Friday, October 22, 2004

It ends with thunder. It ends with an epic beatdown to put the sledgehammer to an epic comeback/collapse.

It ends with a half-empty, fully depressed Yankee Stadium, with an infield celebration and the gleeful chant of "let's go Red Sox" echoing out past the Babe Ruth plaque in center field and deep into the cold New York night.

It ends Boston Red Sox 10, New York Yankees 3, giving Boston the American League pennant and the honor of becoming the first team in baseball history to win a series after it trailed 3-0.

It ends with Manhattan as Mudville, with the nail somehow getting the best of the hammer, with a champagne and Bud Light shower in a visitors' locker room used to Red Sox tears.

It ends with Boston finally, at last, unseating the Evil Empire.

"All empires fall sooner or later," Boston team president Larry Lucchino said. "This was a great night for the Red Sox Nation."

Actually, it was the greatest night for the Red Sox Nation.

by Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports

Thursday, October 21, 2004

There's a hella big game going on tonite. Yeap! The biggest rivalry in sports history! Game 7 Yankees vs. Red Sox at the Yankees stadium. Boston came back from a 3-0 loss. Tonight will be their chance to redefine history and pay back for years of misery. Did somebody say curse? I'm skeptical, but with Boston.

I've been mucking around with Jons inventory these days. Made some pics (shown below) using his digital camera and Mac. I'm pretty satisfied with them. Hopefully I can work on a couple more while I'm here; I've already decided my next project will be scenic shots I'll be taking on the hills of Palo Verdes. =)

++ Jimmy Eat World – Futures ++ I haven't yet heard of their new album, but I'm going to get it and hopefully make it to their concert next week. Oh, and for those who don't have a clue, they're an emo band.

I can't wait until tomorrow morning. Body surfing appointment 7-9am this morning was canceled because of the damn rain. You just wait monster waves, I'm coming!! Did I just taunt the ocean?!!


Monday, October 18, 2004

Bloggin from Long Beach, CA...

It rained today here in LA. It was weird. Both Jon and I have never seen it rain here previously....I wonder if it meant anything...

I played basketball all afternoon yesterday. It was great. I haven't played in a long while. I probably over did it again though (yes, even when I was just shooting around myself half the time =/ ), I strained my left elbow because I shot too much.
Anyhow, playing ball around here is extremely relaxing. Mainly because the court I was playing at was out in the open. The sky was clear blue and had just the right proportion of clouds. It was really chill....playing ball beneath a clear blue sky that. I felt at ease. I love it when you can see the horizon from one end to another. Absolutely no sign of concrete anywhere in the distant. Hopefully next time I can bring a camera with me and take pictures of this hoop I played at.

While I was at Vancouver, my grandma showed me this pic of me when I was young. It struck me that I haven't been happy like that since i remembered anything...


Friday, October 15, 2004

++ ++ More wonders only available because of the internet. He's crazy.

~~~ Velvet Revolver - Fall to Pieces ~~~
~~~ Greyboy Allstars - Sunday School ~~~
~~~ Keren Ann - Road Bin ~~~

Life is full of lessons....some of which are fun and others will take you apart. I definitely learned a few unexpected ones during my stay at Vancouver. I guess its impossible to be able to handle everything in life. Focusing on your priorities equates to losing some others. Adding 1 to the left will always equal to subtracing 1 on the right. Thats life.
I hate balance. I want to be superman. Not so that I can fly, have x-ray vision, break walls or anything of that sort, but I just want to be able to keep up with "everything" that is going on. I'm talking about reaching a level where I can only spend more of my time doing something new and never losing what used to be.

Tonight. I have a confession to make...
I hate myself when I am a cocky egoistic lil' schmuck. As much as I am who I think I am, I am only just another individual being. I really ain't better than nobody. I should not have any needs to prove myself to anybody (unless its expected). In fact, I think I'm a total loser for not knowing better sometimes. I want to apologize to all of those that I have offended.

Tomorrow is a brand new day. Live it up Erik. Be better.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

~~~ Quarashi - Stun Gun ~~~
~~~ Orange Pekoe - love life ~~~

Christmas is coming. What that means is that a huge line up of big shot games are coming out within the next two months...Nice.
One such game I am particularly interested in is 'Feel the Magic: XY/XX'. Its called 'Kimi no Tame Nara Shineru' in Japan, which translates to 'I Would Die for You'. I think I am generally pretty excited about the Nintendo DS...mainly because of its capabilities: wireless multiplayer connection, two screens (one of which is touch-screen sensitive), and the microphone is going to add a bunch of new gameplay features never heard of previously in portable consoles. It'll be very interesting how developers will implement this new hardware in the upcoming games.
But anywayz, back to the game...the game basically puts you in the role of pursuing the girl of your dreams through a series of canny scenarios. These scenarios include blowing out a candle out through the microphone, rubbing dirt off your lady through the touch-screen, looking for her valuables in the sand, coaxing goldfish to swim up a man's esophagus?? yeah, I look forward to this wacky game. Check out those screenshots...its so ipod.


Thursday, October 07, 2004

The idea of video game recommendations/reviews sounded like a pleasant spice to my blog last night...(self realization: GEEK! GEEK! GEEK!! (oo);; )

Before I start, I want you to please keep in mind I am a true gamer. This might not mean a lot to some people, but those that play and live games will comprehend those words (Haha). When I play and review a game, I focus on factors such as whether the game is truly fun, innovative, original and appealing. Graphics and sound are of concern too, but unfortunately I must say they are at the end of my priority list. Incredible graphics do not make games fun, they are only additional bonuses.
I often only play a game for 5-15 minutes because most of them are usually boring if you play any further. I often feel that the heart of the game is already experienced within these 5-15 minutes. Whether it is a role playing or platform game, if the game does not allow me to easily immerse into it...I will find it boring. I hate playing games where after the first 2-3 levels, I consciously realize I'm repeating the same formula to progress through the game. Such formulas include the hack and slash, obtaining experience through tedious combat, running the same plays, create/maintain/destroy, etc...

## Wario Ware, Inc: Mega Microgames – Nintendo (GBA, GameCube) ## This is one of those rare games that took me by surprise. Its fast, easy to learn and exciting. I definitely give it thumbs up for its original canny design. As soon as I started playing, my hands did not let go of the controller until I finished it. I would recommend this game to players who are looking for a quick, enjoyable and addictive game experience...especially since only the D-pad and A button are used, simplicity to learn is what makes Wario Ware inviting.
The concept of the game is to throw an assortment of different five-second challenges at the gamer, and they'll not only have to figure out what to do and how to do it, they'll also need to accomplish the task before the clock runs out and the game moves on to the next challenge.
I would encourage both casual and gaming veterans to check this game out. Let me know and I can send you the rom.....for evaluation purposes only! =)

Will be back with more gaming reviews.


Wednesday, October 06, 2004

20 Questions to a Better Relationship

eXpressive: 6/10
Practical: 4/10
Physical: 7/10
Giver: 9/10

You are a XSYG--Expressive Sentimental Physical Giver. This makes you a Sex Bomb.

You are sexy sex sex sex! The sexness! You are the sexiest, hottest and most charismatic of all types. You are a captivating speaker and a great dinner date -- relaxed, self-effacing, charming and generous. Your type probably has origins in something sad -- trying to keep the peace in a tough family situation, or an early heartbreak -- and you'll probably want to address and resolve that at some point, but in your relationships that heartache is pure gold!

You lie effortlessly -- not necessarily a bad thing. You can have problems with fidelity. You need frequent praise and validation, and in seeking it you can make decisions that aren't consistent with your general good judgment. In other words, don't cheat on your significant other just because someone is paying attention to you.

You strongly dislike conflict, and will avoid it. Like an XPYG, you give so much of yourself to your partner that you feel dismissed and unappreciated if you don't get the same in return. But you internalize your feelings more and have a hard time getting over them. You don't *want* to cheat -- you just keep finding yourself in vulnerable situations. But you'll stay with your partner in the long run from guilt and a desire to please.

Your sex life will always be hot. You are one of the rare people who can keep the fires of passion going forever -- if you find a good match. Find another XSYG and you will never need (or want) anyone else again.

Of the 121858 people who have taken this quiz, 8.2 % are this type.

HHAHAHAHA.....what am I supposed to say to this. Try it out yourself at:

Yea...i'm bored right now...

I haven't been recommending too much music these dayz...

~~~ Franz Ferdinand - Take me out ~~~
~~~ Incubus - Meglomaniac ~~~
~~~ Jamie Cullum - Frontin' (cover) ~~~
~~~ Nada Surf - Hi Speed Surf ~~~
~~~ Rooney - Popstars ~~~
~~~ Snow Patrol - Run ~~~
~~~ DJ Krush - Dig this Vibe ~~~
~~~ The Roots - Thought at Work ~~~
~~~ People Under the Stairs - Outrun ~~~
~~~ Kanye West - Last Call ~~~
~~~ Zero 7 - Spinning ~~~
~~~ LMF - Finalazy ~~~
~~~ Guns N Roses - Out to get me, Nightrain ~~~


Sunday, October 03, 2004

Blogging from Vancouver...

I caught the flu and have gotten sick since my arrival. That was a week ago. So yeah, I didn't do anything for a full week...knowing that drives me insane. It makes me feel worthless, it makes me feel like I'm wasting time. The voice at the back of my head has again been screaming at me to go do something constructive....

I have, however, made frequent visits to the bookstore while I've been here though. Haha. I sound like such a nerd but I've always wanted to hang around the bookstore. Just wander around and pick up any book (Yes! I mean any book!) that catches my attention. I love it. Its very stimulating. I never got the time to do that in college, but I've finally found the time to do so now. On top of looking through the computer, music and business sections (the obvious ones...), I was also at the home decor, design, cooking, and digital photography sections. Hmmm, I'm sure thats something new to those of you whom didn't know I was zany like that...

++ More Recommended Sites ++ - HAhahah. CUte! ^^; I like most of the episodes, check out 'Eyes Cold Lemonade' - Artwork by Angel Souto. Theres something about his stuff that attracts me....especially his internal work. I was able to fine one broken website selling his stuff. Argh. Dammit.

Vancouver is such a beautiful city. Its soooo relaxing here. Its perfect when the weather is nice. Its funny to know that that idea had never gone through my head since the day I was born here. Growing up has changed my perspective so significantly. Vancouver is clean, friendly, peaceful, green...yet also a "full-on" city on its own. Except maybe that it gets too cold here in the winter, I rate British Columbia at the top along with my beloved California. I'm not at all surprised why movie and game production is big here.

~~~ Space Raiders - Beautiful Crazy ~~~