Thursday, July 31, 2008

Still Frame: A Picture of a Rock...

Spotted on Destructoid.

OK, it's not that simple. Really

Well to one individual over at the newly started Web site called Foodomain, these rocks are simply more than just normal rocks. Foodomain saw these rocks and wanted to see how they would look like as different videogame art styles. From The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, Vice City, Mega Man, Silent Hill, Half-Life 2, Zork I and to many more, Foodomain rendered these rocks as they would appear in various videogames. 

This is great stuff. I've never seen something like this done before, and I wonder why. Hey, let's see the same thing except with trees. Make it so. I'm posting my favs below, check out the page on Foodomain to see the rest.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

An Otaku's Interests - Welcome to the N.H.K.

I recently finished watching this anime, and I have to say it's a crazy spiral of comedy and drama that just works. This is one of the few shows that jokes with suicide and gets away with it somehow.

The story centers around a twenty-two-year-old hikikomori who gets aid from a strange girl who seems to know a lot about him, despite never meeting him before. A common theme throughout the story deals with the hardships of life and how people must deal with them in their own way.

So yeah, it's got morals in it, too. So what?

I don't know what drew me to the anime in the first place, all honesty. I heard about it months ago, but it popped on recently, and they were promoting Best Buy sales by putting episodes online. Nothing better to do, I load it up. The first episode has to be the best out of the entire series; I've never seen someone talk to imaginary cakes and inanimate objects so reasonably without being under the influence of something strong.

I'd reccomend this one if only for the first ending of the show (credits and what-not). Be careful though, it does get a bit bland in the middle.

PS: Forgive the late post. ^_^;
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Tech: Old Amusement Bots Sing New Songs

This is a hilarious rendition of Usher's "Love in this Club" by the Showbiz Pizza Band, now known as Rock-afire Explosion. This isn't new tech exactly, but the bots have been reprogrammed by Chris Thrash and Aaron Fetcher to do several ad-libs of popular songs voted on by fans. While this is one of the more popular covers done by the group, I personally enjoy this video. The programming is amazingly accurate and yet very entertaining, and their video production has improved quite a bit since "Love in this Club."

Check more of the dancing robot animals on Youtube, or hit their website. Apparently, they even have their own documentary coming out soon.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Programs for $0.00 - Launchy

Launchy is a program launcher that does more than launch programs - it does it right.


When it launches (autostart on boot-up is an option), just put in a specified shortcut and it immediatly pops up to the foreground. It's designed to pick up whatever is in your Start menu shortcuts folder, and it reads what you type in based on the program's name and usage beforehand. For example, you want Photoshop, but you also have Paint.NET installed; first use, type in "P" and you may get Paint.NET, but "Ph" will pull up Photoshop. Press Enter and the program instantly loads up, and the next time you type in "P" in Launchy, you'll get Photoshop first instead.

The program also supports skins and plugins that connect to services both online and off. Do a Google Search, find out what 2+2 equals, look through Firefox Bookmarks, etc. You can even search through your files via the programs "Explory" plugin. All of this, and it's open source. Quick, and efficient. and also $0.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Video of the Week - IT'S MvC 3 BAYBEE

Spotted at Destructoid.

Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios, has reopened the doors to the possibility of a new Marvel vs. Capcom game. When asked if a new Marvel vs. Capcom game would ever be made during Comic-Con 08, Kevin responded by saying, “Yes. And maybe sooner than you think.”

YES. I still own the PS2 version of Marvel vs Capcom 2. The rare one that still costs $80 at Gamestop (you can't even find the Dreamcast version unless you hit Ebay). I don't know how they're getting the licensing permission to make MvC 3, but I'm not complaining. If this is true, I'm pre-ordering it 5 days ago. In honor of this announcement, the Video of the Week. OH!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This is a Dead Week.

Unfortunately, I'm gonna have to call this week in for now. I've got way too much stuff on my plate to honestly post stuff, and I'll be away from my sources for too long to put up decent posts. I'll hold off new posts until next week, where I can create more buffer for myself.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Weekly Habits - July 20-26

Sunday is basically my break day from the blog, but if something interesting is supposed to happen (whether it be about me or something to be released in the week), I'll post here. For this week:
  • The Dark Knight came out on Friday, so of course I'm going to see it Monday. 
  • I've got college orientation Wednesday and Thursday, so unfortunately no posts then.
  • I've got to get a Tablet PC for school (requirement for my classes). Expect a post on that soon, I may be taking care of that this week.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Video of the Week: CROSSFIRE!

I actually owned this game. It was fun, until I lost all the pieces.


Friday, July 18, 2008

Game to Buy - Burnout Paradise [PS3]

The Burnout series is the only arcade racer where it's fun to crash. Even from it's quiet entry on the Gamecube, the crashes were always pretty gruesome, especialy when you caused them yourself. Burnout Paradise is different though. The crashes aren't guresome...they're spine-tingling, motion-sickness enducing wrecks.

The graphics in Burnout Paradise are spectacular, like any other PS3 game. Everything's shiny and reflective, and actually realistic. Realistic, of course, until you whip out the boost running through lampposts and cars with no passengers (yours included). I guess it's a good thing there's no people in the cars, less blood and gore be everywhere every minute. At a smooth 60 frames per second, the only time I've experienced a slowdown was during an online match with a huge crash while people were shouting. 1 time, that's it.

The game is imposed in Paradise City, a gigantic multi-layer seamless racetrack with shortcuts galore. The races go from one point in the city to one of 8 finish lines at each point of the compass. This means no more level selection. Greatness. This also makes online play, a key component of the game, seamless as well; with just a couple of pushes on the D-pad, you're dropped into a group of up to 7 other players within the city. Random races, and the newly added Time Challenges serve up a good time, especially when you get the right room with the right people.

The gameplay is fast-paced, yet the controls are spot-on for the many cars that are in the game. Driving a beat-up truck feels like you're driving a beat-up truck, especially when you ram the thing into the side of a puny speedster. Barrel Rolls, T-Bones, and Burnouts are the order of the day. The pickup-and-play style is perfectly done, and I can't reccomend it enough.

Burnout Paradise for the PS3 earns a 5 out of 5. See you in the City.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Still Frame - Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire

I've read this comic for years. I've seen the creator at Otakon's Artist Alley. I still have his poster hanging on my wall. This comic introduced me to webcomics as a whole. Oh, and it's also very good.

This fantasy comic is based in a world completely constructed by its creator, Micheal Terracciano. Sure it has the fantasy staples of magic, dragons, druids, etc., but the way "Mookie" designs and plans it makes the world work, and in a very unique way. Politics, military, economics, it all exists within the 1000+ comics he's drawn out since its inception way back in May 2002. The main character, Dominic Deegan, is a user of Second Sight, the ability to look into the future. You see this very often, and in many different ways, with ever-changing plot into it's 23 chapter.

The best thing about the comic, though, has to be the constant comedy Mookie puts in at every turn. You won't make it through 2 strips without a bad pun, word play, or physical humor staring at you in the face. Even the forums get into the action every now and then. By the way, the forums are a blast; the "strip slayers" love to make Mookie's comics even more hilarious (but way out of context, of course). The comic updates daily, so check out a couple of strips. Be careful of starting from strip 1 though: it takes a long time to get through to the current comic, but it's just as easy to read each strip one after another until you do.

PS: Those of you who know me personally, knows he has the same nickname as me. Just thought I'd throw that in. And apologies for such a late post.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

An Otaku's Interests - Xam’d: Lost Memories

Spotted on Destructoid. 

I had something else in mind for the premiere of this segment, but anyone keeping tabs on E3 most likely saw the Sony Conference, or parts of it, yesterday. The new video service for the Playstation Network is going to steal all of my money, guaranteed. Loads of movies are up already, and TV shows as well. Funimation is one of Sony's partners, and that means anime is up for grabs. Sure, I could always grab it for free somewhere on the internet, but apparently there's one that's not there yet, that's right now only for the PSN: Xam’d: Lost Memories.

I see mechs fighting. 'Nuff said.

Ok, there's also the fact that the animation studio Bones is creating it. They did Fullmetal Alchemist and Ouran High School Host Club (which I still need to check out), so it's gotta be a winner. Least I hope so, as there's not much else I know on this one, nor anyone else. Looks great, at least. Here's hoping.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New Tech - DeepNote Guitar Hero Bot

Spotted on Engadget.

While I don't own any Guitar Hero or Rock Band game, I have friends that do. These friends also know I'm a sucker for music-based games. So I've handled the multicolored ax several times before. Can't say I'm very good either, but I have fun. After seeing this, though, all bets are off on having fun. The DeepNote Guitar Hero Bot is apparently able to watch the notes appear on screen, and then play them real-time, autonomously. It's still not perfect, however: no whammy bar, no star power, and it misses a note or two, meaning it is still possible to actually beat it. Thus begins my grueling quest to defeat a robot in something. Really, that would be a highlight in my life. Watch the awesomeness.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Programs for $0.00 - Firefox 3

Mozilla Firefox horizontal jpeg - small (300x118)Famous for its recent Guinness World Record setting 8+ Million downloads in 1 day, Firefox 3 is the continuation of Mozilla's traditional foray in the web browsing department. Sporting much more compatibility with sites and greater customization than its opponents, Firefox has become a standard.

Considering how flexible the browser has become, there's no reason why websites wouldn't proudly state that they support the browser. The program has long since supported Windows, Macs, and Linux operating systems, and this latest version has streamlined the RAM usage and page-loading speed. I've never web-searched this fast in my life. Security is top of the line as well; I've used Firefox since 1.0, and I haven't seen a Trojan or virus on my computer since. Can't say the same for Internet Explorer. Site ID info also works wonders, letting me know what sites I can use safely or not.

The one problem I've had with Firefox 3 is the occasional program crash. I am using Windows, however, so a program crash is nothing in my book. Not to mention the actual decreases in crashing since going into Firefox 3, and the quick Session Restore feature that gets me back to what I was doing in seconds. Customization, however, is what I truly love about Firefox, period. I've had about 20 add-ons set into Firefox since its inception, and version 3 hasn't slowed me down at all. The add-on library has expanded even further than before, and searching for add-ons is embedded in the program itself. Glorious.

I've lived by this program. I use it every time I boot up my PC. I've gotten my entire family to use it. I got my old high school to use it. Websites I create will forever support it. If you're not reading this post with Firefox 3, what the hell is wrong with you!? Get to it!

Download Firefox 3 now. It's only $0.00, so why not?

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Schedule

Well, the site may not have changed just yet, but it's going to. I've finally put together a schedule for posting. Planning on keeping it daily, I'm on the computer enough to handle it.

Sunday: Weekly Habits [General]
Monday: Programs for $0.00 [Software]
Tuesday: New Tech [Technology]
Wednesday: An Otaku's Interests [Anime]
Thursday: Still Frame [Pictures and Comics]
Friday: Game to Buy [Games]
Saturday: Video of the Week [Videos]

Yes, I'm planning on keeping the titles, no matter how corny they sound. :D
I think I'll start the daily posting on Monday, gives me time to write out the posts properly, and hopefully will give me time to actually change the site layout.