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(no subject) [Aug. 31st, 2014|04:14 pm]
Justin B
Life is very hard right now. Like, harder than it has ever been for me. I've stretched myself thinner in the past, but back then the outcome only affected me and not my entire family, so it wasn't as stressful. Also, more of this situation is out of my control than back then.

11 more nights until this is done.

2 more nights until we can hopefully change things to make it easier.

I sincerely believe we're going to make it, but it's still overwhelming.

Thank you to our families and friends and neighbors for all the help they have given and will give during this ordeal.
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Short-Term Random Thoughts [Apr. 30th, 2013|11:24 pm]
Justin B
  • Developing for iPad is like getting a visa to visit the walled garden: provision files with expiration dates and limited UDIDs per unapproved application? Seriously, Apple?
  • Miller is not a particularly good beer, but it reminds me of when I was young and it was the only beer I could drink. No. Younger than that... Like 4-7 years old.
  • I forgot how much I dislike working under management whose products suffer from feature creep.
  • It makes me sad that no major email provider will ever decide to try and make PGP easy to use. I wish more people used it, despite it's flaws.
  • I want a laptop that supports IOMMU/VT-d so I can run Xen and pass through the graphics controller directly to a Windows HVM


Meh. Beep.
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Not so you get excited, just so you expect the arrival... [Mar. 10th, 2013|10:01 pm]
Justin B
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If you're going to care about this, you don't need me explaining it:

http://www.ageofwonders.com/aow3live/

Planned fall 2013.

And for those of you who do care about that game, you may also be interested in this game which is already out:

http://www.desura.com/games/dominions-3-the-awakening

It's a bit more low-budget and PBEM oriented, but has been around for years and has a fanatical online community. Imagine something more like Stars in a fantasy world.
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Now That's What I Call Music [Feb. 20th, 2013|04:07 pm]
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I never realized how much time I spent finding new music until I couldn't spare the time any more. I still try to find new stuff, but it's a lot harder, since it sort of has to come to me now.

In any case, I'm making this post because I just bumped into a musician who made me say "holy crap" for the first time in a while:

Robert Delong

His style appears to be the end result of teenage years goofing around with whatever synth equipment he could get his hands on, augmented with a bit of creative engineering, a surprisingly good drumming skill, and a big spoonful of overexcited insanity. His music would be fantastically produced for someone his age, but when you consider how he performs large portions of it live it's amazing for anyone.

His first official video just came out and is a bit goofy/dumb, and doesn't quite get across why he's awesome (which he is, BTW).

Check out this video clip instead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2r_-biU4sc

(Edit: You can also stream his whole first album online here at the moment. I'm listening now. It's very good.)

And while I'm here, I'd also like to say that Macklemore is far more intelligent and capable than that "Thrift Shop" single would make you think. What I realized after watching a few of his videos is that he adapts his style and methods on each song to fit the lyrical drive.

Thrift Shop - all about taking something cheap that someone else threw away and making it interesting
And We Danced - all about dancing (or making video or singing) like no one is watching
Same Love - a serious song about LGBT issues
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We do what we must because we can. [Feb. 17th, 2013|09:58 pm]
Justin B
Hey look, I'm still alive and I'm even posting!

Something LJ changed in the past few months conflicts with one of the locked down settings in my Firefox profile, and I can't read comments or post anything unless I restart firefox unrestricted. I still read other people's posts, but rarely the comment threads...

Maybe I'll figure it out at some point, but probably not.
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(no subject) [May. 6th, 2012|09:13 pm]
Justin B
So friends, which oddball niche event would you have attended this weekend:

Tough Mudder at Mt Snow...

or

24 Hours of Lemons at Loudon Raceway?

Bonus point if you actually attended or participated in either.

I know 3 people on my Facebook friends list who entered Tough Mudder, but no one who entered 24 Hours of Lemons.
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(no subject) [Nov. 29th, 2011|11:34 pm]
Justin B
Hey look, I'm posting!

Time for bed...
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Black Saab Rules! [Oct. 9th, 2011|01:25 am]
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Today I sold my black 1993 Saab 900 commemorative.

I'm very sad to see it go, but also glad to not have to deal with it any more.

I bought it as a 10 year old car with 80k miles, and sold it as an 18 year old car with 198k miles.

It of course went to a crazy Saab guy. This guy from NJ had the transmission on his 900 turbo die just last week. He wanted the car so urgently that he skipped out of work early Friday to drive 4+ hours up here to look at the car, get the title, drive 4 hours back to NJ that same night, went to the RMV 8AM Saturday morning to get plates, then immediately do the 8 hour round trip again with a friend to get the car back home.

It made me very sad to see someone else driving away in *MY* car and know it wasn't coming back.

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Netflix: enabling risky movie watching [Sep. 20th, 2011|09:41 pm]
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I just watched what has to be the most intellectually self-destructive and intentionally pointless film ever: Rubber.

From the Netflix summary: "A car tire named Robert rolls through the desert Southwest using its strange psychic powers to blow up birds, bunnies, human beings, and more."

I really like this film. It managed to remain engaging enough to hold my attention for 1 hour 22 minutes, while goofing around with meta-awareness and avoiding any identifiable tropes.

The first two minutes is surprisingly indicative of what the rest of the movie is going to be like. If you hate it in the first two minutes, stop watching. If you find it interesting, keep going.

Also, the soundtrack was done by Mr Oizo.
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Guess what? [Aug. 7th, 2011|12:43 am]
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I'm a dad!?!?
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