One of these days I’ll figure out a way to update this blog more than a few times a year.
And that could very well be today, as through a series of sudden developments, I’m now living on my own Stillwater, OK. After 2 productive years I’ve left KTXS in Abilene and am now proudly working for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, or CareerTech for short. And despite how hectic everything has been in the two weeks up to that point, I’ve never felt more at ease.
“It’s a quarter after seven, I’m all alone, but I made this vid!”
Every so often, I’ll get the urge to make a music video of one of my mashups. I’ve been tossing ideas about this one in my head for a while, and I figured it was about time to produce this one, especially since “Need You Now” won best song at the Grammy’s last month… amidst this controversy. As many blogs have reported, there are many distinct melodic similarities. Some are calling it a ripoff. Lisa Parsons (whom I can identify as Alan’s wife) called them out, and that’s when things really got cookin’.
Well folks, it’s Super Bowl season again. In true Super Bowl week fashion/anticipation, people are making predictions about who will win, by how much, who will make the TD’s, the interceptions, and who will find themselves at the bottom of a 10-man pileup most often. There’s plenty of sites that have run simulations of this big game to do just that. But my simulator of choice is an old-school classic: TECMO SUPER BOWL!
Obviously, you have to do a little hacking to update the rosters, stats and whatnot, and there’s always a dedicated group of a few rom hackers who get together every season to make hacks, usually many as the season progresses. (Like when Brett Favre can’t decide if he wants to retire for the 28th time.)
What sets this apart from other, lame simulators, is that while the other ones just spit out scores and a few other stats, this one actually plays out the game! The primary focus of this game was to play along in the season, but you could also let the computer take on itself and effectively simulate what the game would be like. So now you can actually see how many times Ben Roethlisberger gets sacked by A.J. Hawk instead of just seeing the number in a stat sheet.
With that in mind, I give you this recording of a simulation I recently did with this year’s Tecmo Super Bowl rom. The stats/rosters have been updated, and it was com vs. com, to keep it real. (As real as Tecmo gets anyway…)
Put your hands to the side, as silly as it seems.
I didn’t watch the State of the Union. I listened to it on the radio, which from what I hear was a totally different experience. Facial expressions/reactions? Didn’t see ’em. The time when Boehner cried, apparently? (Or was it Biden?) Couldn’t tell! All I heard was cold, hard, vox, and the often burst into applause by the chamber. There was one thing that caught my ear, he made a funny about salmon! After that I realized I just HAD to make this video…