Saturday, February 28, 2009

C'on ride the bus

It is appropriate that this is post 27. A breakdown in percentage of the 55 people who I have ridden with, driven, or convoyed with to Marscon the previous 5 years or are expected to join me next weekend. Yes, people who have ridden with me multiple times and are counted multiple times from where they lived at that time.

With me enjoying Marscon in Bloomington, MN next weekend, I won't be posting.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

5% update

I decided to vow to lose 5 percent of my Jan 2nd weight by Marscon which is less than two weeks away. Weighing at 271.5 leaves me 1.7 lbs away. As expected, three parties and the awesome food there created the bumps in the chart. I do admit that in February I have not been as strict in watching everything I eat so along with my body adjusting to the changed intake, the loss has been slower if not stagnant.

With 10 days until my last weigh in, I definitely need to be smart to get to my 269.8 goal.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Video gaming

This chart was composed from what I currently own plus looking at a couple of web sites which showed titles and my memory. Though I have rented other games, I decided to not include them unless I beat the game or rented it more than once.

Sports simulation - games that are designed to play like the sport (Madden football collection)

FPS - First person shooters, where you play a character and your view is designed to be from your character's eyes. (Doom, James Bond games)

TPS - Third person shooters, where you view the character that you play. (Grand Theft Auto, Twisted Metal)

Embellished sports games - A sports game where players have unusual abilities (NBA jam or my favorite Mutant League Football)

Racing games - Driving game where the goal is to win a race (Need For Speed, Rush, NASCAR games; even though NASCAR is a sport, I decided to include those games with other driving games)

Driving games - Driving game where the goal is not winning a race. (Crazy Taxi)

Cart game - Driving race game where characters pick up weapons to use either to help their vehicle or hurt others (Mario Cart)

Emulators - Games which contain collections of either classic arcade games (Midway, Namco) or classic console games (Atart 2600)

Music - Where players either dance or play an instrument shaped controller to music (Guitar Hero, Rock Band)

RPG - Role playing game - Where you control a group of people in a quest by telling them who and how to attack, heal or cast their spells. (Final Fantasy)

Misc - Games that I only had one from a category (Worms)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Cartoon time

At work during the week, I went to someone's desk and was surprised to see my blog on the computer. When asking, the person did not understand the origin of the cartoon image on my profile. Thinking about it, I decided to post and explain the ones of me and my family:

This is one of my wife and I through a program that makes the person into a South Park Character. Yes, I look like the over caffeinated Tweek wearing glasses and Kenny's football jersey.

These and the rest of them are drawn by the great Luke Ski. After he drew a bunch of them for my best friend Carrie Dahlby, I said there was no way he could make me look good in that form. He showed me how talented he is. These are drawing of me as a member of CTU (from the tv show 24) and Arthur Dent (from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) followed by me under Scrabble letters and one describing my internet radio show.

These are both renditions of the van I drive to the Marscon sci-fi convention held in Bloomington, MN the first week of March. The second one has been made into a t shirt after Blasted Bill Putt colorized a black and white drawing Luke Ski made.

At Marscon 2008, I was looking at the merchandise table stating I have all these CDs when I saw this new one by the great Luke Ski. Luke said he wished he could have seen my face when I saw this cover. I was laughing so hard after seeing it I could barely stand.

The first part is on the back cover of the CD and for some reason the one of me storming away is the one people at my work state looks the most realistic. Below that is a drawing of the Mall Santa song performed with Carrie Dahlby and my wife and daughter and a poster made for the song Sleep Walking Zombies which my daughter did with her.

Luke Ski works at the Key Lime Cove indoor waterpark near Great America doing caricatures on many weekends. He also works freelance. His site is