Archive for July, 2011

MGC 2011 recap

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Been meaning to put up a recap for the MGC 2011 show for a while, so here it is (finally). Note: I did not see a lot of the show, due to just maintaining my own area, so I will only comment on what I actually saw (which wasn’t a lot – there was much more than I’m recapping here).

Staring in my neck of the woods:
Atari Jaguar Festival – I’ll have to admit that this area was setup pretty good this year, but I did not take much time to check out what was being offered. Looked good though.

Die-Hard Gamer Console Arcade – New name for the Modern Museum. John Norman is the main guy behind this area, and as always, it was setup incredibly well for the 2011 show. Signs for practically every system, with lots of cool information on them. Plus so many consoles hooked up and ready to play. I did not play much myself in this area, but saw lots of people at the show having fun, and that is what it is all about.

E2M Museum – New name for the Classic Museum. This year Marty (and friends) went with a ‘dark’ arcade-like theme for the E2M room. Lots of good stuff was up and running, from Erik and his TI stuff, to a Commodore group, CoCo setup, Coleco Adam, and a rather nice 6502 area. In all, very (and I mean very) well done! My only gripe, a little too dark, but that is just my opinion. I know a lot of people liked the room with the lights down. I just would have liked a bit more light to see stuff with (maybe more rope lights would have helped). Gripe aside though and no joke, if it wasn’t for Marty’s museum area, there would be no Underdog Chamber (and that is a fact)!

Family Game Room – Nice setup this year, done by J.D, as Tom was out for 2011. While the area did rather well, I missed Tom and his kids. Hopefully they will return for 2012.

Turbo Fest – This was in the hall this year, and looked like fun. I didn’t stop by too long, but people were showing an interest during the whole show.

Underdog Chamber – Need I say more. My area did great. I still find it amazing on how people always tell me that I have one of the best setups in the show (at least that is what they tell me). Guess I’m just a little to critical in how I see my area. I always know it could be better, even if it is great the way it is. I’ve got plans for next year already – expect some major changes!

As far as show Events go, I missed them all. Suck to be me. I should have checked out Ben Heck, but just didn’t get around to it. 🙁

Panels and Presentations – I only got a chance to see Ralph Baer and Ted Dabney. I can honestly say that Ralph is just a great guy. He’s getting up there in years, but his mind is still sharp, and he’s still working on gaming devices. Very, very interesting guy too. I loved his skype presentation. Ted was pretty cool too, especially talking about the early days of Atari. Fun guy with a great sense of humor.

Other than that, I did get some chance to play some stuff in the Pinball/Arcade room. There were a LOT of machine for 2011, which was just fantastic!

The vendor hall had a lot of variety for 2011. From pinball parts to magic wands (seriously). I did pick up some things, but not a lot. My collection is getting tighter, and it was hard to find specific things this past show, not that there wasn’t a lot to buy (just not much for myself). I wish I would have caught GWH’s big sale on Sunday!

That is about it. As stated, I spent a lot of time in my own area. Still, it was a great show, and it just gets better each year. Here’s to 2012, and whatever it brings! 😀

P.S. Someday, I’ll finally post pictures of 2010 and 2011 here…

Macs slowly continue to be acquired

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Somewhat of a busy day today. I finally got together with my parts provider, and got that Dalmation iMac back together! I need to format it properly, but hopefully will have it going soon (soon = before next March). 😛

I did purchase some additional equipment too, for the Mac LAN. Won’t know how that pans out till later in the year. Just glad to get some things out of the way. Have another thought for using an old iMac that doesn’t work well. At this point, I’m thinking something along the lines of the iSkull I’ve had on display for years, but this would be much cooler! 😉

On the side, I never did get any response from that guy that sold me a lemon classic system. The thrill of Internet buying. Oh well, forward march is all I have so say.

My Father… R.I.P. (07/14/11)

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Thomas Flemming – departed this Earthly domain on July 14th…

The loss of a parent is a difficult time, but I can honestly state that I understand this situation a lot more than I expected too. Part of it is due to my own beliefs, in the fact that death is part of life. You cannot have life without death, and I fully accept that simple fact. For my father, death was a release from the suffering in the last few months of life, and he is free of that now.

This does not diminish the fact that I feel like a part of me is missing, to what capacity I cannot say at this time. I will miss my father’s advise, the countless times he helped me through various issues in life, and most of all how he truly loved his family. He instilled within me the value of doing a good job, in getting it done properly, wether at work or at home. Indirectly he taught me that what I believe in is important, even if others may not see things my way. In this way he was more open to my own unique way of seeing the world, and I’m glad that he accepted that, even if he did not fully follow my vision of life.

Deep down inside, my dad was a very caring person, even if it didn’t always show this on the surface. He cared about a lot of people, even those he barely knew, and in this world that is something special. There is no way to count how many times he has helped various family members and friends, with advise, support, and simple put, love, which he showed in his own special way. Plus he had a special fondness for children. My sister and I when we were younger, and my nieces later in his life, all of which he loved dearly.

I don’t have too many memories of my childhood, but from the pictures I’ve seen recently, you can see that caring look in his eyes. But even without many childhood memories, I always felt safer with dad around, and that is one thing I will miss – at least in an earthly regard. I know his spirit – or energy as I prefer to call it – will still be there, watching over us, of this I have no doubt.

Even in his last year of life, when his health was failing fast, he still would show concern for myself and other family members. In this alone, he still taught that one truth, that family matters most of all. Through bad and good time, I’ve always got my family!

(Too everyone else out there who has lost a father – may you never forget the good memories)

Wasted money…

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

After buying an old game system a few months back, I finally got around to testing it today. It turned out to be a frustrating and disappointing hour or so. System does power up, but poor signal to TV (and I mean very poor), and the two joysticks are messed up big time. So I’ve got some old classic games that I can see on a screen but can’t play due to back controllers. This is the part of collecting old stuff that I do not like at all. Buying stuff online is too much hit or miss. On the bright side, I have some games for this system. On the down side, I still need a fully working system. Guess I’ll have to possibly borrow again, or maybe just give up on some of the older systems. I do get tired of loosing money this way (but have found some great things over the years too – this is just the dark side of collecting old things).

In case any few readers out there are wondering what gaming console this is, I won’t say for now. Just know that it is old and not 100% functional.

Forward to a better day (with some stuff that actually works).

Time flies…

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Time sometimes goes by too quickly, or so it seems. I still have yet to put up any type of 2011 MGC recap, and have not yet posted anything for next years show (at least of substance). Things are in the works, as my secret lab is running some equipment right now. Soon I hope to remedy the recap, and post new information. Till then, I’m still putting the final wraps on the UC 2011 page, recapping what happened for the 2011 UC area.

Be back soon, hopefully…