Dick Cheney Should Play Video Games

Dear Mr. Cheney,

Everyone is talking about your recent hunting mistake. They are saying you lost control of your emotions. I say accidents happen with guns and hunting. It's a dangerous sport. Especially as you start to age, your reaction time is plummeting.

I suggest that you start playing video games. There's no chance of injury, except maybe a sprained thumb. No killing, maiming or hurting of anything living occurs in the virtual world.

If you don’t want to give up the hunting completely, that’s ok. I understand, it’s hard to break some habits. At least if you played a video game some of the time you could titivate your hand eye coordination. Fine-tune that reaction time with some Quake. Practice keeping your excitement in check. You know, so you’ve got the skills to not shoot a buddy in the head.

You may say, "I'm too old for video games." I think you could meet many people your age in XBox Live. I'm sure Old Grandma Hardcore would really enjoy taking you out in a Halo 2 death match. Still, no one's really hurt, except maybe your ego. Ganked by a grandma, you best brush up your skills Dick.

You may say, “I get exercise hunting that I wouldn’t playing video games.” It is true that toting injured cronies out of the forest burns many calories. Another great calorie burner is Dance Dance Revolution. I’m sure if you asked, Konami would put together a version just for you featuring hits of the 20’s.

Maybe you disagree with what I'm saying. Maybe you despise video games. Are you afraid the games may turn you into a trained killer? If that's the case perhaps you could become friends with Jack Thompson. Maybe one day the two of you could have fun hunting together.

Thank you

Avian Flu

Is anyone else finding it hard to swollow the the cosmic coincidence that the bird flu just happens to be emerging in Turkey?


Happy Valentine's Day

Liana and I just hung out at home and baked some cookies. I had a great time and the baked goods turned out to be really tasty treats.  Posted by Picasa


God of War wins seven AIAS awards including Game of the Year! There is an article on Gamespot.

Lost in the Big Apple

Apple maybe winning the download wars, but I wonder for how long. I, like many other users in the last month, have run into a download issue using iTunes. The discussions and complaints list for miles in the Apple Support Discussion Boards. In all these pages of people asking, "What is the error message 0xFFFE7958?" the most resounding comment is "Where is the support?"

The problem is cross platform and cross media. You can have it on OS X downloading Gwen Stefani or on Windows XP downloading Desperate Housewives Episode 6. I can't download two episodes of Lost. People have been waiting weeks to hear from Apple about what they should do. Users are offering each other support. Telling each other to reinstall things.

Maybe Apple not addressing the problem is keeping it hush hush. Maybe they don't want to come out and say they have a bug. Is that why Apple computer systems have the reputation of being more bug free? They have bugs but never acknowledge them and they are forgotten?

Microsoft is now gaining a large base of content downloading customers. Their points purchasing program is beaming the money out of wallets across the nation. Games like Geometry Wars on the XBox 360 are just the start.

The XBox 360 is strategically placed in the entertainment cortex of the household. No downloading to your computer and then re-downloading it to your ipod. No having to watch the shows you download on your computer screen. One download and there it is on your television.

Microsoft has made it a reality for games. It's only a matter of time before music, television shows and movies are on the XBox menu. I just hope that Sony has a similar plan, but I doubt it.

I know I've always dreamed of only paying for the shows I want to see. Why do I have to pay the cable company for all this other crap like the golf channel, the fishing channel, HSN, etc. Some people are just seeing the light and recognizing the power.

It allows the true American vote (the dollar) to be focused. Plus it allows me savings in the ultimate currency (time.)

Oh, and Barlog, leave the code for the coders.


I think this post from the itunes support boards is the summation of most of the problem and frustration:

"This is completely outrageous! Why are these errors not addressed? I have the same issues as posted here. When you contact Apple (which I do not recommend) their "answers", after an hour of useless diagnostics, is that it is a windows virus!!!! I cant believe that since they can't fix the problem, or better, don't know how to fix the problem, they blame it on Windows. Customer service is lacking big time on Apple's side. I have to think that the majority of iPod users have windows, and to use that as a cop-out to issues they cant resolve is so annoying. PLEASE, someone figure out this not downloading issue. I am so tired of googling every little thing that goes wrong with itunes and having to act like my own personal IT department."

My Gamer Card

I got a gamer card:

Now if I only could get a 360.


Originally uploaded by thesoulofhope.
I haven't been surfing in a long while. This photo looks toward the south. Just past pier is where I would normally surf.
To the right is where the pier becomes much thinner and heads further into the ocean. I've paddled through the pier under that thinner section. It was a freaky experience. Paddling through a group of surfers is easy. They all move with you when a wave comes. The pier is fixed and the difference is amazing.