I just got back from a short little weekend excursion to visit my cousins up in Windsor, Canada. Windsor can be described as Detroit's Gary, Indiana... if Gary had weird money and lots of Tim Horton's donut shops (or do they say shoppes in Canada? Or doughnuts for that matter?). One area where Windsor has Gary (and Chicago) whipped, is great Lebanese food (El Mayor). On the other hand, the whole "Beer Store" thing is really, dare I say, stupid and backwards.
Aside from the hour or two of GTA 2 that I played on the PC years ago, this was my first Grand Theft Auto game. I don't find that whole gangsta thing terribly appealing. However, mature rated games are very hard to come by on the DS so I decided to try this out. Having finally completed the main storyline, I have to say this one of the best games on the DS by far.
I have discovered the best sound to use for a new mail notification in your e-mail client. It's the object pick-up noise form Atari's Adventure for the 2600. I've attached the WAV file to this post so that you to can feel like you are grabbing the goblet next time you get a v!@gr@ ©ialis spam in your in-box!
For the first 20 minutes or so I couldn't see why this film got such bad reviews. I was really enjoying it. And then they introduce the "love interest" and the story starts to focus on the jaded sci-fi trope of the robot who thinks he's a man. There are plot holes galore and editing jumps that feel like place holders for commercials. We don't care about the new terminator, all we want to see is the story of John Conner and Kyle Reese. At the very least, there are enough nods to fanboys to keep it watchable until the end (the digital surprise cameo is jaw-dropping).
Mirror's Edge is another free-running inspired game like Assassin's Creed. But unlike Assassin's Creed, the acrobatic roof running is actually an integral part of the game mechanics and fun. With its puzzle-based level design, this game has much more in common with Portal than anything else.
Here's a brief movie I made for my Daughter using xtra normal's text-to-movie web app. (xtranormal.com/watch/5839651) if you are having trouble seeing the video).
UPDATE: Xtranormal is no more. Links are dead.
The series chugs along. Number three is still the best movie of the series, but this one performs as expected. The kids in secondary roles are all growing up to be weird looking young adults who have yet to master their craft.
I was disappointed when I came to the realization that this was more of a collection of short stories rather than a full novel. The tales aren't bad, but I would have preferred a much more grandiose story arc to end of the Hornblower series.
Starts out nicely with Hornblower sent off to deal with a mutinous crew and keeps up the pace for about half of the book. Things begin to slow down near the end when the war with the end of the Napoleonic wars. Although, the return of some old firends from previous books is a welcome turn. So far, the initial trilogy of Hornblower novels are looking like the high point in the series.
A disappointing follow-up to the last Hornblower novel. This one has Hornblower in Russia helping out during the siege of Riga. Maybe a little too much politics for my taste.
This weekend, I actually left the house to see live music that wasn't Nonagon. Thanks to John H., I got offered to see The Jesus Lizard at Metro. The Jesus Lizard is one of those bands that, during the nineties, I saw at least half-a-dozen times. Their music basically became the blueprint for much of the stuff we wrote in Der Lugomen.
This weekend I played through No One Lives Forever again to see if it still holds up. I have long considered this to be one of the best games I have ever played.
A fairly good sci-fi novel about a pair of telepathic twins separated when one goes off to survey new worlds in a near-light speed starship. Although somewhat dated in it's writing style, the book does a good job describing how near-light speed travel would affect the aging of the twin in space compared with the one on earth.