Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My Brother's Blog Machine, or how I realized that I over use parentheses

So my older... I wouldn't say "wiser,"

.....OK let's try this:

So my older, wishes-he-was-wittier (not the city, hence the lack of "h" after the "w") brother has started his very own blogger blog (blogger blog... sounds a little redundant). You should go read it. It's just rants about things like politics and how dumb people are.

He did a good post about the stupid retards from some coalition for the advocacy of retards (yeah, I'm not PC; Deal with it) and how they are protesting the film "Tropic Thunder" for it's use of the word "retard." Go read it now. It's an interesting read.

Unless you're easily offended (aka right wing republican). Then don't read it. You'll just find another "anti-american" thing to rant about in your stupid forwarding emails that no one cares about.

here's the link

Monday, July 21, 2008

Let's Put a Smile on that Face...

Thursday night, at 11:59PM, I sat in my chair in the auditorium, second row from the front (not by choice), and the trailers began to roll. A few minutes later, a movie began. This movie was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.

A gritty, dark, somewhat depressing crime drama with an excellent cast that sucks you in during the opening bank heist and keeps you in until the credits roll.

This is not exactly the description you'd expect from a movie adaptation of a comic book, but it's all true. The Dark Knight is truly an exceptional film.

as with Wall-E, I'm not going to go in to details about the film, just know that it is definitely worth watching in theaters.

Also, everyone is talking about Ledger's performance as the Joker. Now, I understand that he is getting a lot more praise for the role because he passed away, and usually I feel that it is not really deserved (as is the case with Kurt Cobain), but he truly did an exceptional job. He loses himself in the role, and I entirely forgot that I was watching Heath Ledger playing the Joker, I was watching the Joker play himself.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Thoughts on WALL-E

In this age of (crappy) sequels and (even crappier) remakes, finding a good movie to watch is like trying to find a needle in a planet made out of hay.

This past weekend, I found that needle, and it's name is WALL-E.

Pixar has yet again proved that they are some of the most talented people in the movie making industry, even after being bought by Disney. WALL-E is quite possibly one of the best movies I have ever had the pleasure of viewing, animated or otherwise.

even the poster designs are good

I won't go into details regarding the plot, but the movie delivers on every level, and also shows how talentless many actors are in Hollywood today, when an animated robot can show more emotion than an actual human actor.

This was not a formal review or anything, just my thoughts on this insanely good movie. I expect Disney will be whoring WALL-E's likeness out on everything they can, from toys to cereal boxes, to toilet paper. Can't wait for the Blu-Ray release. I'd easily give it a 10/10.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Thoughts on the PSP

So right before my daughter was born (like 2 days before) a month ago, I went out and picked up a PSP. I got it because I, as a PS3 gamer, was interested in the interactivity between the two. so I headed out to Best Buy, and picked up the Silver Daxter Entertainment Pack for $200. It came with the silver colored PSP, a 1GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, a copy of the game Daxter, and a copy of the Family Guy Freakin' Sweet Collection, both in cheap cardboard sleeves. I figured for $30 more than the black PSP with nothing else, this was a better deal. Plus, the silver is a nice touch.

So after having it for a month, inheriting some games from my brother-in-law Marc (one good, one not so good, but my son likes it), and buying one more game for it (GTA: Vice City Stories), I have to say that I am very impressed with it. I know everyone may think I'm just a Sony Fan Boy, but that's not the case. The PSP has all the media functionality of the PS3, just in handheld form.

I was, however disappointed with a few things. The interactivity between it and my PS3 work great while I'm at home with a direct ad hoc connection between the two, but when I'm away trying to connect over an internet connection, I can't log in to the PS3. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but every attempt has failed thus far. Another gripe is that, since my Powerbook G4 died, I've been using my ASUS Eee PC exclusively, which runs Linux, and it does not support the PSP when I connect it. Now that's now really a PSP problem, but more of a Linux problem (or the Xandros version of Linux).

All in all, I'm very happy with my PSP purchase. and Daxter is a pretty awesome game, too.

Friday, May 23, 2008

My thoughts on GTA IV.. so far

About a week ago, I tricked convinced Autumn (my wife) to allow me to pick up a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV. I was lucky enough to be one of the few who got a good copy and the game didn't lock up my system. Since purchasing, I've been playing on and off for about an hour or two at a time.

Now this isn't a formal review or anything like that, it's just my thoughts on the game so far. I'm probably about 10% through the story mode, with most of the city still blocked off (curse the LCPD and their instant 6 star wanted level for passing the blockade), but my experience so far has been generally positive.

So does it live up to the hype? Well yes, mostly. The combat mechanics are far better than any other GTA game, the story and voice acting are great, and the new cover system is a welcome addition (although I mostly forget it's there, as it's not as integral to game play as it is in, say, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune). But underneath all the hype, it's still a pretty standard GTA game. The driving mechanics are pretty bad, bad enough to where I opt to call a cab to go everywhere, simply because I don't want to have to drive. Maybe I just suck at driving in it, but it seems harder to stay on the road than in previous GTA games, with the exception of motorcycles, which are awesome to drive.

Niko Bellic is a sexy, sexy man... except not.

The missions so far have been standard GTA fare. drive somewhere, kill someone, bring back their car while being chased by their friends. that about sums it up.

So while this game is definitely a great game and not to be missed by anyone with a current gen console (except the wii, of course), I don't think it truly deserves it's near-perfect rating across the boards... at least I don't think that yet.

I'll check back in when (or if) I actually finish the game and give my final thoughts....

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The 40GB PS3 to get backward compatibility?

according to the much reliable source of the internets, people on a bunch of forums are saying that Sony has announced that the 40 gig PS3 (the red-headed stepchild of the PS3 SKUs) can be updated to include software backwards compatibility.

As you all should know, the 40GB PS3 was stripped of a few features to make it more affordable to the masses. The one that caused the most uproar was the removal of PS2 compatibility.

This news, while exciting for those with a 40 gig (myself included), should be taken with a grain of salt.

Monday, May 19, 2008

New MGS4 PS3 LE 40GB Pack.

Does the title have enough acronyms for you?

For those not "in the know," Konami announced that they are releasing a Metal Gear Solid 4 Playstation 3 Limited Edition pack.

It comes with:

- Limited Edition 40GB Playstation 3 in Gun Metal Grey
- Metal Gear Solid 4 Special Edition (The $85 one)
- one Gun Metal Grey Dual Shock 3
- an exclusive blu-ray disc with crap like behind-the-scenes features

the price tag? $599.99. So is it worth it? is it worth paying an extra hundred dollars over the standard MGS4 PS3 pack coming out next month?

here's the specs on that pack:

- Piano Black (aka "Fingerprint Magnet Black") 80GB Playstation 3
- Metal Gear Solid 4 (standard edition)
- Matte Black Dual Shock 3 (just the standard one)

retails for :$499.99

so for $100 more than the standard pack, you get the special color and the special edition game, but you lose out on the (limited) PS2 compatibility, built-in card readers, and 2 usb ports. Sorry, but I have to go with the standard pack on this one. you get more for your money.

The LE pack is only available through and pre-orders started today.

images borrowed from engadget and

Everyone else has one, so why can't I?

I figured since everyone in my wife's family have their own blogs, I'd set one up for myself as well. My blog will be different than everyone else's though. I'll be posting on stuff that interests me. If you want to find out what's going on with the family, you can head over to my wife's blog. Yep, that's it for now.