Archive for July, 2010

07/31/2010

Thoughts on Dinner for Schmucks

by wfgodbold

It was okay.  If you like Meet the Parents, you’ll probably like Dinner for Schmucks.  If you didn’t, you probably won’t; most of the humor is in the same style, and laughing at horrible misfortune can get old fast.

Steve Carell does a great job, and so does Paul Rudd, but I just didn’t care for the demeaning humor (not that I was offended, I just cringed half the time instead of laughing).  If I’d done my research beforehand, I’d have known that it was from the same director as Meet the Parents and I could have saved myself the ticket cost.

I will say that the ending was the best part, and not just cause the movie was over; the villains get their comeuppance, and almost everyone lives happily ever after.

In other movie news, less than two weeks until The Expendables hits theaters!  I can’t wait!

07/30/2010

Firefly meets Starship Troopers

by wfgodbold

Outnumbered and outgunned, Jim Raynor and his loyal band of space marines has to fight against the tyrannical Arcturus Mengsk and his Terran Dominion on the one hand, and the Queen of Blades and her Zerg Swarm on the other (and some Protoss here and there on the gripping hand); infestations abound and must be cleansed, Protoss artifacts must be seized and researched, and the yoke of oppression must be broken!

In case it wasn’t obvious, my copy of the collector’s edition arrived today via Fedex and Walmart.com; just in time, too!  The free trial I’ve been using for the past few days only had 56 minutes of playtime left.  Extras abound!  Included (besides the Starcraft II game itself) were a making of DVD, a soundtrack CD, issue #0 of the Starcraft comic book, and a USB flash drive in the shape of Jim Raynor’s dog tag (preloaded with Starcraft and the Brood War expansion).  When I next log into WoW, I’ll have a miniature Thor non-combat pet for all of my characters, as well.

I’ve completed seven or eight of the single player campaign missions so far; the game does a good job of easing you into the control system (though sadly my strategy at this point consists of building large numbers of various infantry units and throwing them at the opposition; I really need to figure out some nuance or something (I never thought I would subscribe to the Stalin system of resource management; quantity really does have a quality all its own)), and of not overwhelming you with unit and building options; at this point, each completing each mission gives you a new unit that you can use thereafter.

I’ll probably go through the tutorials this weekend, and maybe watch some videos/replays of people who know what they’re doing;  Ryan and I got stomped rather handily when we tried to play co-op mode against two AI opponents.

If only I’d spent the last 11 years honing my Starcraft skills!

07/29/2010

I bought a set of these the other day

by wfgodbold

Though not this pair, and from Academy Sports (and I got a box of Federal Champion .22 LR ammo, too).  Two grip trainers for $5.99; I keep one in the car and the other is by my desktop.  While out driving, I’ve been doing sets of 25 on each hand; it adds up after a while.  So far today I’ve done ~200 on each hand, and I’ll probably do at least another 100 before the end of the day.

Even after only three days, I can tell that closing the grips has gotten a lot easier.  I may get a couple of the weaker grips from heavygrips.com; they have resistances starting at 100 lbs and going all the way up to 350 lbs!

I have no illusions about my ability to get to that point, but I think the 150 lb and 200 lb grips are within the realm of possibility.

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07/28/2010

The collector’s edition will be here Friday!

by wfgodbold

And in the mean time, I’m using one of the Starcraft II guest passes included in the regular copy I bought.  Or I will, eventually.  I got it installed, but I haven’t actually played it yet.  Maybe tonight!

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07/27/2010

I have in front of me a box

by wfgodbold

And in that box is the regular edition of Starcraft II.  I haven’t opened it yet; if Walmart’s online claims to have the collector’s edition in stock are true, I’ll sell it to my friend Ryan and enjoy the CE instead.  I should know one way or the other in the next day or two; once I get the shipping confirmation email, I’ll let Ryan know if he’s getting a CD key or not.

I just have to avoid all mention of the game on the internet until then!

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07/26/2010

Starcraft II looms!

by wfgodbold

I’ll be going to Walmart to pick it up tonight.  If this were Diablo III, though, I’d have preordered it and be waiting on the edge of my seat.

Starcraft II looks to be a good time, though; I never played the original online (and truth be told, never finished the single player campaign, either), but Blizzard knows how to make a solid RTS.

This game should tide my pc gaming habits over until Cataclysm releases and the WoW grind starts anew.

07/26/2010

Imager’s Intrigue is worth reading

by wfgodbold

Especially if you’ve read Imager and Imager’s Challenge.  L.E. Modesitt, Jr. does a great job of wrapping up the major conflicts from the first two books, and according to his official site, he’s hard at work on the next books in the series (which will be prequels; from the short blurb, I’d guess they’re about the great imager who helped unify Solidar and founded the Collegium Imago).

It looks like he’s taking the same approach with the Imager Portfolio as he did with the Corean Chronicles; the first trilogy is set in the future, and the second takes place hundreds of years in the past and explains how everything happened to set up the future society (he does this on a grander scale in the Saga of Recluce, as well).  With how Imager’s Intrigue ended, there isn’t a whole lot more than could be done in that time period anyway, unless he jumped another twenty or thirty years into the future.

I’ve made it about halfway through The Lions of Lucerne, and it’s getting better the more I read it.  I’ve got the next three books in the series waiting for once it’s done, so I’ve got a lot of reading left to do.

07/25/2010

Red vs Blue again on Top Shot episode 7

by wfgodbold

This week’s episode features trick shooting!  Spoilers abound, so check Hulu if you missed it on the History Channel.

07/25/2010

Unconscionable!

by wfgodbold

Okay, this is getting ridiculous.

White House Backed release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi

This whole situation is rapidly becoming farcical.  If this is true, anything else I say would probably get me put on a list somewhere.

07/24/2010

Salt

by wfgodbold

It’s not just for food any more; the new movie with Angelina Jolie came out yesterday, and it’s a pretty good movie.

It opens with Evelyn Salt (Jolie) being tortured by the North Koreans and accused of being a spy; eventually she is returned to the US in a prisoner exchange, and from here the movie leaps two years into the future.  A Russian defector shows up at her office (she actually is a spy for the CIA), and at the end of his interrogation, tells her that she is a Russian spy who will kill the Russian president.

Once this happens, the action starts; Salt has to escape, try to find her husband, and eventually makes her way to NYC for the Vice President’s funeral (the Russian president will deliver the eulogy).

The movie is kind of a mashup of The Fugitive and a James Bond film; Salt is a trained spy and has to escape from all of the federal agents chasing her.  The plot has several twists and turns, but it doesn’t fail to disappoint.

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