Blog Culture

So as you probably know, I’m just getting my feet wet with all this blog stuff. Again, I’m definitely glad I made the switch to this format for my website because my site was really turning into a blog anyway. Plus, I’m always having fun learning about different computer technologies, and up to now, I haven’t had any experience with blogs, so that’s also a good thing. But on that note, it seems the “blog culture” is definitely taking me a minute to get a handle on.

I found a really cool article titled…


21 Surefire Tips for a Successful Blog Launch

(BTW, I LOVE THAT PICTURE). I think above everything else, it has helped me out the most in regards to getting my blog “up to snuff”, not only mechanically but also getting me in the right mindset. I think I’m beginning to understand that if your blog is to be a success, you really need a community to support it. So unlike so many other models on the web, you really have to make….friends! And that’s definitely a cool thing. I mean, before this, I never paid attention to other blogs or tried to find ones that I found interesting. Now, I’m always on the lookout for a cool one!

Were blogs the first Internet medium to really push social networking? HMMMMMM.

Optimizing the Graphics in Your Games

In an extreme fit of boredom today at work I said to myself, “Say, when was the last time you went on GameFaqs?” And frankly, I didn’t have an answer. Logic says that it was sometime while I was playing FFXII (which I still haven’t finished). So yeah, I go onto GameFaqs, and they have a link to an article on GameSpot titled, “How to Optimize Your Frame Rates”. To my surprise, it was actually a pretty cool article!

They talk about options commonly found in the graphics settings of video games including antialiasing, anisotropic filtering, resolution, draw distance, shadows, and textures and how to change these to get the most out of your games. Now if the article just stopped there, it may not even be worth the read because you’d probably get bored to sleep inside of a minute. The cool thing about this piece is that for every option, it presents a picture that shows what the game looks like with one setting, and when you mouseover it, what it looks like cranked up or down! You can get a really good idea of what you can skimp on to get the most out of your game w/o sacrificing too much in the way of visual appeal. Check it out.

New Learn Stuff Online is up and Running!

Finally, after several weeks of nailing down a redesign I liked, I have made the necessary changes to all the pages in LSO and have put them online. At this point, I don’t think anyone would really notice the difference, but K-Weight of the pages have been reduced dramatically and I think in general, the site looks a lot more professional. Also, because of the more “color heavy” look of the site now (as opposed to “image heavy”), I think it will be easier to get different color schemes for the sections up and running in little time which will hopefully give sections a lot more personality. Now I actually have to get some links back to the site and maybe some sponsors.

Guitar Hero III for the Wii

IGN wrote a story yesterday on Guitar Hero III for the Wii. It was a pretty interesting read as it provided a mockup of what the guitar controller COULD look like, which if you haven’t guessed it is pretty much the same as the PS2 one, but in “Wii White” and with a slot on the neck that you could slide the controller into. That by itself could be pretty cool. Utilizing the Wii remote’s inherent wireless functionality, that could mean that GHIII’s guitar could be a lot cheaper in comparison to the PS2 and 360 models since it would be more a SHELL than an actually functioning wireless unit. (Did that make any sense?) The article also went on to talk about utilizing the Wii remote’s speaker for certain audio cues and it’s accelerometer for the “rock out” mode…I don’t think that using those functions would add anything necessarily to the game execpt again, to make the guitar wireless. I won’t go on recapping the article, check it out here…But I will say, at first glance, I don’t see what would make this version really different from it’s predecessors. Could it be that GHIII has hit that DDR wall in it’s 3rd go around?

The Woman at the Bookstore

Even though I had a self made tuna fish sandwich for lunch today at work, I still needed to get out and take a break from the computer. So after going to Best Buy I went to the Borders to try and find a decent book to maybe give me some ideas on how to promote my blog. I of course didn’t find anything, but I did overhear this older woman talking to a salesperson trying to find a book to teach her about computers.

After the salesperson left, I introduced myself to the older woman and told her I was curious as to what she wanted to learn. Thankfully, she was really nice and said that she had a grandson across the country in California and it would be easier for her to communicate with him if she knew something about computers and especially the Internet. We talked for maybe a minute more and I thanked her for her time, and then I felt really sad in that there wasn’t anyway I could really help her.

If you know me, you know I love teaching people about technology, especially the computer. I of course have this website which is supposed to teach people about computers, http://computers.learnstuffonline.com. I’m in the process of redesigning it right now, but it still has some decent information up there that could be a big help to someone like her. At that moment though, I had no way of giving her anything about the website. I didn’t have a pen, I didn’t have a card, and I knew that the website’s URL was probably too long for her to remember…

But at least now I have an idea of what people are looking for, and I know now that caring cards on me may not be a bad idea.*shrugs*

Yet Another Street Fighter Remake – Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD

It’s funny that all this buzz is coming out over Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD because I was just talkin’ to someone about how I wish that Capcom spent, oh…ANY TIME working on new IP instead of just squeezing the last drops out of it’s 20 year old franchises like Street Fighter and Mega Man. Now don’t get me wrong, I love these franchises, but unless they’re gonna do something dramatically new with Street Fighter, just don’t. Street Fighter III is a good example of this, that is what you should do. Great graphics and animation, and the parrying system really makes it a whole new experience. With Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD, they’re just gonna make it look better? It might be cool for like 15 minutes, but beyond that?



Now what if they took that effort and put it toward a Street Fighter III : Next Wave or Street Fighter IV? Then you’d have something. But if they’re just taking the same game, and making it look better, and with no new animation sprites…I mean…what’s the point? Read more here : http://www.racketboy.com/retro/2007/04/super-street-fighter-2-turbo-hd-big-sprites.html

Dell Goes Back to Windows XP

This is a story from a little while ago, but I kept forgetting to put up word about it. You can read all about it here, http://blogs.business2.com/apple/2007/04/dell_switches_b.html. Now this usually wouldn’t be news to me, but recently I got a Dell laptop because I found a great deal on a dual core one with a 256MB vid card…so I couldn’t pass it up! Plus, lately I’ve found myself needing a laptop when I’m on vacation and stuff….But otherwise, I don’t personally care for Dell because I can usually make better computers cheaper myself. Anysvay..

Apparently, Dell has bowed down to customer complaints and have decided to ship their computers with XP rather than Vista. Which right now is a good thing because let’s face it, nothing works with Vista! It’s had a rather sluggish start as far as support for hardware and software, and obviously it’s been causing a lot of people, (including my wife), more than a few headaches. My wife’s problems stem from trying to get her Anatomy CD programs to work, which um…Won’t. But as long as Vista has access to the net, I’m generally ok. I’m sure in another year or two, Vista will be the dominant PC OS with DX10 and just a prettier look.

First SMB3 Nursery Pics Finally Up

After spending some time with my Gallery, I’ve finally uploaded the first pics of the Super Mario Bros 3 Nursery! Of course, the pics are the starting ones, that is, they don’t show anything in terms of where the project is going or even some design mockups. But as they say, you have to know where you come from to know where you’re going. They do say that right?

Well, hopefully I have this URL/WPG2 tag right…I’ve started an album that will have all the pics so check it out and leave some comments! http://www.bushmackel.com/wp-gallery2.php?g2_itemId=22