Random quote

"Those who go mad are merely thoughtful souls who failed to reach any conclusions." - Bloodborne

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Odd thoughts.

Here's a few I had today.

First of all, do you think the sodas in the soda machines in Japan would still explode if you tried to open them or has enough time passed?

Do you think limerick fans visit Nantucket with really off expectations about the place?

I also kind of wonder if Albuquerque is just a mess of wrecked homes, messed up roads and rabbit tunnels. The few remaining citizens hold up in a cave telling tales of Conejito del demonio... demon bunny.

Any ideas?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Random game recommendation: Arkham Asylum.

So I like me some video games. If you're like most of the population, you probably do to. In case you haven't played it yet, let me wholeheartedly recommend the game Batman Arkham Asylum to you.

This is, by a very large margin, the best Batman game of all time. Really it's the best comic/super hero game of all time.

It uses the Unreal 3 engine for it's graphics, which is the same one used for games like Gears of War. The graphics are, as you might guess based on that fact, fantastic. Batman looks great. The environments are amazing looking as are all the characters including the Joker, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, etc. The game is dripping with atmosphere and everything just looks... correct.

As for the audio, it's also top notch. Many of the voice actors from the Batman animated series return to do voices for this game. Including Mark Hamill (AKA Luke Skywalker) as the Joker. The voice acting is superb, believable and completely fits. Nothing sounds ackward or forced. Every voice has the right amount of character and authenticity you would hope from a Batman game. From Batman all the way to the Jokers thugs.

The gameplay is fantastic. It truly feels like you're batman. You have the gadgets, which are upgradeable through an XP system, there's platforming, stealth and action. It all fits together very well. The combat system is simple in theory but with practice you can master it and truly put on an impressive show.

The game is very large, spanning more than a dozen hours at least. Even more if you go after all the various hidden things and collectables, such as question marks hidden by the Riddler and interview tapes.

I can't stress enough how good this game is. It's LEAGUES beyond any Batman game you've ever played. If you're even remotely interested in Batman, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.

The game is out on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. You can get a demo of the PC version here or on Steam. Xbox Live and the Playstation Network should also have demos for their respective systems. I have the PC version but whatever platform you pick won't make much difference, it's an amazing game whichever way you go.

Give it a try, and let me know what you think of it.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Faith in politics?

Has anyone else mostly lost faith in politics? I think I may have.

I was never really into politics until the "bush years." I mostly paid attention then because... he was a fucking horrible president by any measure. I went from blissful ignorance and indifference to hatred as I watched what he did and how he ran things for 8 years. I watched with much disappointment as he, somehow, defeat John Kerry and won a second term.

So, for the first time ever, I voted, for Obama in the primaries for my state, then again for him in the general election. He won, awesome. Not because of me, obviously, but it was still great to see the country act at least half sane for a brief period of time.

Don't get me wrong, I'm 100% certain Obama is a better president than McCain ever could have been but I still can't help but be disappointed. I don't blame the poor state of the economy on him, that was handed off to him by dubya. What I DO blame him for is the fact that we're still in Iraq, that Guantanimo is still operating, the patriot act is still being enforced and the horrible "health care reform" bill.

Yeah, that was brilliant, no public option, just force everyone to buy insurance from private companies. Simply amazing.

It's not even Obama's fault, it's the Democrats in general. Almost the entire party is made up of weak, pathetic, cowards who seem absolutely terrified to exercise any power they somehow manage to stumble into from time to time. Republicans ram through ridiculous bill after bill with mostly lies, nonsense and contradictions to back them up, but they get it done. Democrats give up at the slightest hint of opposition.

I could go on, but the real question is... do I vote in the 2012 elections? I'm not sure at this point. Why bother? We'll have a republican, a democrat, a republican, a democrat etc and it'll mostly go in that order regardless of what I do. It feels useless. It's cowards vs idiots. Part of that problem is our voting system, so I'll leave you with an interesting video on that subject I stumbled across recently.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Traveling the world.

I went to Germany and took a German Shepherd. It didn't work =/

I went to Israel and after much searching, found a Jewish midget. I placed an oreo cookie on his head, I thought it would be the perfect size. He was not amused.

I asked if they had any Jewish midget investment bankers as I only had small change. They were still not amused.

I went to France and tried to order some freedom fries from a restaurant, they weren't amused either.

I put on a beret and ran around yelling "I SURRENDER! I SURRENDER!" and, you guessed it, not amused.

I went to Japan and asked what's shakin... nah I wouldn't do that. What, you think I'm some kind of asshole?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Logitech G930

I haven't been posting much lately, mostly due to me messing with this new headset.

I recently received my Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound and have been testing that.

The verdict? It's awesome. I've had many headsets in the past and all of them have developed issues of one type or another. Usually it's a short in the cord or, sometimes, an earcup breaks off. I don't toss my headsets around or juggle them whilst aflame so I just chalked it up to bad luck. I figured if I want a good headset that'll last, I need to spend a little more money than I usually do and get one that has no wires.

I saw these while browsing Amazon and decided to give them a shot based on the reviews. The fact that they were 7.1 didn't hurt, either. As far as the build quality goes, it seems good. The headband is stainless steel and the earcup joint (which allows them to rotate to be set flat on a table or surface) is made of aircraft grade aluminum alloy, quoting from the box itself. So I don't expect these to break. Being wireless, that's not a concern either.

Now, about the sound. The quality seems, to my non-audiophile ears, excellent. At least as good as any headset I've ever owned and I've owned quite a few. The stereo is great, bass is good. The surround, being from only two speakers, is actually pretty convincing. Especially in games like Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and World of Warcraft. It uses two big 40mm drivers, one in each earcup and uses software to give you virtual surround sound in 5.1 or 7.1. Being virtual surround it won't work for EVERYONE but supposedly for most people it works quite well, me being one of those people. You get a really good sense of where sounds are coming from. Either in front, beside or behind you. They did a really great job here.

The range is also far more than you should need. They claim about 40 feet, based on interference and other issues that will vary person to person. I can go through the entire house and only start to here sound break up when I'm in the kitchen, which is the exact opposite end of the house through 3 walls. We also have a wireless network.

The headset has a rechargeable battery which you can plug into a supplied accessory and charge while you use it. The battery life is roughly 10 hours on a full charge and seems to take about 2 hours to fully charge. Luckily, if/when it eventually stops holding a charge, as rechargeable batteries do, you can actually buy a very cheap replacement on their website and change it out yourself. Very nice.

I'm really very impressed with this headset. If I had to give it a rating I'd give it a solid 5 out of 5. Highly recommended if you, like me, are done screwing around with cheap headsets and want something durable, robust and fully featured. A fine headset for gaming, listening to music or anything else you decide to use it for. Except juggling aflame, don't do that.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Attention Internet. You don't always have to say the same shit.

It seems if something stupid is repeated enough on the internet, everyone starts saying it.

Take for example, creeper. This word sounds like a word that would be commonly used by some facebook using, fanfiction writing 13 year old girl. But suddenly I see everyone on the internet using it.

And, apparently, if you do something stupid or someone just plain doesn't like you online these days you're either a "neckbeard" or a "hipster" or both. Wait, what? Where did that come from?

I've been convinced for some time now that the internet "community" is getting dumber and dumber with time. These things just reinforce that belief.

What other odd phrases or terms have you heard repeated endlessly online lately?

Police Return Seized Hardware to Victorious BitTorrent Admin, Trashed

It's no secret that I dislike the police. I've seen them do and heard about them doing far too much bullshit to ever consider the majority of them anything more than power hungry, stupid, rude, assholes.

Bullshit like, say, this...

Last month the second case against a UK-based BitTorrent site came to an end. Two administrators of FileSoup – the longest standing BitTorrent community – had their case dropped by the authorities and were free men once again. This week, personal belongings that were seized during the house raids were released and returned, but what should have been a celebration turned out to be a great disappointment.

The police seized computers and other property but after the charges against the owners of the property was dropped, it was returned in horrible condition.

You can read the full story and see pictures here.

Spread this around as much as you can, things like this need as much public exposure as possible.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I really need a digital camera.

I really wish I had one earlier. I was at Wal-Mart and saw... quite possibly the most ghetto thing I've ever seen there. They had set up clothing racks out of... cinder blocks. Stacks of cinder blocks wrapped with plastic wrap with pole to hand clothing from between them. I shit you not.

It was the funniest thing I've seen in a while. What was even funnier, though, was that further down there were more but the cinder block plastic wrapped towers were covered in some kind of red cloth. Some kind of poor attempt to making them look fancy.

If I ever gather up the scratch to get a digital camera, I'll post pics of stuff like that here.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Technology is awesome.

I haven't really thought about it too much until recently, but it seems our technology is really starting to kick ass.

Think about it...

We had a computer beat Jeopardy champions.

A look into the future of gaming with hardware you can, technically, put together right now.

We're getting closer to printable organs.

Google has a car that drives itself.

Scientists MIGHT have found evidence of life not of this world.

There's tons more examples but... it's 2 am and I need sleep. If you have any more good examples, leave a comment. I think we're in an amazing time right now and I can't wait to see what the future brings.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

You should probably be using Chrome.

Do you use Google Chrome as your primary browser? If not, you probably should be.

Now, don't get me wrong, there are other browsers that are very good. Such as Firefox, Opera, Safari and others. But the one I would recommend is Chrome by a long shot.

Why? A few reasons.

It's fast. You may have heard the Chromes speed, especially with javascript is blazing fast. You heard correct. Javascript is used heavily for things like gmail and other web applications that are becoming more popular. Other browsers have followed Chromes example and have also upped their javascript engines but Chrome retains the lead still.

Extensions. Yes, other browsers have extensions, but the way they're handled in Chrome is better. For example, in Chrome if you install or uninstall a theme or extensions you do NOT have to restart the browser. It takes full effect right away.

Multi-threaded. This is a big one. In Google Chrome, all tabs and plugins are separate threads in Windows. This gives it a small edge with multi-cored systems and more importantly adds greatly to stability. If one of your tabs or a plugin (such as flash) crashes, it won't take the rest of the browser with it. This also makes it handle RAM more effectively.

Design. It's design is very streamlined. Instead of an URL bar and a search bar you just have one that works as both. It works very well. Everything else about it is compact but functional.

If you want to read more about it, click here.

Or just give it a try after all, it's free.

Double pot pie.

I was talking with my sister the other day when the subject of chicken pot pie came up, as it sometimes can. I started to wonder what would happen if you put actual pot in a pot pie. Would it be a double pot pie?

If you gave a chicken a chicken double pot pie, would people be more offended about giving a chicken other chickens to eat or giving chickens marijuana? Maybe that question could be used in some test to tell what type of person is answering it... or something.

What if you fed chicken double pot pie to a chicken and made a chicken pot pie out of THAT CHICKEN? Have I blown your mind? Is this the plot for the next Inception movie...? Nah, probably not.

Despite the content of this post I am actually NOT a pothead. Amazing I know.