Ready 2 Rumble Boxing Round 2 for PS2 – Activate Rumble

I was browsing the local flea market yesterday and stumbled upon an old classic. Ready 2 Rumble Round 2 boxing for the old PlayStation 2 (PS2). I have fond memories of this fun old boxing game. It was released back in 2000! 17 years ago. Wow. Regardless, the gameplay and characters are hilarious.

I bought the game on the cheap, and went about playing it with my friend last night. For the life of us, we could not figure out how to activate the rumble ability. I performed countless searches on my phone and my computer to find the answer. Promising links all around, but when I went to a page, I was never presented with the answer. It was so frustrating. We simply could not find the answer. My friend and I both tried every combination of buttons on the controller, seemingly to no avail.

Eventually, there was a breakthrough. We figured it out, and I have the answer. I’m going to present the solution here in a clear, simple form so that others who are searching the Internet for this answer can find it here.

Here’s the deal!

When you have the full RUMBLE letters, press R1 and R2 at the same time. Rumble mode is activated. Once you are in rumble mode and your boxing gloves are glowing white, press and hold the SQUARE and TRIANGLE buttons simultaneously. While holding square and triangle, jostle the left analog joystick. That will unleash the hyperactive punching and uppercut fury in rumble mode.

There you have it. Plain and simple. You’re welcome, Internet.

People Still Talk on the Phone

There is a misconception in the technology podcasting circuit that I would like to take issue with. That belief is that people generally no longer talk on the phone. I have heard this on tech podcasts countless times in recent years. Inevitably, a guest host will ask, “Who actually talks on the phone anymore?” They are trying to sell the incorrect assumption that in the era of modern smartphones, that those phones are not used for voice calls anymore. When the question is asked, virtually everyone on the panel agrees that people don’t engage in voice calling anymore at all.

That is absurd. Everybody talks on the phone. Yes. Even in 2017. I certainly do myself. I also see it happening around me all the time. All the time!

The hosts of these tech shows are so out of touch with reality that it has begun to irritate me. They spend most of their days surrounded by others in the field of technology — talking with journalists and other podcasters about the latest and greatest thing, and what is coming next. They live in a bubble without much interaction from “normal” consumers or users.

These tech folks also tend to live in or around Silicon Valley, or elsewhere in California. The state in which these podcasters live, I believe, plays into their thinking that people don’t talk on the phone anymore. I will explain.

In California (and many other states) it is illegal to drive while talking on the phone without using a hands-free device. People are ticketed for holding a phone up to their ear while driving down the road. Where I live, it is not illegal to do that. In fact, here it is so common to see people talking on the phone in their car that I see it happening in close to half of the cars around me at any given time. That’s not even an exaggeration!

When I’m driving to work at 7:30 in the morning, nearly half of the drivers in traffic are holding a phone up to their ear. Who are they talking to at 7AM? I’d like to know the answer to that. If anyone called me at that hour, I wouldn’t even answer. That aside, my point is that I see people around me every day that are talking on the phone, and not just in their cars. People in my office often sit outside and talk on their phones during lunch every day.

In the real world, most people are talking on their phones, at least to some degree.

Some of these tech journalists and podcasters need to get out of their echo chambers and talk to some real people sometime. Better yet, call one of them on the phone. I bet they will be more than happy to talk.

One Year Later

Hello again.

This is my first blog post since August 2016. It’s been over a year. An absurd amount of time, I do admit. A lot has happened in the course of a year. I’ve been very lazy about posting anything to my blog.

Despite my perceived laziness, I have jotted down a list of topics that I want to write about. I haven’t written on those topics because I wanted to first acknowledge the fact that I’ve been lazy and haven’t posted for a year.

Although I haven’t penned any posts as of late, I have methodically maintained this site, its installations, and plugins. To be honest, it’s nearly become more of a chore than a pleasure these days to maintain it to a relatively modern standard.

I’ll cite a couple of examples of changes that I’ve made:

With the help of a WordPress plugin, I ran a spell check across all of the past blog posts that I’ve written. In the early days, I composed text in the web browser, and let me tell you, the spell check in browsers has traditionally been quite bad. These days I use Word or Google Docs to write the posts. The spell check plugin that I ran this year found many misspellings in old posts. I corrected all of the errors that were discovered.

Not long ago, I removed the PrintFriendly plugin. I found it to be a handy tool when I first installed it many years ago, but over time the updates became far too frequent. I remember once in a single span of a week there were three or four minor revisions to the plugin. I finally got fed up and deleted it entirely. A simple plugin to manage the printing of a page doesn’t need that many revisions. It either works, or it doesn’t. No one is printing my posts, and if they are, they can figure it out for themselves.

Again, hello. I haven’t forgotten my blog. I’ll write something again soon. All the best!

A Pizza Bowl Of Toppings

Over the years, pizza chains have exhausted the list of possibilities of gimmicks to create a new form of pizza. Every few months a restaurant invents some slight modification to lure customers to order your next pizza from them. Pizza Hut is probably the most active player in this practice.

Do you remember the stuffed crust pizza? When it came out, they advertised it as “the pizza that you eat backwards.” I doubt that anyone actually ate it that way. Now that concept has been expanded to cheesy bites pizza, bacon stuffed pizza, and now hot dog crust pizza. I must say, the hot dog infused pizza crust both looks and sounds pretty nasty. I’ve never tried it.

A long time ago, my brother came up with a great new idea. It’s brilliant in its simplicity!

The idea: A bowl of toppings. Yes, a pizza bowl! It could rival the burrito bowl. It would be just a bowl full of toppings! Everything but the bread. I’d order one in a heartbeat.

Imagine sitting down to a bowl filled with a hint of tomato sauce, a hefty wad of cheese, and any toppings that you like on your pizza. Personally, I’d go for pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms. It sounds delicious!

Sure, such a pizza bowl is going to cost more than your average pizza. After all, it’s everything but the bread. The crust is easily the cheapest and most filling ingredient in making a pizza. If a pizza bowl can be priced reasonably, I say go for it. Why not? They’ve already stretched every other gimmick to the limit.

Somebody bring on the pizza bowl!

Night of the Lanyard

Lanyard is a misguided word.

Two years ago, I donned a neck strap with my company logo that displayed my employee ID badge. I rarely wear it. It is a thick cloth material that is rather warm on my neck in the summer months. These days, I wear my employee ID badge on my waist.

Once upon a time, I was wearing my neck strap, and a co-worker friend of mine walked up to me and said, “Oh, you have a lanyard.” I looked left and right, trying to figure out what he was talking about. I asked him what he meant. He explained that he was referring to the thing that I was wearing around my neck.

I don’t want to come across as being stupid, but I did not know what the word “lanyard” meant until that day, two years ago. I’m sure I’ve heard and read that word before that day, but it did not resonate at the time.

I take issue with the word “lanyard.” I very much dislike it.

It is a stupid word. When I hear the word “lanyard,” I think of an old haunted plantation. That is how the word resonates with me. It sounds like a word from a horror movie. It doesn’t sound like a word to describe something around your neck.

A couple of years ago, I wrote about this on Twitter. I tweeted: “Night of the Lanyard.” I’m sure that came across as completely random. I’m sure that nobody knew what I was talking about, but it was a joke in my own head.

The word is downright creepy.

There has to be another word we can use. If not, let’s create a new word for a strap around your neck. “Lanyard” is the most misguided word I can think of in the English language. I don’t approve of it at all. Let’s dispose of it.

Dishwashing the Keyboard

This post is long overdue. No one is going to read this, so I’ll give you the short, short version.

I spilled coffee into my keyboard. The right half stopped functioning.

I read blog posts insisting that you can put a keyboard in the dishwasher.

I did.

The left side continued working correctly after the wash, to my amazement, but it did not fix the problem.

The dishwasher miraculously didn’t damage the keyboard, but it didn’t fix the coffee corrupted problem, as I read that it would.

I bought a new one.

The end.

Twitter Pictures Run Amuck

Back in the early days when Twitter created the ability to add photos to tweets, people used it in a useful and meaningful way. I, for one, use it the way it was intended to be used. I’ll take a photo of something, then tweet it and attach the photo.

Over time, news outlets and other organizations have begun abusing the feature as a way to attract attention to their news links, which are usually just click bait, but that’s a topic in and of itself. I can potentially see a little value of including a photo if it is directly related to what they are tweeting about.

For example, a tech site may write an article about a company CEO who has a big announcement coming later that day. They will likely attach a photo to the tweet of that person speaking at a previous announcement, or something along those lines.

Overall, I think it’s fairly useless. If for no other reason, they have to shorten the tweet to make room for the photo URL that Twitter adds at the end. I’ve seen abbreviated or fragmented tweets crafted in order to make room for the address space needed for the photo.

Lately, this entire practice has reached the point of absurdity.

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed today and saw the most ridiculous example that I’ve seen to date. It comes in a tweet from Business Insider.

I took a screenshot of the tweet and have posted it below. Take a look. This is exactly what I’m talking about. There is absolutely no sense in this. What a blatant waste of time and resources this is. This crap needs to stop.

Business Insider Tweet Example

Fast Food Tipping

I have noticed a trend lately among pseudo fast food restaurants adding a tip line to their receipts. I do not care for this.

An argument can be made that tipping should be eliminated entirely, and that the cost should be rolled into the meal from the beginning. That would certainly make for a simpler dining experience. Having said that, I’m not trying to recreate the conversation from the beginning of the movie Reservoir Dogs, so I’ll table that discussion for another day. (See what I did there?)

Traditionally, we are accustomed to tipping servers at restaurants. I consider a “restaurant” to be an establishment where you are seated by a host or hostess. A server then takes your order, brings your food, and fills and refills your drinks.

We do not typically tip employees at fast food restaurants where the customer walks up to a counter, places an order, and walks away with food in their hand. Those people are employees, not servers. I do not believe that these employees need a tip from me for doing their job.

Recently, as I mentioned above, I’ve noticed a trend of fast food places attempting to guilt customers into tipping in addition to the cost of the meal. I’m not talking about a tip jar that they might have near the register. I have no problem with that, as it is entirely optional. I’m referring to a tip line being added to the receipt after a debit or credit card transaction.

I’ve been combating this trend. The easy solution is that I pay with cash at those places. When I pay with cash, all they are expecting from me is the price of the food. There is no forced mechanism that allows them to hint for something more.

I considered listing a few examples of fast food places that have added a tip line, but I figure there is no need to single them out. You get the idea. I’m not playing along.