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Joined on 9/26/00
Posted by PsychoGoldfish - April 7th, 2011
...and I'm already regretting this decision.
Programming-wise, the 2 services aren't all that different. DirectTV has way more sports options, which I don't really give a shit about, but it's lacking G4TV now... so I am missing out on all those Ninja Warrior and Cops reruns...
The biggest issue I have with DirectTV is that after all these years their receivers are still way behind what everyone else is doing.
The program guide browsing ins sluggish as hell and the dvr doesn't have a one-click auto-tune option, which SHOULD be present on ANY modern receiver.
Dish Network's DVR used a single receiver with RF remotes to connect 2 tvs. When you did this with your DVR receiver that meant your second tv had full dvr functionality. You could pause/rewind live tv on both the tvs that used it etc...
Direct TV's pitch to counter what Dish does is that they give you your HD DVR for your main TV and a second HD receiver that can connect to your DVR from any room. What they don't tell you is this second receiver does not have any basic dvr funtionality built in at all. The only options you have are to tell the DVR to record a single show or to play back something you have already recorded.
And the playback is like using windows media center. It streams the video, has to buffer, and the skip features for skipping commercials and such are slower than shit.
At least I get that low "new customer" rate and all the equipment was free, but after my 2 year contract is up, I'm pretty sure I'll be going back to Dish Network.
Posted by PsychoGoldfish - March 15th, 2011
It's that time of year again, you can wake up and shower with your Irish Spring, eat a bowl of Lucky Charms, pick up an ice cold Shamrock Shake at McDonalds and have a few pints of green beer.
Whatever your tradition is, be sure to tune in on RadioGrounds this Thursday at around 2:00 PM EST (NG Time) for my annual St Patrick's day extravaganza. I'll likely be simulcasting via stickam again, and this year I have a nice surprise for everyone. The debut of my latest audio collaboration featuring Merlin and Hania.
Our masterpiece took nearly 5 days to complete and features 100% live instruments and mind-blowing vocal performances.
You better tune in!
Posted by PsychoGoldfish - February 17th, 2011
Super gold fish to the rescue
There are a lot of strangers down there at my door. They came to my door because they were angry with me. I want to talk to the airplane driver in the driveway because I want him to go away. Then I thought about what to say to the airplane driver. It was that I had another word to the world and the airplane driver. I said airplane driver go away please. He was trying to kill me but I got away I went to my house and I fed my fish some food and I took a nap.
Posted by PsychoGoldfish - November 8th, 2010
After a busy weekend, I was finally able to go through the portal and see what other people posted for the Ben Spurgin Tribute day. I must say I was pretty disappointed to see only 2 fans stepped up, and they weren't seasoned flash artists by any means:
I know a couple of artists started some pretty ambitious tributes and simply didn't get them done in time, but even that group of people is dissapointingly small.
Still, I must say I am glad I was able to hobble together something to pay my respects on what would have been Ben's 33rd birthday. But even I almost didn't have anything to submit.
Originally a small group of users were going to do a single collaboration telling a seamless story featuring all of Ben's characters. My section was going to feature Pee man fighting a poo monster that was actually a robot filled with stick men, wich would have segwayed into a stick slayer scene.
Unfortunately, the collab wasn't organized as well as it could have been and never got off the ground. Almost a year later we decided to just set a date to submit individual tributes so we could all work independantly, and I reworked my plans to have my tribute be 100% based on the pee man movies, changing the stick men in the robot to the giant goldfish from Pee Man III, while the poop monster was always inspired by Pee Man II.
Again, the nemesis known as time reared it's ugly head and we all got busy working on the redesign, so my tribute movie got pushed back until last week.
On Monday I was planning to just take some time and do it, but I was going to have to really dumb things down to pull it off. Then Tom mentioned he was also wishing he had actually had more time to do a tribute, so we decided then and there to tag team a game using my story concept as the basis. We started in on Nov 2nd and pretty much worked non stop until the game was submitted on Nov 5th.
For a game drawn, animated and coded from scratch in 3 days, I am very happy with how it came out, and I really want to thank Tom for being there to make sure at least SOMEONE gave Ben a fitting tribute.
And now, I have a lot of redesign work to catch up on... and also NG Chat....
Posted by PsychoGoldfish - March 17th, 2010
It's finally "International Get Drunk Day"!
If anyone wants to record any shout outs for me to play on the air, feel free to upload them somewhere and post the link in the comments of this page, just try and keep them short.