Here's What's New...
Monday, 16 May 16
I updated my Cinema page with the latest and greatest iteration of my home theatre here.
Sunday, 11 Jan 15
I updated my D-Box information to include a new, special page regarding the Home Entertainment Motion Controller (HEMC) here.
Sunday, 8 Feb 14
I updated my Pictures page with the latest iteration of the "Puppet Theatre."
Sunday, 8 Feb 14
Wednesday, 25 Dec 13
Merry Christmas! I updated my Cinema page with a couple photos of
my latest incarnation of my cinema.
Monday, 18 Nov 13
I have moved again and just recently set up my new home theatre. I must provide great thanks to Dave at Fusion Audio + Video for an incredible HAA-certified audio calibration. I've had my speakers calibrated multiple times for over ten years now, and Dave is the first calibrator that was able to get my speakers to produce sounds I'd never heard before from demo material that I thought I knew well. Also, I must give thanks to Anthony at Clearpoint ISF. Anthony was patient and worked some long hours trying to bring my new projector up to ISF-greatness. I really appreciated his help and perseverance. New equipment specs are here, new photos coming soon!
The Walking Dead came this close [ ] to jumping the shark with this
week's season ender. SPOILER
alert for those that haven't seen it, but here's my points of
- Andrea: "I know how the safety works." Assuming she knew that Rick was going to hand her his revolver, as that's normally the only sidearm he carries, this statement is so asinine. Ok, for a second, I can cut Andrea a break because she started out as not being very familiar with firearms. However, this scene really fails when we hear her shoot herself and then instantly hear the sound of a empty case scattering on the floor. So, let's recap: in the Walking Dead universe, not only does Rick's Colt Python .357 revolver have a "safety" but it also magically ejects brass on its own.
- Andrea kept stopping to see if Milton had turned yet. Why on
earth would she stop so many times? That's just poor writing.
I'm so glad they killed her off after showing her character repeatedly
performing such nonsensical pausing when time was of the essence.
Friday, 4 Jan 13
Happy New Year! I wanted to deviate from the norm and pass on some computer advice. I have an Alienware M17x R4 laptop and lately it's been having some problems with external USB hard drives disconnecting and promptly reconnecting themselves. This behavior was mostly occurring during large file transfers. Well, after doing a bit of digging in some unusual places, I found that if you're having this problem in Windows 7, you should download the USB 3.0: Renesas Electronics* USB 3.0 Driver from Intel here. After installing this driver, you'll find a utility in Programs called "USB 3.0 Host Controller Utility." Open this utility and check the box that says "Disable USB 3.0 power management functions." I also went into Power Options -> Change plan settings -> Change advance power settings -> USB Settings -> USB selective suspend setting and disabled this option for both on battery and plugged in states. Problem solved, problem staying solved, the King of Belgium leads the way.
Monday, 26 Nov 12
Ok, as much as I love the show, I'm calling out the bullshit flag this week on The Walking Dead's poor gunplay this season. What am I ranting about, you ask? Feast your eyes on this evidence:
The armorer on the show needs to be fired if he's allowing these
inexcusable depictions of firearms on the show. Even if he's not
allowing it, he needs to be fired for letting each director this season
royally screw up gunplay on an otherwise outstanding show.
Tuesday, 6 Nov 12
You can find pix of my first-ever Haunted House creation
Sunday, 16 Sep 12
The D-Box FAQ has been slightly updated again here. Nothing much more to report right now, other than I got to go hunting in a faraway land recently. I'm currently in the process of building/refining a new, modest home theatre. More to come.
Saturday, 30 Jun 12
The D-Box FAQ has been slightly updated
I just uploaded a review of The Puzzle Box Shop's (HELLRAISER) Lament Configuration here.
Sunday, 1 Apr 12
I just updated the Unofficial D-Box FAQ here.
Saturday, 31 Mar 12
Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I think time just got away
from me. I wanted to make a brief blurb about a neat little place
I happened upon today,
Yestercades in Red Bank, New Jersey.
For a few bucks an hour, you have unlimited playtime with virtually all
the classic 80s and early 90s arcade games: Double Dragon, Duck Hunt,
Street Fighter II, Tron, TMNT, Donkey Kong, etc. and even an old Atari
system hooked up to an old school console TV! They also let you
play all the latest Xbox 360 and PS3 games from the comfort of a couch.
Oh, and did I mention they have billiards as well? The guy that
created this place is a genius in my book.
Sunday, 5 Feb 12
I updated my
Pictures page with shots from my visits to Universal Studios
Hollywood from both 2010 & 2011.
I was recently inspired to shoot another NECA @ Night series after seeing this photo from Jova Cheung:
You can find my photos here.
Monday, 2 Jan 12
I have just returned from a wonderful holiday back in my kingdom. In fact, this had to be one of my best vacations ever. I was welcomed lovingly back into my old stomping grounds and got to see many friends and familiar faces. Thank you Belgium for extending such great hospitality, and thank you as well as to my great friends just over the border in Germany.
To make my experience back in Belgium ever sweeter, my Belgian Confidential Secretary surprised me with two Exclusive Westvleteren XII Gift Boxes. As this is probably the only site in North America, or even in English for that matter, to be able to host pictures of this rare Belgian beer set firsthand, please enjoy my exclusive gallery featuring this "unicorn" of the beer world here or by clicking the image below.
Also, right before Christmas, in addition to my new Halloween video, I posted a small video of my bar area as seen in December. You can check out all of the NECA, Sideshow Collectibles, McFarlane, and Hollywood Collectibles Group goodness on display here:
Last but not least, I wanted to give a small plug to my favorite hotel in Athens. If you're ever needing a budget-minded place to stay in Greece, check out the Ionion Hotel (www.ionionhotel.com). Telephone +30 210 41 77 537 or +30 210 41 10 820. The address is 10, Kapodistriou Str., Piraeus-Athens, Greece. It's located right next to a large tram station that can get you almost anywhere in the city in a few minutes. It's also just a few blocks from the tourism boat companies that can take you out to the many islands of Greece. I've stayed there on both of my visits to Athens and the hospitality and location were great.
Notice: Even though it is manifestly
apparent to the most casual observer that I am not the true King of Belgium,
I would like to state once and for all that I am not the officially recognized King of Belgium.
I use the identifier "The King of Belgium" because I felt like every day in Belgium
was a wonderful gift, and everything went perfectly there.
In fact, it was perfect enough to the point that it felt like I was a king, hence the moniker. Thank you.
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