[#044] Seems like for the past few years I only spend any length of time on AtariAge in November/December (for the annual Secret Santa) and then again in June because I have vacation time to burn. So here we are. Since my last personal life update, I brought (or helped bring perhaps) a second child into our family and she's already made her first birthday. We also moved about 40 miles out of New Orleans and bought our first home, which is both exciting and frustrating considering it's HOA an
[#043] No, seriously. I've been gone for a long time, and I will most likely keep up this trend and only "check in" a few times year. My last blog post was February 2017, and my last topic post on the board was in December 2017 (in the Secret Santa thread, and I feel bad for never letting my Secret Santa know he/she did a great job with my presents). So what's new with me is after working for one company for 16+ years I finally ditched them and went to a "rival company" and have been there f
[#042] Holy shit, a brand new Double Dragon game in 2017! This came out of nowhere! I accidentally found out about this game on release day (January 31st, 2017) and gladly spent $6.99 on it through Steam. It's also on Playstation 4. Yep, Double Dragon IV. Before you scratch your head in confusion about the title, there's an explanation why this game is numerically titled with "IV" even though a "V" was released on the SNES back in the 16-bit era. while we're on the subject of numbering, it s
[#040] When I was a little kid, my family had a Saturday Night family time ritual: We'd get Little Caesar's pizza and watch Morgus the Magnificent, Tales from the Darkside, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Maybe not in that order, but whatever. I recently stumbled upon AHP on Netflix, or at least just Season 1 of it, consisting of a whopping 39 episodes. I'm going to post quick summaries and reviews here for anyone interested in "watching with me". These are not going to be spoiler-free. After a
[#039] John Davis, frontman of current band The Lees of Memory and now-defunct 90s group Superdrag (you'll remember them as one-hit-wonders with their "Sucked Out" video) has a new and unique release; it's a commissioned covers album, which is a completely free download with no strings attached. Check it: The Lees of Memory had just released their sophomore album, Unnecessary Evil, through the PlegdeMusic platform. In doing this and to help fund the production of the CD & vinyl run, John D
[#038] Throwing more ketchup jellybeans. ...Man, we're in the middle of August and I've barely spent any time on AtariAge in 2016. I've also kept my new year's resolution of not posting any status updates or photos on Facebook, only limiting myself to replies on others' content. I'm really trying to wean myself off that shit altogether and have more time and focus on life unfolding in front of my own eyes, particularly my soon-to-be three-year-old princess of a daughter. We've "cut the cord"
[#037] i haven't posted a blog in over two months, so i threw a ketchup-flavored jellybean on the floor and waited a couple of minutes. nothing happened, so i picked it up and threw it in the garbage. so fuck Apple. there's that. my Kickstarter limited edition copper iMpulse bluetooth gamepad/controller bit the dust after a few years of heavy use. when i inserted the microUSB jack into the charging port, the metal piece that accepts the jack broke off and fell inside the unit. i was able to
[#036] I. Sequence Broken from day one, i've labeled my blogs here on AtariAge with "serial numbers" in a "[#XXX]" format, starting off each blog post with said label. however, [#035] The Legend of Zelda, My Dog was mostly complete but never published. I wrote it up at the end of August shortly after Z's burial. part of the reason it wasn't posted was because it was kinda like a eulogy, and no matter how many edits and revisions i made, it just wasn't good enough. the other and probably bi
[#034] Mega Man 3 is the greatest Mega Man game ever created and I'm going to prove it here and now. Many of you favor Mega Man 2, and okay yeah it's a fantastic game with killer music, but MM3 is that and then some. For starters, it introduces two very important characters in the MM Universe. Mega's canine companion, Rush, was perfect in MM3 and MM3 alone. In subsequent games, he was altered to automatically travel forward and then redesigned into a weird armor. The original Rush found in MM3
[#032] i haven't posted a blog in a while so here's 3 related topics:
I. KitKat VS Lollipop
II. Nexus 7 VS Nexus 7
III. Bluetooth Controllers
I. KITKAT vs LOLLIPOP
i don't know what the hell they were thinking. Lollipop blows. i actually broke my Nexus 7 trying to downgrade back to KitKat. i replaced said Nexus 7 with the 2013 model (which ships with Jellybean). I upgraded the OS to KitKat 4.4.4 and turned off the notifications nagging me to upgrade to Lollipop.
then i had t
[#031] Thorazine is an anti-psychotic drug given to mental patients. It triggers something in the brain and calms those crazy fuckers down. But since it's a muscle relaxer and targets the diaphragm, it is also the drug given to people like me who had a case of intractable or chronic hiccups. I had that shit for four days.
This past Friday night, I left work 45 minutes before my shift was supposed to end and drove to the emergency room where I waited in pain from 10:30p to 2:30a to finally ge
[#030] i missed out on Breaking Bad during it's run on television but after getting hooked on Better Call Saul (a spin-off show), I went back to start binge-watching as the whole series is on Netflix. i finally finished it up today.
i've got some people at work to yell at. they described the series finale as God's gift to television. it was nowhere near "the most satisfying ending ever".
[#029] my original-release black & gold Zelda 3DS is broken. and i had just bought a 32GB SD card to do a transfer over to my all-gold Zelda 3DS XL, but since the system doesn't power up and is in two pieces, that's not gonna happen.
EDIT: SEE UPDATE BELOW!
[#028] there's some kid (or multiple kids) out there using my legendary handle bomberpunk both on YouTube and in various forums and other accounts. It's really annoying, as for the first two decades I spent on the internet, all searches for my name kicked back 100% results relating to me. When I noticed the imposters, probably somewhere around 2006, i created my second awesome name judas ghost (which i used other places but never changed my name here on AtariAge). Then suddenly, there's a goddam
[#027] I became another year older on the 4th. My kid started walking on the 5th. I'll start nailing down some things and moving other things to high shelves on the 6th and hope for the best!
I've got $200 to blow at Home Depot, and I really need a gas trimmer. I'm going to ditch the bump-to-feed plastic line and buy RinoTuff blades. No longer will my yard look like crap in the corners.
I also started reading All You Need Is Kill, a manga which has apparently already been adapted into a
[#026] I spent the past few weeks (on and off) reading my first manga, which is Volumes 1-3 of Hitoshi Ariga's comic world of Mega Man. These collections were originally released in Japan in 2003, but Udon Entertainment re-released English-translated versions in 2010.
As I previously stated, this was my very first venture into manga. I had a hell of a time adjusting to reading in reverse order. You have to hold the spine of the book on the right side and start at what is normally the last pa
[#025] let's talk about dreams that are awesome, the ones that you wake up and immediately go back to sleep for so that they continue (but more-so because you're still exhausted). yeah, those dreams rock.
my latest subconscious adventure happened to be hobby-related; gaming. me and my wife had apparently just moved into a small house in a small neighborhood. the guy next door operated an arcade in his basement, and needed to get rid of a machine because he had a new one coming in and needed
[#024] man it's been one hell of a 2015 and we're only four days in. On New Year's Day (or technically the 2nd, since it was around 1:30am), my brother's 13-year-old chocolate lab Rocky that they've had since he was an adoptable puppy died in his arms. Rocky's had some complications for the past year, and things weren't looking too good for him by the end of 2014.
We were all together at my parents house, so Rocky got to see the rest of us under one roof one last time and decided it was time p
[#023] today marks the 20th anniversary of my two-piece rock band, founded in 1994 at the age of 13. buying me a drum kit was the second best decision my parents ever made. i had an outlet for the joys and sorrows of my teenage years well into my adult life, with over 300+ songs written and recorded.
during the past couple of years, after both of us got married and i have a 1-year-old daughter, things slowed down to a halt. i have less and less time to devote to writing new songs (i've compl
[#022] "Holiday" music. Let's be real. It's Christmas time and therefore we will call it Christmas music. A lot of it sucks. A lot of it is recycled garbage, or it's cover versions of cover versions of cover versions. Everyone has different opinions on what are good Christmas songs, depending on what they grew up with, what is sentimental to them, or what have you.
Earlier today, I asked my friend Aaron the Audiophile what songs would he choose if he was to fill up a Christmas music cd to gi
[#021] i've only posted one photo of my kid on here back when she was a few days old. here is another one of her just after she turned one year old. it was taken on 11/13, exactly one month ago from today!
here is another one from the same photo shoot:
and here's one of her just chilling in her chair watching cartoons:
^ check out that Game Boy Color onesie.
[#020] I loved this miniseries as a kid and there is currently no way to enjoy it digitally on a computer or tablet. A few weeks ago, I set out to change that. I had emailed Marvel to ask if they would ever digitally re-release the series, and they said no. I have two complete sets in my possession (one minty and unread, the other in decent condition). Starting around 7:30pm, I scanned the pages of issue #1 while also watching the Saints lose to the Ravens. I spent another hour or so editing the
[#019] i quickly threw this together. but it's 2am now and i don't care to try to squeeze in SP's Tonight, Tonight or one of the claymation videos from Tool or Green Jelly.
10. AHA - TAKE ON ME
9. SOUNDGARDEN - BLACK HOLE SUN
8. WEIRD AL - AMISH PARADISE
7. GUNS N ROSES - NOVEMBER RAIN
6. RADIOHEAD - PARANOID ANDROID
5. HERBIE HANCOCK - ROCKIT
4. MICHAEL JACKSON - THRILLER
3. LOCAL H - HALF-LIFE
[#018] in Edgewater Mall (Biloxi, Mississipi) there is an awesome used game store called Just 4 Play that had bin full of PS1 games, individually priced from $6.95 and up. the highest price i found in the bin was for $29.95. There was a 3 for $10 deal on anything priced under $10. I ended up buying six games; Baldies, Blast Radius, Grid Runner, Pong, Robotron X, and Spider The Video Game.
that store reminded me of the GameTrader stores that were hot shit in the late 90s & early 2000s. i