We’re working on getting Joey’s website upgraded for future potential pop culture zaniness. There are still a few features that need to be added back in before things are “fully funtional.”
In short – if a link seems blank or not working right over the next few days… it’s not you.
Everyone that has read just a few entries here knows I play a lot of games (points over to his ‘gamercard’). Most of the time you can find me logged into EVE Online or Champions Online. Those MMO’s have a tendency of sucking away most of my free time but I do spend quite a bit of time on my Xbox 360. Recently I have played Batman: Arkham Asylum and Halo 3: ODST. Both were interesting and well designed but have not held my interest very well. Halo was great in Co-Op mode and Batman, even though it is very faithful to the Batman mythos and is one of the best DC superhero games ever (that isn’t saying much, though), just did not hold my interest. Kicking the heads of bad guys in over and over just to get to the next boss battle has become blase. The Bat-gadgets are neat but they just seem to be more of ‘this’ and extra hit points, nothing to really strive for.
The planets have aligned and the winning lottery numbers match – in short: Snack Time Online is attempting to return. The pop culture podcast from “the before time” kicks off with Episode Zero. That episode number allows Joey Snackpants & Tom Croom to write off this episode as a beta test. In true Microsoft Windows form, we’re releasing this test episode before it is actually ready for public consumption – so enjoy! Please post your feedback so we can apply it future episodes.
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Episode 000: Remember… The Podcast
Manager Tools - **WARNING** **WARNING** **Boring ‘work’ kind of stuff ahead** In my ‘real’ life, I am a manager. Those that manage teams will agree with me that it’s easy to lead, it’s much much much harder to lead well. I try to gather information from all kinds of sources but with the amount of other reading for pleasure and my short attention span, I was having a good bit of trouble trying to collect information, especially real world experiences. It’s real easy for some professor that hasn’t managed people in the work force for the last 10 years to spit his drivel at me but I wanted to pick the brain of real managers that dealt with real issues (i.e. PDPs, annual reviews, one-on-ones, etc.) in the modern workplace. Mark and Mike are two long time friends that have experience as managers in the traditional workforce, the military and as consultants. This wide breadth of knowledge means these guys have seen it all! I was hooked on their original set on interviewing and the pitfalls of ‘embellishing’ yourself. The podcast has one major quality that these informational shows have a problem with: they are entertaining. I have heard others say that Mark and Mike have a tendency to get off track but it’s this friendly banter that gives them that ‘real world’ credibility I enjoy. Their constant schilling of their upgraded ‘paid’ product can get annoying but that is more than offset by the information you get.
Today’s blog post will probably only interest about 5% of the people that read my diatribes, if that many. This subject has been eating at me since Dragon*Con. I have been going to Dragon*Con for the last 4 years. Between eating at Trader Vic’s, Chicken ‘n Waffles, paying big bucks for autographs and standing in lines, I do actually attend a few panels. The one I have made sure to attend each year is the EVE Online panel. For those of you ‘not in the know’, EVE Online (EVE) is a Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG or MMO) set within a space faring science fiction (SyFy many may say) backdrop. EVE’s biggest difference is that all 30,000+ players participate on one server. Everybody plays in the exact same sandbox. EVE is run by CCP, which has its US offices in Stone Mountain, GA, a suburb of Atlanta, the same city in which Dragon*Con is held. Even though they are just 30 minutes from the venue, CCP has had the inability to send anything more than a ‘talking head’ to the panel. Last year, it was a single story guy that had little to no information. This year, it was 2 marketing guys and a single story guy. You would think with some marketing goobers there we would have some pretty pictures or new ‘smoke and mirrors’ promotional videos…. ANYTHING! Even those losers over at Sony Online (creators of such stinkers as Matrix Online and Star Wars Galaxies) could muster up some videos and graphics, but the CCP locals could only offer talking heads… again.
One of dearest friends Stepp-sensei posted this video recently and as a guy who crunches large amount of data for his ‘day job’, I found the explanation of the theories of segmenting data sound and the presentation very interesting.
If I was going to hire an internet marketing consultant, this would be the guy. Your usage may vary.
When Katie McAwesome and I moved from the Orlando area, we originally lived in a hotel as we were looking for new digs (actually KMcA looked, and worked). In that whole time she used a Dell Mini 9 to do all her work. Surprisingly, it ran everything she did; web, word processing, e-mail, the whole works. I myself own an ASUS EEEpc 900A, that I use for casual web surfing and blogging. That machine is 100% on the cloud, as another experiment. I recently purchased KMcA a Dell Mini 10v so that she had a larger keyboard and screen to use. So now I have both the Dell Mini 9 and ASUS EEEpc 900A. Both of these machines are intel processors, Atom in the Mini, Celeron in the 900A.
Now the experiment. For the next week I will use both of these machines, the Mini 9 running OS X Leopard and the 900A running Windows 7. Looking at both, I’ll see what works, what doesn’t and which I prefer in the end. Because all you OS X Kool-Aid drinkers scare me.