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Category: Personal
Monday, January 31st, 2005 @ 04:45 pm
Posted By Brent
I realize now that the Darkslide website wasn't working for everyone, especially since I had never tested it on Internet Explorer. Needless to say, it didn't work on Internet Explorer, which means it didn't work for the 90% or so of you who still use it. So, if Pete told you to look at his cool new website, but all you got was one dumb page with two retarded posts on it and a menu up top that didn't work, that was my fault. I'm sorry.

Anyway, I moved it to it's own site (which doesn't have a domain name pointing at it currently, so you can't see it yet), but rest assured I've fixed the broken menu (or rather Jason has). I hope to have a domain name for it sometime in the next two weeks or so, hoping a certain domain name situation pans out and I get what I'm hoping for, all will be good and all you little bastards that hang around the shop will have somewhere look at pictures of yourselves, talk on the message boards, etc.

I feel like I may be fully healed by at least this weekend, so maybe we can schedule that ramp-bbq-drink-a-thon at Feasty's for this Sunday? Can I get a Amen?


Category: Personal
Friday, January 28th, 2005 @ 05:57 pm
Posted By Brent
Well, here's a link (ed: now moved to another spot for easier development) to the early Darkslide Skateboards website. As of this writing, it's got a homepage with news updates, a public message board (with an "announcements" forum in it that the news updates read from), and a photo gallery that the site admin (Pete) will be able to add photos to very easily. Once we get together to map out Chalmette and get some photos together, there will also be a "Spots" page with a map of sweet skate spots in Chalmette that you can click on to get detailed pictures from that location.

It uses phpBB for the forums, and Gallery for the photo album; two excellent open source web apps. Of course it's all tied together to look like the same site with various small graphical and code tweaks by yours truly and a top notch site banner by Jason. I originally kicked one out but it looked like I had completely ripped off somebody elses phpBB site banner and slapped "Darkslide Skateboards" on it. It probably didn't help matters that this was excatly what I had done, but Jason stepped up to the plate and hooked a brotha up with a professional quality one that was actually original to boot.


Category: Games
Thursday, January 27th, 2005 @ 03:31 pm
Posted By Brent
I haven't been able to skate for the past week or so seeming as I'm nursing a wounded ankle, so I've had to go off in search of a new way to pass the time. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I believe I found the winner.

This new pastime is called "Playing Resident Evil 4 on the Gamecube and drinking lots of Johnny Walker Red." Believe you me, this is one hell of a hobby.

You see, Johnny Walker Red is a scotch, and if I were forced to place it in the gradation of scotch qualities, I'd probably seat it in the upper end of the blends. Resident Evil 4, on the other hand, I'd squarely place in the "Coolest video game to come out since humans discovered sex" category. These two flavors mingle like a filet mignon, medium rare, would with a woody, dry Merlot. It just works, don't ask me how. Also, I don't really know if woody or dry are two good qualities of Merlot, I'm just parroting things I've heard in the past.

Ok, ok, so Resident Evil 4 isn't the best game in the world, but it's definitely up there. I'd certainly testify to it being better than say, E.T. on the Atari 2600. And sure, drinking scotch may not be what's considered a "healthy pastime," but hey, nothing worth doing is ever good for you... or easy... or something. I'm sure there was something about the benefits drinking scotch in that saying, I just don't remember it right now.

Well, don't worry anyway, I'm going to have to go back to skating eventually, like when I'm not wracked with pain every time I put weight on my right ankle. Besides, my girlish figure is taking quite a dramatic hit because of this, and I'm quite concerned my liver will be going on strike soon.


Category: Humor
Friday, January 21st, 2005 @ 10:27 am
Posted By Brent
Some guy somewhere wrote a script that pulls a list of the latest images posted on people's Live Journals and displays them. I've found it to be a more than apt time sink (along with grouphug.us and IRC Images) when one is in dire need of killing time.

Well, it just displayed the images in their native size in linear fashion down that page. This sucked. I reworked the script a bit to size it all up and grid it out on the screen. It also provides two links for each image: one link opens a window with the livejournal post that used that image, and the other opens a window with the image at its original size. There's usually more than your fair share of hot teenage girls posting pictures of themselves looking hot.

(PS: incase you didn't notice, I added a search box the the lefthand column.)


Category: Personal
Friday, January 14th, 2005 @ 11:33 pm
Posted By Brent
Well, I've begun again. The first break was between the ages of 13 and 18. This break was between 19 and 28 so it's a substantial difference. Last time I restarted the habit I picked it right back up. This time around it's a bit more of an ordeal.

The first day out, we probably skated for about 2 hours. I couldn't even fucking ollie. I had lost the touch, but I was bound and determined to get it back. My ankles throb 24 hours a day now, getting back in shape is more painful than I suspected.

I started running on a treadmill around a month ago and the disappointing problem that I would always encounter was that I would go for about half an hour, but then I was done. Spent. Exercise finished. It wasn't fun in the least and it certainly wasn't a sustainable activity. Skating on the other hand is as fun and engaging as it is exhausting. After thirty minutes you're worn the shit out, but you don't have to play mind games with yourself to get yourself to continue; you actually want to continue. At least I do.

I've also learned that Jason's friend John is (or at least used to be) a pretty accomplished skater and has a 4 foot half pipe in his possession. I look forward to breaking my ass open on it one day soon. I'm in so much pain but this is the best I've felt in years. Actually having a physical activity that you want to continue pursuing is great.