Dragon Con 2010

It’s that time again. Time to pack up my stuff and head out to Atlanta, GA and hang out with my people. A pasty bunch overall but some of the smartest most obsessed people I have ever known.

Where Will I Be:

I will be milling around the con and attending events as usual but if you really want to know an exact place and time…I’ll be at the TWIT/Sword & Laser table at some designated times. The table will be in the Hilton near the podcasting, space, science, and skeptics stuff. It is also RIGHT outside the Walk of Fame.

I will be there at these times*

Friday: 3pm-5pm
Saturday: 1pm-2pm
Sunday: 10am-Noon

*Things happen and things change. If I’m not there during those times just check with someone at the table and they will let you know what time I may be there if other than the listed.

Stop by the TWiT/Sword & Laser table even when I’m not there. In addition to Tom Merritt, Veronica Belmont and TWiT alums, there will be rotating guests from the podcasting and blogging community. Such as Nicole Spag, Kim (@randysmolly), Brian Ibbott, Len Peralta, Jonathan Strickland and many more.

-Brian D


MacBook Air Keyboard Problem

I have a Macbook Air (1st gen) in my possession with a keyboard layout problem.

When I get to the login screen I can select the user I would like to log in as but can not type anything into the password box. I can hit the caps lock and the icon for the uppercase comes up in the login box.

Same thing when I go into safe mode (holding down the shift button after the startup chime.)

I added a usb keyboard. Same results.

I was able to log into single user mode by holding down Command+S. While in single user mode the keyboard works fine.

So I tried removing /var/db/.AppleSetupDone to go through the setup steps like a new user. I was able to reboot and start the setup process. When it came to setting my Keyboard Type the list was blank. I chose to show all and I had other languages (Chinese and the such) but no English. I also tried telling setup my location was United Kingdom and Canada and I still had blank entries.

Any other guesses? I’ve googled my butt off.


Macbook Air 1,1
OS: 10.5.8
Kernel: 9.8.0

CPU: 1.6 ghz
Memory: 2gb


Life (not the game)

Life is full of ups and downs. It’s not just a cliche…old saying…whatever. It can be a lifestyle.

My wife often accuses me of waiting for the other shoe to drop…there is another one of them old sayings…because if things are going well I start to brace myself for the bad. Then when the bad does come I say “I told you.” Even if it takes the bad a year to get here.

Well, the bad has already been around me lately. Don’t get me wrong. I live a charmed life. But things have been kind of tough lately. I’m having to deal with things I have never had to deal with. So now I am waiting on someone to pick up the other shoe. It’s time for some ups.


Uncharted 2: My personal struggle

This past year I received a game for the PS3 from my wonderful wife. That game was Uncharted 2. I was very excited about this gift because it was on my list of games that I really, really wanted. My wife is very attentive to these types of things.

I hopped right into the game. I whizzed through the first chapter in pretty short order. The story in this game is amazing. It’s so rich. The graphics are what you would expect. Awesome. However, the game play in this game is not what I consider a true first person shooter. Which is what I thought it was going to be. The game is more on the lines of a first person puzzle game. I know this is not news to anybody who has played the game.

Here is the struggle. I get easily deterred when I have to play a single level about 20 times to figure out the “trick” to solving the puzzle. So what happens? I end up just going to You Tube and watching walk throughs to get past the tough parts. Then I feel guilty or just plain stupid.

What a silly thing for me to frustrate myself over. Ugh.


The Final Score #4

Recently I have been playing a lot of casual games such as Plants Vs. Zombies on the iPod Touch and The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom on the PC (Steam.) While I love casual games, sometimes I need something that only a full blown game title can give you. However, full blown titles cost full blown cash and as a result I have to make a decision on what game I will pursue.

I do not buy games unless they are part of a franchise I am already familiar with or I have already played a demo of the game. So this past week was mostly about me trying out demos. The first demo I grabbed was Split/Second (xbox 360), a racing game. I’ve been flirting with the idea of a good racer. I haven’t been dipping into that genre much lately so I spent some time focused on Split/Second and Blur. Both of which are coming to the Xbox 360 in the coming weeks. I won’t say much here about the games as I have already said my piece on The Final Score podcast. Let’s just say I prefer Split/Second.

I was all ready to preorder Split/Second before the recording of the show. However, Steam (PC) had other ideas. They are/were running a special on a Codemasters Racing Pack. The pack includes Dirt, Dirt 2, Fuel, Grid and Toca Race Driver 3 for only $17.95. Well, that sealed that deal. I’m cheap and these race games are going to keep me busy for a while. Especially Dirt 2. I still want Split/Second but I can probably wait a little while longer now.

Listen To The Final Score #4


Joe Murray Kaboing TV

I have the honor of talking to Joe Murray this next week about his new project he is trying to get off the ground. KaboingTV. Joe is the creator of Rocko’s Modern Life and Camp Lazlo.

KaboingTV will be a place for Joe to host his animation bits as well as episodes by other artists. If you are interesting in helping out please go to this projects Kickstart page.