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Archive for October, 2007

Will I ever be free?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Today at work:

Employee #1: Alex, where’s your costume?

Me: I wasn’t sure if you were going to allow costumes, so I played it safe. I’m Doctor Orpheus tonight though, and probably La Parka for a post halloween party tomorrow.

Employee #1: Who?

Employee #2: We should get you a cape. You could totally be a Dracula. Doesn’t he look like a Dracula?

…….

Oh my stars and garders.

Rise From Your Grave!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

As it’s Halloween, I’ve got a few blasts from our collective past for you.

NYOGTHA: SPECIAL HALLOWEEN EDITION And Inside Pulse’s hit count for the day just doubled. :-P It was a lot of fun to put this together. 3 articles, 1 recipe, and 15 pages of everyone’s favorite column on monster anthropology and folklore. Topics include: Dracula, King Tut, and the Amityville House.

I’ve also gone back to ye olde OkCupid to find the wacky tests I made 2-3 years ago.

The Survive a Night in a Haunted House Quiz

What Kind of Hideous Monster Are You? Quiz

The Spooky Vacation Destination Quiz

Man, did I have a lot of time of my hands at UMP or what?

Happy Halloween Everyone

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Last night was a pretty good night. I got chatted up by a cute Indian chick, rocked out to Guitar Hero III with Vlad, and we had our best song/score yet in the history of playing with Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out.”

I also got a free duck last night thanks to my eye of the Jew. Since duck was on sale as Haris Teeter for $1.99 a pound I decided to buy two. When they were rung up, it came out at 2.29 per lb. I pointed this out, and for catching the error, I got one of the ducks for free and the other at the right price. GO TEAM FREE MEAT!

I have a nice little Halloween present for long time readers and fans coming on IP, so keep your eyes peeled for that. I’ll post a link here later today when it’s up.

Tonight is Deep Six’s Monster Bash. Terrorfakt, The Last Dance, Dismantled, and Blindtilnow. It’s going until 3am. I’m still undecided if I’m going to go. I’m generally not a live music person unless I know someone in the band and/or get free tickets. I suppose if Phil or Lori go, I’ll go too.

Tomorrow is Spooky, but as November 1st offically kicks off the review month from hell for me as I think I’m getting at least half a dozen games to review (You think this wouldn’t be a complaint, but in fact, it is), my social life is in the shitter for a month. Still, we all knew this was coming, and I’ve prepared for it.

Sadly, there is one huge black mark on this Halloween. Rest In Peace Roubert Goulet. We loved you in Beetlejuice.

Weird, morbidly amusing, but utterly interesting

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Wayward Home for Elderly Prostitutes.

I want to make some sort of commentary that a house full of hookers is a bordello, but I won’t.

A True Halloween Horror

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

The N-Gage has risen from the grave!

Why Nokia? Why would you try this AGAIN?

Tuesday

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Today is so much better than the last half of Sunday/First half of Monday. Free! FREE I TELL YOU!

Last night was actually pretty boring. I worked out for a couple of hours, downloaded some music and played with animals. Baby is still getting into the fireplace though. How a five pound fluff ball can pick up a 20-25 lb. grate is beyond me. She’s got ant strength.

Vlad kept showing me horrible things from the Portal of Evil. It’s funny when I think about it how I barely use the net anymore. I leave my IM up almost 24 hours a day like an answering machine, but I don’t really surf the web at all. I have maybe half a dozen pages I visit and that’s it. Compare that to ten-11 years ago when the net really first exploded and everyone was online looking up the stupidest things possible just to see if a website for it existed or not. I think i just got bored with it.

It really doesn’t feel like Halloween is tomorrow, does it?

Because this makes me laugh really hard for some dumb reason and I need that today

Monday, October 29th, 2007

YOUR SHIT!

Edit: It looks a little cramped here. Click through to the full sized pic.

So this is going to be a long and crappy week

Monday, October 29th, 2007

This weekend started off pretty well, but little did I know that the wang injury would be an omen of things to come.

Yesterday I slept in until 10 and then ran some errands and worked out. Then Vlad and I went to see 30 Days of Night, which much like the entire day started out well but ended poorly and left me annoyed. Below the cut is the level of totally batshit insane girl drama you sick bastards love to hear from me. Sadly this time, it’s not funny crazy. It’s Old Yeller style sad crazy.

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This Weekend Totally Kicked Ass

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Friday was memorable more than fun. I had to deal with a degree a girl drama in which I decided it just wasn’t worht the headache, stress or annoyance any longer and my friends were 100% in agreement.

Submerge was a bit slow, if only because of the terrible weather and the fact there were 5-6 other events going on that night. The biggest memory of Submerge is I totally beans and franks my wang. I can’t begin to tell you how much that hurt. It was a unisex bathroom in the club to so trying to wrench the head of your genitalia from a zipper malfunction without screaming. Wow. Just wow. I ended up losins a layer of skin about the size of my pinky nail. From the most sesistive part of my body. I only told Heather and Vlad while at the club and I hid it pretty well. So if you were there and wondering why I was quiet or kind of cold/not paying attention to anything/onem that my friends is your answer. It’s doing well 36 hours later though. Still…holy fucking ow.

Saturday I spent about 2-3 hours talking with Erin. It’s always nice to jabber with her and she’s an awesome person who deserves nothing but awesomeness.

Spellbound fricking rocked. We had about 6-700 people when all was said and done. There was a bar crawl going on and so we were inundated with as they call them here, “Normals.” Now this doesn’t bother me a bit. For the 13 or so years I’ve been a writer, the vast majority of my audience has been non goths. I like non goths. I hang out with a lot of them. I don’t have any pre-judgemental outlook on someone because they were in a frat or dress preppie or like different things than me. It’s all taste and opinion and lifestyle differences. Sadly, most goths are pretty much unwilling to go outside the subculture and it leaves them looking as snobby and arrogant/dickish in the same way they view the non goths that probably picked on them in high school or college or whatever. This worries me, because in essense, the goths become the exact thing they hate, and treat the non goths the way they themselves would never want to be treated. It’s a shame and kind of disheartening, especially as I’m Mr. “best known goth to the non goths.” I can’t tell you how many mainstream oriented people have told me their outlook on the goth scene has changed because they met me and it always warms my heart because it means through my stupid video game and nyogtha articles, I show people that you can wear PVC and listen to the Bauhaus and still be cool with the preppie/hipster crowd. Times like this I miss Scott, Moser and the crew back in MSP. I always had fun with my total non goth friends and they had fun with me. They would have thought last night was legendary and I could totally have seen Moser and I bagging a lot of quality tail in tandem.

Anyway, the influx of average joes meant that there were a shitton of slutty costume/ Eye candy is good. It also means, as Spike once put it “The hunt was on” for your Heartbreak Kid. Five phone numbers and one potential set up with a hottie through a friend of a friend.

Costumed Number bagging tally:

Slutty barely dressed Asian Cowgirl
Slutty Asian chick dressed like Pokehantas
Slutty Cop
Slutty Batgirl
Slutty I can’t remember right now.

And yes, we referred to everything as Slutty “Insert costume here.’ Props to Alan and Vlad for being wingmen last night. Truly, the party kicked heavy ass and Blad was an awesome DJ, able to play a nice mix that appealed to both crowds and had the dance floor PACKED. Go Team House of Dracula.

Today it’s working out, a lot of Guitar Hero III and 30 Days of Night. Really kick butt weekend all in all.

Man, I am so glad I didn’t go with employment at EA

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Uh Oh…this is the division I would have been part of

Late Wednesday, word began to circulate through back channels that staff cuts were in the offing at EA Mythic, the developer of the forthcoming massively multiplayer online game Warhammer Online. According to an internal e-mail leaked to game enthusiast site Destructoid, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello has notified the heads of all the megapublisher’s internal studios to tell them to cut costs–and, by implication, staff.

“Our CEO has tasked the company to get its costs in line with revenues,” read the e-mail, which reportedly was sent to all of EA Mythic by studio vice president Rob Denton. “Every studio, group and division of the company has been tasked to review its overall headcount and adjust its organization to meet the needs of the business moving forward.”

Jeff Brown, vice president of corporate communications at EA, confirmed to GameSpot that some staff cuts were in the offing companywide, but downplayed their significance. “This was a small and somewhat routine event for this time of year when many of our titles are finished and being shipped,” he said. “The action included small numbers of people across studio, publishing and corporate divisions.”

Speaking on condition of anonymity, sources inside the EA studio structure also confirmed there were cuts being discussed. However, they also echoed Brown’s comments that the changes were not major. “It doesn’t seem to be that bad…yet,” said one, indicating the cuts had come in mainly administrative and publicity positions.

EA’s move comes in the wake of its $860 million purchase of superstudio BioWare/Pandemic, where Riccitiello was briefly CEO. Prior to the purchase, the company had nearly 8,000 employees in more than a half-dozen countries.

I think I would have killed someone if I had been there when this happened. See? Everything works out in the end.