Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Tech: Wooden Electric Ruler

Spotted @ Engadget.

I could see this instrument being a must-have for engineers, easily. Sure would help me in my classes. This is essentially a digital tracing edge, capable of measuring how far a distance your pencil is running alongside the ruler. It can store previous measures and add them together as well. What also interests me is some of the comments on Engadget's story, suggestions to make the device even more handy.

"Multiplication could be implemented to allow the calculation of an area"
"A notch could be added at the starting corner, allowing you to rotate around a center point of a circle. If it was set up properly so that it could measure rotation, you could measure the length of a section of the circumference of a circle."

With the given suggestionsIt's only a concept right now, however it's interesting nonetheless.Doesn't seem too far off from reality as well.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What I See: My Little Pony

Spotted @ Kotaku.

...I bet you never expected to see that title on this blog...neither did I, until I saw these guys!
Custom My Little Ponies based off modern stuff, including video games. Understandable for a series like Legend of Zelda (duh, has a horse in it).

...but Gears of War!? The faces are even made rugged.

Oh, and look, Iron Man!

Unfortunate that the pricing's way up there. $125 a pop for these guys. Understandable, considering the obvious effort (and sheer collectability), but a shame I'll never be able to afford one...unless they start mass-producing them. Check out the Ebay page, and if you really want one, be sure to thank (and pay) out4bear for them.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Daily Scribbles: Digital Pen and Paper

Only a few know at this point, but I've been playing D&D for about a couple of years now. It's been really on and off until now, but I've been drafted to do a campaign of my own. Of course, me being unhappy with the norm, I'm doing the whole campaign online. I've been working on it for the past couple of months now (on and off of course), and I've been using Maptool to do it. I'll do up a review of the program in my "Programs for $0" segment when we do the first session. Unfortunately, I've been doing this all day now, and have neglected to do an actual post as such. Besides, it's been a dull day otherwise, beyond 4chan being blocked by AT&T for a time (though that's just about over now).

Keep an eye open, though: there may be new staff coming about soon.

Video of the Week: Japan Variety!

Ah, Japan. How I love your television. The anime kicks ass, but your game shows and talk shows are great, too. In this video, comedians put on an act to try to cause guests to spew milk they have in their mouths. Awesome setup, even better execution...

This is what I would be showing if it wasn't taken down! So instead, Eyebrow Dog!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Otakon 2009

Things Purchased (its been a while guys! Be back with more substance shortly)

-Rei Ayanami ALTER 1/5 PVC (got a hella good deal/haggle on Sunday FTW)
-Welcome to the NHK (all of it)
-5 Pieces of Original Artwork ~not prints~ (1 feat. Hinata/Sakura/Ino FTW) rest full page detailed Chibis....too lazy to take pics....
-Hotel room ($$$)
-Like A Boss Gendou T-shirt of epic win.

Would have bought more figures but the ones I wanted were way above whats normal on Ebay so I ended up Buying Yomiko Readman( T_^ tear*) off of Ebay yesterday (Kotobukiya Ver).

Would have bought wall scrolls walls are currently full! Would have bought a messenger bag of win if I didn't already have one.

Would have bought Valkyrie Profile/Persona 2 buuuut they were like $144 something....
well, deals aren't everywhere I guess.

What I really want now is the ALTER 1/5 version of Asuka that goes along with the one I now own but....It. Is. soooooo. Rare..... DO WANT.

On another note, CON was FUN. Just hated lugging everything around and eating nothing but snacks from the backpack....(I do not leave con, for any reason, once I am there. Not for Food or Friends)
Expect the Black Bunny Brigade next year !


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Otakon 2009: A Review

Items purchased:
  • Disgaea (PS2)
  • "Black Cat" Messenger Bag
  • Triforce Plushie
  • Steampunk UV 400 Goggles
  • Lucky Cat statue
  • Wooden Chopsticks
  • Set of Game Dice
Anime Watched:
  • Samurai 7
  • Kagemura
Concerts Viewed: 3...4 if you count a pre-show act.
Twits: 37
Photos: 100
Decent Photos: 64
Near Collisions: 25+
Fun Times Had: Too Many to Count.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Otakon 2009: Day 3, We End With a Bang!

Wow. Never in all of my years at Otakon have I been able to capture the footage I've witnessed this year.

I've actually got video of what I call the Pointing Brigade, started by our own Neo and our comrades Bruce (The Black Bunny), Harvey, and Brandon. Pretty much, if you were around the Upper Charles Street Lobby, you'd be able to see the "Awesome" sign on the ceiling window.

They went all-out with the sign this year.

This caused Derek to point at it. Then he got the rest of us to point, and me to take pictures. Typical.

That's Harv in the back.

Then others started to point. Unusual for us, but ok.

Then, Bruce went drill instructor on everyone, getting more and more people to point with us. Eventually, it became this.

This went on for a good 12 minutes, before security decided to step in. I've got a bit more than 5 minutes on it down below.

BB is a nut. We love him, though. Also, apologies to the security and staff if it caused any trouble. Although at least one of your men was texting about it. Just saying it was worth it. There's more footage and photos below, and all of the pictures are up in the gallery at the highest of resolution. Unfortunately, I missed the portion where the cheering commenced outdoors, but we met someone who has video/pics of that as well. Will update when we get that footage.

All in all, a great Otakon. It took a little bit of manual work by the attendees, but it succeeded. I'll follow up tomorrow with a brief summary of actions, and Tuesday should have my top 5 moments.

Otakon 09

Otakon 09: Day 2, Fun Times are Had.

Did a lot of things, even though I arrived at Otakon later than I wanted, and had way too much fun!
Concert, OC Remix Panel, great purchases, and a pretty decent anime watch, too. Still headed up tomorrow, but Sunday is the short day, so I should have a better post tomorrow. I'll set up the top 5 moments of Otakon then. Uploaded the pics to the Otakon gallery...there's a gold shot at the end.

Otakon 09

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Otakon 09: Day 1, And the Bones Ache.


Here are some photos for ya. For now, though, just keep up w/ the Twitter account. Follow me directly, on Facebook, or right here in the blog to the right. For now...sleep...

Otakon 09

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Daily Scribbles: Got the Badge!

Just got my Badge. 5 Internets for the person who guesses the show on it. Jeez, was that line long! Took around 2 hours just to get inside the building, and of course it was relentless scorching sun. I'd have taken pictures, but I think my Twitter post, which took place after I got the badge, should explain why. Seriously, while typically there were water bottle sellers (no exception this year), they brought out a full grill stand! A friend of mine waiting in line with me actually got himself a hotdog at the place, and they had more than that! It was much longer than last year, although that makes sense since it was storming...but I would have killed for some rain.

Packing up for tomorrow now. That includes the camera, I won't forget it this time. Though no cosplay this year. I don't think I have the mindset for it anyway. Meh, whatever, least I have my swanky shirt with an image from an anime that no one can ever guess...seriously, I don't even know.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

An Otaku's Interests: Otakon-athon Begins Tomorrow!

While the show doesn't kick off for real until Friday, everyone smart enough to get a pre-order will most likely be picking up their badges tomorrow. Myself included. Unfortunately, the forecast isn't looking so hot. Like that'll stop me from picking up the badge; last year, a thunderstorm kicked up right as me and Neo got in line, kicking up wind to actually tip me off balance at one point. Unless the line budged, we didn't.

...I feel really old recanting that. Anyway, while I can stand the rain, my camera can't, so I may not have photos tomorrow even though I'm sure there's gonna be some good stuff floating around. I'll keep in touch with you all as the con commences, and if I can get some internet there, I'll make post breaks for you all. You're guaranteed some uploads at least daily.

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Tech: OnLive, Streaming Videogames in the Clouds

OnLive premiered at GDC 09, and it's an interesting concept that I can only hope will hold water. The concept is that you can play console-like games over the internet via your computer. Yes, Crysis, the "PC Killer", could play on your mom's Dell if you wanted it to. Your input, keyboard/controller/etc., travels through the internet to OnLive servers, back to you via the video stream. 720p resolution at 60 FPS sounds very tantalizing. With big companies apparently backing the development, and publishers loving the possibility of less piracy, this sounds like a winning combo...if it holds. Honestly, until bandwidth improves nationwide, I can't see this working well enough to become mainstream. Let's hope I'm wrong. Let's check some proof of concept below.

Here's a trailer for their services.

And the full conference meeting, provided by GameSpot.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Video of the Week: Super Robot Wars + JAM Project = WIN

I can't believe I haven't posted on this video yet. I actually found this one my senior year in High School, so it's a bit dated, but it's still one of the best GMVs I've ever seen. This video alone is the number one reason why I want this amazing game series translated and sold here. You owe it to yourself to view this one, especially in HD.

Friday, July 10, 2009

An Otaku's Interests: Soul Eater

Soul Eater is, if this makes sense, original yet unoriginal at the same time. If that's confusing, note that it's published by Square Enix. Keep that in mind during this review, it should all come together by the end.

The premise is as such: the story takes place in a fictional Earth where everything seems as if Earth hadn't changed...if it wasn't for the fact that the world has demons and witches trying to destroy everything. The all-powerful Grim Reaper, Shinigami, is meant to keep the human world and the demon world in check, but is unable to do it alone. As such, he starts a school to train other reapers to do as such. There are two classes of students: Weapons, beings that can actually transform into a literal weapon, and Meisers, humans that are able to use said weapons in battle. The goal of every weapon and meiser pairing is to obtain 99 demon souls and one witch soul, powering up the weapon to become a DeathScythe, a weapon capable of use by the Grim Reaper. This also prevents one of the demon souls from becoming a Demon God, a demon with unfathomable powers.

The main characters, Maka and...Soul Eater (Huh, I wonder how he got that name?), are a weapon-meiser pair with the distinction that Soul is an actual scythe. Beyond that and Soul Eater's name, there's no real distinction from this pair and the other pairs of weapon-meisers beyond the fact that they're the first characters with the most air time in the first episode. The anime focuses on many characters, and while you know Maka and Soul are the main characters, their personalities seem so flat in comparison to the other weapon-meiser pairings, as well as the rest of the cast; they just don't stand out as much as you'd want them to. That said, there's definite personality in every character featured, including Mr. Death himself. I found every character to have some memorable characteristic about them that made me interested in what they were doing. While the plot in and of itself is a bit too convoluted and divided past episode 20 or so, it does hold up until the last episode. More on that later.

The graphics are well done, and the animation flows dynamically in almost every scene. Whether the mood be serious or comedic, or even both at the same time (which you see pretty often in this anime), there seems to be honest effort in showing what the hell's going on. And while the faces of the characters don't have too many features, when it's needed, the emotions are distinguished vividly on every character except Soul. Seriously, even though you can tell his emotions, they seem so similar in regard to his facial expression. While the music is a bit bland and unnoticable at times, I loved the opening and ending songs they put into the show, as well as the battle music that comes up in the latter half of the series. I've already added them to my anime music library.

One thing that pissed me off, though, was the ending of the entire series. The overall climax that they built up for the finale is shattered by the final attack, and in no way is that a good thing. I don't do spoilers in my reviews, but oh was I tempted to here. Also, there's no real wrap up of what happens after the climax, not even in the credits like a lot of anime does. It's just "Final Hit, Win, Victory Poses, Credits". No other disposition beyond that. They could have done so much with the ending, but nope, it all stops there. Also, from what I've been hearing, the anime veers off from the manga so far that there's no way to re-affirm it to the manga, so this pretty much means no sequel or second season (although I hope I'm wrong, honestly).

All and all, I'd recommend this one. Squeenix did pretty good for a company primarily focused on games. I just wish it did more, really, though I am glad it wasn't a series that goes on forever like Naruto or Bleach. You can tell, though, that they borrowed a lot from series like that, as well as their own gaming concepts. Limit Breaks and finishers for everyone!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Game to Try: Vanguard Princess

Oh look, a fighting game!
Oh look, boobs!
Oh price tag?

Vanguard Princess is a freeware fighting game featuring 10 beautifully animated characters, detailed 2D graphics, and great controls. It was actually designed by a former Capcom/SNK employee, apparently, so the quality is definitely there. Unfortunately, said employee is Japanese, which means everything about the game files and instructions is in Japanese as well. Be sure you have your East Asian language installed on your system before you download and attempt to play. Check here to get some help installing, and there's a move list here. Here's some gameplay for ya, and you owe it to yourself to watch it in HD.

Monday, July 06, 2009

An Otaku's Interests: Otakon Countdown

Alright, the big show is coming up soon. This is going to be my 5th Anniversary as an Otakon attendee, and I hope to be in cosplay to celebrate. Unfortunately, that means defying my last POLL POSITION and cosplaying Barrett, as there's no way I could pull off any other characters. Should be easy enough to pull off, though...most likely a trip to Foreman Mills (watch the volume, there) will cover it.

Still wondering what exactly I'm going to be doing there, and how I'm going to pull off communications to you all. I'd love to do it right, but using Twitter on my crappy Sony Erisson W300 is no easy feat. Hopefully my camera won't be so horrible this time around, and even better would be if I could get a loaner digital with better quality. I'll cover those fronts later, and let you know as such.

One more thing! Let me know now: who's going? I'd love to meet some readers there! Post down below.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Video of the Week: Chibi Robo Maid

Have a happy Independence Day, everyone. Enjoy, because the robot uprising could be upon us sooner than we think. Here's a robotic maid as proof.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Daily Scribbles: Weekend Break

Ok, besides a Video of the Week, I'm gonna call it for this weekend. Don't forget, though, that I'll still be gaming later tonight...I'm thinking of starting up GTAIV around 11PM, and we'll go from there. The headset's charged and ready!

PSN ID: Zero_Armada

Daily Scribbles: Partied Out, Partying Later

Gah, missed today's post due to BBQ. Twas worth it, though.

Anyway, what's everyone doing for the 4th? Gonna be at a cookout then, myself, but I'm up for gaming Friday (today) or Sunday. I'm posting up my PSN username later in the day, so if you're willing, we'll be playing. I'm thinking...GTAIV, COD4, Burnout Paradise, maybe some Warhawk and UT3 afterward. Yeah, I need some more modern games. Any other suggestions? Comments here!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Daily Scribbles: STILL Working on Site Redesign

I swear, looking at how these templates are supposed to work for Blogger is confusing me more than I think it should. That, plus my design went bust in my head...I think I'm back to square one. Not to mention I need to get this ad thing going without killing the site look. I hate flashing ads and popups. You'll see none of that here.