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Are you one of those "undecided" voters? Try this little non-partisan quiz to see which candidate you align with based on issues. It's by no means perfect, but it at least exposes you to issues without attaching a candidate.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/28/2004 09:16  |    0
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The maker of such classic films as "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and "Bride of the Monster" has a porn flick that will be available for purchase soon in both softcore and hardcore releases. Maybe it's just a publicity stunt to promote the release of Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" on DVD.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/27/2004 08:26  |    0
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The newest entry in the Grand Theft Auto franchise hit shelves today so pick it up if you're one of those lowlifes that enjoys jacking cars and taking on the national guard.

I'll admit that I'm a quitter when it comes to RockStar games -- I gave up on the last two GTA installments well before finishing and only made it through the first Max Payne on "Easy" -- but the games are so filled with creativity and fun little side activities that it's not really necessary to play the sometimes tedious missions to have a good time.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/26/2004 20:54  |    0
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There's a funny little sidebar in October's National Geographic magazine. It's pretty common knowledge that Coca-Cola used cocaine as an ingredient for several years (1886-1904) - what might shock you are all the other hardcore products that used to be legal...
  • Cocaine - Painkilling breakthrough could be found in dozens of products, from throat lozenges to suppositories
  • Heroin - Marketed as a cough medicine, 1898 to 1913
  • Opium - Used in vaporizers to treat ashma, around 1900
  • Morphine - Used in syrup for quieting infants, also around 1900
Just think of all the historical figures of at the turn of the nineteenth century who were probably just a bunch of junkies - yeah, I'm talking about you Henry Ford and Thomas Edison!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/25/2004 00:11  |    0
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Emugifs is one of the finest collections of sprite art out there on the old inter-net. The site is Italian, but it's just a bunch of game titles and game graphics anyway so it doesn't really matter. You can find sprites from all sorts of platforms - NES, SNES, NEO-GEO, M.A.M.E. (arcade games).

Check it!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/25/2004 23:42  |    0
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Submitted a couple of timeline pixel pix to PIXELGALA.ORG. The first pic was for 1999 - the year Counter-Strike was officially out of beta. The second submission was for 1955 - the year Disneyland opened its gates to the world.

Also submitted a moon pic to the Pixel Moon. Look for a couple of spacemen watching over a miniature city after the update next week.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/24/2004 23:37  |    0
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This phone product site has got to be one of the coolest shopping sites ever... no lie.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/24/2004 23:44  |    0
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Added a couple of super sexy icons (a disco stud and a beach babe). You can find them both under Characters.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/22/2004 08:42  |    0
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A group of sci-fi pixel artists have created a really spiffy pixel art project with the moon as the setting - Pixel Moon.

There's all sorts of space references spread out all over the moon (Futurama, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc). Neat.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/22/2004 11:29  |    0
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Added some office related stuff and a fuzzy alien-type dude.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/20/2004 15:10  |    0
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It's official. Half-Life 2 will hit shelves November 16th. 'Nuff said.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/18/2004 20:00  |    0
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The Zoom Quilt is a very interesting collaborative art project which draws you deeper and deeper into a piece. There's an HTML, Shockwave and AVI version - go for the Shockwave version for maximum interactivity.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/17/2004 11:21  |    0
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Once again fair use and privacy are being cast aside spearheaded by another dick politician.

Wanna make backups of your movies or music? Maybe you would like to transfer digital media easily between your various electronic devices? Forget it jerkass!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/14/2004 07:29  |    0
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Just caught "Team America: World Police" last night. Hoo boy, what a fantastically offensive flick that is. Parents who make the grave mistake of taking their kids to this because it has puppets will be in for a treat.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/12/2004 08:36  |    0
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After buying the "Silver" package of Half-Life 2 on Friday night I jumped in to play a little bit of the new Counter-Strike: Source. And by "little bit" I mean the whole weekend.

The new engine looks amazing and the interactivity with the environment (physics, lighting, detail, etc) takes the realism to a whole new level. It's been over a year since I last played Counter-Strike, but most of the gameplay pros/cons are all fully intact in this new version. Overall I couldn't be more pleased with this great v2 upgrade of Counter-Strike, but since I'm such a negative person let me just point out all the issues I ran into...

1) After downloading the game through Steam (smooth sailing so far) I was unable to browse for game servers. Several hours of browsing forums later I realized that my router was the issue. Even with all the HL2 related UDP/TCP ports wide open I couldn't get it going. Since I'm lazy and I'm a quitter I decided to just yank the DSL modem connection and stick it directly into my computer (much to the chagrin of my connection sharing girlfriend). Unfortunately I have never had any other Internet game/app fail like this so it did taint my experience a bit.

2) Once in the game I noticed a few choice maps were missing like Militia, Assault and "that skyscraper one". I'm sure they'll be added soon so I'm not too worried.

3) Another minor annoyance is the lack of character models. Right now there is only one for Terrorists and one for Counter Terrorists.

4) OK, I know Valve and no one else in the Universe has any control over this, but CS players never stop with the bitching and moaning. So the guy is a "n00b", get over it already!

Note: I see the irony of me complaining about complainers, but these knuckleheads have elevated whining to a whole new level

5) And the last gripe... there are no chickens in Italy (wtf!)
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/11/2004 11:50  |    1
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Several enhancements have been made to PixelJoint in the last few days:
  • Added a FAQs/Help section
  • Added new icons section
  • Added member list
  • Added avatar selection to icon page
  • Added buddy list tools
  • Added favorite icon tools
  • Added private message tools
  • Cleaned up navigation
  • Fixed autologin
There are several other enhancements coming down the pipe in the next couple of weeks so keep checking back. Hopefully the main development will be locked up by the end of the month.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/8/2004 08:31  |    0
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Matt Stone and Trey Parker -- creators of the animated cable TV series "South Park" -- had to tone down some puppet on puppet action for their upcoming film "Team America" in order to get the NC-17 rating knocked down to an R.

Heh heh.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/6/2004 11:41  |    0
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Skate fans beware. In the spirit of the excellent "Dog Town and Z-Boys" documentary Sony brings us the Venice skate scene inspired Lords of Dogtown.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/6/2004 15:57  |    0
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Awww yeah! One of the best Playstation 2 games ever is finally being followed up with a sequel. Beauty.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/5/2004 12:24  |    0
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Rumors are flying that HL2 might be in your grubby little hands as soon as November 23 (November 26 for the UK crowd).

For all this hype there better be some serious nudity mixed into this game.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/5/2004 12:32  |    0
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I was just tooling around with the new My Yahoo! search features and there are definitely some cool features (like saving sites to "My Web"). The only bad part of the whole deal is that you obviously have to use Yahoo! as your search engine.

I've got nothing against Yahoo!, but Google seems to fetch more relevant results for me.
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/5/2004 12:50  |    0
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The $10 million Ansari X Prize has been snatched up (the prize was offered to the first craft to fly into suborbital space twice within five days). Hurray for nerds!
Posted by sedgemonkey @ 10/4/2004 13:30  |    0

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