like talk radio, so check it out!
Enjoy!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

CONAN

I've always been a big fan of the original Robert E. Howard/L.Sprague De Camp/Lin Carter CONAN books.
I've had books 2-12 for years and could never find the first one, titled simply, CONAN. Well, I found it today for $3.60 at a used bookstore and I'm pretty excited to read it finally. I was so happy after I read the introduction, that I felt I should post some of it.
Here Robert E. Howard describes where CONAN came from :)

"While I don't go so far as to believe that stories are inspired by actually existing spirits or powers (though I am rather opposed to flatly denying anything) I have sometimes wondered if it were possible that unrecognized forces of the past or present - or even the future - work through the thought and actions of living men. This occurred to me when I was writing the first stories of the Conan series especially. I know that for months I had been absolutely barren of ideas, completely unable to work up anything sellable. Then the man Conan seemed suddenly to grow up in my mind without much labor on my part and immediately a stream of stories flowed off my pen - or rather off my type-writer - almost without effort on my part.

I did not seem to be creating, but rather relating events that had occurred. Episode crowded on episode so fast that I could scarcely keep up with them. For weeks I did nothing but write of the adventures of Conan. The character took complete possession of my mind and crowded out everything else in the way of story-writing. When I deliberately tried to write something else, I couldn't do it. I do not attempt to explain this by esoteric or occult means, but the facts remain. I still write of Conan more powerfully and with more understanding than any of my other characters.

But the time will probably come when I suddenly find myself unable to write convincingly of him at all. This has happened in the past with nearly all my rather numerous characters; suddenly I find myself out of contact with the conception, as if the man himself had been standing at my shoulder directing my efforts, and had suddenly turned and gone away, leaving me to search for another character."

"It may sound fantastic to link the term realism with Conan; but as a matter of fact - his supernatural adventures aside - he is the most realistic character I have ever evolved. He is simply a combination of a number of men I have known, and I think that's why he seemed to step full-grown into my consciousness when I wrote the first yarn of the series. Some mechanism in my sub-consciousness took the dominant characteristics of various prize-fighters, gunmen, bootleggers, oil field bullies, gamblers, and honest workmen I had come in contact with, and combining them all, produced the amalgamation I call Conan the Cimmerian."

I can fully believe that Howard was somehow Channeling CONAN, as Robert E. Howard was somewhat of a maniac himself.


Everyone remembers the CONAN movies with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and while they are pretty much the awesomest movies ever....

The books are even more epic if that's even possible.
I used to read them while listening to the soundtrack to CONAN the Destroyer for added effect.

If you enjoy fantasy books at all, you should definitely consider reading the first CONAN stories. CONAN is the ultimate tough guy, drinking, gambling, whoring, taking over pirate ships, climbing walls smooth as glass, and cleaving people in two is just everyday life for him.

Here's a list of the original books. (In order)

Conan *
Conan of Cimmeria *
Conan the Freebooter *
Conan the Adventurer *
Conan the Buccaneer
Conan the Warrior *
Conan the Usurper
Conan the Conqueror
Conan the Avenger*
Conan of Aquilonia
Conan of the Isles.

*In the chronological order section of the book I got today, these titles had a checkmark next to them in pencil :)

I'd stay away from anything not on this list at first, as these first books are all an actual chronological history of CONAN starting with him as a young lad and ending with him having conquered all of Hyboria and ruling over it as King, and an old man.
Any other books are likely to be "tales" of CONAN, and not canon.

You'll know the original's when you see them, as they all have amazing Frank Frazetta cover art.
The first one has a picture of CONAN fighting what appears to be some kind of ape on the cover hahaha.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

O'Reilly Contest

You don't need to read this. I'm just posting this here to enter the O'Reilly Media New Year Contest. (it ends today)

Here is my O'Reilly Wishlist :)

total $490

Inside Cyber Warfare $40
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596802158/

Hacking: The next Generation $40
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596154578/

Security Monitoring $45
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596518165/

HTML & CSS: The Good Parts $35
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596157609/

CSS Cookbook, Third Edition $50
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596155933/

SEO Warrior $45
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596801328/index.html

Mind Performance Hacks $25
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596101534/

Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript $30
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596805784/

Programming C# 4.0 $55
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596159832/

97 Things Every Programmer Should Know $30
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596809485/

Learning Python, Fourth Edition $55
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596158064/

Learning Perl, Fifth Edition $40
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596520106/

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Paul is Dead and other Mysteries

This is something I wrote in 2006 pretty much as a joke. I'm reposting it here because no one will ever ever ever see it on myspace where it was originally posted and I thought it was funny enough to be exhumed.



I'm sorry that I doubted you I was so unfair...

In the song "Come Together" you hear Billy say,
"Got to be good looking 'cause he's so hard to see".
Maybe this means Billy looks so much like Paul
that it's hard to notice the difference.

In Paul's latest album, "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard".
There is a whole song, called "Friends to Go", that is about Paul's death!
It begins (and this is just the first four lines):
"I've been waiting on the other side, /
For your friends to leave so I don't have to hide,/
I'd prefer they didn't know,/
So I've been waiting on the other side, for your friends to go."
I think Paul was trying to make it sound like
he's Billy (down here) talking to Paul (in heaven),
telling him he wants his friends (everyone who knew Paul)
to die first so he can come out and be Billy again.

The first Beatles single released
after the Sergent Pepper album was Baby Your a Rich Man.
It began with a rambling noise from an English horn.
What instrument does Paul hold on the Sergent Pepper cover?
An English horn!
The lyrics also go:
"How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people,
now that you know who you are?"
An allusion to a fake?

On the cover of the Sgt. Peppers album,
"Beatles" is spelled out in flowers on (what looks like) a grave.
"The Beatles" are dead because Paul is dead.
There can no longer be "The Beatles" without Paul,
which could explain the change of name to just "Beatles".

"Come together right now over me"
Paul is calling the other beatles to come together over him.
As he is buried they would stand over him if they went to visit him.

In the song Lady Madona Paul sings:
"the wednesday morning papers didnt come".
They say on the day Paul died the newspaper read PAUL IS DEAD,
but the Beatles stopped it from going out, which would mean that
the wednesday morning papers really DIDN'T come.......

On Abbey Road, the song "You Never Give Me Your Money",
there's a section that begins "One Sweet dream..."
That whole section could mean:
One sweet dream (William Campbell's dream of being a Beatle)
Pick up the bags, get in the limousine
(The others telling him to get his stuff and come with them)
Soon we'll be away from here, step on the gas and wipe that tear away
(They have their replacement, now they can leave, but they have to
"Wipe that tear away" to cover it up, so nothing can look wrong)
One sweet dream came true today (Billy's dream just came true)
(Then it leads into) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, All good children
(to represent Paul?) go to heaven.

In the late '60's, Paul McCartney won a paternity suit
concerning a baby born in the early '60's.
Well.....the truth could be that it WAS Paul's baby,
but because the blood tests were taken after Paul's death
it was already Billy Campbell!

The evidence in the song "The fool on the hill", are immense,
almost everyline screams "Paul is dead".
It is as if the group wants the fact to be known to all.
Analysing the first verse we find:
"Day after day, alone on the hill, (clearly Paul is buried on a hill)
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
(a dead-man is quite still)
But nobody wants to know him,
(the others don't want to follow him just yet)
They can see that he's just a fool (the accident was Paul's fault)
And he never gives an answer..." (due to his deadness)
Well on his way, his head in a cloud, (Paul is on his way to heaven).
The man of a thousand voices, talking perfectly loud
But nobody ever hears him, or the sound he appears to make
(Even though he screams nobody can hear him
because he's on another level)
And he never seems to notice...And nobody seems to like him,
(probably a hint of the bands attitude to Paul's replacement)
They can tell what he wants to do (info about the puppet the new Paul is)
And he never shows his feelings,
(the new Paul, can't tell the truth, but have to stick with acting Paul).
How clear can it be without putting an death notice in a newspaper?

The lyrics to 'Carry That Weight' could be the 'new Paul' admitting to
the burden of having to live the rest of his life as the 'old Paul'.

In the song, Blackbird, Billy Campbell, aka Paul McCartney,
sings a mournful phrase about a blackbird
(a well know symbol of death - see Edgar Allen Poe)
learning to sing, and learning to "fly" in the "dead of night."
This obviously is a confessional song where Billy Campbell
is attempting to convey the emotions he probably felt
when he was trying to emulate Paul's voice, demeanor,
personality, and humanity in the midst of the tragedy of
Pauls' deeply distressing death.
Billy Campbell is in fact the "Blackbird,"
who must "Take these broken wings and learn to fly."
Furthermore, Bill Campbell also reveals his contradictory
emotions about being "chosen," because even if it was to some,
a dream come true to be one of the Beatles,
he is not sure if this was such a great way of becoming one -
he sings, "All your life, You were only waiting for this moment to arise."
It's almost as if he is trying to console himself and his conscience
about assuming this role and in effect, committing the greatest sin
by disrespecting Paul's memory and literally pulling the wool
over the eyes of Paul's hundreds of millions of fans around the world.

(All of the above was taken was taken from http://www.paul-is-dead.com)

BEATLE MAGIC:
The magic of the Beatles is you can take their songs and interperet them to mean almost anything.
Just look at Charlie Manson.

Anyways, If you read this far you must like the Beatles!
One beatles theory I heard once and haven't been able to find any info on is the Magical Mystery tour phone number theory.
Supposedly If you take the cover for the Magical Mystery Tour album and turn it upside down, the word "BEATLES" spells out a phone number
looks to me like 537-1439.

You had to call a Liverpool area code first.
It was said the first 28 callers dissappeared* and were never heard from again!
They went on the Magical Mystery Tour!

Some clues..
Roll up!
Roll up for the Mystery tour!
(Telephones of the time were rotary..If you don't know what that means..uh, sorry I don't think I can describe it. lol)

The story goes..You're gonna laugh at this one...
The Beatles were contacted by aliens, as the best the human race had to offer as the aliens were music lovers, and invited onto their ship to take a tour of the stars...They were told they could bring some people with them.
They hid the clues..and the people who called were taken with the Beatles.
Simmulacrums* were left in place of the real beatles.

Using advanced alien technology, the Beatles were cloned, and replaced.
The dopplegangers were cloned so perfectly that they had all the memories of the originals, in effect they didn't have any idea they were clones.

The guy I heard this from went on and on about how the Beatles music after this was somehow sent to them from the real beatles to inspire human evolution or something.

I guess it didn't work.


Anyways, here is the picture..

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Timing and Precognition in Dreams?

I want to know if anyone else has ever experienced this. This has been happening to me for my whole life.
This is last night's example. In my dream I'm riding in a car with two friends, Friend A and Friend B. Friend A is driving, Friend B is riding in the middle, and I have the window seat. We went and got a bottle of whiskey earlier and we are driving home to drink it. Friend B says "Hey we should get some Coke for chasers, let's go to the store first." We pull into the grocery store parking lot...roll up to our parking space. Friend A and Friend B are like dating or whatever so Friend A turns and gives Friend B a kiss on the cheek.

Friend A opens his car door to get out, but he leaves the keys in the ignition...I hear the beep beep beep of the key in the ignition alert. I hear it right when he opens his car door. Not before, not a little bit after, but right when it should happen.

This beeping noise is actually my cell phones alarm going off in the physical world.
It's not like it's been going off and it just started to register in my dream either, I hear the very first beep at the exact time when it would make sense in my dream. I know this because it beeps with kind of a rhythm, beep, beep, beep, (pause), beep, beep, beep, and I count the beeps in my head when I hear it.

So what exactly is going on there? How is there this elaborate setup in my dream that culminates in a sound being incorporated into my dream at the exact time that it would make sense?

I've heard my alarm be other things too, off the top of my head I can remember it being an air raid siren that started going off after bombs started hitting our base.
There are others, but I can't think of any examples right now.

Does this happen to anyone else?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Coppers Are Out in Force (Today)!

So I just got done with my first week of school. I live right down the street from the college. It's a quiet neighborhood usually, but when school starts there is a lot of traffic and a lot of kids....and with a lot of kids comes cops. Lot's of them.
It's a short walk to the campus from home, I usually leave early and hang out outside for a bit. Everyday this week before and after class I must have seen at least 10 cops within as many minutes.
Cops in cruisers pulling people over, cops in cruisers giving mass parking tickets, cops on fancy new motorcycles hiding behind parked cars with radar guns, cops on motorcycles cruising through the big parking lots to give out tickets.
Why are there so many cops crowded around an area populated by nothing other than students? It's not like there is some big pickpocket ring operating in the area. If you go the Airport district, where ACTUAL crime takes place everyday, you'll hardly see any police. People get shot to death almost every week in airport and there are armed robberies there about once every 1-2 months. The airport district is overrun with drugs and gangs. But the police for some reason feel a need to have some overpowering presence at a place of learning.

It just proves my point that the police are nothing more than opportunistic predators, preying on the public.
I would have took a bunch of pictures but I was more worried about getting to class, you'll just have to take my word for it.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Insert Coins.

I just wanted to let everyone who reads this blog know that I have created a new blog. I originally made the new blog to document the building of my first MAME cabinet, but like all the great ideas I have it's suffering from a lack of funding.
I realize now that INSERT COINS is a pretty generic name for a blog about video games, but I guess I'm just not that imaginative. I'd like everyone who follows this blog to go ahead and subscribe to insert coins, 
if you want, it's basically the same stuff, but I really like the look of the blog better, I worked hard on the layout and it just seems more fun to me.
And when I finally start building my MAME cabinet you'll get to hear all about it.
So hopefully I'll see you there.
http://insertc0ins.blogspot.com/