March 19, 2003
Killing Nazis

Last night instead of doing much productive, I ended up watching Dogtown & Z-Boys, a documentary about the early skateboarding scene in Santa Monica in the 70s. Amazing stuff. Lucky for the world, Craig Stecyk and Glen E. Friedman were there from the beginning with the Z-boys, armed with film and movie cameras to record everything. It's an impressive glimpse at the crew that brought the world everything we consider to be an Extreme Sport. It's on cable, so set your Tivo to snatch it up. It's also on DVD if you want to Netflix it.

After the movie, I got into my Nazi Killing groove. I understand some of you don't understand what I mean when I say that. There is a game called Battlefield 1942 in which you play the role of a WW2 soldier circa 1942. You can use a multitude of weapons, including tanks, artillery, and even aircraft.

Here's a picture:

Here you can see me about to execute a knife kill. In this type of game, getting close to the opponent and scoring a kill with a minimal weapon like the knife is a mark of skill.

Getting into the world of BF1942 makes me focus on the game and let's the other stress in my life fade in the background. Michele doesn't like the killing aspect of the game, but I find that it is a definite pressure relief for me.

In other news, some the people I met at SXSW have introduced me to Friendster. Friendster looks like it's orginally intended as a dating/match-making service but is being used now as way to keep track of friends and see the inter-relations between circles of friends.

I haven't spent alot of time examining the details or even writing about others yet (sorry Mike & Rannie), but it looks to have potential for fun. SO don't be suprised if you get a Friendster invite from me someday soon.

OK, time to get ready for work. I've got a thrilling 9AM kickoff meeting about Forecast & Planning Software. Woo hoo! Who needs coffee when you have a meeting like that?

Posted by michael at March 19, 2003 07:25 AM