Monday, March 31, 2008

A photographic series

So a series of photos I'm calling "I'm bored, here's my room." that I started by posting some pictures of me hanging out in my room on Facebook continues now with me posting some pictures of some of the many vistas in my room. Firstly we have the bottom of my coffee cup:

The lesson here is, ponder not what is gone, lest you think ill of it. So you aren't too horrified, I put some ice cream with some bits that didn't melt in it. The color is the fault of the lighting. Anyway, to more appetizing things:

Is it sufficiently geeky? Wait, the coup de grace:

Death Note and Nana are probably my favorite manga (mahn-GA by the way, not main-GA)series... Maybe also Full Metal Panic, but I think I like the anime better in some regards. Interesting thing about Death Note and Nana is that they're probably polar opposites in terms of genre. One about a high school student aspiring to become a god of justice through a death dealing notebook, the other about two 20 year old women with the same name and opposite character traits who move to Tokyo and share an apartment and go through life and love together and apart.

While I have your attention, I'm going to recommend 5 Centimeters per Second. I got to see it on the medium sized screen (As opposed to the big screen or the small screen, which it was neither) at the Kennedy Center and now I have the DVD... Which I haven't watched yet because I'm busy writing this blog and playing Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, which in addition to Final Fantasy Tactics, Lumines and Valkyrie Profile make buying a PSP worth it in my book. Well, unless you're one of those cheap-skate quasi-pirate emulator people. Anyway, NetFlix 5 cm per Sec. or hit me up for a borrowing. If nothing else you can marvel at the artistry.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A weekend with the Crew

So my friend Crew visited the past weekend, which was fun, though I ended up forgetting to give him his pin... Anyway, Mr. Crew is a seemingly paradoxical fellow: When you see him you would probably see a tall, fro-tastic southern black man with some sweet breakin' skillz. However, once you start talking to him you quickly discover that, despite his casual manner of speaking, he's probably read more in on the subjects of History and Theology (+Others) in the past year than you will in the next ten. In the midst of this reading he gives himself a break by watching anime and sometimes playing some video games (Though he's more old school in terms of gaming). All this while attending Liberty University and trying to keep himself from verbally pummeling some sorry fools who don't know when to stop their unenlightened comments about certain artistic mediums being inherently bad. I do indeed pity the foo'. During his visit we watched the entirety of "The Slayers", a fantasy anime series from '95, and several episodes from assorted series. Hmmm, actually we pretty much just generally geeked out for two days while visiting the essential Cal Tor and Chipotle (Both of which they foolishly do not have in Lynchburg).

Generally a good time was had by all, and multiple cases of Mike's Hard Lemonade were consumed (Though, not just by us).

On a different note, the results of my poll were kind of interesting. First someone said that what I said was pretty much accurate, then someone who felt that what I said was the proverbial "Tip of the iceburg" and finally someone who felt, while true, things aren't quite so bad as I put it. Interestingly enough, no one felt that what I said was entirely wrong.... I guess its good I know Jujitsu, maybe I should learn how to shoot a gun too.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

To lighter subjects.

So, my last entry was kinda interesting I guess. It links up with the current poll, so you should still read it. But today I was "tagged" by Devinoni to do this crazy book thing. Basically what you do is you grab the closest book to you of at least 123 pages and turn to page 123 and find the fifth sentence. Then you write the next three sentences (As in 5 6 7) Why poor 4 is left out I don't know.

Anyway, the book closest to me is is Steve Jackson's GURPS Basic Set 3rd Ed. (Revised) book. Page 123 is on the topic of advanced combat "A section I've not looked at since first buying the book). Coincidently the 5th sentence starts a new section called Partial Surprise and the first three sentences of that section are:

"This may occur when the defenders were expecting trouble - or when each party surprised the other! The GM should require each side to roll for initiative. To determine who gets the initiative, the leader of each side rolls 1 die."

Well, there you have it, I actually learned something and so did you. If you're reading this and haven't done it yet, you should do it too on your primary posting place (If you have one).

Friday, March 14, 2008

Why does humanity suck?

I already know the answer to my question, or rather I know what the answer is based upon my beliefs. But let me give you the lead up to my question. And, just so you know, its not that this hasn't occured to me before, I just felt like venting.

I just got done watching "No Country for Old Men" which is enough of a downer looking at how, really, the law and such can't ever stop all crime and really can't do too much except act as a deterrent that helps to compensate those who are victimized with "justice" in the form of financial compensation or jail time for the individual who harmed them. And then, right after that I watch "Michael Clayton", a movie thats sort of the opposite end of humanities scum. You have the people who stay off the grid and out of the law's hands because they're quick and clever and know how to do surgery on themselves so they can stay out of hospitals and generally don't care too much about the rest of the world. Rare person, yes, but some exist I'm sure. The other end is the companies and people who cause suffering to hundreds or thousands of people and then actually use the law and money to cover up their deeds. Also a few arranged "accidents" for potential leaks with a righteous fire burning in their belly. Now, I realize that these are both movies, but why couldn't these things happen in real life? We say "Oh, well in real life the police aren't that inept, they catch onto to stuff." Really? Do they? Apparently, finger prints and DNA tests rarely lead anywhere, or at least not fast enough to do anything if say, your car gets stolen. Unless you manage to report it as its being stolen, it might be in a chop shop somewhere by the time you find out. And the general populace is so apathetic, you'll be lucky if someone bothers to give the jacker a second look unless he's breaking a window. Heh, of course now even my own "benefit of the doubt" for humanity is kicking in saying "Oh, surely they would do something". Maybe they would. But you know, the guest on Stephen Colbert's show tonight said he lived in a project for a year because the people wouldn't give him accurate data for his sociological studies. After a month he asked the police why the problems he was seeing weren't being dealt with and the police said "Its too dangerous for police." Too dangerous for the law to deal with? Or is it too dangerous for the law that is bound up in red tape to deal with? Bound by the bad image it might give the police officers involved with the media spin? Headline "Project raided by police, civilians caught in cross-fire." Technically, an armed gang member could be a civilian. And really, who pays attention to those news stories anyway? You hear about something and its like "Oh, thats too bad, glad thats somewhere else though" or you start getting too worried about it and suspect that crime is everywhere and that the man in a hurry behind you is trying to steal your bag. Or maybe the media has just cried wolf too many times? With constant reports of fires, arrests, people in accidents, etc. Eventually you just tune it out because you don't see it except on TV or driving by in your car, which you're in by the way, because you are on your way to something much more imporant than someone else's suffering. Its all.... whitewashing a rotten house. I'm not saying there aren't good people, or even that they're a minority. But I think that the populace is fooled (Not all the time, but in the day to day) into thinking that we live in an alabaster city where, by the way, the sewers are entirely contained, or if they do overflow we can certainly control them. Or do we need that fooling to get by in the day to day, that we are generally okay, that the postcards sent into Post Secret (Which is an interesting thing to glance through if you haven't seen it) aren't from your neighbors and the people down the street, that people who are good Christians 7 days a week, saying their prayers and reading their Bibles, won't still go out and take part in a drunken party (By which I mean, a party whose intent is too get smashed drunk). Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh so much more I want to say, but at the same time I don't want to because the part of my brain is kicking in that says "You don't know that for sure." and if you're still reading this I apologize for my stream of crap I decided to pour on my blog. But thats what they're for right?

Here's something final I will say, I'm glad I believe in a God with an absolute justice, because otherwise I'd be waiting for Kira from Death Note.

And to make up for all that, I'll give you a fun little video:

Be sure to find the easter egg after the video or you might just be more depressed.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

In the genre of Virtual Life...

So, Gamespot broke this news just today:

However, I had officially suspected it for at least a few days before. How did I get enough info to officially suspect it? Well, in the latest Sims 2 expansion (Free Time) I clicked on one of my families. After being there for an hour or two games time, a shady fellow walks by and drops a box off by the peoples house saying something about "The future" What's inside? A computer! With what game installed? Sims 3. Thats right, 3. Oh, the little bit that it showed on that tiny computer screen wasn't TOO informative, but when Maxis breaks their teaser trailer Mar. 19th I'll let you know if its the same one.

Heh, I find it amusing that I'm actually trying to compete with Gamespot, as if I could actually get news faster than an official gaming site that the industry actually calls. But in this case I DID actually know something before it broke there.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Jumping on the Bandwagon.

So after I broke the story on my Facebook (via Gamespot article?....Maybe....), Penny Arcade has Finally gotten around to making a comic for the "Deadliest Catch" game thats coming to the 360 and PC: