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halloween 2002 roundup
the future of online gaming
star wars cereal review
japanese culture link of the day (12/6/2002)
japanese culture link of the day (12/23/2002)
reviews: hentai games sux0rz
anime term of the day (fan service, 02/17/2003)
retro gaming link of the day (battletech)
 

Recommended:
megatokyo
sinfest
8-bit theatre
mac hall
penny arcade
twisted kaiju theater
this modern world
dilbert
destroy all monsters
giant robot
8bit joystick
retrolounge
teleport city
stomp tokyo
anime web turnpike
radio paradise
neil gaiman
william gibson
greg costikyan
techrepublic
u.s. constitution
indiana democratic party
tompaine.com
fark
boing boing
metafilter
kuro5hin
the hoosier review
spinsanity
the daily howler
this modern world
the joe bob report
gamespot
quake 2
 

Blogs:
nextblog (random)
blogdex
daypop
the truth laid bear
technorati
the lefty directory

#!-usr-bin-girl
alas, a blog
andrew hagen
angry bear
annatopia
asymmetrical information
bertrand russel
blog left
blog of the moderate left
blue streak
body and soul
bookslut
brut4c
busy, busy, busy
byzantium's shores
calpundit
charles murtaugh
cogent provocateur
confessions of a g33k
cooped up
corrente
counterspin central
crooked timber
cut on the bias
daily kos
democratic veteran
destroy all blogs
die puny humans
disgustedliberal
d-squared digest
electrolite
eschaton
exploits and musings of heidi
flit
founding issues
geisha asobi blog
gorilla-a-go-go
how appealing
hullabaloo
insanekungfu
intel dump
interesting times
ipse dixit
it's still the economy, stupid
kieran healy
late night thoughts
lillianchan
long story, short pier
making light
mark byron
mark a. r. kleiman
matt welch
matthew yglesias
meryl yourish
min jung kim
modulator
mydd
nathan newman
never trust a monkey
no more mister nice blog
notes on the atrocities
not geniuses
oliver willis
oni blogger
onye's livejournal
open source politics
orcinus
pacific views
pandagon
peevish
p.l.a.
political aims
quaker in a basement
reachm high
roger ailes
royal blue
ruminate this
sadly, no!
scoobie davis
seeing the forest
self made pundit
semi-daily journal (brad delong)
shadow of the hegemon
sixdifferentways
skeptical notion
skippy the bush kangaroo
south knox bubba
swanky conservative
tacitus
talking points memo
talkleft
tapped
tbogg
ted barlow
terminus
testify!
the adventures of accordionguy in the 21st century
the agonist
the avocado couch
the blog of chloë and pete
the left coaster
the light of reason
the likely story
the people's republic of seabrook
the power pill
the rittenhouse review
the road to surfdom
the sideshow
the talking dog
the volokh conspiracy
thinking it through
through the looking glass
to the barricades!
to the point
tristero
uggabugga
unmedia
unqualified offerings
untelevised
uss clueless
very big blog
wampumblog
warliberal
whiskey bar
wil wheaton
worldgonewrong
 

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Sunday, April 21, 2002x


up late update


Oh, and Internet Explorer keeps crashing on me, and either the upgrade or the patch seems to have boinked my install of Q2. It's definitely time to call it a night.

I'll be installing Opera sometime next week. Watch this space for reports on if it's really a faster browser, and if it crashes less than IE5.

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update: up late


Yeah, I'm up late, for a couple of reasons. First off, my friend Onye dropped by this evening with a bottle of wine. Crystal (that's my wife, for those of you who don't know) had to hit the hay early 'cause she hasn't been getting enough sleep, but Onye and I stayed up a bit talking before she went to groove with some friends at a reggae club. We had coffee and talked about movies and ways people bug us and such.

The other reason is that I was looking through some of the stuff we brought over from the old house, and I found a CD-ROM that has a better version of Quake 2 than I currently had installed. I also downloaded the latest patch/update. I was going to burn some CDs of the music I've obtained recently, but I can feel the caffeine wearing off already, so I think I'll call it a night.

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Saturday, April 20, 2002x


saturday in spring


It was a beautiful morning here in Indianapolis. The local paper reports highs in the mid-60s and lows in the mid-50s, with a chance of thundershowers. It looks like that might happen, too, because since I sat down at the computer this afternoon the sky has become a lot more cloudy. But even so, this is a lovely spring day without all the heat we've been sharing with a lot of the country.

My mother and brother visited this morning. They pitched in with moving some final stuff from the old house. They left about an hour ago, in fact. We spent more than three years in the old place and I really loved that house--it was the first one I'd ever owned. Now, though, I'll be glad to get it on the market some time this week.

I'm still grabbing a lot of video game soundtracks and remixes. Last night and this morning I got the OST for the original Resident Evil—something I'm sure will come in handy over Halloween, at the very least. I also snagged some cool remixes of the Parasite Eve OST. For these cool sounds I turned to Gamingforce Audio. Oddly, I had no luck using Go!Zilla at that site, even though most of the music posted there is actually available.

I also got a haircut this morning—just a trim, but a necessary one. I like to keep my hair short, and I just hate having it on my forehead for some reason—I'm always brushing it back with my fingers. As you can tell, not an exciting day so far but a pleasant one, and I'm getting stuff done too. I'm going to get this done while I'm at it.

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Friday, April 19, 2002x


cool link of the day


Overclocked remixes is a repository of tweaked versions of video game music. Drawing from games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Playstation, PC and other platforms, the various artists serve up a varied menu of funky, techno and jazzy beats. I just burned a CD of some choice selections; it's playing right now, in fact. The music is interesting in its own right, the more so if you enjoyed the game and dig different takes on the familiar theme.

Thanx to alphazero for posting this link on the forums of Destroy All Monsters.

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it's code in here


Random thought: Although I hand-coded the early incarnations of my other Web page, I have been using Dreamweaver to edit it (when I did so) for the past five years. (And loving it, as Maxwell Smart used to say.) During that period I've spent some time as a software instructor, teaching HTML as well as Dreamweaver, Flash and many other applications. But launching this blog has shown how rusty my HTML skills became; it's also provided a welcome opportunity to scrape the rust off of same. Watch for improvements to the page template as well as more interestingly formatted posts.

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current favorites


I'm proud to introduce one element that I'm sure will be a constant feature of Planet Swank...my current favorites. I have many interests that are a cherished part of my life, and narrowing the choice of favorite anything tends to be an agonizing task. As a result, I tend to cheat—I either provide a "top n" list or just change the current favorite on a rotating basis. Here are some things that currently occupy the top spot on my list. Many are subject to change; others are fairly permanent. You'll see which is which in future posts.

//Update: Due to Blogger's quirk of inserting a lot of space before a table, I split this entry into two separate posts. Scroll down to read the table. Apparently Blogger puts in a bunch blank space when you include a table. I know it's annoying; I'll remove this message if I manage to fix it. Blogger gurus, suggestions are welcome.


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current favorites (4/19/02):
Movie:Moulin Rouge
Kung fu Movie:The Five Deadly Venoms // Review at Teleport City
Zombie Movie:Dawn of the Dead
Anime:Kimagure Orange Road
TV Show:The West Wing
Record:Björk, Debut
Writer:William Gibson
Beatle:John
Color:black
Animal:tiger
Muppet:Fozzie Bear
Holiday:Halloween
Donut:Krispy Kreme lemon-filled
Candy bar:Zero (good luck finding them in Indy, but the company where I work actually stocks them in their vending machines! Yippee!
Non-alcoholic beverage:black coffee
Alcoholic beverage:Gin and tonic


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a little about me


If you don't know me already (and if you don't, I'm amazed you're reading this already), I'm sure the astonishing dearth of information on this page has you wildly curious about me. Fear not, pilgrim; I have provided a short bio page. That should satisfy any burning need to know for the time being.

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Thursday, April 18, 2002x


planet swank debuts


Greetings all. Welcome to this collection of thoughts and musings that the Marvel Comics villain Mephisto would refer to as "the smouldering labyrinth that is my brain." Although I've let my regular Web site go without some desperately needed updates for far too long, I wanted to cultivate a space where I could toss out cool links I come across in my exploration of the Web, ponder the nuances of life in this modern world, and grouse about life in general.

Watch the skies...um, I mean, watch this space for frequent (I hope) posts and updates. I also plan to add a short bio page within the week. In the meantime, feel free to give me a shout.

posted by Gregory Harris on 4/18/2002 //



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this is a test


This is a test of the Blogger post system. This is only a test. If this were an actual post, you would see content, news, or information.

posted by Gregory Harris on 4/18/2002 //



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