March
22
Filed Under (Sports) by Justin on 2004-03-22

At 2003-04 North Carolina TarHeel basketball….

“We didn’t accomplish anything,” Sean May said, “and that hurts.”

That’s a quote from May following the Texas game on Saturday night. Adam Lucas mentions this comment in his latest and likely final basketball column of the season and then immediately corrects Sean. He concludes with this bit: “For the first time in perhaps three years, there is a stirring of a memory… We remember how to do it.” These comments just solidfy a rather lengthy conversation myself and Brandon had on Sunday. We came to several conclusions, mostly in agreement with one another. Our only difference was that he was angry about being disappointed and I was typically disappointed with being angry at the team. Here’s the general rundown on what we decided though:

1) We [UNC] had a good team this year. However, GOOD is not good enough in Chapel Hill. The bar has been set very high by Dean and not a single TarHeel fan should ever settle for a “good” season. We can’t say we’re happy with a .500 season, losses to Florida State, Clemson, and a 6-seed in the the Atlanta bracket of the NCAA tournament. Every season should be a 20-win season, with a MINIMUM of 12 wins coming in the ACC alone. Take the good team, Roy, and make them the GREAT team we’ve come to expect to see.
2) It was way too heartbreaking. Five-point loss to Wake Forest in THREE overtimes, two-point defeat in overtime also by Duke during their first meet-up, again by two points by Virginia, and yet another overtime loss to Florida State.

Well I had another point when I started, but now it’s late and I’ve forgotten. I’ll try to remember it, otherwise, I won’t bore you non-basketball fans any longer.

To the UNC TarHeels of 2004-05, Ray, Sean, Jawad, Rashad, Melvin, Jackie, and David: Congratulations on a *good* season. I’m already waiting for November.

Note: By no means am I attempting to discredit any part of the UNC “franchise.” Just some observations. I assure you I am still very much a die-hard fan and that my friend will never change.

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March
22
Filed Under (TV) by Justin on 2004-03-22

I called Time Warner this afternoon and cancelled all of my current cable services, except of course my Road Runner account. No more digital cable, HBO, or most importantly, my DVR! I’ll probably end up losing my mind in the course of the next couple of weeks, but cash is tight around here so I’m cutting back where I can. In some slight opposition from a close friend, when the money returns, I’ll likely become a DirecTV customer, for the simple fact that their DVR service is actually a real TiVO unit and it’s cheaper.

So, farewell cable box and expensive bill!

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March
22
Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2004-03-22

I’ve spent more hours than I care to count this weekend becoming a more addicted gamer. I’ve dabbled here and there in recent months with Battlefield: 1942 and more recently Call of Duty, but this weekend I went all out and spent a great deal of time playing Battlefield: Vietnam. I’m sure I’ll end up using it as research for work in the near future. I know my co-pilot over at GOTC spent his weekend researching his next project as well, hitting up the UT2k4 servers pretty heavily.

In light of the recent attention I’ve been getting over at Matt’s Blog, I should point out that he saved my tail a few times tonight in a valley in Vietnam and for that I’m grateful. He flys a mean helicopter and makes for a fun gaming experience to ride shotgun. Just keep working on the landings London….

Well, I spent two hours longer tonight playing than I planned, so now I gotta get some rest before work time in the A.M.

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March
20
Filed Under (Sports) by Justin on 2004-03-20

I’m trying very hard not to blog about the NCAA tournament very much for a couple of reasons. 1) Superstitions: seems every time I mention UNC on here they don’t play so well; and 2) my mom said not to.

But anyway, I hadn’t done any reading over at TarHeelBlue.com in a couple of days, and I stopped by there just now and found this interesting bit when someone was talking to the media this past Thursday before the game:

“We act like it’s just another team, but everybody knows it’s North Carolina. We’ll be happy just to be on the same court with them.” –Joel Gerlach, Air Force senior

It’s nice to see the team getting some respect, even if it is from a team who isn’t respected very much themselves.

Well, I’m pumped about tonight. Let’s hope the guys fare well.

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March
18
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2004-03-18

I just got in from “the toy store” a little bit ago, just in time to start the UNC/Air Force game. I dont know if I’ve ever heard someone say, “I hope the Air Force loses,” but tonight, that’s my sentiment exactly.

So I went to Best Buy on a mission. Purchasing “Battlefield: Vietnam.” Three stores in Shelby today that I checked didn’t have it, so off to Gastonia I went. Went and grabbed the game first thing and was very satisfied to have it in my hands. While in Best Buy, I decided to look at this set of speakers that was advertised for $49.99 after an $100 Instant Rebate. The web site said Gastonia was currently out of stock, but I had to check. Lucky for me, they had a set! So, they aren’t the greatest, but I tested out the demos and they sounded good enough for a $50 set of 6.1 speakers. If you’re considering purchasing some, go for it.

So to make my point so I can get to watching the game, I’m in the market for a 5.1/6.1 receiver. New, used, reconditioned, I really don’t care. Just as long as I can fit it into my very tight budget. Let me know if you run across a deal or have one that you need to unload.

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March
17
Filed Under (Website) by Justin on 2004-03-17

I finally pulled the plug on the old version of the /pics section today. It’s now written in PHP and powered on the backend by a SQL database. Makes things much nicer for me. Now that it’s finished, I have some new galleries that I need to work on and get uploaded.

[30 minutes later]
The galleries are now up. You can head over to the /pics section and see the images of Bonnie’s car, our trip to Beech Mountain (when I proposed), and some of the cats when it snowed. Enjoy!

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March
15
Filed Under (Red Road Rental, Website) by Justin on 2004-03-15

First of all, I want to wish Chuck a formal welcome to wantmoore.com. Apparently he has been reading from somewhere in the Houston, TX area for at least a month now since he made reference to my post about Firefox. Just for the record folks, it comments like this that make myself and Helix do what we do over at GetOffTheComputer.com. Just knowing that something we’ve written has helped someone out once. But anyway, I did want to wish Chuck, my Mac user, a warm welcome from yours truly.

In other news, I made a slight change in my decor at home tonight. I still need to take some pics of the rest of my house, but I painted an accent wall in my living room tonight. It’s a dark navy blue and the wall is located on the short end of my living room where my TV and the rest of my AV gear resides. Quite a big change and I must say, it looks fantastic.

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March
14
Filed Under (Stuff) by Justin on 2004-03-14

I haven’t checked out my stats page in a while and I just found something very interesting. 2.9% of all my page views from this month so far have originated on a Mac for a total of 534 page views. Who are you?? Does my site look okay on your Mac? Send me a screenshot, I’d love to know what it looks like.

In other stats related news, Internet Explorer accounts for only 68.6% of all page views. Impressive when you consider they probably have about 95% of the market share. Just goes to show that my readers are more intelligent and capable of making choices for themselves. Mozilla accounts for 17.3% alone while Firebird/Firefox grabs another 4.1% for a grand total of 21.4% for the entire Mozilla group of browsers. Everyone should pat themselves on the back!

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