gdgrana: (Default)
As some of you may know, I was/am in San Diego for the Society for Neuroscience 2007 Annual Meeting, which ends today. Not going to say too much right now, other than it's been a great experience to be able to finally attend one of these conferences. This last day is rather bland, though, so I've taken time out to see some vendor exhibits, then walk around the Gaslamp district and take in a few of the sights (had I more time, I would have loved to use the trolley to see more of the city, but alas...)

I'm planning on applying for membership to the society (would have saved me money for the conference, but alas, hindsight etc), as I would like to go with [livejournal.com profile] jennifer to the annual meeting again next year, this time in Washington, D.C. Until then, I'll keep working hard to get some good results with my work right now, and hope to finally get published as 1st author at last :D

That is all. You may now return to your regular programming.
gdgrana: (damaged)
So apparently, I'm immune - or highly resistant - to caffeine, because this morning I had a "grande" Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks and I'm still as groggy as I was when I woke up at 6:30 this morning z_z I know this unusual tiredness is due to some pain med I had to take at 'round 2:30, but I didn't think it would hit me this hard @_@

I SO wish I could take a nap at some point, but, alas, I don't think the school would be too happy to find one of their grad students getting some much-deserved shuteye, even if it's only for a few minutes.
gdgrana: (Gaming)
So Jen took a mental-health day, and I agreed to stay with her so we could see the doc together. No call back yet on an appointment, but in the meantime, she discovered that "The Lost Levels" was out on VC.

Oh dear:

"What the fuck do you mean Mario can't swim?" (Mario sinks into a small pool of water in World 1-2)
"What the fuck is a Blooper doing there?" (flying around in World 1-3)
"Where's my go-downy-pipe?" (Looking for a warp pipe in 1-2)
"What is the appropriate use of a Starman, then?" (after I chastised her for 'wasting' it as she tried collecting coins while invincible -_-)

And many, many more profanities. Lulz were had.
gdgrana: (contemplative Starscream)
Only 27 lines, so no cut :P Comments will be screened just in case, and because that's how it was set up from Tiff's journal.

1. Do you have a tattoo?
2. How old are you?
3. Are you single or taken?
4. Fish?
5. Do you dream in colour?
6. Ever seen a corpse?
7. How about them hipsters?
8. How did we meet?
9. What's your philosophy on life and death?
10. If you could do anything with me, and have no one know, what would it be?
11. Do you trust the police?
12. Do you like musicals?
13. What is your fondest memory of me?
14. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?
15. Would you cheat?
16. What are you wearing?
17. Have you ever peed in a pool?
18. Would you hide evidence for me if I asked you to?
19. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
20. Which do you prefer - short or long hair?
21. What's your favorite day of the week?
22. What's your favorite color?
23. If you could bring back anyone that has passed, who would it be?
24. Tell me one interesting/odd fact about you?
25. What was your first impression of me?
26. Have you ever done drugs?
27. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you?
gdgrana: (Default)
Alright, this is going out to all the computer people in the audience. A two-pronged question, if you will:

1. I want to configure SSH to use port X instead of 22 like normal. I know how to do it on the machines themselves, but what do I need to do with my router? I've read around that there's a way to have the router take everything coming into it from port 22 and pass it to port X on my computers, but the instructions on how to do that are somewhat vague. I've got Ubuntu running on the laptop and Cygwin acting as a *nix emulator on the PC for now.

2. How do I talk to the machines from outside the LAN using SSH? Again, I've seen some vague references to talking to the router itself, but beyond that, how do I get to the individual machines? I've also attempted to ssh into the router's IP but have gotten the "connection refused" warning whenever I do.

Thanks everyone.
gdgrana: (Kunzite from PGSM)
I mean, sure, the writing was often valley-girl-ish, and some of the changes were so obvious you didn't even need to know about the original version (c'mon, the girls were "kidnapped" by the Negaverse? And that makes you all emo, Serena?), but damn, the voice acting was pretty good, Zoycite > Zoisite, and "that's so sweet, I'm getting cavities" was the best worst line ever delivered in the history of acting.

It's true that the original is superior in many ways to the dub, but the dub got me into anime in the early 90s, and the way Toonami used to introduce it made it out to be such a big deal.

Yay for nostalgia?

ALSO: I need a Tuxedo Mask UPI like whoa.

O_O

Aug. 28th, 2007 07:21 pm
gdgrana: (Mewtwo)
Metroid Prime: Corruption is AWESOME.

I've only played the opening level so far, but man, the game handles REALLY WELL. The controls will take some getting used to, seeing as I'm not really an FPS kind of guy, but so far they work quite well. The sound is INCREDIBLE, too, quite the step up from Echoes, and the designers have sure gotten the feel of the game down pat (pact?) The graphics are alright, but again, the Wii isn't known for ZOMG GRAFIX; this is probably the one area that's comparable to Echoes, but that's not really a bad thing.

Go play it. If you're an FPS person, you'll get the hang of the controls in no time. Even if you're not, the game plays really well and continues the essence of the first two perfectly.

Oh, and because Jen is being shy for some reason: Super Paper Mario is very cute. A slight deviation from the first two - it's more of a side-scroller/adventure|RPG than before, but the feel, again, is preserved quite well. You never really feel like you have to grind to get levels, which is good, as the gameplay is so seamless and engaging you'll forget, at times, that it is an RPG at heart. Play it if you liked the first ones, or if you like the Mario series in general.

Bleah

Aug. 24th, 2007 06:32 am
gdgrana: (Default)
Screwed up making the espumita (froth) for my Cuban Coffee today, so I'm trying to gulp down a café con leche without any sugar.

Bah -_-
gdgrana: (Mewtwo)
ANYWAY.

So it's 'round 5 AM when I am awoken by the clatter of objects in the dining or living room, and Rydia is making the oddest sound I've ever heard. I bolt up and scan the rooms; my worst fear is that one of the shelves has fallen, sending everything to the floor and, worst yet, hurting the cat. Nope, all 4 shelves are alright so far. I see Rydia on one of the windowsills, still making that weird-ass sound, and move over to see what's wrong with her.

There's another fucking cat outside our apartment.

Now, this guy is just chillin' by the front steps, staring up at Rydia and I with a look of "WTF, mate? ^^ I'm just hangin' here, ain't no thang!" Meanwhile, Rydia is making this deep, glottal and clearly upset sound which seems to be saying "GTFAH (get the fuck atta' hea'), this be my house, bitch," only all she's doing is sitting at the sill, somewhat curled up (Jen later mused that she might be in pounce mode, but I digress). So the odd meowing continues as the other cat strolls off the sidewalk, and once it's on the street, Rydia essentially stops. The cat turns around and looks at us, then crosses over to the cars on the other side, sniffs at them, turns back, etc. It eventually leaves our field of view, and I look at Rydia with an "honestly, cat, chill" sort of look. I eventually get back to a little sleep, but not much.

I guess the clattering was Rydia scrambling from one of the windows in the living room to the other, making a racket as she usually does when she spazzes out in the middle of the night. So far, the intruder has not returned, but I plan to document everything that happens if it ever decides to grace us with its presence again.
gdgrana: (contemplative Starscream)
(NOTE: This is not directed at anyone on my fpage, unless you happen to be the rather anonymous person who did this)

If you are going to attack my opinions and knowledge about a certain situation, do me a favor and do it to my face, rather than using blanket terms like "ignorant" to attack "some one else who commented to this post". Thanks :D

...

Aug. 9th, 2007 04:27 pm
gdgrana: (perservering)
So it turns out our lease break wasn't for end of August 2007.

It's for end of August 2008!

Guess what that means? That's right, David gets to try to pull $1250 out of his ass to pay for a place that he doesn't even live in anymore! I'm OH so glad the owner of the building decided to NOT tell me about this when she called me, instead leaving a nasty voice-mail on [livejournal.com profile] jennifer's cell instead.

For future reference, "you just signed the lease extension, it doesn't really matter" does NOT have any legal holding. Even if you just extended the lease a day before deciding you want to break, you are STILL responsible for the unit until the end of the lease extension or until it gets leased out again, whichever comes first.

More amused and upset than nervous right now. Hopefully I'll be able to get this straightened out when I speak to the owner of the building again.

Also, how is it there are so many zomg special snowflake moods, but nothing as simple as "mad" or "upset"?
gdgrana: (accomplished Starscream)
- Internets are back. w00t (read with a German accent, i.e., pronouncing the "w" as a "v").

- ROBOT HOUSE!

- Jen and I found a new little hole-in-the-wall called Coast Cafe. Best fried chicken and mac & cheese I've had in ages, and they have some bitchin' mashed potatoes and gravy to boot.

- Possibly old news, but I've not been keeping up with my video game info: GH3 for the Wii, with a control scheme I totally called (shoving a Wii-remote into a guitar shell, basically) and songs performed by the original artists instead of covers (though I don't know if GH2 or GH80s has something similar).

That's all. Place is coming along slowly but nicely. Can't wait to have people over eventually :D
gdgrana: (Starscream 2007)
I'm being forced - AT GUN POINT (written to tease Jen :P) - to make a journal entry.

In a few minutes, there will be alcohol in my system.

Ideally, a lot of it.

Expect a much better post after that happens.

In the mean time, the move is practically complete. Many boxes need unpacking, but no worries, it shall get done. The old place needs cleaning, but again, it shall get done. Jen thinks she broke her toe, so she's gonna get her foot X-rayed tomorrow to see.

Um, that's it. Yeah.

Go away now *shakes a cane*
gdgrana: (Chicken Lawyer)
( PovRayMan ) In one of the bathrooms on campus, someone wrote: "The Americans are the Nazis of the 20th Century."
( PovRayMan ) Below it, another person followed up: "The Nazis are the Nazis of the 20th Century, you fuckwit."
gdgrana: (perservering)
...Sony strikes again -_-

Quick recap: the 60GB PS3 will be discontinued by the end of July or August in the US. They'll still be on the shelves, but once gone, that's it, you'd have to get the $599 80GB one.

You know...I don't hate the PS3, far from it; it's a gorgeous machine and the games look absolutely STUNNING on it, and I WOULD love to play MGS4 and FFXIII at some point. But God dammit, Sony, you just LOVE to piss all over your current and potential customers, don't you? By the time I'd be able to afford the 60GB at its current price, they'd likely be gone, and I don't know how I feel about $100 for 20 measely gigs I'll probably never use -_-
gdgrana: (Starscream 2007)
Saw Transformers last night.

Wow.

To call the movie "awesome" would quite literally be an insult; it was beyond awesome. The CGI was the best I've ever witnessed; you'd swear these things were real with how well they moved and interacted with the human actors. I need to give a special nod to the transformations; they were very fluid and believable, especially when the characters would morph as they were running/driving/flying along the scenery. Fighting scenes were top-notch, really giving off the sense that these two factions were involved in a long and grueling war, and that changing the battlefield to Earth hasn't changed much for them. Megatron and Optimus Prime especially deserve credit for being characterized rather well, and their fight sequences were among the best in the picture.

I may update with a more thorough review at some point, but I've got to get some work done. In the mean time, I will acknowledge that the concept of this movie has polarized a lot of the fandom. Nevertheless, if you still have an open mind about it, go see it. If you've never gotten into the Transformers craze, go see it. And if you love watching large things go boom and giant robots beating the crap out of each other without the encumbering weight of a Shakespearean plot, go see it. Really, you won't be disappointed.
gdgrana: (Default)
I did not expect to see this person come back (Link name contains the name of the character, so don't click/hover if you want to be kept surprised).

I was really expecting a lot of the guys from Melee to be culled, but with this person's inclusion, I'm kept wondering who else will stick around...

DS love

Jun. 20th, 2007 05:19 pm
gdgrana: (Gaming)
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6172812.html

Most excellent. As hard as Contra III was, it was SO much fun to play. Here's hoping for some Wi-fi connectivity so I can 2P with someone.

More substantial posting coming soon...hopefully.

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