Hash Town

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

F EB

I was all excited to get Civilization 4 today...called EB yesterday (I pre-ordered it of course), they said "oh yeah it will definately be in the store tomorrow". So one would think when I went to pick it up at lunch today they would have it...

...except NO, they did not. I got the generic "yeah that game ships today and we should have it tomorrow, we have some other good games that came out today though, but you probably would not be interested in them". What, am I too old for the latest new WW2 squad-based shooter for PS2?

Disapointed and insulted. Thanks a ton EB!

Massachusetts and OpenDocument

So in case you haven't read the latest on this on-going battle between our friends in the Commonwealth and our not-so-good friends in the Microsoft Office division:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=2057

First off, though some of these ZDnet stories are more sensationalism than journalism, I do applaud them for keeping up with this ongoing story...none of the other sites (tech news or normal newsites) have picked up much on this since the opening of the story.

Let me say that I do not believe this process is 'on the rocks', but rather that you need to realize that this, being the state, is going to be a very long and slow process to go through all the necessary meetings and approvals. You know how slow large companies are to get any policy changes approved? Multiply that by 1000 and thats how things work in state government :-)

I do find cause for concern with Galvin's quote:
"We will be counseling all our agencies, as well as the executive branch agencies, that that is not the policy of the Commonwealth."Galvin's office did not provide any further explanation about the reasons for their objections.


One might start to wonder if the Microsoft FUD engine has snared it's first victim...

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Age of Empires III: First Impressions

(Based on one game of multiplayer last night)

Solid, fun game for multiplayer. A little confusing with a lot of the upgrades, and the effect of trade on the game (seems to be a race for whomever gets the most trading posts, but maybe that was just the map we played). For some reason, multiplayer would not let me zoom out too far, maybe because of the map size? This was the biggest annoyances as I was constantly scrolling around my town buildings to build/upgrade.

Ships are AWESOME...they look so freakin' good. Also you can hunt whales for gold, which though ethically challenging really helps your economy. I know the whales aren't real, but still...

All in all it looks fun, and will certainly tide me over until Civ4 drops next Tuesday.

-Matt

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Hash Town

Insurance Conference Update!

After meeting with several clients, visiting other booths to drop business cards into fish bowls, and locking myself out of my room, I would have to judge our first day as boring.

I supposed I'd have a better time if I had gotten my vacinations. Alas, I am not so fortunate.

For those contemplating a visit to this conference next year - if you like getting lots of crap from booths, semi-free food, a great view and lots of filthy-rich insurance dudes, this si the place for you!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Enough with the shots

So because going to Northeastern one day a week somehow qualifies me as a "full-time" student, I had to go get my immunizations updated yesterday...and again in a month...and then a month after that.

Good news ladies! I am Hepatitis and Tetanus free now!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Hash Town

I'm back - and blogging like a fiend.

I figured that I stopped adding content last year aorund this time, so why not start up a year later?

I'm headed out to Nashville, TN this week to exhibit at a insurance conference. Sounds like fun...but the best part is that I get to stay at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center!

I'll be blogging in the evening to bring you up-to-date coverage of the greatest insurance convention of the year. Don't hold your breath for exciting content...you might die.

Perhaps, I'll get to meet the Geiko Gecko? I've always wanted to meet him. Pictures to follow!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Monster Trade coming...

Details to come

Friday, October 07, 2005

Good Luck this weekend teams!


I leave you with this.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Fantasy Football Update

Big News: Jones and Jake currently are waiting for approval on the first trade of the season! If you are like Joe and never check FF, don't complain if the trade goes through. You have 2 whole days to vote against it.

-Matt

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Fantasy Football in Full Swing

Hello blog, sorry I had forgotten about you.

Hello readers! I know it has been a long time since you heard from little old me, but boy I have been busy.

Fantasy Football is off to a roaring start this year; although for my team, the roaring only lasted for the first 2 weeks.

Surprise team of the year are the BinghamtonBrigadiers. Who would of thought this rookie team would not only be in first place, but undefeated as well? He'd better be careful though as both Johnny Chimpo and The Elite Stash are each outscoring him by more than 10 points.

Another surprise this year is that the team with the #1 draft pick is off to an 0-4 start. Sure I could add some Green Bay jokes or some references to the Heismann Curse but the situation is more sad than funny.

Andy is back this year with his (often late) Power Rankings. Always a crowd favorite, but what happened to the Power Matchup of the Week? One can only hope his stash does not turn to schwag.

And that's it for today's Fantasy Football post.

Keep on dreaming, you dreamers.

-Matt