Saturday, August 30, 2008

Video of the Week: Let the Drummer Kick That

I felt so much better about me being in school after hearing this song. Means a lot to me, so I did a quick Youtube search of it and found this video created in Adobe After Effects. It really catches the emotion and meaning behind the song, and is done very well. Be inspired.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Tech: Lego Computer Case Mod

Spotted at Engadget.

Oh, how glorious is this? It's a computer case made completely out of Lego bricks, designed by Luke Anderson in a LegoCAD program and custom-ordered.Power switches, fan bay, USB drives, the essentials of a PC. Looks like it has an LED light to indicate power, too. I don't see a DVD Drive bay, though. :(

Check out the still-lapse video below.

Monday, August 25, 2008

College Life is Insane.

Oh man. It took 13 hours to get down to campus from my dad's house and unpack everything. Insanity, let me tell ya. Then all the book buying, supply shopping, class checking, and the many events I've had to (and wanted to) attend. Sorry for missing out on the Video of the Week, had no internet access until about a couple of hours ago. I'm now on my new Tablet PC, and I'm loving having a laptop, but I haven't gotten down the whole Tablet bit just yet. Eventually, I gotta get used to it. My first class is tomorrow, but luckily it's in the afternoon, so I can still get some sleep.

Virginia Tech is BIIIIG.

May not be able to, technically, on the "Programs for $0" segment. I'll try, though. I've really got to start making a bigger buffer for posts.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Still Frame - The FAIL Blog

I'm sure everyone knows about ICANHASCHEEZBURGER, but since their LOLCat invasion began, they've sprouted off a couple of cousin sites. One I'm particulary fond of is The FAIL Blog, an archive of epic failures, pwnage, and even the occasional win. Like ICHC (thank God for abbreviation), the site runs off of pictures and the occasional video emailed by the viewers to the site, with captions created on the picture via the user themeselves or with a little help from the lol builder, used by ICHC and its cousins to make adding hilarious and related comments to the already hilarious photo.

That's almost it in a nutshell. The site has an RSS feed, of course, and they've even started up a Youtube channel to post FAIL videos, but there's not much else to note on besides the content. What is selected to post is definetly postable, as there have been few pics or videos from the site I have not laughed at. The other aspect of the site, however, is the comment area, which has been getting quite a bit of attention on the blog itself. You have your common "FIRST" posters who are immediatly flamed upon by others, the trolls trying to start trouble, the Pun and Meme crowd, and posters that actually make sense. There is such a variety of people posting their own comments, and in so many fashions, it has become a segment of the site itself, dubbed "The Burn of the Week". Here's the most recent one, and what I thought was hilarious.
In response to Entrance Fail. Nominated by Simon.
Word of warning, though. I've seen several posts that would be considered NSFW, and the comments aren't exactly PG-13 all the time. Just giving a bit of a head's up, I'd hate for someone to click on this link to go there and *gasp* be offended.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

An Otaku's Interests - Otakon in Photos

This is a bit of a test for uploading my own photos too, so bare with me if this doesn't look right the first time through. ^_^

While I wasn't able to take too many photos due to my camera's apparent vampire-like tendencies with batteries, there are a couple of gems in there. Especially the last one, but no spoilers. The slideshow above should be working, but of course you can see the actual gallery via clicking the album below.

Otakon 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Video of the Week: Golbez's Four Lords of the Elements

Apparently, this is a cover song based on Final Fantasy IV. I can't stop listening to this, even though I've never even played the game.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Game to Try - Cavestory

I say try instead of buy because technically you can't buy this game. Cavestory is a side-scrooling adventure game developed by Daisuke Amaya, AKA Pixel, over the course of 5 years. That's a load of effort, and it shows. It's been ported from Windows to OSX, Linux, and apparently even the Amiga, but I've gotten hold of an English-translated port to the PSP. Glorious, let me tell ya.

The game starts out with you, a robotic soldier with no memory, stuck underground. You wander around a bit and pick up a pistol. Then you start shooting anything that moves. Even though its graphics look 8-bit, the gameplay is actually quite fluid responsive, and looks the part as well. The environments all look and play differently from one another, and there are quite a selection of creatures to fight against. Your character levels up, and you pick up new weapons that can each be powered up via enemy-dropped objects.

The storyline developed, however, is quite expansive for such a game as this. I won't spoil the plot for you, that's part of the fun of the game, but know that there are multiple endings. I knew of them from when I started playing, but I just found out a couple of days ago that the ending I got wasn't the "best" one. Now I have to play through it again, but I want to. The replay value is definetly there.

Download it, play it, play it again. It's free, dammit! I feel like it could have been a bit longer, and personally I feel that co-op could have been an option for a game like this, but maybe in a sequel. One can hope. I really can't give it a rating like a game you'd actually have to buy, it just wouldn't be fair. You can find the English translation here.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Tech: Fujitsu T5010 Tablet PC

Spotted on Engadget.

This is going to be mine soon. I ordered the Fujitsu T5010 Tablet PC for college, because apparently I need something like this to perform properly in my Engineering's a requirement. The tablet was revealed around June or so at my school's yearbook store, meaning that we as students get first dibs at it. There were two models when I purchased it, the model I bought being the $2,000 one mentioned in the article linked above. The $2,650 (I think) model has +40 GB of hard drive space and a whopping 4 GB of RAM. I'm thinking I should have purchased the latter now, but it was already way too expensive as it was. If I need some more RAM, I'll get it in somehow, and I'm not worried about HD space. Besides those exclusions, the models were the same, and both seemed to work fairly well, though I only worked with the displays for about 15 seconds. Here's hoping the purchase was worth it. I'll follow up on this post once I adjust to my classes.

Oh, and by the way, I'm going to Virginia Tech if you already haven't put it together. :D

Virginia Tech Bookstore: Fujitsu T5010 1

Monday, August 11, 2008

Programs for $0.00 - Notepad++

Notepad++ is a text editor on steroids. Like the default Windows Notepad, it edits .txt files, HTML, and more...much more. This C++-based program, unlike Notepad, supports syntax highlighting for multiple languages, perfect for viewing what code does what in a script. A tabbed-document interface allows for editing multiple files at one time, and Multi-View allows for two files to be on screen at the same time. There's even more to this editor than I know of, including plugins and the apparent Auto-completion and macro recording features that I don't use very often, but I know many others do. Honestly, I think I should too, but it's difficult to change a habit.

There's so much to still find out about this program for me, yet I use Notepad++ almost every day. If you're still using Windows Notepad or Wordpad, please, for your own sake, move on. Even if you don't download Notepad++, there are still many different kinds of Notepad-like programs for you to use. No self-respecting computer user beyond the casual users who don't even use Notepad should not download a program like this. Notepad++ is definitely up there, and it's portable twin is no joke either. Oh, and guess what? It's $0, as always. Now start typing already!

What I See - OMG Otakon!

I have been completely wiped out from Otakon. I didn't even go on Sunday, I just slept what felt like the entire day...and I think it was. I've never seen so many people at the Con, and apparently there was a good reason why. Maybe it's time to expand a bit more...not sure how they would do it, though, considering they even went to the Mariner Arena for the concerts and Masquarade. I'm having a bit of trouble getting the pictures off of my SD card, but when I get them, I'll post them. Been meaning to start using my Picasa Web Gallery seriously anyway.

Let's see...I bought nunchucks, some short manga, a T-shirt from my brother via Mookie, a Japanese scroll for mom, and I won myself an awesome OCRemix T-shirt at their panel (Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku!). Surprisingly, I still have cash left over...sweet, considering I only brought $100 down.

I think I still have a good segment to post on tonight. Still gonna try that new schedule, so hopefully I'll post again within the next hour or so. :)
Oh, and apologies for missing the Video of the Week. I wasn't even home until 11, and I didn't even turn the computer on before I collapsed on my bed.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Change of Plans

I'm changing the schedule. I keep missing days due to a very conflicting schedule, so I think it's due. This comes after I got stuck with no less than 3 needles and being out getting stuff done for college from 8 AM to 8 PM. Otakon, the Baltimore Anime Convention, is this week, too, so I'm preparing for that as well. Here's the new schedule.

Basically, it breaks down over 2 weeks.
Week A:
  • Monday: Programs for $0
  • Wednesday: New Tech
  • Friday: Game to Buy
Week B:
  • Tuesday: An Otaku's Interests
  • Thursday: Still Frame
The weekend posts will still come to ya, so expect Video of the Week to remain just that. I may have one more break week as I move into my new college dorm @ Virginia Tech, but I'll give this schedule a try starting next week. Monday may also feature any pictures and info I grab from Otakon.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Video of the Week: Final Fullmetal Fantasy VI

Spotted on Japanator.

Anyone here play Final Fantasy VI? You know, that Squaresoft RPG that came out before FFVII?

Anyone here seen Fullmetal Alchemist?

Anyone know both of them?

Then watch this mash-up of awesomeness. It's a MAD, basically an Anime Music Video made in Japan. The style it was done in matches both mediums perfectly, so of course it was done in Japan.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Game to Buy: Warhawk


If you own a PS3, and you do not own this game, you have 30 seconds to fix that. Seriously, you can buy the game on the PSN if you wanted to. Sure, the PS3 has several shooters on the market at this point, but there is no game that comprises the epicness that Warhawk somehow brings to the table as far as multiplayer is concerned. Don't get me wrong, Resistance: Fall of Man, which came out before Warhawk, has pretty good multiplayer too, but Warhawk has greater variety and speed that I belive makes the difference. Multi-passenger vehicles, torrents, Anti-Air and Missile silos, and of course the Warhawks themselves. I actually feel competant flying a Warhawk and dropping 9 varieties of pain onto my enemies...when I'm not getting shot out of the sky, that is. Flying the plane takes time, but you can figure it out, and it does get pretty fun doing loops and barrel rolls to dodge missiles.

The ground work is great, too. More than 10 different weapons (thanks to the 1.3 update), a smart auto-lock for the guns that actually need them, and stealthy too. Unless I've fired a shot, you're not seeing me on radar when I'm on foot. The balance between the Warhawks, the ground vehicles, and foot troops is actually very well done. You're not God in the tank, unlike many other games, and that's crucial.

There are several modes of play, from the default Deathmatch and Capture the Flag, to the new Hero and Collection modes introduced in the recent 1.4 update. Hero is basically described as one guy randomly picked on both teams shouting "I L33T, I KILL PUNY MEN!" as they glow like someone from Dragon Ball Z. Only their kills count, but if they die then the other team gets a point, and a new Hero is picked. Rinse and repeat until a team wins. Collection is like Capture the Flag, except with multiple flags at one time. I've tried neither mode yet, but they sound awesome to play.

The network infastructure has clans and ranks set up, the game selection has great filters to help you pick the good rooms, and you can see any friends you have playing the game online, and immediatly join them if they're in the middle of a game. Voice chat is set up and crucial to the team-based games. The game even has split-screen multiplayer that can be played online, so your party of four can take on the Warhawk ranks online from your couch. As if all of the above isn't enough to get you to buy the game, it's now a Greatest Hits title for the PS3, and is only $30 both offline and on the PSN. There are expansion packs you can purchase as well, and I'm hoping to get those very soon, but you don't need them to enjoy the awesomeness that's already there.
This is the PS3's answer to Halo right now, except without the single-player. When I say this is a *Game to Buy*, I mean it. Warhawk gets a 5 out of 5, hands down. Cue the patriotic music.