Thursday, September 18, 2008

Two new TV Show Addictions

When I find a new show I like, I'm all about buying the seasons on DVD and watching them all NOW.

The Unit - I'd never heard of this show. (Shocking, I know, considering I don't have any sort of TV programming at home.) I happened to catch most of an episode while I was living in a hotel in Rockville, MD. At first I thought it was 24, due to Dennis Haysbert's presence. It quickly became apparent it wasn't 24, but I had no idea what it was. I had to look it up on IMDB. Well, then I was curious, and went about finding episodes online to watch, to see if I liked it. I was quickly hooked.
The Unit features layered stories, often intertwining the adventures of the fighting men of the top secret Unit with the lives of the wives they leave on base. It combines action, some dry Army humor, and drama into a highly watchable combination.

Chuck - This show I had heard of, as Amazon's Unbox (which is now defunct and replaced by Video on Demand, a HIGHLY original name...) was constantly bombarding me with ads for it. I finally gave it and watched when they showed the first episode for free. Wait, Adam Baldwin is in this show? I'm in!
Chuck is the tale of an innocent Best More employee, Chuck, who works for the Geek Herd. Chuck accidentally gets hypnotized and winds up with all the secrets of the NSA and CIA in his brain. The NSA and CIA both send agents to watch over him, and hilarity ensues.
Chuck is the spy show opposite of Burn Notice, and it works well. Where Burn Notice is a spy show filled primarily with drama and action, and backed with a nice dose of comedy, Chuck is primarily a comedy, backed with two scoops of action and drama. I happen to love both shows.

So, there you have it. Two more good TV shows. Who knows, maybe we're on the way back from the swing towards "reality" shows, and TV may become watchable again. Of course, I still won't pay for the privilege of watching commercials, but my DVD library may grow substantially.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Crysis: Warhead - Dual SMG fix

Just got Crysis Warhead home. Loving it so far. However, I noticed that since I assigned Mouse 2 to Jump, instead of the default Zoom function, I cannot fire my second SMG without jumping. You'll have the same weird issue with any function you reassign Mouse 2 to.

To fix this, you need to open your Vista documents folder. (Default is c:/Users//Documents/My Games/Crysis_Warhead/Profiles/Default)
Once in the default folder (or whatever you named your profile) right click on actionmaps.xml and choose open with, and then select Notepad.

Once you have this file open, scroll down and look for:

action name="attack2" onPress="1" onRelease="1"
key name="mouse2"/

Go ahead and change "mouse2" to whatever key you assigned zoom to, or to whatever key you wish.

Click file at the top and save.

Now you can rock dual SMGs without any weird secondary behavior. (Jumping every time you shoot sucks!)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Look what I did! Star-15 Update

As it was hotter here today than it has been most of the summer, I elected to not go bust my ass outside. Instead, I took the time to play some World of Warcraft, and to assemble my AR-15 parts. (I LOVE that the lower I got is called a STAR-15, instead of an AR-15.)
It was my first, so I accidentally marred the finish just a bit on the lower, but I don't think it's too noticeable. Also, I can't install the remaining 5 or 6 parts until I get a butt-stock. But all in all, I'm pretty happy for how it turned out, and it cost me a lot less than buying one that was already assembled.