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Damn That’s… Even Cooler?! Super Mario Crossover Revisited

by on Dec.20, 2010, under Blogs, Damn That's Cool

First and foremost, Jaye sends his apologies for the Weekly Bag of Douche not being around this week – his modem imploded, so he’s stuck without the internet until those Comcast sons of bitches fix it.

Now, on to the topic at hand:  Super Mario Crossover.  Yes, I wrote about this one before.  However, since writing about it initially (as the first “Damn That’s Cool,” incidentally), they’ve managed to make it cooler.  How could they possibly make a concept so innately awesome even more so?

Well, turns out it was pretty simple – (continue reading…)

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Damn That’s Cool: The GIMP

by on Dec.13, 2010, under Blogs, Damn That's Cool

While this may not be novel news to anyone familiar to Linux or simply open source software in general, I have talked to a non-zero number of people who have no clue in hell that this thing even exists. GIMP (which is short for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is basically a slightly more basic, but legitimately FREE image editing program in the same vein as Paint Shop Pro or Adobe Photoshop – available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. To be fair, I have Photoshop, and I am used to Photoshop… so for a long time I had heard about this piece of software but had not tried it. Then I installed Ubuntu on a couple of machines to fuck around with Linux, and found I could get 95% of the same tasks done with GIMP, along with a wide variety of other things I hadn’t thought to do in Photoshop.

In any case, anything that can hold its own against the big boys, only with more community support and a price point within reach of literally anyone with a computer – is damn cool. Check it out: The GIMP

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Damn That’s Cool: Keepvid.com

by on Nov.29, 2010, under Blogs, Damn That's Cool

This is a site that’s been quite damn useful to us, especially doing the “Fuck This Asshole” videos and such: www.keepvid.com – it allows you to save the videos you find on a lot of streaming sites in either FLV format, or in many cases MP4 format for iPhones/iPods and such.  All in all, not a bad service, and while it’s not the flashiest thing in the world, it works.  If there’s ever a YouTube video one wants to save, I highly recommend this site for that purpose: http://www.keepvid.com

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Damn That’s Cool: DealExtreme

by on Nov.22, 2010, under Blogs, Damn That's Cool

Yeah, I do love random knockoff shit sometimes.  Who doesn’t?  DealExtreme makes it possible.  Truth be told, there’s a lot of stuff I got from there just because it seemed useful at the time – wireless USB dongles, USB soundcards, and the like.  Much like MonoPrice, in this department, they rarely fail.  If it’s so simple it can’t be fucked up, chances are good that your experience will be good as well.  That said, there’s just something about going through that site and seeing all of the random crap they have for sale (continue reading…)

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Damn That’s Cool: Abandonia

by on Nov.15, 2010, under Blogs, Damn That's Cool

Like old DOS games?  I certainly do – I grew up on the damn things.  The problem is, while there’s software out there to help you run it (DOSBox being a good example), it’s difficult to find sometimes.  Enter Abandonia – the site that indexes all of the DOS games out there that were abandoned by their publishers, and thus are now free to download legally.  There’s a goldmine in there.  As an example, I was able to play the Ghostbusters 2 DOS game again for the first time in probably 15 years as a result of this site.  Granted not all DOS-based games are free to download, since some of them still receive support (Doom, Duke Nukem, etc.), but there’s a lot of good stuff there and it’s worth poking around.  Check it out: http://www.abandonia.com/

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Damn That’s Cool: TribesNEXT – like Halo Reach, but without Halo

by on Nov.07, 2010, under Blogs, Damn That's Cool

I was excited when Halo Reach came out, because one of the armor power-ups was a jetpack that worked in short bursts.  Why was I excited?  Because it made it like Starsiege:Tribes.  Yeah.  I do love Tribes, and I certainly love Tribes 2, and both were made available online for free as part of the promotion for Tribes:Vengence (which I have not yet played).

That said, the master servers for Tribes and Tribes 2 went offline a while back, so finding new master servers is required to really enjoy your experience playing these groundbreaking (in my opinion) first person shooters.  The easiest way I found was to download the whole TribesNEXT package (for Tribes 2) and let it rip.  Fun stuff – check it out: http://www.tribesnext.com/

I’ll see you on the battlefield.

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Damn That’s Cool: Grooveshark.com

by on Nov.01, 2010, under Blogs, Damn That's Cool

For those that like the convenience of YouTube for listening to tracks but want to set up a playlist and don’t like the diminished sound quality, Grooveshark.com is a godsend.  Seriously.  Jeff and I use it all the time when we’re doing the musical top 10 stuff in order to listen to the full list before we talk about it, and it’s handy as hell for that.  I also use it a lot of times when I’m practicing guitar, since I can find damn near anything on there and not have to download anything.  It’s free, legal, and awesome.  Check it out – http://www.grooveshark.com

You can thank me later.

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Damn That’s Cool: Monoprice.com

by on Oct.11, 2010, under Blogs, Damn That's Cool

Maybe this is nerding out a bit for some of you, and it may be old news to others.  That said, for anyone’s who’s been living under a rock for the past few years or who just aren’t as nerdy as myself and company, home theater cables and components can be mighty expensive if you live and die by the rules of Best Buy.  After all, Monster Cable is a joke (not worth it, and I fell into that trap once with guitar cables), and the alternatives are both expensive and shitty to a large degree.

Enter Monoprice.com – need cables of nearly any kind?  Check.  Need phone cases, accessories, and that sort of thing?  Check. (continue reading…)

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On the Front Lines: The Call Center 3 – Call Monitoring and Evasive Expections

by on Oct.08, 2010, under Blogs, On the Front Lines

Now that I have exited this job, this doesn’t apply as much, but I will keep it as it was (I’m not changing the tense just because I don’t work there anymore) while I was still worried it’d get me shit-canned.

If you have ever called a customer service line of any type in recent times, you have inevitably heard the statement: “Calls may be monitored or recorded for quality assurance.”

And indeed, calls are monitored and recorded. Fair enough, right? There has to be some kind of way to ensure consistent quality of service (continue reading…)

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Damn That’s Cool: PennFans.net

by on Sep.27, 2010, under Blogs, Damn That's Cool

Penn Jillette rocks.  Whether it’s “Bullshit!” on Showtime or any of the Penn and Teller guest appearances on just about anything, I dig what the man does.  What can I say, I have a soft spot for loud-mouthed fat guys.  What really makes this site awesome though is both the audio and video archives.  I have spent many a night just listening through the archived PennRadio shows.

Click here to check out PennFans.net

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