leujin: (Rusty (comforting to see my ass))
:O Trillian Astra is in open, public beta! Hooray! Still no Mac version, though... soon...

obligatory pimpage
leujin: (Rusty (comforting to see my ass))
Yes, it's true. We saw Wolverine last night.

Yes, it's true. It was pretty darn good. Was it as good as the first two? Nope. Was it as bad as The Last Stand (which is not to imply that movie was TERRIBLE, I mean... it had it's merrits. I liked it for what it was). Nope. It was really a good flick, though. My only real complaint was that all the characters which we were bombarded with in the previews, leading you to believe they would have pivotal roles, only managed to get a total of 5 minutes of screen time, with the obvious exceptions of Wolverine and Sabretooth, but the not so obvious exception of Gambit. His role was still frustratingly limited, considering he's one of my all time favorite characters in that universe, but he did play a key part in the story, so that's good. It's a shame that he probably won't be coming back, unless they find some way to include him in Magneto (assuming that project ever gets greenlit. Maybe the studios were just testing the waters with this one, because everybody loves Wolverine and his bona-fide bad-assery. Gambit gets his own movie? y/y?). Oh, and there was obviously mythos crap that was all kinds of wrong, but that's just nit-picking at this point considering how wrong the stories have been in the first place.

Nathan's official rating: 8.0. Don't expect Shakespeare, obviously. Expect X-men goodness and cheesy dialogue. There was a stinger (apparently those are called cookies now? I'm sticking with stinger) at the end of the credits (two, if you include the one that came after the principal cast), but it wasn't anything Earth-shattering, so decide for yourself if you want to stay.
leujin: (21 and 24 (Seinfeld with a unibrow))

All I can say is it's about freaking time.
leujin: (Dr. Girlfriend (wtf?))
We saw the greatest (well, I thought it was the greatest) vanity plate today. It said "OMGEPIX." I was amused. I decided that if I get a vanity plate (not likely) it will be "CHZ FTW," because cheese wins.

We played Mario Kart Wii online for the first time. Holy crap, it's like discovering a whole new game. Rather than the AI waffleing between randomly punishing to not even caring that you exist, it's ALWAYS intense, and you actually feel good about getting like... 5th. Yeah. (P.S., Mallory, stop lolly-gagging already. Jerk).

As always, I really don't have anything interesting to say. Woo, boring pointless update!
leujin: (21 and 24 (Seinfeld with a unibrow))
This whole Keynote made me insanely happy. Like... everything about it. I made this face about every five minutes: 8-O

I'm such a nerd... But still! Less crappy SD functionality on the Wii! FF on the VC!! And, last but most CERTAINLY not least, NEW ZELDA OFFICALLY ANNOUNCED OMG YAY!!!!!!!
leujin: (Rusty (comforting to see my ass))
Also, there's this:


I mean, I know, right?
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Dude. Nintendo dropped a huge bomb that I somehow missed: Mario Kart Wii was originally slated for June or July, but about a week ago they officially announced that it will be released April 27th. 2 days before GTAIV. Which is an insanely ballsy move on Nintendo's part. That's way exciting.

That's... um... all. Well, sort of. I had this really sweet cover for one of my authors that got totally turned down. Everyone in the office loved it, but she was like "this isn't my story, wah wah," and I was like ":(" She's parapalegic, her book is called "God Knew I Loved Pizza," and the cover I made was a wheelchair with pizza for wheels. Awesome, right? But she didn't go for it. Oh well.
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Hilarious work story time (I know you're excited)!

We use stock photography for most of our book covers. Until recently we were using istockphoto, but we switched to shutterstock. I like it much better. One of the neat things it has is categories. So, I was browsing through "abstract" today, looking for something inspirational for a book about communication (I can see how excited you all are), and I came across this. My first reaction was this face: 8-| and in my head going "who the crap would post a picture like that in stock photos!? SURELY that's not what I think it is!" See, there are nude shots, but they're all tasteful and don't blatantly portray the bathing suit area.

Upon further inspection into his portfolio, I found another picture which uses the same illustration, only not in silhouette form, and it's just a sleeve. Still, that's just a really REALLY unfortunate coincidence, because the actual illustrations he as are rather nifty.

I'm the design maharashi for tomorrow. What does this mean? It means I pick a project or design related article, and make my peers bow to my whims. I decided to have everyone come up with a super power and what they would do with it. I've already decided mine: amazing web-slinging powers, because I'm too lazy to go across the room to get the remote. And... y'know, it's a way cooler way to travel than by a smelly ol' car.

Attention video game nerds: start reading here, because my work life is ultra boring!

In geek news, Smash Bros Brawl released yesterday. It is everything I expected and so much more. My favorite new characters so far (I haven't unlocked Snake yet. Sadness) are Meta Knight and Pokémon Trainer. There's still a few more I have to try out, but some of the new ones are... really lame. Like Diddy Kong. He sucks. If you have a Wii, you should pick it up. It rocks hard core. I've been waiting for this game for like... 2 years. Now I have nothing left to sit on pins and needles for except Mario Kart. Which is going to be epic awesome.

So, that's like... all the interesting information in my life of late. There's a reason I don't update any more.
leujin: (Super strength)
sad days!

His +1 shirt just couldn't save him :(
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Holy crap, this is possibly the coolest thing I've EVER seen.

Then, of course, I saw this.

However, literally NOTHING is cooler than this.
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Holy crap holy crap holy crap. They just released the first trailer for Duke Nukem Forever in like... six years.

Holy crap.

I'm having a complete spaz attack about this. I spent countless hours playing Duke Nukem 3D back in the day.

I keep getting chills just thinking about it. I am so thrilled beyond words. I had a nerdgasm.

In other news, we're in Los Alamos now. The weather was kinda foggy and there was snow drifts. We ourselves were fine, but there was a HUGE (like huge falls short of describing it) accident just outside of Amarillo. It's been all over the news. When we first hit it, we weren't sure what was going on, because traffic just suddenly stopped. We crawled along for awhile, and then I noticed some trucks on the other side of the highway that... weren't facing the right direction. I was confused. Then I saw the source of it all: A semi had flipped and was across the whole side of the interstate there. It had come from our side, crashed through a light pole, and flipped over. The contents were spilled, and the cab was detached about 50 feet away, also on its side. It caused at least 50 vehicles to pile up, crash into each other and... it was just absolute carnage. The reason our side was slow was because there was another truck that... I guess swerved to miss the first one, and it was still in one lane, so we were all having to merge into one. I have never seen anything like that in my life, and I hope I never have to again.

I just feel so bad for all these people, because most of them were just going on holiday, and suddenly they're smashed between a bunch of cars and semis. Not to mention that it was cold, and these people had to be standing outside of their smashed cars, waiting for the authorities. Last I heard, at least 1 person died at the scene, and a few more are in the hospital in critical condition. One news report mentioned that there were kids there that weren't dressed for cold weather, so a bunch of people opened up their Christmas presents so they could give the kids something warm.

That, and there were 4 different accidents later down the highway: two more flipped semis, one flipped car, and one flipped u-haul.

Interesting trip, all in all.
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Mario Galaxy is going to be EPIC AWESOME. I seriously cannot wait for Tuesday. This game looks GORGEOUS and like an absolute DREAM to play. So much so that I keep using CAPS LOCK!
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Yup. Guitar Hero 3 is indeed awesome. Definitely worth staying up until not going to bed before midnight.

Granted we've only played through the first set, but there's already a bunch of stuff I enjoy, and some stuff that makes me go "wtf... okay then." For example, they used mo-cap for the faces, so the singer actually looks like he's singing, but at the same time most of the character models move kind of awkwardly. Like robots. Or zombies. Or robot zombies. The drummer looks like he's actually drumming, but when he's not hitting a note he just sits there, and between each note he looks into his default position. Weird.

AND we finally have a second guitar that's non-crappy, so Liz and I will be able to play with each other! *twelve-year-old snicker*

I'm hungry. It's break-a-fast time.
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Wow, so after almost a week of head scratchingly baffling internet conundrums, I finally got our computers networked. I was able to get the computers to see each other, but for some reason I couldn't get my computer online at the same time as Liz's.

My first instinct was to use the router, because I knew last time we had cable we had to go out and buy a router, but with qwest we were using my switch. However, with the router plugged in, it wasn't working on either computer, but with the switch I got it to work on Liz's! Anyway, I ended up going through various ideas, such as manually configuring my IP and resetting my ethernet card, to no avail.

Long story short: Suddenly inspiration struck me, and I tried the router again.

Then I felt like an idiot. It's amazing how the simplest solutions are the often overlooked ones, which is why IT guys usually go to "is it plugged in?" Well, thankfully that wasn't the problem, but it was equally asinine: I needed to power cycle the modem with both computers plugged into the router.


I know I had power cycled the modem before, but I guess I hadn't done it with both computers plugged in. Needless to say, I feel really dumb.

Oh well. Mogget is now officially back online. Rejoice!
leujin: (I had a sword)
*squees about Heroes*

So many plot twists... so many questions... gegnivtshcpth >.<

the following contains me ranting and spoilers )

Can't wait for next week. I'm already on the edge of my seat.
leujin: (New York explodes)
Just kidding:

Sony's press conference where they eat their words

It's funny how they're now doing like... the exact opposite of what their original mission statement with the PS3 was. They originally said they had to take out rumble feature to put in motion sensitivity, yet, somehow, that doesn't seem to be a problem now, and, oh yes, it was never a problem with Nintendo. Then they said how they planned on PS3 being more than a gaming console, sort of like a home computer, but they seem to realize that nobody actually cared about anything but the games if they already HAD a home computer.

Silly Sony. How do your words taste? Bitter? Good. They should.

Although, honestly, it is nice to see them actually taking all of the complaints about the system to heart and not just being like "oh, don't worry, we'll have a turn around". Rumor has it the price is going to drop again, so it might actually get to a point where I'll reconsider buying it, especially with the pending release of MGS4 and DMC4. And the eventual KH3. Maybe they're realizing what a bad investment blu-ray was, and they'll go back to DVD-roms. Microsoft doesn't seem to be having a problem selling them.
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So, we were cleaning out the hall closet today, and we came across my old Spawn comic books. Out of curiosity, I looked up the value of them, just to see what I could see. I'm not gonna give any figures, but if there ever comes a time when I can't pay rent I could just sell them, let's say.

Anyway, I'm really pissed, because Issue 100 (which is the issue when all SORTS of shit goes down) is worth about twice as much as all the others. And I would have had one, too, but I reserved it R Books, and for whatever gay ass reason they never gave it to me those many years ago. I realize now I should've raised hell about it, but I was like 14 at the time, and still had this crazy "respect your elders" attitude.

Also, apparently (not surprisingly, really) an Action Comics issue 1 even in poor condition (like pages missing, ink rubbed off, torn cover, etc) is still worth $5,200. Not like I would ever part with anything like that if I came across it, because, Jesus, it's the first fucking Superman comic ever. Your house would be a museum.

Yes I AM a nerd. Fuck you.
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Yes, I'm posting a review and reactions to Deathly Hallows. If you don't want to hear about it, then fucking well don't read it. Simple as that.

That being said... I'm sure I don't need to tell you there's spoilers )

The End.
leujin: (I had a sword)
Apparently my eyes are really crap and my lenses are super out of date, because I was at work yesterday and Brandon was mocking me. He came in to talk to Jonathan, the other guy in my office, and he (Brandon) said something to the effect of "so, were you planning on buying dinner for that monitor first?" because I was like... 2 inches away from it. So I told him I had enough of his tomfoolery.

Although, honestly, I think the monitor is complete shit, too, because I can see just fine at my computer at home sitting at a normal distance away. Really it's a combination.

So, that's my pointlessly amusing story from work for this week. My work amuses me, and so do my anecdotes.

I haven't much else to talk about. I would talk about Harry Potter, but I fear certain people may destroy me. That and I haven't actually read it yet, because it's Liz's book. So I've just been playing video games all day, which doesn't happen often.

Oh yeah, I got like... $150 Amazon gift certificate from my aunt and uncle, which I promptly blew on a couple DVDs and games: Super Paper Mario, Lego Star Wars II, Prince of Persia: Two Thrones, a George Carlin thing who's name I can't remember, but is from the tour Liz and I saw for my birthday last year, and season 5 of Degrassi for Lizi.

It's hot.
leujin: (I had a sword)
Yes, it's time once again for "movie reviews with Nathan!" On the plate tonight, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Before you let out your groans, hear me out: I was one of the MANY people who was utterly disappointed with the first one. It was basically two hours of character development, and a 5 minute action sequence, and the reason people see superhero movies is for the intense action sequences. They want a popcorn movie, and the first just didn't provide that. Granted, Fantastic Four was never one of the more popular comic series for just this reason.

However, the second one seems to have learned from the mistakes of the first, and is all in all a fairly enjoyable experience!

Full review cut, for potential spoilers Read more... )

Okay, so, to summarize: it fixed a lot of the problems that were prevalent in the first, like the complete lack of action and the focus too much on developing the characters. Yes, they need some development, but not a whole movie worth. Silver Surfer for the win. Galactus for the wtf why?

Overall: "B-". See it if you're a fan, but otherwise don't bother. In fact, you may just want to wait for the DVD.

July 2011



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