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|Monday, October 31st, 2011|
Just an old game that I tended to play, during my childhood. Rather appropriate for the season.
|Sunday, August 14th, 2011|
Was driving up the freeway, the other evening. It was this long stretch, where a lot of rural landscape rests. The air was full of Dragonflies. Hundreds. It's really an interesting insect. Especially with those quad wings that give them the capacity to go from total hover to darting in any direction at will. Seems like a species that should have come right out of a fantasy.
Just a little dribble to pass as a long delayed post to this LJ site.
Dibs on it attracting bot's selling junk.
|Wednesday, February 16th, 2011|
|Mafia II for PS3.
Just rented this title from RedBox, the other day.
Mafia II for the PS3.
This is one of those GTA knock offs. And, they have done it right. Heavy plot. Excellent controls. Tons of voice acting. Appears to be trying for an atmosphere that actually lives. Like, this guy that's knocking on a door, yelling at the occupant to turn down a radio. A cat that hops up on a ledge, then hisses at you. Littler things that may or may not make any difference. A definite GTA that is set in the 1940's.
RedBox is OK for game renting. $2. Just the selection is so-so. Machines have a reliable quantitiy of zero to eight. Some even have two screens worth. I'll miss GameTag...which just closed down about a week back...with their hundred-plus racks of titles. There's still a BlockBusters about...for now.
I'll be sure to buy this title.
|Saturday, February 5th, 2011|
|Thursday, January 20th, 2011|
|Friday, December 31st, 2010|
|Happy New Year!
Here I sit at a local Mcy D's. Using the free internet.
I see there's one party listed. Two hours drive. Too far.
So, I worked until 4. Got some early and cheap KFC dinner.
Went to the discount theatre. Where I caught a surprisingly riveting movie called 'Unstopable'. It's all about a real event, where a train runs amok over Human error. And, I kid you not. Once the train starts moving, this movie does not let go. Since it's based on reality, it truly has a lot of nail biting moments.
In about 30 minutes, I'll head back over for either a 9:40 or 9:45 flick. Undecided.
Afterwards, I might count down with some casino goers.
So, that's my New Years bit. Dinner, movie and a little bit more.
|Saturday, December 25th, 2010|
|Friday, December 17th, 2010|
|Friday, October 22nd, 2010|
|Super Scribblenaughts approach to video. NSFW.
This is a rather fun little video. Mind you, it is NOT SAFE FOR WORK
. I was trying to use the LJ Cut. But, something isn't meshing correctly. So...just don't click play if you are at work. ;)
It doesn't matter if you choose to shoot the bear or not. What is so rewarding is playing the word game, afterwards. Lots of keywords lead to crazy little scenes. Like 'football' has a naked lady run through. I just tried 'smokes' for a slightly humorous anti-drug bit. I prefere 'becomes', for obvious reasons. :D
There are also a lot of words that just lead to a 404 error bit and one where the bear refuses to 'do it'.
It is an ad for some office ink eraser product. But, they just prove that ads don't have to be annoying to work.
|Monday, October 4th, 2010|
This little So. Cal. Start-up con kept it's head above water when the situation became choppy. With barely one week's gap, it had to relocate it's chosen home base to a cozy, beach side hotel. One that had barely two (or maybe three) con meet rooms. The smaller of which, went to the half dozen or so dealers. The other, went to another event...some kind of wedding shower that was booked further in advance then the con ever had a chance to reserve. So...the plan was to give the day's activities to the beach zone. Sadly, that area had been closed off to reasons I hadn't learned. Still...us attendees found ample room in the dining area/internet nook and front lawn. (I heard there was also some sort of swimming pool or jacuzzi, but never found it.) And, apparently, there was also some cluster of shops and an arcade that accommodated exploration for both undercover and fully suited, alike. Come the evening, we got access to the main meeting room. (Somewhere between the tiny to less-then-medium sized meet rooms at any regular con hotel.) Every chair in the place was hustled in for a twin comedy show between Unkle Kage and Ranting 2. Followed up by a dance. (Which, seemed to be loud and under attended. But, maybe as the night rolled on, either was closed down, so folks could sleep...or actually picked up. Though, I never saw more then six people attending at any given minute.) The hotel staff was very accommodating. (Unlike some of the snobs that work at other con's hotels.) I even overheard a quick lecture about how the lower floor was to be kept open, despite how late into the evening it may have been. Total attendance of the con was somewhere around 200-300. Not bad at all for a con's first year. And, given the size of the hotel, was the perfect balance between cozy and cramped. Rumors were that next year, the neighboring hotel might be the aim for home base. If attendance grows, we'll need the extra space. All in all, a very nice, cozy experience. Although, the usual Saturday at other cons was this one's Friday. Hopefully, the Sunday at the private cove went well.
|Monday, September 27th, 2010|
|Lord of the Owls. I mean, Lord of the Rings Lite. I mean, Legends of the Guardians.
Just to get it over with...!!!MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!
Moving on or stopping is your choice. Anyhow...
Just a few weeks back, another offering to the animal CG movie list was released; Alpha and Omega. My summed up opinion; 'As predictable as a roller coaster and just as fun.' It had great use of the 3-D and seemingly knew just enough about when to push the 3-D into your face and when it should deepen the virtual world around the story. It brought it's audience along for a ride, filled with 'lucky coincidences' and 'lose that stopwatch' moments. But, it relied upon many overused notions that could be found from many former movies and shows. It basically struggled to be fresh and found preservatives to be a necessary ingredient. If you have some time to spend on entertainment and don't mind parting with a couple bills, this one's OK. The 3-D is truly effective. It's cute. It's cuddly. It wants you to look at it's rear end. Repeatedly. And, to make some suggestively X-rated avatars out of some of it's scenes.
But, Legends of the guardians: The owls of Ga'Hoole knew what it wanted. Where Alpha wanted to fur pile a bunch of males atop one another for a cheap laugh, Guardians wants to grip your chest with razor sharp talons and tear your beating heart out through a small, beak pecked hole. It stays focused upon a pair of fledgling brothers, just barely ready to solo and drags them off to the epic dark side. (The movie's already killed at least once and made an attempt at grossing out the audience by this point.) Allies, enemies, turncoats, conquest plans and casualties and emerge at this point, whereas in Alpha, starvation and lover's crush are about the only driving points in why anything is going on. Oh, yea...we also start to see that these owls aren't just talking, but diving into some heavy realms of medieval battle armor, iron forges and some level of magic item control. (Frodo and his ring should be coming along any time, now.) After brothers choose sides and alliances are formed, the movie presents a well scripted reason to head off towards the opposing forces. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the Alpha and Omega enter a sub-plot to go repopulate some far off forest land...all thanks to Man...and risk a tiff amidst the split pack, posturing for a fight they don't exactly want.
Meanwhile, back in Middle Earth, (where every scene is living art that should be hanging in a museum, (Truthfully, this movie IS drop dead beauty.)) the good guys prepare for Local War One by making the audience re-learn the whole movie's cast. Weapons and armor run wild. Hardships pour in with the heavy dialog. And then, somebody probably yells out, “We are Spartans!!!” as the Alphan and Omegan go find a goose that can show them a car and train ride to get back home.
What comes next is a movie torn between wanting to go R and knowing it has some PG members amidst the audience. We are talking characters that feel pain. Know spirituality. Realize death. Going...where the R rating dares tread. Whereas, Alpha presents...Riverdance, with sexual overtones and way too much singing. Well, to be fair, the owls have a singer/songwriter/warrior on their side. He strums a loot and sing song's about fighting to a probable death. It's actually not forced by any means and is downright subtle, short and swe...highly bitter. Nothing sweet about it, at all.
In summery, Legends of the Guardians is the real deal. It is the Lords of the Rings of 2010, only without taking three whole movies and nearly 10 hours, just to get to the point. Too many scenes that stand out as works of art to speak of. A plot that dives deeper then it had to...and probably had ten times the depth in it's written form. A stepped down viciousness that wanted to chase the children away, yet held back to keep them from bursting into tears...for years. And, enough range to easily add sequels/prequels/sub-stories upon...for years, makes this movie well worth seeing. It digs it's war machine claws into places that Alpha would be retreating from, whimpering all the while. Well worth seeing. Even the 3-D adds greatly to it, without truly relying on it to bring the movie together.
|Wednesday, September 1st, 2010|
It's amazing just how big some of these moths truly get. I'm guessing this one ranged from four to six inches between wing tips. What I found more interesting was the incredible visuals that the wings had upon the surface. Just seems like another sign that life has a designer behind it.
Edit: OK. FaceBook doesn't like sharing without providing a full page of HTML...
|Writer's Block: Ground Control to Major Tom
What kind of craft would you design to travel through time and space? How would it work? What would it look like?
Simple. A "Time bubble". It really doesn't look like anything. Just a field of energy that shields the interior from the passage of time, until it grows too unstable. If any look is present, it might be the pure parts that form the electronics to create the field. One could wrap those parts in near anything, I suppose. Though, Nature already creates them. So, perhaps there are no parts needed, at all. Trouble with the natural formed version is stability. Objects contained inside have been known to age years to the real world's minute or exist years to the real world, while mere seconds tick by, inside. Properly harnessed, this Time bubble could make space travel a reality and even remove the laws of physics from planes. It all relies on figuring out how to controlling the stability factor.
|Wednesday, August 4th, 2010|
So, I have a little time before work. Set up the chair and portable table and start making a couple folds in some faux fur when I notice this crow starts walking over. I try not to stare and this bird just gets closer and closer. A few minutes later, this crow is hopping up upon the tubes of the cart corral next to my truck and just keeps watching.
I felt slightly humbled that this creature, free to do anything it pleased, chose to spend a few minutes with me. Granted, it was probably waiting around for scraps to steal. But, whatever.
|Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010|
|"I'm Kick Ass Bat Man."
Holy mother of...currently watching Kick Ass. And, how can I describe this? It's like the Adam West Batman series corny somehow overlapped with the darkest, goriest of Batman scenes in the same heartbeat.
Take this scene...an 11 year old girl just pulled a matrix attack down a hall of books, shooting 10 men, unloading a dozen guns and reloaded by flipping ammo clips in mid-air. I mean...you don't want to take it seriously...and it's got blood and bodies falling everywhere, requiring it to be taken seriously. Just don't know how to take this movie. I mean...is it a G rated R???
|Monday, August 2nd, 2010|
Now that I won an auction for a matching mask to go with this death costume, ( http://www.furbuy.com/auctions/1017914.html
) figured that I would re-watch the old Watership Down video. Luckily, some YT patrons have been busy uploading the movie...AND a surprise series that has the luxury of being far tamer paced. Seems to have survived at least three seasons worth. And, it's quite the beautiful show of effort.
|Sunday, July 25th, 2010|
|Comic Con 2010.
To start with, I left the house around 6 am with the usual intent to claim a parking spot AT the convention center. Not only is it nearly pain free, but one of the bigger bargains in downtown. Low and behold, I had zero idea that they were going to make both the con AND surrounding hotels pre-paid. Luckily, it wasn't too hard to land a 'relatively close' parking spot for about the same price, ([i]Next to Petco Park[/i].) because I arrived so early.
In retrospect, it's just the lack of knowing that I had a gripe with.( Read more...Collapse )
|Friday, July 23rd, 2010|
|The $35/$10 computer.
The dream is finally coming true from so many years ago. So, it's not so compact that you can crumple it like paper. But, with a touch sensitive interface, solar power option and a potential $10 price tag, we could be looking at the future of computer's evolution; a la Star Trek stuff.
Granted, the thing's not going to be a power house. Because, even my C-64 could handle word processing, texting and perhaps basic HTML'ing. But, I could see libraries switching out paper print books with such devices. And, what it could do for schools and their overpriced learning books.
|Thursday, July 15th, 2010|
|Saturday, July 10th, 2010|
It's becoming like some sort of dumb drinking game. I mean, chug a whole pitcher of beer every time some form of entertainment mentions Furry. Like tonight from Iron Man 2. Out of the blue. Just main stream, we are.
Still, my favorite snipe reference remains from Naked Gun 2 1/2. Because, it was there long before CSI and anything else. Nobody knew anything, back in '91. And, they sniped a multi-second joke. (Basicly, Frank checks the police sketch artist's book and finds a comic strip of Furry bondage. He then requests that the alternative gay artist be brought in.)