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Archive for November, 2007

Weekend is Upon Us.

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Submerge tonight and Spellbound tomorrow. Huzzah.

I was going to go to Arcadia last night, but it turned out Good Ol’ Gygaxis was in town. I have no idea when I’d see him again, so we decided to hang out. Instead of going to the concert we hung out, watched stupid Internet videos, Played some Raving Rabbids 2 (awesome!) and enjoyed a fondue party. Go Heather!

Today is a nice relaxing touch up on some web sites while 2 dozen of us sort out what is going to be happening with GameFAN.

Pretty laid back weekend. Just some writing and relaxation. And clubbing. Lots of clubbing.

DieHard GameFAN forums are up

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

GAMEFAN forums

Here is a list of the currenty people who have stated they want to be on staff. If you are not on here and want to take part, just drop me a line. Otherwise if you try to make an account and you’re not on the list well…Bebs will ban you. He likes doing that. You’ve been warned.

STAFF:
Alex Lucard
Bebito Jackson
Jon Widro
Bryan Berg
Chris Pankonin
Lee Baxley
Mark B
Fred Badlissi
Matt Yaeger
Alex Williams
Guy Desmarais
David Olvera
Michael O’Reilly
Chuck Platt
ML Kennedy
Misha
Cory Laflin
Aaron Sirois
Striker (I can’t remember his real name but he’s from IP)
Geli Warner
A.J. Angeloni
Sara Graves
Chris Bowen
Aaron Glazer
Michaelangelo McCullar
Joel somethingorother who is friends with Geli

Thursday

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Busy day at work today as I build build build last minute changes to an internal website only a single person will use. Le sigh.

Not much to speak of last night. Did some writing, got a last minute writing assignment for a folklore article on Pirates (but no ninjas…), did some Pokemon stuff, worked out and watched the Shawn Michaels: Heartbreak and Triumph documentary.

Good documentary, but the match listing is pretty ass. I do find it funny that I haven’t watched wrestling in nearly a decade, yet I still enjoy the documentaries on the wrestlers and behind the scenes stuff.

Tonight it’s Ego Likeness at Arcadia. Gotta support Steve and Donna. Plus a friend from out of town is going to be there so it’ll be nice to see Gygaxis before he heads off to you know…wherever.

Man, busy weekend. The last weekend of the month is insane club wise. Multiple goth nights every night. I can barely bring myself to club one night a week, so three is a bit out there. Still, This month is an exception. Supporting Ego Likeness, supporting Vlad, and supporting Lori. At least next weekend is 100% goth-anything free.

Can It Be Home Time Now please?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Really good day at work today, but I’m exhausted for some reason and the day has been draaaaaaaging.

02/09/2008 looks like the launch date for Diehardgamefan.com. Widro and I talked about exporting everyone’s old IP stuff today into a useable archive for us.

GameFAN Update

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Man, between crazy vagina, writing, and other life wackiness I haven’t really had a chance to do much with this.

Things I Need to Do:

a) make a crappy wireframe to give web design person idea of basic structure for the site. Lots of writers + writing = Dynamic web site probably.

b) Find someone to do the site as it becomes more and more apparent that I don’t have time to build it (but I am getting really good at it in my day job)

c) Find a quality server. Widro offered me his but well…have YOU read Inside Pulse this week? I’m worried about shaking up on that thing simply because I don’t trust it.

d) Find a message board so that staff can talk about various issues/wants/needs.

e) Finalize some of the issues we talked about over here

Hump Day

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Ah yes, the middle of the week. The most boring day of the week except for when LOST is on. That’s not for about another six weeks I believe.

So last night was interesting. A friend came over and we hung out. She’s a nice girl but it’s kind of like the Senfield episode with the girl that is really attractive in one type of light and hideous in another. Except instead of looks, with this particular friend, it’s about personality.

When she’s on, she on. She’s a lot of fun and interesting and has some neat stories to tell and I really have fun with her. When she’s off…of god I want to poke sharp things into my eardrums. I don’t know how someone can be so interesting and yet so boring at the same time.

My problem is that it comes down to one simple difference between us. She cares way too much about being popular/trendy. Me? I don’t really think about that sort of thing. It either happens or doesn’t happen.

A good example comes from the end of the night was I was getting bored. She started getting touchy feely in my kitchen while Heather and Vlad are in their living room watching TV. I’m not cool with that, so it turns to her trying to wrestle me…which isn’t smart because a little 100 lb thing is not going to even begin to move me. Fuck, I’ve known 6′1″ girls that have height advantage over me that couldn’t budge me.

After she realizes her attempts to grapple me end with her nearly falling on her ass (I’m sorry. I’m not going to let someone win simply because it’s a second-rate flirting attempt), she starts teasing me. I tease back with a “Ha ha you let so and so fuck you.” So and So happens to be a guy in the goth subculture in DC that is generally considered a joke without redeeming qualities and sure it was 12 years ago when she was a freshmen in high school, but if you’re going to tease me about sex stuff, I’ll tease right back.

She took it as good natured ribbing which is was meant to be and we screwed around upstairs a bit longer and then we went downstairs where she avoided animal contact because she was in dry cleanable only pants. 2 rabbits = a lot of hair even with every other day cleaning. About 9:30 I’m amazingly bored as the conversation is going nowhere and she takes off.

After she leaves Vlad and Heather give me shit about hanging out with her because she tries too hard to impress me and her love of following fads. Then my cell phone rings. I don’t get there in time and when I check the voice mail there’s a message from this person. Please note she left only 5 minutes before.

So I call back thinking maybe she left a scarf or something and oh my does the insanity begin…
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Taking a page from the Barnacle

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

The Crazy Hot scale

We’ve all joked I needed something like this in my life. My friends, my family, my readers, my co-workers. Everyone. Now thanks to HIMYM, I have it.

You see if you are new to the madcap insanity that is my life, then let me warn you that I see to dick more insane vagina that people that work in crazy houses or insane asylums. To say that my wang is a divining rod for the unbalanced is like saying water is wet. So far in DC I have kept the insanity to a minimum (Yes DC friends and acquaintances, friends of mine in previous locales would call my time here filled with little to no crazy bitches bullshit. Which should make you all tremble).

My friend Nicole years ago once proposed creating a quiz to determine the craziness of any woman I am about to get my bone on (Bone on is a trademarked phrase by Ray Smuckles) with. Nicole, Madeline and about a dozen other girls giggled in my once existant livejournal to come up with questions but alas, nothing every came of it.

But now there is. Blessed by the power and insight of NPH himself, I give you…the Crazy/Hot quiz. On one hand had I had this back in the day, I’d probably have had a lot less drama and stress coming from the XX Chromosome ladden…but then I’d also have had a lot less sex. So I guess checks and balances, right?

Now, you know how hot you are. But you probably have no idea how crazy you are – a major contributing factor to the problem. That’s where the great Professor Barnabus Stinson comes to the rescue. Be honest and rate your hotness from 1-10. Then, take the following simple quiz I’ve designed to see where you fall on the hot/crazy scale.

1. You’re walking down the street and see Matt Damon. You:

a: Gawk from afar and let him pass unbothered.
b: Run up to him and beg to have his babies.
c: Stab him with a pen.

2. You’re driving on the freeway and someone cuts you off. You:

a: Take a deep breath, count to ten, and do a random act of kindness.
b: Hold down your horn and scream obscenities.
c: Stab him with his own broken windshield wiper.

3. You see a kitten stuck in a tree. You:

a: Call the fire department and wait for professional help.
b: Climb up and rescue it, then take it home to join the 125 other cats you currently care for.
c: Stab it with a tree branch.

4. You’re on a date with a fellow and it’s not going well. You:

a: Explain to him you’re just not compatible and offer to split the check.
b: Start a small fire in the ladies’ bathroom thus evacuating the restaurant and ending your date.
c: Finish your decadent five-course dinner, then stab him with a lobster claw.

5. Your boss makes a pass at you. You:

a: Report it to human resources.
b: Go for it, then blackmail him for the rest of his natural life.
c: Stab him with his tie.

6. The barista screws up your double skim, half café, no sugar added caramel macchiato. You:

a: Drink whatever she gives you, so as to not create a scene.
b: Throw the scalding hot beverage into the barista’s face.
c: Stab her with a coffee cup.

7. It’s Christmas, a time of giving, charity, and joy. One of the Salvation Army Santa’s won’t stop ringing the bell in front of your apartment. You:

a: Thank him for doing the Lord’s work and give generously.
b: Tar and feather him from your fifth floor balcony.
c: Stab him with his bell, then steal his bucket.

8. Your grandparents are in town visiting. You:

a: Happily show them around town taking extra special care of them.
b: Berate them for the measly 12 bucks they gave you on last year’s birthday.
c: Stab them with their dentures.

9. You find a wallet in the middle of the street. You:

a: Locate the wallet’s owner and return it as found.
b: Steal the person’s identity and live as them.
c: Locate the wallet’s owner and stab them with their license.

10. Your boyfriend proposes. You:

a: Tearfully admit that you’re already married but not opposed to polygamy.
b: You say, “Honestly, we’ve had a lot of great times together but I just don’t see a future between us” thus breaking his heart… then you pick up the pieces of said broken heart, and stab him with it.
c: Say, “Yes, yes, a million times yes!”

To find your “Crazy” rating, give yourself 0 points for every A response, 1 point for every B, and 2 points for every C. Take that total and divide by two. You now have your crazy number.

Now, using your self-assigned hot number, find your position on the Stinson Hot/ Crazy scale. Remember, you want to find yourself located on the hot side, not the crazy side. If the results are not to your liking, please adjust your appearance or personality accordingly.

Let’s see your results people!

News Stories

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

1. From the NPD Group, which is industry analysis for video gaming.

A) Top 5 selling games in the US for 2007 so far

1. Halo 3 3.7 Million
2. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl 3.6 million
3. Madden 08 3.2 million
4. Guitar Hero II 2.8 million
5. Wii Play (2.5 million)

B) October 2007 hardware sales

Wii–519,000
Nintendo DS–458,000
Xbox 360–366,000
PSP–286,000
PS2–184,000
PS3–121,000

Please note the Wii is outselling the PS3 and the Xbox 360 combined. I know that Sony has been trying some promotion that borders on trolling and outright lying (such as having reps pose as gamers on various sites and totally trash other systems/claim PS3 is outselling both systems), but you can’t fake the industry numbers. The PS3 is all but dead. It’ll be interesting to see how the new version and the price drops of the 360 and PS3 affect Nov numbers.

PS2 outsells PS3. Muahahahahaha!

2) Scary Spice is going to win Dancing with the Stars Go Mel! Of course I’m possibly biased because I love me the Spice Girls (Concert is so soon. SWEET!) and Ms. Brown likes me as much as I like her (Her daughter Phoenix supposedly likes my Pokemon stuff and I’m a top friend on Myspace which still perplexes me to this day.) so of course I’ll root for her on a show I’ve never watched! Cougar hunting in Las Vegas boys!

3) Just think. I’d be in Paris this week if I had kept my original holiday plans. Although rioting in Paris would be so Jean Valjean, no?

4) New Toilet season is here!

5) Sudan imprisons and sentences British Teacher to lashings because her students named the class teddy bear Mohammed. Jesus Christ, 21st Century Islam is Crusades era Christianity. Never EVER mix religion with Government. It always leads to bad things. You hear me Relgious Right Republicans? RELIGION + BODY OF LAWS = DRAMA + DEATH.

6) I never thought I’d feel bad for Hollywood Hulk Hogan.

7) Baby Panda!

8) The world of competitive eating. YUM! Dan - we still going to Texas to eat the ol’ 96′er?

9) Make sure you’re not flying in an Airbus A380 this holiday season

10) Let’s not kid ourselves. There is no democracy in Russia. It’s all Putin, all the time.

Stir Crazy

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Ah Winter. I have no articles to write and I’ve finished my IP commitments, so I find myself not sure what to do with this landslide of free time that I currently have. I’m not good with empty time after a lifetime of being overly productive.

Last night mainly consisted of me talking to friends, working out, watching HIMYM with Heather and Vlad and playing with the rabbits. It was probably what would be called a typical evening, but my god I don’t think I’ll be able to take a week of that, much less a month. Why is it so hard for me to simply relax and not do anything. Why do I always need some sort of heavy amount of stimuli to feel like I’m not wasting my time.

Generally every morning I go to: http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/calendar2532/calendar.htm
in an attempt to see what in the area is worth doing, if anything. Or National Geographic Live. Or anything else that details local activites.

My problem is that I get bored super easily. It’s not ADHD. My attention span is fine and I’ve never had a problem concentrating. It’s routine and I don’t get along at all. I find doing the same thing at the same time in the same manner extremely boring and I always worry that I will become boring myself if I do so. Hell, that’s why any work that I end up doing professionally general has varied activities for me to do. I even mix up my workout routine a bit from day to day.

I don’t know. How do other people stave off boredom?

Mid Day Update

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Arrgh. Everytime I fix something, I find something else slightly off. This would be so much easier if I had built the site from scratch myself. Not that I’m better than the person before me, but because then I’d know the logic behind why something is on one table and not in another when it seems really off to me. It’s okay though. It just means slow goings.

God only knows what they’re doing to IP today. Just glad I got my reviewed uploaded yesterday evening.

I am crazy bored today, although the boredom is more frustration and a slow moving day based than any lack of something to do. I’m sure that will be tonight.