First Flickr Video – Aidan Swinging

September 22nd, 2008 No comments

A friend recently hooked me up with a Flickr Pro account, a gift that I will ultimately pay forward by purchasing a Pro account for another friend on Flickr.

Anyway, Flickr Pro status allows you to upload videos in addition to pictures. Here is my first Flickr video test: Aidan swinging in the backyard this past weekend.

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Feeling Ripped Off By the 360 Price Cut

September 12th, 2008 2 comments

A few weeks ago the “collective” (Jen, Seth, and myself) took advantage of one of Gamestop’s extra trade-in bonus weekends to clear out some old games and pick up a brand new Xbox 360 for a very, very cheap price.  And so far we love it.

Of course the picture being painted here is far too rosy, so of course a problem must enter into it somewhere. That somewhere is the recently announced price cut for all 360 models.

When we picked up our 360 we got the $299 Pro model which came with a 20GB hard drive. The only difference post-price cut is the hard drive, a 60GB drive instead of my 20GB drive.

So I contact Microsoft, and all they tell me is “You can return your entire 360 to the retailer where you purchased it.” So I call Gamestop, and they tell me “You can’t return the entire unit, but we will give you a credit for the difference between the 20GB model and the 60GB model.” After the price drop they still had 20GB models in stock, so they dropped them down to $260.

The long and the short of this story, so far, is the best I can get is a ~$39 credit. You may be thinking I could use said $40 to purchase a new drive for the 360. Guess what Gamestop charges for a refurbished 20GB drive like the one I already have? $60. A $40 credit won’t even cover a brand new game entirely.

So yeah, I feel slightly ripped off. If I had waited another three weeks to buy my 360 this would not be an issue at all.

I’ve asked the contact who replied to me from Xbox support to escalate this matter to a supervisor or manager for further review, since their scripted first level support responses obviously aren’t geared to handle this type of request. We’ll see what happens.

Update: I never heard back from a supervisor or manager type, and I ended up just taking the contract before the time limit expired. I got a couple used games out of it, so at least that’s something.

In regards to Mr. X’s comment about the PS3: Yes, it’s a nice shiny piece of hardware, but it’s still too expensive for my tastes and the lack of backwards compatibility on the more recent models bugs me. In a year or two there will be a nice, large used game selection and the console itself will be more affordable. These are the same conditions under which we bought our Gamecube, PS2, and 360.

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RadioRaheem’s Story

August 7th, 2008 1 comment

Let me tell you the story of “Right Hand, Left Hand.” It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate: It was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: These five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: Static. One hand is always fighting the other hand; and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love, is finished. But, hold on, stop the presses, the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that’s right. Ooh, it’s the devastating right and Hate is hurt, he’s down. Left-Hand Hate K.O.ed by Love.

– RadioRaheem, from Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing

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CONAN IZ CRAZY KAT

August 6th, 2008 No comments
I R Tranzformr!

I finally made one. I’ve spent enough time laughing at other lolcats already online it was bound to happen sooner or later.

That’s my wife’s favorite cat, Conan, hanging out in an Optimus Prime box.

Fun with Trucks at DC3

July 29th, 2008 2 comments

Whenever people ask me why I like my employer so much from now on I’ll just point them at this video.


Ford Ranger Destruction from Matthew Hill on Vimeo.

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Happy Sysadmin Day!

July 25th, 2008 No comments
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Best Birthday Cake Ever – Mario Bros

July 16th, 2008 2 comments

Jen and Seth made me the best birthday cake I’ve ever received last night. Yes, yesterday was my birthday, and it was largely uneventful but this made the whole night great.

Mario Bros Birthday Cake

Radiohead’s House of Cards Video

July 14th, 2008 No comments

From the description:

In Radiohead’s new video for “House of Cards”, no cameras or lights were used. Instead, 3D plotting technologies collected information about the shapes and relative distances of objects. The video was created entirely with visualizations of that data.

Be sure to check out the interactive manipulator hosted at Google.

Also, here is a behind the scenes video if you’d like to learn more.

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Aidan Walking!!!

July 10th, 2008 No comments
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Aidan’s First Birthday Pictures

June 26th, 2008 2 comments

Pics from Aidan’s first birthday party can be found on his site, aidanallen.com.

Here is a direct link to the set.

Aidan's First Birthday Pics

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