Archive for January, 2007

Next on Extreme Makeover: Dahkar edition

Remember this guy? Back when he was level 61??

Well, here he is now, 5 levels later, at level 66.

I actually just gained level 67, and got a very AWESOME looking new staff thanks to Akin, Jeff, and a couple of guys from our guild. Akin and Jeff are already 70. Darn college kids. Quest wasn’t hard, just annoying, but thankfully they were patient and stuck with the 2 of us who needed to do it.

Anyway, to break up the monotony of all Dahkar, all the time, here’s a pic of my new low level Blood Elf warlock. His name is Nihilus, and the blue blob next to him is his voidwalker minion. Click to see full size. It’s too big to fit in here.

Anyway, be in prayer for my man and future roommate David that God would lead him to the absolute perfect job, and lead us to the absolute perfect apartment. I am so freaking excited about that I cannot describe it.

Aight, since you got so many pictures, you have to wait for a new kitty pic! HAH!


1 year. Yay.

Forgot to commemorate this a couple days ago, but on Jan. 23rd, I made 1 year working at Bell Helicopter. Just thought I’d share. Still bein’ transferred to another buying group, and another facility in Grand Prairie. No idea when it’s gonna happen. I just hope they don’t tell me as I’m leaving tomorrow “Hey, Monday morning report to your new plant!!” We’ll see then, I suppose. If they do, it’s gonna make me, and everyone else bein’ forced to go, very mad.

Burning Crusade, your favorite Troll mage and mine, is level 65 now. Halfway to go, and the rest is lookin’ like more fun every second. Won’t bother ya with new screenshots just yet, I’d like to go for some more radical changes in gear and in style, and I think 66 might just be when that happens.

Speaking of radical changes, this weekend looks like the Bmatt in combination with the greatest man to ever be called the Human Stick, are gonna do our darndest to find ourselves someplace to live. And whether we call it “The Armory Version 2” or “Odyssey Comics Headquarters” or “The Lair of Team Undying” you can bet your last two dollars that our place will be the bomb-est of the diggity.

And that’s the bottom line, cause the Bmatt said so…no wait no no no….that’s Austin’s line. Let’s try that again.

If ya smeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellll…..what the Bmatt is cookin!!…no no wait, hold up, can’t do that either, that’s the Rock’s phrase. Hang on I’ll get this one.

WHATCHA GONNA DO, when Bmattamania runs WILD ON YOU!….AAAAH NO NO NO! What is wrong with me, now I’m ripping off Hulk Hogan!!


And if you’re not down with that, the Bmatt’s got TWO WORDS FOR YA……CRAP, now I’m stealing Degeneration X materiel!

All right, here it is. The jokes are over, the fun has been had, the Bmatt is gonna send this one home, to the pages of history, the will end the way it should, as only the Bmatt can bring it…Here it is…

Just because.

Hey guys.

I got nothin major to update. Just been playing Burning Crusade. No news on the apartment or job move front.

But here’s a kitty pic anyway. Love ya’ll

Could there have ever been a better time for this to happen? Nope.

Today was just another proven example that there is a God, and He loves me. A lot.

So as you all know, Burning Crusade, the World of Warcraft expansion, was released yesterday. And after going to my Dad’s to get my copy and then driving home through nasty traffic, I got home and started installing it. After all that, and downloading the patches, I managed to log in. However, due to the sheer volume of people trying to play at the same time, and the fact that the server had a memory leak issue that the developers missed, the server was hideously unstable. So basically, I got to look around and get a feel for the place. That was about it. I gave serious thought to just calling my boss and not going in, and spend the day devouring the thing, but I decided in the end not to do that. Stupid responsibility.

So at 6:30 am I wake up. And what to my eyes should appear but this view of the outside.

It’s snowing. Again. And the roads? Icy as heck. I flip on the news and see how people who are trying to get out in this mess are crashing left and right.

God, in all his loving mercy, gave me a snow day to fully enjoy my new game. There has never been a more appropriate occasion to utter the word “w00t!”

So I did. I played a lot. Not all day, mind you, but a lot. Enough to take my first post-60 level (61 obviously) and get a few new pieces of gear, level up my professions, and in general have an absolute blast with all the guys I know, especially David. I got a couple of screenshots to show ya

This first one is actually before I installed Burning Crusade, it’s just me and Jeff’s characters standing side by side. Cause we be cool like that.

This is A’dal. He’s the leader of the city of Shattrath. He’s a naaru, an angelic being of pure good and sheer power. Shattrath is a sanctuary city that houses refugees from the war with the demons as well as serving as a military base against them.

Later that day, I made a run into one of the new dungeons. This place was called the Blood Furnace, an outpost run by the evil Fel Orcs. As we ventured in, we discovered that the orcs were using the blood of a captured demon Pit Lord named Magtheridon in order to turn ordinary orcs into Fel Orcs. And as for this guy, Broggok, we have no idea what he is, but he’s a big floating head that tried to chomp us, so we took him down. And that’s him, dead.

Here I am standing above the grate in which Magtheridon is imprisoned. You can kind of make out the purple magical lines which bind him to that place. It’s not the best shot, I know.

Finally, here’s Dahkar, at level 61, after a hard day of kicking demon and Fel Orc butt. The war against the demons isn’t even close to over though, and we’ve got a lot ahead of us before we’re ready to end this.

So hope you enjoyed that. Now it’s time for the tacos. Night!

EDIT: I forgot to do this again!!

To life, To love.

Evening again folks. Sorry it’s been a whiles. Lemme see if I can recap.

I hope you all manage to hunker down and stay safe and warm in this ice storm that hit Texas this past weekend and today. I couldn’t make it into work today, that’s for sure. News said this morning there were a ton of wrecks and that if we had any choice, not to leave the house, so I called in. Spent the day not doing much, on account of not being able to leave and all.

Speaking of work, here’s some fairly big news. I’m getting transferred to another Bell facility. Basically, purchasing is split into groups based on the type of stuff each group buys. The group I currently work in is for Hardware and Electrical parts, which are either standard across the aerospace industry (all companies know what the part numbers mean) or they’re made by a specific vendor. My uncle Robert works for Machined Parts, which is basically stuff we design and contract out to other factories to machine it up for us. Management has decided to move the entire Machined Parts group from the Hurst plant (where I work now) over to our plant in Grand Prarie (off highway 360 for those familiar with the area). And they aren’t just moving people currently in the group over there, nope. Because this is a union-covered job, they have to go down the seniority list (people who have been in purchasing longer have higher seniority) and ask if they want to volunteer. If not enough people volunteer, then the people on the bottom of the list have to go. Which includes me. So I’m being reassigned to buy a new type of part and at a new facility. Needless to say, I was not happy with this off the bat when I heard about it. Mostly because A) the drive to Hurst isn’t that bad in the morning, and the drive from 20 to 360 is supposed to be a nightmare and B)I like my boss, I consider him to be one of the best there, and that opinion is one shared by many who’ve been at the company a long time. However, I do know a couple of the buyers who’ve volunteered to go over there, the lady I’m supposed to be working for I worked with when she was a buyer and she’s a very nice lady, and the drive might not be as bad a factor (go ahead and laugh monkeywrenchers) by the time the transfer finishes. But more on the reason for that in a minute. All that is to say, I’m trying to be positive about it, moreso than I was when they made me a full buyer in the first place, because I was very apprehensive about that and it turned out all right. So we’ll see how it works out.

So, why would the drive not be as bad, you ask. The answer is this: Sometime by the end of next month I will no longer be living at home with my Mom. I’m moving into an apartment with my best friend, the coolest guy I’ve ever known my whole life, and a major influence on who I am today in Christ. David Butler. We’re looking into some apartments, especially over the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area, because A) That puts us very close to the middle of the Metroplex so it will make it easy for me to get to work and will for him wherever he ends up working, and B) it’s a very nice neighborhood with very well priced apartments. It won’t be for very long, but it’ll be a blast anyway. I’m lookin’ forward to this a whole lot.

Speaking of something I’m looking forward to a whole lot, tonight at midnight is the release of the muchly-anticipated expansion to the most popular MMORPG on the market right now, World of Warcraft. The Burning Crusade, as the expansion is known, goes on sale tomorrow, and a lot of retailers are starting to sell preorders of it at Midnight tonight. Now, I ain’t gonna wait for this thing at midnight tonight, trust me. My Dad very thankfully got me the expansion for Christmas, so tomorrow after work I’m going over there to get my copy. Should be absolutely fun.

Speaking of David, I know he’s a big fan of Little Ceaser’s Hot and Ready pizzas, and given that he’s going to be my roommate soon, I decided to finally partake of one tonight. It was actually pretty good. I know it’s hard to believe I never have eaten one before, but there you are. I’m not really sure why, I guess I always was afraid they’d be all old and lukewarm, but if they were it probably wouldn’t have lasted this long.

Aight, closing this entry out for now. See ya tomorrow, probably with screenshots from the Outland!

And in the spirit of the cold, I felt this kitty pic to be appropriate!

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Because Apple hasn’t made enough cool stuff with an "i" in front of it

So today at Macworld, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled something many have described as a long-time coming. The Apple iPhone has been announced.

This little gadget is a tech nerd’s absolute dream. It combines a Video-capable iPod, a cell phone, a digital camera, and a portable email/web sufing device all into one. It runs a full version of Mac OS X (that’s the latest version of the Mac’s operating system for those who don’t get the acronyms) and comes complete with Apple’s safari web browser.

The touch screen is quite big for a device of that size at 3.5 inches, yet the iPhone is only 11.6 millimeters thick. That’s thinner than Samsung’s highly popularized Blackjack device. It’s got full Wi-Fi and cellular network capability built in, and even auto-switches to Wi-Fi the minute it detects a signal.

Sensors built in the iPhone detect when you bring the phone up close to your face and instantly turns off the music, if any is playing. It also instantly switches to landscape format if you turn the device on it’s side.

So you’re probably wondering where the keypad is. Well, there’s no hard keypad on this thing. It’s all touchscreen. The touchscreen is a new technology from Apple, known as a “Multi-touch display” that lets you use your finger (no stylus) to dial numbers, type on a full QWERTY keypad, scroll through songs on the iPod (no click wheel anymore either!). The iPhone simply brings up whatever interface you need, and is apparently senstive enough to react to all of them with little error. Those of you who have iTunes version 7 or above, you probably are aware of the “Cover flow” option when listening to your music. Would be pretty cool to have it on your iPod though, wouldn’t it? iPhone does.

It fully integrates Google maps as well, so you can search for a place on Google, have it bring up that location’s phone number, and then select to instantly call it. When browsing the internet, the phone has full zoom and scroll capabilities, again all from the Multi-Touch display.

You know how you have to listen through all your voicemail in the order you got them on your current phone? The iPhone lets you view them like you would email, so you can see an organized list of who’s called you and pick which ones to listen to first. Pretty nifty.

The built in camera has a 2-megapixel resolution and a pretty wide ranging photo management app, and syncs easily with your PC and/or Mac, something wildly overdue on camera phones.

Aight, that’s a quick overview of all the features this darn thing has, and it’s an awful lot of them. Let’s talk about the nitty gritty details which could make or break the device

A Touch Screen? Won’t that get smudged or smeared or scratched up pretty quickly?
You’d think so. Jobs didn’t have any designers or engineers availible to answer questions about that. Most reports are guessing they utilitized a scratch-resistant materiel for the screen, however, one which doesn’t smudge easily and takes wiping off fingerprints well.

What Wireless Network(s) can I use this with?
That’s another big “iffy” thing at this point. It’s only going to be availible to Cingular Wireless consumers when it releases, instead of being open and configurable to any network as many had hoped. That could cause them to either lose a substantial number of possible buyers who are unwilling to switch from their provider without incurring massive fees. It’ll be VERY interesting to see what Cingular demands of the iPhone, they could place severe restrictions on data transfer rates or just lock features out (they have done so on other phones before).

When can I get this, and how much will it cost?
The iPhone will ship in June, and will cost $599 for an 8-gig model and $499 for a 4-gig model. That is expensive as hell. I would imagine Cingular would offer a discount with a new/renewed contract, but still. Actually, I’m seeing conflicting reports that indicate those above prices are WITH the typical 2-year service contract from Cingular, and others that do not. A lot of people are going to be turned off from that alone, until the price starts dropping. Analysts point out that the Ipod was originally rather expensive for an MP3 player, but as storage technology fell in price and Apple became more efficient at manufacturing them, prices fell, and see no reason to expect anything different.

All in all, a smart move by Apple. All-in-one media devices like the new Blackjack (successor the the Blackberry) which combine internet, email, phone, music/video player, and camera would be a huge threat to their market share, and it looks like the iPhone here is the gadget which can help them maintain that huge market. Not sure how well the business decision to partner with Cingular, rather than release an open phone capable of working with ANY network will go over, but they are the number 1 wireless network in the country, so we’ll have to see if it’s worth it. We’ve got 6 months to see how it plays from here, as it is.

For more info:
Official announcement and details on early look
Reuters (hat tip to Hotair)
Slideshow of images from Macworld announcement at CNet

EDIT: Almost forgot to do THIS!

Insert Witty Title Here

So what’s new in Waco these days…

Chris Stone and Kelley Lankford are engaged. Mucho congratulations once again to the two of you.

Josh now has access to the Internet courtesy of the USB wireless adaptor I got him for Christmas.

Cassaundra no longer works at Hastings (and I never got the chance to mooch off her employee discount!)

Kwil is still crazy.

I didn’t get to see Ashlie Kaim, Andy Nance (again), Gino, or the now-back-in-town Jeff Deonarine (or Akin, but he was gone all weekend I’m told). There are too many freaking awesome people I wanna hang out with and not enough weekend in which to do it. This makes me sad.

Tomorrow I’m goin’ to see my Dad and his family.

Wednesday me and David are going apartment hunting.

And, I guess that’s it. Gonna go pay some bills before I go to bed now. Later.