Saturday, May 7, 2011

Time travel...


I made the move.  Based out of my friends' apartment for the moment, until the paychecks come in and i can get my own place.

It's exciting to say the least.  Driving is now a non-trivial task, for starters...  I'm used to being able to take my time and not having anybody around.  I'm sure i'll manage.

More frequent bullshit soon to follow!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


Still sporadic internet access.  I begin my last week of work this Saturday...  my last work day is April 20th.  That should be entertaining...  Moving out on the 29th or 30th.  Then, eventually, consistent internet usage!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Destination Omaha

It's official.  I'll be moving there at the end of April.

So, posts might be pretty sparse until i get set up again.  Still running off of a modded PS3.  Somehow that's still working!

Also, i'm an in-dash LCD screen away from having a computer/PS3/original Xbox/something in my car for a music system.  I got the 400W power inverter over the weekend.  Any suggestions as to what system i use?  Preferably something that can simultaneously browse the internet while playing music; i plan on using this thing for road maps, etc. too.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

In The Flesh?

"Is there something eluding you, sunshine?
Is this not what you expected to see?
If you want to find out what's behind these cold eyes,
you'll just have to claw your way through this disguise."

--Roger Waters

So, i've finally set up my travel rig.  It consists of a PS3 running Linux with a powered USB hub, using a mobile broadband card for network access.  Ideally, this thing would be using 3g, but i haven't been able to connect to it anywhere yet; it just defaults back to the 1xRTT slow-as-hell network.  Which i guess is tolerable, if that's what it comes down to.

So, i'm pretty much moving to Omaha at the end of April.  I'm gonna miss the hell out of this town, but it's time for me to see some of the rest of the world.  It's been long enough.  And it's not too far away to move back in case i change my mind once i get there!  This is partially what the travel rig is for.  I'm only about 1/2 paid off on my car, and i may have the previous owner hold on to my computer (and a handful of other things) as collateral, and to ensure that i'll return to this town some day.

I'm starting to miss this place already.  GDMF.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Still alive.

Been out of town, and now don't seem to have internet access.


More soon.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Currently Playing

Sonic and Knuckles/Sonic 3.  I've finished all levels and got all chaos and super emeralds with both Sonic and Knuckles, and am currently at about 50% done with Tails (who, strangely, can't transform like the other two with only a complete set of chaos emeralds, he needs the super ones too).

Also, i noticed that when Tails turns his back, his sprite has drawn-on tails, and the game doesn't quit animating the two flopping around behind him while he does so, making him appear to have a total of four.

I need to get a life.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Custom PS3 Boot Logo

Figured out how to do this.  Still not 100% sure how the transparency works, other than #000000 is always 100% transparent.  It's weird because the tutorials i followed online didn't mention anything about what color-mode to use when working with the image, and the PS3 (as of yet) only supports a greyscale image, but when i open the original .dds files in Photoshop it always opens them in RGB color...  And i'm too chickenshit to try a few things out and potentially brick my PS3.

Yes, that's Kefka from Final Fantasy 6.  It seems appropriate.  .dds files available upon request.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Alexander Ocias Makes Games.  And this one is awesome.  I've played through "Loved" a few times, and i'm planning on playing it a couple more, because i have a feeling there's more stuff hidden in it.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

AsBestOS 2.0 -> BootOS 2.01

I can't wait to get my thumbdrive and check this out!  AsBestOS, the unofficial PS3 OtherOS loader, has been redubbed BootOS, and this new version is said to less prone to error.  It has also been said, though, that 1.5 works better for Ubuntu, and 2.0/2.01 work better for Debian.  I can't personally verify either, yet.

Friday, February 25, 2011


Switched to Fedora 14, from Sabayon Linux.  Fedora is, i think, the perfect combination of functionality, performance and ease of installation.  The installer (Anaconda; supposedly the same installer Sabayon uses, except in Fedora it actually works...) even let me partition my three disks into a couple raid-arrays; one for the root filesystem and one for swap space.  And it did it without flinching, bombing out halfway through, or spontaneously rebooting!

It's almost as well-polished as Ubuntu.  Totem (Movie Player for Gnome) searches for uninstalled codecs and finds them if they're available...  It's really well put-together; then again, Red Hat always used to be, so no surprise there.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Police Raid Graf_Chokolo's House

Graf_chokolo, who has contributed countless things to the PS3 scene, had his private home raided by police this morning. They confiscated all of his "accounts" and anything related to PS3 hacking. Some of you may remember that graf_chokolo promised if he was pushed, that he would release all of his PS3 hypervisor knowledge to the world. He kept good on this promise releasing what is being dubbed as the Hypervisor Bible. "The uploaded files contains his database which is a series of tools for the PS3′s Hypervisor and Hypervisor processes. It will help other devs to reverse engineer the hypervisor of PS3 further."

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Light It Up Contest -- geohot

I think i might try this approach the next time i need to settle any kind of dispute...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Icelandic Ultrablue

It's what the astronauts used when they first came to Earth!

Seriously...  i hope that's the most ridiculous thing you've ever seen, 'cause damn, i can actually hear my brain cells telling me to never watch that video again!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bored as eff.

Been a long weekend.

Btw, that car wash pic was totally accidental; i got so bored one night i went through the wash and took pictures to pass the time, and the triangular object in the center is the hub of the rotating sprayer.  Totally accidental and not photoshopped in any way!

Anyway.  I'll post some more meaningful content in the future when i'm not busy.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


"Borrowed" some Creme Brulee coffee from work.  It's pretty good stuff, but i think i made it a little too strong...  i tried to eyeball about 1/3 of a 12-cup packet into the 4-cup coffee machine, and... well, i'm getting kinda jittery.  :oP

Monday, February 14, 2011

SNES9X-PS3 4.4.5

" SNES9x PS3 4.4.5 (FW 1.92+/FW 3.15/FW 3.41/CFW 3.55) changes:

Build 4.4.5 (14-02-2010)

* New HD Version - every game runs at the SNES' high-resolution mode (512x448 interlaced mode). Try this with the right shader on (4xSoft) and this can make the games look beautiful. Both progressive (1080p/720p/480p/576p) and interlaced modes (480i/576i/1080i) work with this - try interlaced for best results.

* 4xSoft combined with this HD version also beautifies the pseudo hi-res transparent background layers in Kirby's Dreamland 3.

* Triple Buffering option added - enabled by default. Faster graphics/shader performance with triple buffering turned on - some potential input lag with triple buffering on - turn it off in case you experience problems of this nature.

* USB/Bluetooth mouse can be used now for Mouse/Super Scope games.

* Primal Rage works again."

Can't wait to test it, but i gotta get some sleep first!

EDIT:  Got to mess with it before work, briefly.  It looks awesome on my little 720 monitor; i can't wait to see how nice it looks on my friend's big-ass 1080.  The CRT video filter is beautiful...  it even morphs the screen so it looks bowed out like a CRT television!  Now i can swear at Gradius III in glorious high-def!  :oP

EDIT 2:  The hd version looks kinda weird...  if you leave the PS3 set on a progressive video mode, there'll be interlacing artifacts, and if you switch it to an interlaced video mode, there'll be less interlacing artifacts, but a lot of the video filters will look like butt...  i should try the non-hd version, maybe.

Something you pass around - A Joint

PS3 Channels Creator 2.0 - Now in English!



* Now you can choose the icons you want (even add icons added)
* Works in all regions
* You can choose the name of the folder containing the xil.xml (Not all consoles have the same name)
* Different languages (English, Spanish and Catalonian)
* You can choose the order of channels
* All times are displayed in the channel list"

Sunday, February 13, 2011

It got up to like 55 degrees F today!

~2 weeks ago we got buried in snow, and up until the day before yesterday the temperature had been ~0 F, give or take.  I meant to take my camera to work with me, so i could go out and take pics of everything melting under a sky that hadn't been blue in recent history, but i forgot.  So, i got this pic from out the front window before the sun was too far gone.

I'll try to remember the camera tomorrow!

Saturday, February 12, 2011


I made this using UltraFractal and Photoshop 6, years ago.  Just found it in an old backup set.  It was called both 'SoulSphere' and 'DeathSphere' at different times.  I think the latter is the current one.

3d Dot Game Heroes

3d Dot Game Heroes is the coolest thing EVER.

This is my custom Ignignokt character.  In an ideal world, i would have been able to make him only one pixel thick, and indeed he was originally like that, but that made him have facial features on both sides, and it just wasn't right.  I wanted to make Err also, but his pixels are smaller and it just wasn't gonna happen up to my standards.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Snooky and the metronome

Beer review, first attempt

I should have seen it coming, really...  I picked up a pick-6-pack from the local liquor store, from which i chose a Luna Sea (Empyrean Brewing Co.), a Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale, a Guinness Draught, a Heineken, a Sam Adams Black Lager, and a Boulevard Irish Ale; and they were drank in that order (iirc).  To give a frame of reference, i started the evening with a Milwaukee's Best Light (that nobody else would drink).

Luna Sea:
My first reaction was, "Wow, this tastes a whole lot fucking better than that Beast Light!"  And, it did.  A lot.  This was probably my favorite beer of the evening, flavor-wise.  On the bottle's label, it says "Custom Brewed To Complement Food: Pair with grilled steak, salmon, BBQ or wild game and caramel desserts," and i had just finished a double-whopper, and i wish i hadn't washed it down with the Beast Light first, because that may have made it even better, but there's always next paycheck.

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale:
I like plain ol' Blue Moon, without the orange wedge, but maybe this one would have benefitted from one.  None of the seasonal Blue Moon brews seem to do it for me like the original does.

(Beast Light refresher.)

Guinness Draught:
Shoulda got regular Guinness.  The "rocket" effect just makes the thing too smooth, i think.  Then again, smooth can be a good thing; maybe if i put this one at the end of the list, the smoothness would've been more appreciable...

Starting to get drunk.  I'm not sure, because i always end up drinking Heineken when i'm already a little inebriated, but i could swear it tastes like weed...

(Beast Light refresher...  maybe this is a bad idea...)

Sam Adams Black Lager:
Too drunk to remember.

Boulevard Irish Ale:
Too drunk to remember.

So, in summation, i'm gonna try this again next Friday and see if i can stick to the plan.  :oP


Thursday, February 10, 2011

PSChannels Creator 1.0

Xesc, from Elotrolado, has released PSChannels Creator 1.0. The app generates an XML file, which allows you to make "shortcuts" on the XMB to various TV channels or Websites. Please note, currently the app is only in Spanish. - PSChannels Creator 1.0 Released

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sony Demanding Identity Of Anyone Who Saw PS3 Jailbreak Video On YouTube

"Sony continues to massively overreact to the news that a hacker figured out how to 'jailbreak' the PS3 in order to re-enable the functionality that Sony had deleted from PS3s. Beyond getting a far overreaching gag order on George Hotz, who figured out the jailbreak, and playing Whac-a-Mole to try to take down the code anywhere it appears, the company has now asked a judge to order Google to provide the IP addresses and other identifying info of anyone who viewed or commented on the video about the jailbreak that was hosted on a private YouTube page."

Mother of God.

The Failanx

Gonna see what all this entails.  Gotta be to work in roughly 20 minutes, though.  I guess "free time" would be a thing that this entails, huh...


Anyway, this site is likely to contain some of the following:

  • Assorted console homebrew
  • Filesystem benchmarking, probably maybe
  • Bitching about Sabayon Linux
  • Ridiculous stories
  • Retarded images
  • Beer reviews, money-willing
  • Random shit-talk
  • Begging for donations for beer reviews

Currently my PS3 runs 3.55-kmeaw FW.  I want to make it run Linux again, and i'm not sure exactly why, 'cause i still remember how well it didn't work with official OtherOS support...  it's just one of those things.

Better get to work.