Past Lives

So Tom went to the Digital Experience show today to cover it for DSM, and he said it was kinda boring actually but he mentioned he went to one of the luncheons there held by Sprint and Palm.  I’ve been to these shows and there’s usually really good food there and of course I replied back that at least he got to eat for free anyway, and he replied back to me that I seem very fixated on food…

There’s a point to this actually, the reason I’m fixated on food is that I was an Executive Chef in my ‘past life’ as I call it, past life being what I did before doing what I do now.. not the supernatural past life thing…

But it got me thinking about all that and my time or I should say years of my culinary escapades… Not to blow my own horn or anything but I was damn good, and well I still am, but I rarely get the chance to make any extravagant dishes anymore. I do miss it sometimes, but I think I’m happier now.. one of things I hated was all the ass-kissing and nepotism of the restaurant industry, sorry I don’t kiss ass, and well sometimes that’s what it took to get ahead, so I didn’t get ahead as far as I could have…

but I can say that in my time I’ve had my food creations published twice in magazines, I’ve worked with some of the top chefs out there, I’ve catered events with senators and congressman and met numerous celebrities as well, so it wasn’t all that bad…. I even had a chance to try out for the culinary olympic team… just a hint but you shouldn’t go out drinking and partying the night before you try out for the olypmic team, it ruins your sense of taste and just ruins your concentration and everything else needed to do do good at something like that .. I was young and stupid.. ah well

What I really miss is the rush of it all, it might not seem to some that it’s that stressful, but it is a very stressful career choice, if you can’t handle pressure then don’t even think of the field of culinary arts. I actually loved the stress and pressure of it, I thrived on it really. I remember years ago a study in some major magazine or newspaper that ranked the stress levels of jobs, what I did ranked right under Brain Surgeon, so yeah it was stressful at times… but damn fun

I think the part that I missed the most was seeing the looks on peoples faces as they watched me work, they were just in amazement at my ‘skillz’. and I’m serious, not just bragging, I was good at what I did. I prepped/catered parties for 1000+ people with little or no help from others, and I don’t mean wedding buffets, I mean sit down fine dining, black-tie affairs…yes I’m seriously good at multi-tasking…

I think I can say that I’ve ate more different types of food in my time cooking than most people will ever eat in their entire lives… there was actually a point where I would say no to filet mignon and lobster and prefer a hamburger because I ate so much of it…

ah well, I have my memories anyway…

Need a great motherboard?

I’ve got my review up of the EVGA 680i SE motherboard model 122-ck-nf63-tr, over at DSM and in my time with it I’ve come to love it. It’s just great, and I haven’t had any problems at all with it.

So if you’re thinking about upgrading your system to a better chipset then this could be what you need…  so stop on by and check out my review, I also picked up a couple EVGA 8600GTS video cards as well to pair up with the motherboard, that review will be up in a few days..

Excerpt:

Technology is an ever changing landscape of advancements and new ideas being implemented all the time with new versions of products being released every time we turn our backs. I don’t know if it’s the technology companies or the game producers that are the ones to blame for the constant upgrading cycles we as a consumer have to put up with, but we do it because we basically have to if we want to have the latest and greatest hardware and play the newest games being released. I’ve recently upgraded from an NF650i based system to an NF680i based system, the board I have now is an EVGA nForce 680i SE SLI Version, specifically the 122-CK-NF63-TR model number. The SE in the title stands for ‘Special Edition’, though I’m not quite sure why it has that moniker attached to it. There are several versions of the EVGA 680i based motherboards and I picked the one that had the features I really wanted and needed, along with the fairly low price point for a board of this caliber. So continue on as I explore this board and run it through some tests, I can say that in my time with it I have found it to be an excellent and very stable board with no problems whatsoever…

 Click HERE to read the review, I’ve got tons of pictures and a few tests comparing it to my 650i chipset motherboard

Halo 3 pt2 – spoiler warning and gizmodo

Oh well… if you haven’t seen it yet, and if you don’t want to know, Brian over at Gizmodo posted  a video where he re-bags all the Halo 3 swag and then throws it off his balcony, and then gives away the ending to the game…

what a moron… I’m not a Halo fanboy or anything but it’s wrong how he treated the gear that was given to him and it’s really wrong how he gave away the ending of the game…

I mean yeah he can be pissed off at the comments he got, and I agree totally that he did treat the stuff wrong in his first video unbagging… he just tossed the stuff around his room like it was garbage… but why would you go and spoil the ending of the game for everyone else just to get back at a couple assholes who posted rude comments and supposed ‘death threats’ about him…

I don’t know… I guess he’s just a total asshole, and I’ve lost quite a bit of respect for Gizmodo now… not that that really means much though…

anyway, the things I treat carefully and with respect, I guess it’s because I’m happy to get them and thrilled that the companies would give them to me… I guess Brian is just a fucking primadonna who thinks he deserves what he gets from companies… I know if I was in the marketing dept of the sponsors for gizmodo I’d be thinking twice about sending anything to Brian anymore, just for the lack of respect and just basically for being an asshole….

Oh well…  it must be nice to get great stuff like that from Microsoft and literally throw away a few hundred dollars worth of stuff… I just don’t understand it… what an asshole

Halo 3 – Hey Microsoft

HEY MICROSOFT!!!

I want one of those cool Halo 3 limited edition press kits!!!!!!!!!

The ones with the limited edition Xbox360 and all the other cool stuff!!

I don’t even care about the special personalized gamer tags, just send me the other stuff

PLEASE!!!

Oh, well.. figured it might be worth a try… it’d be fun reviewing over on DSM anyway… and well, I’m sure my kids would like an Xbox360 seeing as I never got one yet…

Guess I’m dreaming though, my site is nowhere near as popular as the likes of Engadget of Gizmodo… so my chaces are pretty slim for getting set up with one of those kits eh..

Seeing the Horses

So, I drove the family about 2 hours today to go visit some horses…

My wife’s friend’s girlfriend takes care of horses for a living so she invited us out to see them and ride them… Normally it’s $35 for each 1/2 hour of riding, but we got to do it for free of course… so that was cool.

The kids loved it and so did my wife, but I didn’t…

Honestly I’m like afraid of horses, I wasn’t always though, we would go riding all the time when I was younger but now for some reason I just don’t like them… but at least I’m not alone, I was chatting with the girl who works there and she said that’s actually a very common thing.. so go figure, as I got older I grew afraid of horses?!?! I dunno why, they seem ok, they’re friendly and all that, but they just creep me out for some reason… I think it’s the eyes… or maybe the fact they they could kill me with one swift kick…

I found that they’re easily spooked as well and that’s not a good thing, we were told no loud or sudden movements while we were there… as we were all walking the horse they were going to ride to the riding area one of the ‘farm’ dogs came running out and barked, the horse literally jumped.. it was interesting to say the least…

oh well…

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Oh, I’ve just posted part 2 of DragonSteelMods coverage of the Pepcom Holiday Spectacular, so click HERE if you’re interested to learn a bit more about what Tom saw while he was there…

He’ll be at the Digital Experience this week as well to cover that, it’s a bit of a bigger event though..

Arrrrrrrr… Talk like a pirate!

Yeah if you haven’t already been reminded it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day !!

Avast ye landlubbers, get off that 21st Century contraption that yer fingers are banging on and get outside and enjoy the salty sea air…

or if your not by the sea just get outside and enjoy the last few warm days we have left this year!

and go visit the pirate ship at Writenonsense if you want to walk the plank!

oh and on the technological side of things, Crucial, one of DSM’s sponsors is celebrating Talk Like  A Pirate Day by giving some stuff away!

Viagra traffic sign?!?

Ok,. I drive by this sign at least once every day, and have done so for years, I finally decided to grab my camera and take a picture of it….

This sign looks like the stages of an Erection…  we like to call it the ‘Erection Sign’ for obvious reasons.. but almost every time I see it I have to sort of giggle… (yeah I know childish and all that, but you gotta admit it’s funny!)

If you click the pics they will open to a very large resolution picture of 2272×1704 .. I thought maybe someone might like to use it for their desktop wallpaper! heh!

SO now we need to come up with a caption for it to make it more interesting….

Maybe Viagra should use this sign for a new advertisement for their wonder drug!

Some slogans for them possibly:

‘On the road of life there’s only one way to go : Viagra’

‘The way to get ‘ahead’  in life’

Dunno… come up with some others.. I know you can!