What has Mr. Moch Been Up To?

Ξ November 25th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

So it has been a while since I’ve made an entry.  This is partially because I don’t have very good news to talk about.  And just mentioning it makes me a bit melancholy.

At the beginning of this month I lost my job due to a lay-off within the company.  I was one of 150 people laid off that day.  This has been a constant downer for me since I really enjoyed my work.  I need to keep telling myself that it wasn’t meant to be and I need to keep moving on and turn my head to think of other things.  A bit difficult, but I am managing.

In other news, I picked up the world of warcraft expansion when it came out the 13th.  I’ve pretty been playing it non-stop since then.  There is a ton of content and a great deal of things to do in the game now.  I recommend anyone slightly interested to pick it up and start playing it.  I made 80 a week ago and have a restoration druid.  I’ve already begun making loot lists for reputations and heroics.

I’m not entirely sure what to do with myself.  I’m still living in my apartment since I have a few months of severance pay from being laid off.  I need to apply for jobs more regularly, but the lack drive is really cutting me off from doing that.

Don’t really feel like talking much more about it.  Need to go eat lunch (at 3pm, heh).  Until next time…

Original post by moch

 

Gobble Gobble

Ξ November 24th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Life, Doodles, Cute, Illustration |

Gobble

Original post by melktart

 

720p from youtube?

Ξ November 22nd, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

[See post to watch Flash video]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY&fmt=22

My attempts at embedding this are failing.

Original post by moch

 

8-bit Assembler Artwork

Ξ November 16th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ code, Art |

I happened upon this project called dismap last week that generated fantastic artwork from 8-bit game carts.  The person behind the project, Ben Fry, disassembled the roms using a tool called NESrev, and then formatted the 6502 assembler instructions into readable columns.  To touch up the visuals, he then drew lines between all of the jmp source and destinations.  He also lead a companion project called Mario Soup, featuring tiles ripped from Super Mario Bros., and another project called distellamap, which featured assembly code from Atari 2600 games.  Prints are available for both dismap, and distellamap.

Original post by ojuice

 

Workout Book

Ξ November 9th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Life |

For the last few years I’ve had a pretty active lifestyle. I usually workout at the gym 3-4 times per week for about 45-60 minutes per session. I don’t do any weights—just cardiovascular exercise. I know I should do more strength training, but the gym is usually packed and busy, and by the time I’ve done my cardio I just want to get out of there. I do love hiking as well, and when I get the chance I like to go out on the weekends for a good 2-3 hour hike. The last 2 months I haven’t been to the gym once. My life has pretty much consisted of working on my book, which I finished last night! So now that I don’t have to spend every waking hour working on my book, I’ll be able to start working out again.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I was approached at work to model for an upcoming workout book. The author—Sean Foy—is an absolutely fantastic person. He’s one of the nicest, friendliest people I’ve met. I don’t really like being in front of the camera, but for him, I agreed to do it. I got to get a whole bunch of new workout clothes for the shoot, but at the back of my mind the whole time I felt somewhat guilty just because I hadn’t been to the gym in a while and also because I don’t do any weight training.

James Maciariello was our photographer for the shoot, and Brian Tong art directed it. We took shots of pretty much every exercise Sean details in his book. The shoot was about 2 hours long, and afterwards I was pooped! I only did about 2-3 reps of each exercise, yet even that kicked my butt. I’ve been thinking of getting back into yoga. Ashtanga is not only a great workout, but it really strengthens and tones your muscles. Since I hate lifting weights, this might be a great alternative.

workoutbook.jpg

I got a comp of Sean’s new book a couple of days ago. I believe it comes out next summer. I look so pissed off! James kept telling me to smile, and I totally thought I was. I think I just hate being in front of cameras.

Original post by melktart

 

Yes We Did! What’s next?

Ξ November 6th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

Following the celebrations of last night, it is time to take stock of what has been accomplished, and what has yet to be done.  It is clear that Barack Obama had a stellar night.  He has won more electoral votes than George W. Bush did in either of his elections, although less than Bill Clinton did in his.

Initially, it didn’t appear that the Democratic Party had as good a night as Barack Obama. They were unable to achieve a 60-seat majority in the Senate, and they only picked up 20 seats in the House of Representatives. More importantly, however, the conservative movement ran the table on the social issues placed before voters as initiatives. The most talked about issue being gay marriage. But that’s the crux of why it only appears that the Democratic Party’s night wasn’t as good as President-elect Obama’s, our point of reference as moved, it has progressed.

Abortion is no longer the issue that divides this country. Abortion is no longer the lynch pin of the conservative movement. Abortion is no longer a winnable issue for the right. They have given up on abortion, they may still think that abortion is wrong, but it’s not where they are spending their time or money. Instead, they are spending their time and their money on gay marriage. They have conceded that abortion is here in this country to stay, and have redirected their energies elsewhere. And that, is progress.

November 4th, 2008 was a very good day for the Democratic Party, the United States of America, and the world. Americans will again believe that we, as individuals, can have a positive impact on the world. No longer will the American people be ruled by fear, instead we are filled with hope. No longer will we be withdrawn from the world, instead we are now empowered to engage with our communities, our fellow citizens and all our fellow travelers on this shinning blue ball we call home.

Original post by dram

 

Election Day

Ξ November 5th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

I’ve had so many topics that I’ve wanted to write about here, but just haven’t done so. Hopefully I can fix that since there still are many things that I’d like to say something about, but for now one thing is important.

Hopefully everyone has gone out to vote today! If not, there is still time so get out there!

I think it’s interesting how record numbers of people are going to vote and essentially our current infrastructure can’t handle it. Even without deliberate disenfranchisement issues, people can be turned away or turned off from voting because of extremely long lines, a complicated voting system, or simple lack of confidence in the system. The government really needs to work on this as the problem is only going to get worse in the future. We need a reliable electronic voting system, or a way to streamline the paper system. (Currently there is not much downside to a paper ballot in comparison to existing electronic systems.)

I casted my ballot today on a paper ballot. I know of several people that faced lines in the morning, but I waited two minutes or so. Overall the system of ensuring a voter only votes once is probably the longest procedure, and moreso than the voting system we need a reliable way to speed this up in future elections. As always, the poll workers deserve our thanks and respect for volunteering and doing their best. I haven’t seen many stories from elsewhere in the nation, but hopefully there isn’t voter fraud going on. The last thing we need is more distrust of the system.

Tonight should be pretty tense as people wait for the results of an historic presidential race. I’ll be waiting to see how Proposition 8 turns out. Either way, I’m glad I voted today!

Original post by ocswing

 

Yes.

Ξ November 2nd, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

So I picked up Fallout 3 for PS3.  I must say I have really enjoyed it thus far.  I’m only level 4 with four or five hours played, but so far the story has been pretty interesting.

I managed to get my guy situated with some energy pistols and a cowboy hat with glasses.  He basically looks like me with a cowboy hat and 100 lbs lighter.

Okay, back to gameplay.  There is a neat menu system called a “pip-boy” that works as an onboard computer.  You can switch out gear, weapons, use items, heal, etc. from this menu.  It is attached to your character’s arm.

Another neat feature is the queued combat system.  It has an RPG aspect in this way because you can que up attacks for when you shoot an enemy.  The highlighted body parts when you target the enemy have a percentage on them that indicates the chance you will hit that part of the body.  It could be due to size, distance, or just simple difficulty that determines if you will successfully hit the target.

In a nutshell, I want to dub this as “a cool mod for oblivion.”  It has the same kind of feel, but adds a great theme and they actually stick to it really well.  If you know the fallout genre I don’t really need to say much, but the setting is a post-apocalyptic future when the world has been bombed due to nuclear warfare.  The human race has survived and made due, but the human numbers are far cut back.  There is tons of open area where you will only see creatures walking around because walking through Washington D.C. there is sparce population.  This population consists of raiders who kill at a whim, mutants who have been transformed by the nuclear fallout, transformed ghouls who live on despite their damaged bodies (living zombies kind of), and those who still try to survive in their harsh world.

I honestly think the coolest part of the game is the radio stations.  On one plays old 1950s music and intermittently gives information about the world you travel in (and information pertaining to your journey).  It is a feature that is very much GTA-like.

The story starts out as you are a baby and grow to an adult, until at one point you leave your fallout shelter because of a crisis and you walk into this immense world and exploration is basically up to yourself, just like oblivion.

I think I’ll stop talking about Fallout 3 now.  I don’t want to give much away because I think if you are interested at this point you should go pick it up or obtain it in some way…

Instead I’ll talk about something I’ve been messing with - internet dating sites.  I signed up for match.com because I was bored of not having anyone to talk to.  I then spend way too much time viewing profiles and realized it was a futile effort so I canceled my subscription.  Just today I got an email from an interested individual, so I’ll see if that goes anywhere.  Who knows.

I need to get out more, that is for sure.  This life is too short to dwell on things, but I seem to have a decent enough time as it is.  I have a good job, I enjoy playing games with my online friends…  I’m happy for the most part.  I just wish I had that “other aspect” that many have.

Honestly, if you are a female and don’t mind having someone to talk to and someone who is not demanding AT ALL.  Message me somehow.  Seriously I am honest.  I am a decent guy, I just want to spend my time with someone and have had bad luck because I am reluctant to work on things.

Sooooo anyway, I’m going to end this post now before I make more of an ass of myself.  Laterz.

Original post by moch

 

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