The LAN party was a complete success! Tycho made good on his word, as Armagetron turned out to be the new favorite. We also played a little Tribes and quite a bit of TFC. Hopefully we will have some huge (compared to our normal 8 person deals) LANs later this summer. We have plans to rent out a building, bring in a bunch of chairs and tables, and have a cover charge. The geeks in our county will flock to it like Yogi to a picnic basket!

In other news, I am having a lot of fun learning/building with PHP. I created the registration form/list for Necrowombicon 2K3 today and it only has me wishing I could do more!

Picks of the Month

Just like everyone else, I am a total media whore. Seeing as how I don’t have a regular job right now (web design pays good enough to live at home with your parents for the summer), I have plenty of time to entertain myself with books, movies, music, tv, and the Internet. So without further ado, here are my picks of the month:

Song of the month: definitely Times Like These by the Foo Fighters. I have always liked the Foo Fighters, but their new cd has brought a greater appreciation for their music. Times Like These is a satisfying, melodious rock song with some good rises and falls in the tempo and intensity. Check it out if you haven’t already.

TV show of the month: Without a doubt Family Guy. Stupidly, I never really watched the show when it was on Fox, but thanks to the geniuses at Cartoon Network who have picked it up (among other animated gems), I am discovering its true greatness.

DVD of the month: I rent scores of DVDs, since I have a subscription to Netflix (might as well get your moneys worth, right?). My most recent rental was The Frighteners. I had seen it before and remembered liking it, but after watching it again it has completely renewed my love of Peter Jackson, who wrote and directed it. This movie is hilarious, beautiful, frightening, fresh, and just all around magnificent. It features the best looking death character, ever. When he comes flying down and slams the ground with that massive scythe, it sends shivers down my back. Probably one of my favorite movies of all time (The Big Lebowski, Blues Brothers, and Fight Club are also up there).

Website of the month: Daydream Graphics (the PHP Tutorials), since I borrowed their code to build most of this site. Perhaps not the greatest set of tutorials to start learning PHP with, but certainly helped me leap to the next step in the learning process. I feel quite a bit more capable after reading them and constructing this site, which features three MySQL tables, an admin page that lets me update the blog, hassle free, and obviously, a lot of PHP code.

LAN Action

I’m attending a LAN this weekend. So of course until then speculation has run wild about what games are going to be played. Last time we played Counter-Strike almost exclusively. All the other games either didn’t work (BF1942) or people just outright refused to play them (TFC). So we played CS until I was physically sick. I will never play CS again. If they try to play CS at this LAN, I will start a structure fire, namely their computer structures.

This time though, my friend and I are going to force everyone to play Tribes, because it is the perfect game. Perfect. No game has yet to top the Tribes multiplayer experience in my book. Now, you all can throw your BF1942 or whatever at me, but I will stick to my guns. I literally have an orgasm just thinking about playing it. I’ll give you just under ten reasons why it blows every other game out of the water:

  • Killing someone with a disc launcher, while they are in the air.
  • Kamikaze missions with the scout.
  • Heat-seeking rocket turrets (when you use the command screen to control them)!
  • Quick fly throughs to grab the enemy flags on Dangerous Crossing, Stonehenge, etc.
  • Using the elf gun on people.
  • Mid-air scout collisions.
  • Skiing.
  • Disc-jumping! (thanks PRD)

I think I have to wash my pants now.

Mavs Ahoy!

Wow, I never thought the Mavericks would actually win game 1 in San Antonio. Just goes to show you how much the Spurs choke at the end of almost every game.

Okay, so the 49 free throws helped the Mavs get to the end, but Duncan missed 2 key free throws at the end as well as that last airball. After letting the Mavs comeback from 18 down and coming up extremely short at the end, the Spurs don’t deserve to win a championship.

Perhaps now my dream of a Nets/Mavs finals isn’t too far off!