Archive for November, 2008

27
Nov
08

5 Random Quotes for Birthdays (2008)

In addition to being Thanksgiving, today is also my Birthday!

  1. Youth is a wonderful thing.  What a crime to waste it on children.  ~George Bernard Shaw
  2. You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.  ~Author Unknown
  3. I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now.  ~Author Unknown
  4. A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.  ~Robert Frost
  5. When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened.  It is sad to go to pieces like this but we all have to do it.  ~Mark Twain
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27
Nov
08

5 Random Quotes for Thanksgiving (2008)

Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.  ~H.U. Westermayer
  2. Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.  ~E.P. Powell
  3. So once in every year we throng
    Upon a day apart,
    To praise the Lord with feast and song
    In thankfulness of heart.
    ~Arthur Guiterman, The First Thanksgiving
  4. Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.  ~W.T. Purkiser
  5. We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.  ~Albert Barnes
26
Nov
08

Portal (5/5)

“WHOA!”, “WOW”, “OH SNAP!”, “YING!”, “YEAH!!!!”

Those are the kind of sounds you are bound to hear yourself making while you play portal for the first time.

As the game starts, you wake to find yourself in a small clear pod containing a bed, toilet, and a table with a radio.  Suddenly you hear a computerized female voice welcoming you to the Apature Science Enrichment Center.  She tells you a portal will appear in 5…4…3..2…1.  Suddenly an oval with an orange outlining appears on the wall.  In it, you see another person standing and staring at a similar oval.  After a second, you realize that that person is you.  You turn to the right and see yourself again, but this time in a blue oval, located right outside the pod.  You step through the orange portal and come out of the blue one.

From this moment on, you are hooked.

The first few stages are about explaining how portals work.  A couple of stages later, you get the ability to fire blue portals, which always lead to the same orange portal.  Soon, you are given an upgrade so that you may fire both the blue and orange portals.  You then begin to learn more advanced portal techniques and move from test chamber to test chamber.  Each chamber get a little more difficult, yet it never becomes too frustrating.

The robotic AI, named GlaDos, constantly talks to you, giving you instructions and advice.  The writing for GlaDOS is perfect.  For the most part, it is humorous and somewhat dark.  “Please note that we have added a consequence for failure. Any contact with the chamber floor will result in an ‘unsatisfactory’ mark on your official testing record, followed by death. Good luck!”

There is not very much narrative to this game, but what little story the game tells is epic.  I can’t really give to much away without spoiling it, but lets just say that there is a whole lot more to Apature Science and GlaDOS that you won’t discover until later in the game.

My only real complaint to this game is that it is too short. I beat it the day after I got it.  To add playtime, the PC version comes with 6 “Advanced Chambers”.  These are basicly 6 chambers from the single player game, but with a twist.  Also, there is the option to play through the game with a developer’s commentary, which is pretty interesting.  (I am halfway through it already)  Also, you can play challange mode, in wich you replay level while trying to make as few portals as possible.  But even with these additions the game still feels short.

Luckily, Portal supposts custom levels.  (and there are hundreds of them on the interweb)  So you never really have to run out of portal levels.

Overall, I can describe this game with one word: Epic.  This is one of the best games ever…even if you do have to mess with seam

26
Nov
08

The Meta Knight

the_meta_knight_by_arczero

This poster was made by arczero.

Steven, my brother, is the one who found it.

This post is also dedicated to Colt, whose birthday is today.

25
Nov
08

I Hate Steam

[Warning: This is just one of those posts where I vent anger]

For my birthday, Colt (aka Hashmeer) bought me portal.  (BTW, thanks again Colt)  However, in order to play portal, you have to install an application created by Valve called Steam.  This program sucks.  It is now one of my least favorite programs ever…which is a shame because if it worked better, I may have liked it.

The main purpose of Steam seems to be that it is a way to buy games online and, it acts as a in-game messenger.  This would be all well and good, if it did not slow my computer down.  Also, in order to play Portal, I have to launch it through Steam.  To make matters even more annoying, it gives me an error messege if I attempt to play Portal while I am not connected to the internet.

From the time I put the portal disk in my computer for the first time, to the time I finnaly got portal to run was about an hour.  5-10 min of that hour was it acually installing Portal.  The rest was getting steam to work and installing the updates it wanted.

I HATE STEAM!  It has been a constant source of constant annoyance since I first started messing with it.  Acually, this is not my first time messing with steam, a few weeks ago I installed it in an attempt to get the demo for portal.  It also took about an hour and the demo crashed halfway through.

But trust me: For portal, it is worth it.

25
Nov
08

Wall-E (5/5)

[Note: I have decided to change from a 10 point grading scale to a 5 point one…so yeah….]

Wall-E, Pixar’s latest masterpiece, has proved to be their best work yet.  Wall-E takes place in a future where mankind has left a heavily polluted earth, leaving only Wall-E robots to restore the planet to its former glory.  There is only one Wall-E robot left to clean up the planet, which he works hard at.  Then, when a robotic scout named Eve comes to earth searching for signs of life, Wall-E not only falls in love but winds up having to save humanity.

This is a great movie.  While the main character hardly talks, he still manages to convay a widee range of emotions.  There is plenty of humor, ranging from Wall-E playing with things he found on earth, to his interactions with the humans of the future.  The movie is also very deep for a Pixar film.  It makes you think about our society and what we could become.  Yet at the same time, there is plenty scenes that will have you at the edge of your seat.

Overall, this is a brilliant movie with a little bit of everything: Humor, Romance, Action, and Intellect.  I would definetly reccomend this movie to anyone with a pulse.  The only downside:  You may randomly find yourself screeching “Wall-E” in public.

21
Nov
08

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (9.5/10)

This was a great documentary.  It is about Intellectual Design and Darwinism.  Are people who belive in ID rather than darwism being perscicuted?  Does Darwinism have holes that ID does not?  Does ID help or hurt science.  How did Darwinism affect the ideas of Hitler?

This movie is great.  It was a real eye opener.  It does not get boring like other documentaries, it keeps you interested.  They occasionally throw in stock footage, which adds for comic relief.  Also, they make a lot of comparisions between the suppression of ID and the Berlin Wall, which I thought was a good idea.  I would definetly reccomend this documentary to anyone.

http://www.expelledthemovie.com/




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