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  • Vanberge 11:26 pm on December 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Seriously ef This 

    In the last 4 days, I have shoveled my driveway 7 times.

    There are piles of snow in my back yard that are literally taller than I am.  My back is utterly destroyed.   My arms and legs are tightened and sore.  My car has gotten stuck 3 separate times.  The wind blew the cover off my grill and it is currently covered in feet of snow.

    I realize this is ‘mother nature’ and there’s nothing anyone can do but deal with it as best they can.   But I am incredibly angry about how much snow we have.  I have lived in Michigan for my entire life and I cannot recall having to deal with this much snow.

    Tonight I resisted the urge to slam my shovel into the driveway with all my human might and destroy it with unbridled malice; because after I finally finished shoveling my seemingly never ending driveway, the end I had started on already had over an inch of new snow.

    Ef you, whoever makes snow…  I will find you sooner or later and we will have a very confrontational discussion.

    • Kramer 6:20 pm on December 29, 2008 Permalink

      Buy a snowblower.

    • Vanberge 4:35 pm on December 30, 2008 Permalink

      I wanted to avoid that for the time being.. since I just bought one last year (used) and it threw a rod and blew oil and engine all over my driveway.

  • Vanberge 9:43 pm on December 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply  


    • 30 Rock.
    • Snow sucks.
    • DeAnelo Williams doesn’t.
    • I need new tires.
    • Super Mario world. One sitting.
    • Keystone is alright.
    • Snow sucks.
    • Mario 64.
    • Bourne Identity.
    • Lions suck.
    • Snow sucks.
    • Baby penguin = brb.
    • Bourne Supremacy.
    • Fantasy Football sucks.
    • Snow is awful.
    • Michigan is ruined.
    • Vo 9:32 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink

      I’m still kicking myself for dropping Williams.

  • Vanberge 9:19 pm on December 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Media Center… Sort of 

    This week I decided to take up the task of setting up my old laptop as a “media center” for my 42 inch rear projection television.

    The program “Boxee” is what sparked my curiosity and made me start pursuing this.

    Boxee is a media center application based on the source code of Xbox Media Center (or, XBMC).  It has one simple and clean interface to various media outlets – including Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, Flickr, ComedyCentral, CNN, etc.  PLUS it will scan and index any media you have stored locally.  Bottom line, it makes a pretty sweet application especially when you have an open laptop to plug into your television.

    At first, I fought Ubuntu linux trying to make the s-video output work.  Literally fought it.  And I lost.  This was most unfortunate because Boxee on linux is supposedly quite a bit more stable than Boxee currently is on Windows.

    Finally though, I had to just give up and  install Windows XP.  I finally got an invite to Boxee (if anyone else would like one, let me know) and I downloaded the Windows version immediately.  My sheer enjoyment quickly turned to utter disgust because the lesser stable Windows build will not even start on my laptop.  It just core dumps immedately leaving a indecipherable message in my event logs.   CRAP.

    Anyway… All was not lost.  I have a closed laptop hooked to my television that allows me to stream Netflix, Hulu, and is running XBMC.  I must say – it works pretty dam nicely.  I took it one step further by enabling Wake on LAN for the laptop; so I can shut it down when it’s not in use – but the laptop sits closed nicely and fits well between my HD receiver and my modded Xbox.

    I can’t believe I didn’t think about doing this sooner… this old laptop has been sitting around for like 6 months completely un-used…

    PS – WordPress 2.7 is just awesome.  All should install it immediately.

  • Vanberge 9:46 am on December 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply  


    I really miss warnings in AIM.
    I’m not exactly sure when or why they stopped working, but clearly AOL needs to bring them back.
    I still have some pretty LOL screenshots of all my friends being warned up to 100% and barely being able to chat…
    Those were the good ol’ days.
    I would warn vanbergs and vanlandw immediately.

    • vanlandw 3:51 pm on December 9, 2008 Permalink

      vanberge – i cannot tell you how much i miss AIM warnings….

      It sucks they removed them I can see why they did but really it was just a badge of honor being waxed to 100% and unable to speak. After that signing on with a secondary ID just to get slaughtered again.

      Warnings were one of my favorite things about college barnone

    • chouse 8:01 am on December 10, 2008 Permalink

      possibly the WORST feature ever to make it in to a chat client. I am still bitter and angry. I might need therapy to get past this. Someone should do an expose on the history of AIM warnings. brb google

    • Kramer 9:35 am on December 10, 2008 Permalink

      Warn cechg.

    • vanbergs 8:14 am on December 11, 2008 Permalink

      When people are bad chatters, it truly was only a proper punishment to submit a warning of up to 35%. I still remember when I had discovered a way to get people at 100% and everyone got effing pissed off.

    • Vanberge 4:38 pm on December 11, 2008 Permalink

      You mean when you just signed in with multiple screen names at one time?

      According to AOLs documentation they still have warnings. 🙁 I don’t think that is true.

    • Vo 11:27 pm on December 17, 2008 Permalink

      On my old desktop, I still have AIM from when we were in college. It still has warning functionality on it.

  • Vanberge 8:21 pm on December 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Xbox “Mii” 

    I finally got around to doing the Xbox 360 dashboard upgrade yesterday…

    This new version of the dashboard blatantly copies the Nintendo Wii’s “Mii” functionality where you can create a mental projection of your digital self for all fellow persons and virtuosos to perceive.

    It’s really the exact same functionality and it’s almost a shameless ripoff. But, the avatars you can create are a little more human looking and a bit more “grown up” overall vs the childish/anime feel of the Wii caricatures.

    I’m going to start using my X-Mii as my profile picture on various online arenas, since the picture I use for nearly all my online profiles looks absolutely nothing like me anymore.

    The picture above is my “Gamer Pic” but it is tiny.  Here’s the full Vanberge:

    • Vo 7:00 am on December 7, 2008 Permalink

      Honestly, the receding hairline is classy.

  • Vanberge 11:12 am on November 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply  


    Decided to be active on a sunday morning…  I updated wordpress to version 2.6.5 and I also took the plunge from Gallery 2.2 to gallery 2.3.

    The updates went smoothly as usual (which is good since I didn’t make a backup) – but it does look like I have some quirks to work out…

    Clearly there is no visible difference to either application but I wanted to feel good about myself.

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