Do people from other countries find American accents sexy?
Sunday, March 27, 2011
A short time ago AT&T announced they were going to cap data with 150GB for DSL users and 250GB for U-Verse users. Reactions have ranged from ‘ AT&T has destroyed the internet’ to ‘we’ve had data caps for years, pussy Americans’.
Personally, I was curious where my usage runs. Today I got an email from AT&T with new terms and conditions, as well as a link to track usage. I’m averaging about 45GB a month, so the 150GB cap is fine, for now. And the extra charge ($10 per 5oGB) seems fairly reasonable if I should somehow go over (curse thee Steam sales). I’d say I’m probably on the higher end of data users between online gaming and NetFlix instant watch, and I’m using a 3rd of what’s going to be allowed.
For the moment it looks like this will only affect the people AT&T intends, the people that haves torrents going 24/7. Still, files only get larger as the next wave of HD movies and games come out. Hopefully AT&T will scale as well.
I found a site www.sc2mapster.com that has custom maps recreating Starcraft using the Starcraft 2 map editor. So far the Terran and Zerg campaign is finished and they’re working on the Protoss.
I’m only a few missions in the Terrans, but so far it’s pretty cool and quite a bit harder. For example the 4th(?) mission has you protecting a base awaiting Mengsk to come rescue you. In Starcraft with mission was quite boring as you’d be attacked by a group of 3-5 Zerg every couple minutes. In this version you get attacked by 10 or so. Good stuff.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Now I’ve always been a little fuzzy on what exactly a director does. He doesn’t come up with ideas, that’s the producer. He doesn’t writes the script, the writers do. He doesn’t point the camera, the cinematographer does. He doesn’t cut the film, the editor does. And so on. He has his hands in all though areas though and probably spends most his time as a referee between departments. He also ultimately gets credit for the film, good or bad. Though the producer gets the Oscar for Best Picture, go fig.
Anyway, I got to thinking earlier that it’s kinda weird, but I have no freaking clue who is directing Captain America. I mean, I know Jon Faverau directed Iron Man, Christopher Nolan directed Batman, Joss Wedon is heading Avengers, Kenneth Branagh is helming Thor and Zack Snyder had Watchmen and now Superman. Who’s in charge od Cap? Marvel’s media machine had failed. I am lacking info that I may need to be properly motivated to see this film!*
OK, a 5 second search turns up Joe Johnston… who? Ah I see, he directed that shitty Wolfman movie last year, and Hidalgo? Jurassic Park III? Who’s dick did this guy suck to get this gig. Ah well, as least The Rocketeer is in there… 20 years ago.
*Untrue, I’ll see it opening weekend
I found this site, outofcontextscience.com a while ago and thought I’d share. It’s a collection of quotes from scientific articles that taken out of context make you stop and say ‘Wait, what?!’
A few emaples include:
- He had the most perfect and only complete Copper Age axe ever found — made of copper
- the class clowns of today shouldn’t fear an early death
- To the animals, it is inexplicable that suddenly dinner is an hour later or earlier than expected.
*Originally found by gorillamask.net, I think
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Looks cool. I notice they kept a reign on the action scenes previewed, though we’ll prolly get spoiled in the second trailer. My only complaint is the technology seems a bit to advanced for WWII (was that a B2 bomber/transport?). Hopefully it’s a SHIELD prototype on loan from Namor. Or something.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Movies like Battle: Los Angeles (BLA from here on out) are why I stopped listening to critics (for the most part, spill.com is often hilarious). BLA is getting blasted by critics everywhere and frankly, I don’t understand it, I had a lot of fun.
BLA follows the exploits of a small marine squad who’s tasked with the rescue of a group of civilians hold up at a police station after the aliens attacked and the city evacuated. There’s no overreaching strategy on the worldwide effort to repel the alien invaders. This is about the battle for Los Angeles, and at first a fairly minor aspect of that.
The brass has decided the city is lost and the Air Force is going to carpet bomb the place in 3 hours. With the clock ticking the squad heads out to find the civilians and get them out of there. This is very much a ‘man in the field’ movie. There’s no peek into the Oval Office with the Secretary of Defense pleading with the President to ‘make the call’ and bomb LA. No, the highest ranking main character is a Second Lieutenant just out of OCS Training. His babysitter is veteran Staff Sergeant Nantz. The film centers on Nantz (Arron Eckhart, The Dark Knight), he’s burnt out after his last deployment and nearing retirement. There’s a few scenes to assign some of the other characters their cliché: the engaged one, the virgin, the green lieutenant, the tough chick (Michelle Rodriguez, who else?).
One thing I especially like about BLA is the treatment of the civilians. Often in movies like this we see the civilians are assholes and you don’t really want them saved. They blame their rescuers as if they had anything to do with the alien invasion of earth. There’s usually a gangbanger with a chip on his shoulder. Here, the Latino is a caring dad who chastises his young son for saying ‘damn’.
I’ve seen complaints about shaky cams and no real info about the worldwide effort. Bullshit. This movie is about this particular squad, I highly doubt the a lowly marine squad would have info on the overall war. They have their mission, that’s what they worry about. As for the camera, Cloverfield this is not.
That’s not to say the film is perfect. It suffers from same logic fail problems most alien attack movies have. Why don’t they just unleash an orbital bombardment and wipe us out from the safety of space? It’d be a short, boring and depressing movie, that’s why. The designs for the aliens are a bit lackluster as well. The alien soldiers remind me of Bioshock and the alien tech seems almost.. steampunk. They use bullets and super rockets, not lasers and shields.
Still, I had fun. I’m hesitant to give it a higher score since I’m not sure how repeat viewings will fair, but it’s definitely worth a watch.
4 out of 5 Stars
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I’d been planning on getting a new video card to run The Old Republic when it comes out later this year. However the last couple days my existing card has been acting up. Seems like I just got this, but reviewing my order history at Newegg.com see I’ve have this card (Radeon HD 4850 512MB) for over 2 years so I figured why not upgrade a bit early.
I’ll be getting a Radeon HD 6970 2GB in a few days. It’s not the best, but seems to be tied for second best at the moment for a single GPU (I really don’t want to mess with CrossFire for SLI), and is $200 cheaper than the best, Nvidia’s 580.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
I was screwing around on YouTube and found this. Classic.
Optimus Prime promoting Tenchi Muyo. Does it get anymore epic than this? They really need to rerelease this show. Copies are $300.00 on eBay. Who owns the rights anyway? I think it’s FUNimation. I promise, release a new edition for $35 and I’ll snap it up in a heartbeat.
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