Archive for October, 2007

new movehs

I went to Barnes and Noble this past Friday night. While I found nothing new and awesome to read at first glance, I decided to check out their DvD selection. Found a couple of good movies, one of which I never had seen before, but turned out to be awesome.

The first one was Alien vs. Predator, unrated edition. I have no idea what the differences between the unrated and the rated versions are, but there seems to be some additional scenes that weren’t in the rated version. I know this movie got panned by critics, but for a good old fashioned monster fight, especially for old fans of these two movie series, it delivers pretty well, some very good action. It’s one of those movies (kind of like Transformers) that in a lot of people’s opinion should not have had so much human story, and more of the aliens kicking each other’s butts. And it’s not overly gorey at all, at least not for the humans (Predators get impaled a few times though).

The other film I got was Hellboy. If you’re not familiar with Hellboy, it’s a comic book series. Look it up on Wikipedia. Basically, he was a young demon summoned by a Nazi cult during WWII, but US soldiers found him and cared for him. In response to the ride of occultic activity the Nazis were employing, the US forms the Beareau of Paranormal Research and Defense. After WWII ends, the Beareau exists to investigate and destroy paranormal threats. Hellboy, raised by the human scientist who took him in, is now their main agent. The movie deals with his origins, relationships with other members of the Beareau, and an ancient demonic theat.

Sounds really weird, but it’s AWESOME. Ron Perlman stars as Hellboy, and based on this performance alone, he is now one of my favorite actors. Highly highly underrated at his craft. He’s got a very dry wit that lends itself well to the role. I like the character concept, a demon who fights for the cause of good, against other demonic/supernatural threats. Good redemption type of story. Highly recommend if you want a good action movie.

By the way if you’ve ever seen my living room, you know it’s full of old Coca-Cola memorabilia. Well…it was. This weekend Mom and I got new wall items (a mirror, a framed print, and a new shelf) and a new coffee and end table(s). All the Coca-Cola stuff is out of that living room. I can hardly recognize the place now! But I like it a lot. It was a beating to put up the mirror though…that thing is HEAVY and requires being nailed into studs obviously. Well, my studfinder is apparently out of calibration, because we missed them a lot. But they’re securely attached to the wall now and look great. I’ll post some pics later.

I want to come to Waco this weekend. Anyone willing to put me up? Heh heh.

Aight I’ll catch ya’ll later…sleepytime.

Sword and Laser….of the SPIRIT!

Being something of a fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy works of various sorts, I was rather happy to discover the existence of the newly-formed online book club known as “The Sword and Laser”. It was started by former CNET podcaster Veronica Belmont, and recommended on Extralife Radio. You can check out the website here. I totally figured it’d be a great way to get introduced to new books that I hadn’t heard of before.

Well, the first book they’re reading is called “The Golden Compass”. They’re doing this one because a movie based on it is currently in the works. Fair enough. So I decided at some point I’d pick up the book and read it.

That is, until this was brought to my attention.

Yeah. I think I’ll skip this one.

Besides, my Dad just gave me a copy of Star Wars: Cloak of Deception, by the awesome James Luceno. Frankly, sounds a lot more enjoyable.

Hope ya’ll had a great week. Hope David and Josh (and their wives, on the off chance they read this) are enjoying being married men. Hope all my Waco peeps are doing fantastic.

Speaking of Waco, one of ya’ll leave me a comment/write on my facebook wall/call me and tell me what if anything is being planned for a Halloween Outreach. Just so I can keep ya’ll in my prayers that particular night.

Because controversy sells!

I don’t even know what to make of this one.

New interview with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling can be found here

In it, she reveals a few things left unstated in the books.

Like the fact that Albus Dumbledore, aged headmaster of the school of Hogwarts, Harry’s mentor, and basically the Obi-Wan of the series, is (or rather was) gay.

I sense a plot to create controversy buzz in order to sell more books now that the series has ended. I mean, why else would you wait til NOW to say this?

Thoughts?

Hat tip: Extralife

Hallowarcraftween!

I happen to be a big fan of the more innocent aspects of halloween…costumes and candy and good natured scaring.

And apparently so is Blizzard Entertainment.

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That’s my mage, in a ninja costume with a pumpkin head, riding a flying broomstick. Got most of that during our numerous beatings we put on the legendary Headless Horseman.

Funtimes.

HL2 Episode 2

If you are playing Half-Life 2: Episode 2 at the moment (or intend to at some point), be advised that this post has spoilers.

I just finished my first run through of the game. It’s incredibly fun. More of an outdoor environment than the dark sewers or cityscapes of Episode 1, and Valve did a beautiful job.

But the ending…that incredible battle with the Striders, the awesome cinematic watching the portal close, we FINALLY get some indication of WHO the G-Man is and what he’s doing, and the final reward is watching Eli Vance get murdered by a Combine Advisor, fading to black with the sounds of Alyx crying over her father’s body??

Gah…so depressing. Valve had better get Episode 3 out to us a lot quicker than 2. This is almost as bad as the cliffhanger ending to Halo 2. And when they do, I’m going to enjoy putting lead justice into every Advisor I come across.

Still, incredibly fun. I’m going to enjoy playing through it again, and especially doing some of these unlockables.

Holy Freaking CRAP!

Oh man…I can’t believe it….you may or may not know about Extralife Radio. It’s a podcast I listen to and regularly contribute to, in the manner of saying something funny in my cranky old man voice. The character has become known as Old Man Franks.

Well this past ELR, the guys BROUGHT ME ON THE SHOW LIVE.

Not like, I called in, I actually got on Skype with them and had a few minutes talking with them in character. Absolutely awesome. Thanks to Scott and Brian and Obsidian for letting me be a part of it.

If you wanna download the episode, here’s the link. I’m on at the very end. I have to warn you…the first part of the show…gets a little crazy. Went a little off topic and started discussing…um…sweating in odd places. Yeah. You have been warned. Mature audiences only. Et cetera. Fast forward to the last 15 minutes or so if you don’t wanna hear it, but it does get brought up during my segment.

Much love to ELR, and I shall continue my contributions until they don’t like me anymore!!

Wedding the Two

You know I suppose I should say something about Josh and Angie and the fact that they’re MARRIED now!

This past weekend was ye olde wedding day for my bro. I can’t believe 2 of my best friends are married men now. And the third is only in a month and a half.

Am I jealous? Maybe a little bit. But I reckon there’s a reason, so I choose to trust. Which doesn’t mean I don’t question it. Loudly. And often. I imagine God thinks my rants on that subject are rather hilarious, given that He knows the ultimate overall story to the rest of my life (by virtue of having written it). Some days this being limited with respect to viewing time really stinks.

At any rate, the wedding was great, though poor Josh was stressed out the whole weekend right up until it started. But we managed to get everything done and prepped, so hopefully he enjoyed it all as it happened. He should be back in the next couple of days from the honeymoon.

Had an absolute ball hanging out with everyone again. Pirate raids. One last time of what can only be described as “D-House Bro-age” for Josh. Watching “The Prestige” with Chris, Kelley, and Joseph. Sardines on campus (and the mysterious vanishing Tony). Breakfast at Adriana and Janette’s. Watching everyone dance (or in some cases try to do so) at the reception. Good times.

Funny story, I noticed this weekend for the first time that one of my rear doors would not lock. I couldn’t lock it manually, with the keychain, with any of the switches in the car, it was like it was jammed. Chris and Kelley went with me to the mall to take everyone’s tuxedos back and Kelley kept opening her door without me near the car. I kept wondering if the smart key had a bigger range than I thought, until finally I got back there and figured out the lock was jammed open. Well, I got it over to Freeman Toyota yesterday, my dealer set me up with one of their mechanics, and he took the car off to go fix it. Meanwhile I go over to the waiting room and pull out my work laptop, thinking maybe I’ll check my email while I wait. I pull out the computer and don’t even have the wireless internet up and running when my dealer comes over and tells me it’s fixed. No idea how it got jammed, but he had it done in minutes, and gave it a free car wash as well. I really do have an incredible dealer lookin’ out for me with this purchase. I seriously recommend them if you’re wanting a new Toyota. (And with an average 45-50 mpg a Prius is a darn good investment!)

I’m having a good week so far I reckon, getting a lot accomplished. Only thing on the horizon I really want to do is get my Blood Elf warlock to level 58 (he’s currently 56) and finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I really really didn’t want to buy that until it came out in paperback, but dangit, I wanna know how the story finishes out! Why in paperback you ask? Because a couple of weeks ago I got the first 6 books in paperback and I didn’t want my collection to not match. Yes, I know that makes me borderline obsessive-compulsive, hush. I bought the darn hardcover didn’t I?? Organization shall not stand in the way of a good read! Too bad I can’t replace “Organization” with “Work” in that sentence.