Monday, August 31, 2009
Start writing your Loki meets Donald Duck treatment today.
Disney to buy Marvel
Friday, August 28, 2009
Can't wait. This gets me giddy the way Avatar never has, or will.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
So on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, with plenty of other options for the day, Aaron and I elected to stand in a mostly empty parking lot in Hillsboro, with a bunch of other sweaty nerds, hoping to play then newest version of Halo 3.
There was a giant black truck filled with 8 Xboxs, and matching Televisions. A mobile Lan Party. The Microsoft P.R. guys were there, in their Bungie shirts. Doing trivia. Handing out "Prizes", which were these silly license plate covers that had the word "Warthog" on them. The P.R. guy also took great pride to let us know that the truck was wrapped in real Kevlar. It all seemed a little bit too Nascar for my tastes, but then again, I'm about 10 years older than their prime demographic.
The game itself was very fun. And as much as the P.R. guy was trying to convince us otherwise, the few minutes we played of the game felt a lot like Gears Of War Horde Mode. It was fun to see covenant dropships again, I feel like they haven't been used widely since Halo 1. The computer sent waves of Jackals, Drones, Grunts and Brutes. One time, it even dropped a Wraith near us, and we had to disable it by hand. I attached a clip of Firefight mode below to give you an idea of how the game looks and feels.
The biggest drawback to the event was that ODST was still in beta, and it crashed a lot. This is kind of surprising for a game that is 1 month away from being on store shelves. Aaron and I got to play for about 4 minutes before it crashed. They had promised us 10, so they let us restart the session, and it played for about 3 more minutes before it crashed again. This scenario happened to pretty much everybody who got to play, which explained the abysmally slow line progress. Given Bungie's track record, these bugs should be squashed by the time the game is released.
There was one question that Aaron had though... where's the Battle Rifle?
Friday, August 21, 2009
Here is 3ccd Mafia's entry into the the 2009 48 Film Project, Portland Oregon edition. To qualify, we had to use the following:
Character: Brian or Briana merrywether, lab tech.
Prop: A picture frame.
Line: "For crying out loud!"
Genre we drew out of a hat: Mockumentary.
Unfortunately Jonpaul was too busy stuffing his poi hole in Hawaii to be a part of this groundbreaking project.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Second-ofly, Kotaku has a small writeup on the three new maps that will be released with Halo ODST, Heretic, Citadel, and Longshore. Heretic is a remake of Midship, which is a Halo 2 classic.
All of this, plus the new Batman Arkham Asylum game pretty much ensures I'll be indoor for most of September.
Crossing my fingers for rain.
'The technology for the battery-powered ads was manufactured by a Los Angeles-based company called Americhip, and each ad can handle about 40 minutes of video.'
40 minutes!? Holy crap! If they could push the tech a little more you could be watching one hour dramas while you wait around at the Doctor's office. Speaking of the tech, here is a little more.
'The screen, which is 2.7 millimeters thick, has a 320x240 resolution. The battery lasts for about 65 to 70 minutes, and can be recharged, believe it or not, with a mini USB cord--there's a jack on the back of it. The screen, which uses thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) technology, is enforced by protective polycarbonate. It's a product that has been in development at Americhip for about two years, spokesman Tim Clegg told CNET News via e-mail.'
That's effin sweet! So are they using this tech for good or evil? Well, they're advertising shows like TWO AND A HALF MEN! Does that answer your question? George Schweitzer, CBS marketing president, tries to explain himself.
"The evolution of marketing television in the fall--it used to be as simple as this," Schweitzer said, holding up a vintage copy of TV Guide. "It was axiomatic in those days. If you took an ad in TV Guide, people watched your program. Not anymore."
Yeah, because actually making the shows good so people would want to watch them would have been harder than creating groundbreaking tech.
Changing gears here, I want to address the environmental impact. These ads are really just little LCDs, right? I am pretty sure that the stuff in them isn't great for ecosystem. So what happens when we start filling magazines and newspapers with these things? Before long they're going to be on cereal boxes and beer cans too. So if this tech catches on we're talking billions of little LCD's being created for essentially one time usage. What do we do with our copies of EW when we're done with them? Can we still recycle them? Or do we have to tear the ads out first? If so, how many people do you think will do that? Then we'll have LCDs and paper being dumped into landfills.
When looking around for some info about the environmental impact of LCDs, I ran across this little article. And hey, its from cnet as well!
'A chemical used to make LCD televisions and semiconductors could cause more global warming than coal-fired power plants, a report warns.'
Well that's just great. Seems a high price to pay just let people know about a new season of How I Met Your Mother. Read both articles and then have an opinion.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Also, in Sony News, they've come one step closer to getting me to buy one of those damn things by Dropping the price a hundred bucks. I don't care if it's "slim" but I guess it is. I'd be a lot more impressed if they'd build in the PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility like they had in the original PS3s.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Hey, do you like Planet of the Apes as much as I do? Then head on over to Hulu because those guys just posted the entire series of Return to the Planet of the Apes, the ill advised 70's cartoon series. Check it out!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I also got to meet Spider-Man again. He didn't seem to remember me, but I guess I look a lot different than I did at 7. He would not hold up a sign saying KRONSER IS A PUNK.
Monday, August 10, 2009
I've been meaning to watch this series for a couple months now. I could have gotten it from movie madness. Or put it on my netflix cue. Borrowed it from a friend. Downloaded it illegally. Look for copies on dailymotion. Purchased it. But I usually just wait for things to come to Hulu or instant Netflix instead. As you may have noticed by now. Spaced on Hulu.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
A chart showing every mega man release ever. Year by year.
In my humble nerd-pinion, they could have stopped at #2 and it still would have been the best series ever.
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