Thursday, May 25, 2006

Half-Life 2: Episode One coming soon

An article on says that Half-Life 2: Episode One is set for a June 1st launch. It will cost $19.99 at stores and online through Valve's Steam online system. The new expansion does not require the original game to play. By Christmas of this year, there will be two other expansions, Episode 2 and Episode 3. I can't wait for Christmas time for both of those expansions to be out.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Follow up to my Something New post back in February

Last weekend my fiancee and I bought the Something New DVD and watched it together. Back in February I wrote a post about this movie, telling you all that my fiancee saw it and liked it. Well after seeing it, I too enjoyed it and hope others will learn from the movie we can fall in love with someone that is different from us. I can tell you that myself, with my relationship with my fiancee. I love her so much and I can't wait to get married to her. She is the best thing in my life, without her I don't know what I would be doing or where I would be today.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

NHL Playoffs - conference finals match-ups

I know I'm late with this post but hey why not now than never, right? Well now that Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks are out of the playoffs, I'm going to be cheering for the Buffalo Sabres. The conference finals match-ups are:

Eastern Conference
Carolina Hurricanes (2) vs Buffalo Sabres (4)

Western Conference
Anaheim Mighty Ducks (6) vs Edmonton Oilers (8)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Cool commercial, and a good job marketing their site

Today I saw a commercial which appeared to be a movie preview at first. With a guy that was on a watercraft, and it looked like some people were chasing him and shooting at him. Then they showed a light house explode. Then the preview came to an end with "HIJACKED" on the screen which I assumed was the movie's name. Then a URL appeared on the screen and that was the end of the commercial. I said to myself, "what was that? Was that a movie preview or something else?" So I opened a new tab in Firefox and typed in and went to the site. To somewhat of a surprise I found out that it was a sport boat/watercraft company. The site is built in Flash with music playing the background. Now I don't usually like Flash sites because of usability issues and because Flash sites can't get indexed by search engines, so your ranking in search engines will probably suffer. But I found this site to be cool and really nice. I liked the background image of water with a mountain/land in the background with the sun setting. I navigated to the "Films" part of the site, and three movies appeared. Two were enabled for visitors to watch and a third one said that it was coming soon. So I then watched "HIJACKED" and was impressed by the quality (video and audio) of the movie. The acting could use some help though.

I thought that this was an interesting marketing tactic by this company. Having a movie preview with your products in it is pretty cool and then giving the web address in the commerical was a good idea. I know it made me go to the site right after I saw it, I wonder if others did the same. I of course am not going to buy a sports boat because I don't have the money to, plus I'm not a big fan of any type of boats. But that doesn't mean I won't come back to the site to see if they have any new movies. If you saw the commercial on television and then went to the site, drop a comment, even if you didn't go to the site, leave a comment with your thoughts. Thanks.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

NHL Playoffs - semifinal match-ups are set

The first round of the NHL playoffs are over and the conference semifinals start tomorrow night. I was 50% correct on my team selections for who would win in the first round. My pick of the Calgary Flames for the Stanley Cup is now gone and wrong since they lost game 7 last night to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. So now looking at the teams and seeing how round 1 went, I think the New Jersey Devils are the best team right now and Martin Brodeur is playing great. I am a Bruins fan (yes, it is hard to be one, they did another stupid thing by not getting Dean Lombardi as their GM, I read that they told him to wait, so then the Los Angeles Kings talked to him and signed him, again another dumb move by the Bruins, ok back to the playoffs...). I am a Bruins fan so I want to see Joe Thornton lead his Sharks to the Stanley Cup finals and win it all, but I think it will be tough for them. Vesa Toskala will need to be great in net for the Sharks. The second round match-ups are:

Eastern Conference
Ottawa Senators (1) vs Buffalo Sabres (4)
The Senators were 5-3 against the Sabres during the regular season.

Carolina Hurricanes (2) vs New Jersey Devils (3)
Their record was 2-2 against each other during the regular season.

Western Conference
San Jose Sharks (5) vs Edmonton Oilers (8)
The Oilers were 3-1 against the Sharks during the regular season.

Anaheim Mighty Ducks (6) vs Colorado Avalanche (7)
The Avalanche were 3-1 against the Mighty Ducks during the regular season.

My predictions for winners for each series are:
  • Ottawa over Buffalo
  • New Jersey over Carolina
  • San Jose over Edmonton
  • Colorado over Anaheim
These predictions I made were very tough to make because I think any of these teams can upset the other and win. This should be another good round. Again, I hope the refs let the players play and hit. Who do you think will win in each of these series? Let me know by posting a comment. You can view the conference semifinal playoff schedule on

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Two online funny clips

Here's a funny clip with Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Chelios. I don't know what it's from, if you do post a comment about it. Here's the link.

Also, there's a video of President Bush and impersonator Steve Bridges do a skit at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Here's the link.

Google SketchUp 3D modeling program

Google has released 3D modeling software for free, called SketchUp. The article "Google Releases Free 3D Modeling Software" on has more information about the software. You can get the software for free on the SketchUp page. It looks cool and there's a free version, why not try it?

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A funny Red Sox site

I found the site Call of the Green Monster while searching for Red Sox and Yankees fan sites and I read some of the posts and most are hilarious (that's if you follow the Red Sox and know the players). Some of my favorites are the A-Rod hires a firm to make him look more masculine post; the Yankees plan an illegal shift for Ortiz post; and the Damon looks to change idiot image in New York post.

Also, last nights game between the Red Sox and Yankees was a good one. With Johnny Damon coming back to Boston the first time since leaving for New York for more money. He got booed heavily. The cheers went to catcher Doug Mirabelli, who was traded back to Boston from San Diego. Tonight's game was rained out and will be made up on August 18th as part of a double-header that day.

(Everyone remember A-Rod carrying his purse?)