Category Archives: Uncategorized

AdVenture Capitalist

I’m really not sure where to start with this one, much like AdVenture Capitalist apparently doesn’t know when to stop. I knew what I was signing myself up for with AdVenture Capitalist, but that did not deter me from giving it a go… a decision I sorely regret. AdVenture Capitalist appeals directly to a sense of addiction, a pure example of numerical progression porn. You cannot win, in AdVenture Capitalist, you simply click the buttons to make the numbers go up faster to click the next buttons.

The problem is that there’s always another button, always something else to reach for… no matter how nonsensical the numbers become. The thing that really grinds my gears though, is that the numbers don’t even appear to be accurate.

Check the time, total cash and the /sec figure for lemonade stands...

Now check it again.

Clearly, those lemonade stands are not making as much money as they claim. If we can’t trust maths, where does that leave us?

Anyway, can’t stay, got some very important ascending numbers to observe.

I Re-Subbed Eve

It’s been a long time since i’ve both logged in to Eve-Online, and then gone on to undock from a station to do more than rotate a ship in the beautiful glory of simulated space. In the last month I’ve made this leap, small though it seems, and have gone on to do such extravagances as level 4 missions and collecting datacores from research agents.

Not that level 4 missions are all bad, you do get some sweet loot.

YEAH, SCRAP!

And you meet lots of interesting people.

Stranded in my hangar.

Stranded in my hangar. Right….

Having achieved these small things to get some basic grounding in the operation of a game that, while I spent much of my youth fanatically glued to, I’ve not played for several years, I decided to try some of the more fun PVE content Eve has to offer. The caution of my already speculative re-entry to Eve-Online is not unusual, even as a 7 year veteran leading gangs or fleets of players in to vastly outnumbered situations I considered myself a careful and measured player – if I were doing as described, it’d often be because I knew we had an edge that the much larger fleet would have a hard time denying us. Like any other experienced player, I was more than capable of riding the meta-wave and understanding how to always engage with an advantage, whether obvious or not.

Since then however Eve has changed in so many ways that it’s barely recognisable as the game we once played. So, putting the no longer relevant ego aside, I decided to explore some areas of the game I’d dabbled in previously.

Exploration is an aspect of Eve that always appealed to me, finding hidden places and taking hidden things and getting filthy rich in the process, all while sneaking around in a covert ops seemed like fun times.

After resubbing my alt, with archeology and hacking at V and solid covert ops skills in general, I began mooching around in 0.5s hoping to get lucky. As you can imagine the results were limited, highsec is highsec and there’s not much going begging. I did locate one of the new sleeper sites, which I decided to clear with a Harpy rather than the covert ops due to the repeating environmental damage that came along with the site. Aside from this one experience I found very little in highsec, and what I did find was mostly worthless.

Back in the covert ops, I took a trip that started in the above highsec safety of Lonetrek, passed through lowsec, and when I failed to find anything particularly appealing there, moved into Cloud Ring, Fade and on into Pureblind.

I probed down any cosmic signatures I could, ignoring anything that was not an archeology or hacking site – I had little interest in combat sites in an Anathema, and w-space seemed like a can of worms I wasn’t prepared to open yet, additionally, I didn’t want to lumber myself with more environmental damage sleeper sites that I would have a hard time clearing.

I travelled through and around, in no particular direction, clearing as many systems as I could before leaving through EC-P8R. Normally I would have avoided this system, as past experience assured me that EC-P8R has historically had shitstorm tendencies, however by this point I was feeling sassy and felt like taking the risk to help me get back into Eve-shape. After negotiating my way through a stationary bubble camp without waking up the nearby Cynabal pilot, I jumped back into highsec with what I’d managed to retrieve from the not so deep depths of nullsec.

Unfortunately the loot I’d collected from the sites I’d found while in nullsec turned out to be worth not so much, and much of it is still listed for sale and isn’t going anywhere fast. For the amount of time and faff involved in exploring nullsec as a solo player, uninterested in blowjobbing my way into Alliance held nullsec stations on a regular basis, this was, all things considered, a bit shit.

With this in mind it was a week or so until I logged back in, Christmas came between and extended this apathy towards my renewed Eve efforts. Fortunately I can be at times remarkably stubborn, so it wasn’t long before I found myself nosing through the blogs of Eve players that had made exploration their ‘thing’.

I read one line that reminded me that the wormholes I’d been ignoring don’t necessarily all lead to w-space, as many wormholes link different areas of empire space to one another. With this new possibility present in my mind, I logged back in and took the Anathema out for another trip, hoping to get lucky.

After clearing a couple of random nothing-special hacking and relic sites I found a wormhole to highsec, which I took to gallente space. After this I found another wormhole, this time leading to w-space. As mentioned above, I had been avoiding these as I was aware that w-space was far more populous than it had been, but a quick scan showed nothing apart from a lonely Minmatar tower and a couple of loose core probes. Additionally, there were around 8 unknown signatures, providing a level of camouflage if it turned out that the core probes had an active owner.

So I probed down a data site and got stuck in.

Then I got stuck in the data site.

By this I mean, while mid-hack (and I hadn’t been there long) an Astero frigate appeared behind me, and before I knew it I was webbed and scrambled. My somewhat baffled pod escaped, and I’m still not quite sure how he found me so quickly – all of the sites were concentrated in one area save for a couple of outliers, making the odds of probing down the correct site so quickly unlikely, or unlucky, in my case, and I’d been continually scanning without seeing any sign of combat probes, or ships, until the Astero was on me.

noes

I have to also entertain the possibility that he’d already probed down the sites and simply warped through them until he found the one I was at, reinforcing my desire to avoid w-space unless I’m flying something capable of defending itself.

Now I have to entertain the possibility that if I sell everything I had previously collected, am I so much as breaking even on exploration? My previous assertion that it is ‘a bit shit’ has gained some extra ground, as I’ve not seen a single morsel of tasty loot, but rather a broad spread of rubbish trinkets, datacores and… well, lumps of coal.

I think it’s safe to say at this point that I’d have made more ISK if I’d sat and bored myself into a stupor doing level 4 missions, which is disappointing considering the risk vs reward principle that Eve has always touted.

Not giving up though, will resume banging my head against this particular wall soon™ as I’m also currently quite invested in Destiny and South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Planetside 2: Day 1

Time played: 2 hours

Having already dipped my toes in to Planetside 2 during the beta I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I was up against when I installed the release client of this fairly enormous Free to Play beast and fired it up for the first *real* time.

Turns out that I was wrong. I don’t admit that I’m wrong easily as my friends could probably attest to, but in this case I most assuredly was absolutely incorrect. Planetside 2 beta for me was a luke-warm experience, a picturesque ride-along admiring the many rocks, canyons, craters, rocks and canyons that passed beneath the 105mm turret that I’d been entrusted with deploying ordnance from.

There was a lot of passively flying to and fro, capturing bases that had been previously taken from us by some snide infiltrator that seemingly found it compelling to traverse the map alone capturing empty bases. Every so often there would be the opportunity to utilize my 105mm to obliterate hostile groups that ranged from a handful of unfortunate pals roaming the ground on buggies to a base jam packed with tiny red names who would no doubt be caught by surprise when several barrages of explosions happened to redeploy them to the redeployment screen after a short stay in the you-died-limbo-screen.

The action was good fun, but there was a certain sense of emptiness to the game, it wasn’t quite polished as you’d expect from a beta, and I didn’t feel a significant compulsion to log in and fight for my right to party.

Jumping ahead to release, I didn’t rush in to Planetside 2 on release day, or the day after that, or even the day after that… in fact it was 6 days before I finally loaded her up and decided I’d give it a spin. After several minutes attempting to co-ordinate a Liberator-pickup only to discover I was on the wrong continent (not a common problem in online games…) we finally got organised, got in to the fray and got shot down – immediately.

It became quickly apparent that the sky was filled with hatred, flak and bastards, so we decided to try our luck on the ground.

We had a team of three: Myself, Endstar and the occasionally unconscious Deks. Our first manoeuvre was to take the flank of a base our fabulously purple Vanu comrades were in the process of assaulting. A hard fought battle ensued, with numerous attempts at counter-flanking our flanking until we finally got an opportunity to push forwards and take our side of the base. Success occurred, we broke in to the base and it fell under the outrageously stylish control of purple team.

More assaults followed, it was non-stop enemy contact with far more killing than dying, this rapidly became the most fun I’d had in Planetside 2 – after an hour I’d had more fun than I had in the entire beta. After taking a smaller hilltop fortification two of us pushed up a mountainside to flank a small group of enemies that we’d sighted at the top. When we got there they were gone, however our new position allowed us a fairly unique opportunity.

With Endstar right behind me, I jumped down on to the slope below and began to slide, very quickly, towards the next objective. We could see from where we were that this base was crawling with reds – and we were sliding down to their flank at a rather alarming speed, and would be coming in to the base rather alarmingly close to… well, everything.

What happened next was sort of a blur of muzzle flashes, kills, assists and generally a consistent application of hostility for around 10 minutes. When the dust settled the base was ours, and I had somehow survived the ordeal.

Planetside 2 had just blown my mind, and I hadn’t stepped in to the driver’s seat of a single vehicle yet.

All I can say for certain is that I’ll be giving my opinion of Planetside 2 a serious rethink, because it’s already several quad-damage-multipliers more fun than The Old Republic ever was (sorry BioWare).

TSL, HD7, Some Other Abbreviations and Eve Forever.

The month of March has been laced with the bitter taste of injustice as I did not get a free netbook from the EBuyer review raffle. If I were EBuyer I would have given me two Netbooks, so I don’t think it’s unreasonable to feel as though the real, not me Ebuyer would be willing to give me just the one.

That aside, I finally stopped being cheap and bought the Xai – I was also provided with a HTC HD7 by my lovely employer – so far I have mostly used it to take pictures of my cat and share them on twitpic.

Stupid Cat.

Definitely a worthwhile business investment.

As I write this I am one hour in the future as today when I woke up all of my clocks are insisting it is an hour ahead of the real time, which I find highly irregular and will be informing Fringe division about as soon as I can find their contact number.

I have been watching the TSL, which has so far delivered many extremely entertaining matches, including IdrA getting beaten by some guy he said he’d walk over, and Mondragon roflstomping a Toss Air opening by building Roaches, and Roaches and then some Roaches…

Sadly had to watch TLO lose to NaDa, a best of 3 that mostly consisted of TLO doing incredibly wacky and awesome builds against a guy that banshee harassed and built tanks every game. Booo.

My other recent activities have included eating an entire family of gingerbread people, reading David Thorne’s “The Internet is a Playground” book (which finally arrived – twice) and reading my email on my new phone just because I can.

As for Eve Forever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45mlVuLs_Nw is all I need to say.

Now I am going to watch The Wire and sleep, because even though I not believe this future time thing I’m fairly sure my employer will take exception to that as an excuse for being an hour late for work.

More later…

Electric Cats and complaints and complaints about electric cats.

I write this with hope in my heart that all none of you that care whether I post on here regularly will be willing to forgive my recent inability to provide you with my ever enlightening views on the universe at large.

I realise this negligence has become a trend of sorts and I don’t provide you with the loving attention that you almost definitely don’t deserve anyway, but could if I were dedicated enough, deliver.

With this in mind I’m going to almost certainly repeat the process, but I’m sure you expected that as an outcome and as such have prepared yourselves for my inevitable failure to express my incredibly important and widely respected opinion with any sort of frequency.

A large factor in my absence has been full time work. Anyone who knows me, or has been sneaking glances at this blog in the past will know that when I posted more frequently on here I was unemployed, and had been for some time. As such, adjusting to both working and posting on a blog isn’t something I’ve pulled off yet.

I could be extremely prolific if I wanted to, but I’m sure if I were not forgetting to post on this blog I would have to be routinely forgetting something else instead, such as providing my cat with food and litter. This would undoubtably piss him off quite a lot, and I’d not at all be surprised if he spent what little food remained within his furry, static charged body to shit in one or both of my shoes.

Seen as I’ve gone and mentioned it now, my cat was until recently so consistently charged with static electricity that providing him with any kind of attention was usually a fairly painful business, as every attempt at putting a hand on him resulted in a brief and after some time frustrating static shock. Fortunately the new carpet seems to have solved the problem and I am now welcomed home from work by a cuddly cat rather than a hairy tesla coil.

Snow
He's quite a bit bigger now, so I can use the static he generates to power my PC.

Moving on…

Now that I’m working and my debt to the world is decreasing gradually I find myself starting to want for things that aren’t entirely out of reach anymore.

A couple of examples would be a new keyboard & mouse, or a new mobile phone.

Steelseries Xai
Steelseries Xai

The mouse question has become fairly black and white for me, the only question is how cheap can I get a Steelseries Xai for? Not very cheap, most sources say. The bottom line here is that I don’t want another Razer mouse. I’m finished with Razer as a brand – their products are too expensive for items that seem to possess a build quality comparable to a chair constructed entirely of the little shavings that come off a rubber when you vigorously remove pencil from paper.

So with the mouse decided on and me simply waiting until I feel flush enough to spend, I move on to the next one; the keyboard.

This one has me baffled if I’m entirely honest. The last time I bought a keyboard it seemed easy, but this time around it seems as though to get a backlit keyboard you have to either buy something genuinely disappointing or spend over £100.

The biggest shock to me was the Razer Blackwidow. Yes I looked at it, no I won’t buy it, and not just because of the reasons mentioned above with regards to my Razer prejudice. The Blackwidow is an £80 keyboard.

If I were crazy enough to spend £80 on a keyboard (and by crazy enough I mean if I didn’t have bills to pay instead) then there are a few expectations I’d have going forward with such an exchange. One such expectation is that it be superior to my Saitek Eclipse II, which I purchased several years ago. My Eclipse II has three colours of backlighting complete with a nifty dimmer switch that is of absolutely no use to me but is nice anyway, and the only media keys it comes with are the ones I actually want; the audio media keys so I can control my playlist without tabbing out of whatever game I happen to be in.

I’ve developed a deep and sincere appreciation for these keys, as they almost become part of my macro when I’m playing Starcraft 2 – 3 s d 3 s v 1 click click 3 s d nonotthatsongskiptrack 3 s d etc etc. and I’ve also learned to appreciate the backlighting. Not because I need light to see where my keys are in the dark, as I’m not a dribbling computer mong. I know where my sodding keys are already, I just like the way my rig looks with blue LEDs in the tower, the mouse and the keyboard.

Now, I’ve just mentioned the Steelseries Xai which as far as I’m aware does not have blue LEDs, which immediately seems to contradict where I’m headed with this, but hear me out.

Razer Blackwidow Expert: I AM DISAPOINT

The Razer Blackwidow Expert edition has no backlighting, which in turn means no nifty dimmer swtich and also has none of the audio control keys I’ve become accustomed to. Now before someone calls out ‘The Ultimate version has backlighting dick head’ in an attempt to derail my far from finished criticism, the Ultimate edition of the keyboard does indeed have ‘5 levels of backlighting’. It also costs £55 more.

In addition to the backlighting the Ultimate has a couple of built in USB ports and audio jacks for your headphones & mic.

Yes that’s the only difference.

Srsly?

Now I understand that these are mechanical keyboards with 50g actuation force flux coils and graviton drives with bits of gold to make everything go inconceivably fast, so fast that I’m just making things up, and I realise that these things are by default expensive, but come the fuck on if an £80 keyboard doesn’t deserve backlighting and intuitive media keys instead of those fucking god awful macro keys that brands keep sticking on the side of keyboards ever since someone at Logitech got high on some kind of hallucigen and designed the G15.

I’m just not willing to pay an additional £55 on top of an already extremely high pricetag for a keyboard just so some cretin gets the go ahead to stick some LEDs in it along with a few handy sockets. Yes, I know the keys will make many a satisfying clunk when pressured under the force of zerg macro; even my zerg macro – which is terrible, but Razer are taking the piss a bit now.

On the up side, it has a braided cable. GG Razer you figured it out. Now put those in all your mice and give me five free ones and we’ll call it square.

All in all this further reinforces my new policy in regards to Razer. I feel as though I should start my own company just so that I can have a company policy page on my company website that states in no uncertain terms that Razer can fuck right off.

Continuing to rant about Razer won’t help me find a keyboard unfortunately, and I find the Logitech G15 and its ilk to be filthy horrible creations designed entirely to fuck with my sense of where the keys are supposed to be. I like the keys where they are, and there’s more than enough of them on a standard keyboard thankyouverymuch.

My Saitek Eclipse II has been lovely and I’d keep it but I want to change it for something fresh and new, partially because I’m tired of using a keyboard that contains more crumbs than a pack of maryland cookies.

Contains Crumbs

Contains More Crumbs

Unfortunately thus far I’ve been unsuccessful in finding a keyboard that meets my requirements, all I want is a keyboard that is backlit, has keys I can tell I’ve actually pressed and looks nice. Apparently that’s asking for a tremendous amount if I don’t want to go bankrupt in the process.

(Audio control keys would be nice too).

More soon, probably complaining about mobile phone contracts.

Or Starcraft 2 Protoss Colossi.

One Month Later…

Well, it’s been just over a month since my last post, but close enough right? I’ve been fairly occupied with work, Starcraft II, blowing up some WTs in Eve-Online and driving around things in a circular fashion in World of Tanks.

I’ll start where the last paragraph ended I suppose, seen as my previous post was focused in its entirety on World of Tanks. I progressed to the T-44, have acquired a Jagdpanther for ‘lols’ and am currently arsing around in a T-28 on a bit of a quest to get in to some form of IS series heavy tank.

SC2 I’m going to skip over as a subject, because ultimately I’m not particularly good at it.

The compulsory Eve update section.

Eve-Online however, oh my… In an explosion of boredom induced frustration I spontaneously declared war on the first Alliance that earned my ire while spamming ‘Show Info’ on random people in Airkio.
The winner was ‘House of Gaming’, and they earned the war due to a horrific inability to spell, highlighted by a pretty depressing alliance description.

The war lasted a single week only, despite some smack from a few of their members they weren’t up to much, and when their executor returned (he was away from the game apparently) he turned up in our public channel and expressed his desire to surrender.

Our demands were simple, of course, he seemed like a nice enough guy and I felt no need to be particularly unreasonable – so we requested they amend the errors in their alliance description and forward apologies to a member of ours that they had talked a bit of smack to.

With that over with, we’re currently shooting at an alliance called ‘United European Star-Force’, who I felt deserved it simply for having such a stupid fucking name.

Despite allegedly having some PVP focus we’ve seen nothing of them since our very first engagement – in which we jumped in to their positioned force of 14 ships with our 6 fast-movers, and promptly trashed the better part of their fleet. 10 downed without loss, despite three ECM Scorpions being positioned at sniper range.

Even though we’d almost certainly humiliated them beyond expectation, they were quite amicable about the entire ordeal and assured us they weren’t finished there.

Well, all I’ve seen since was two corporations leave the alliance, and a single Mining Barge that wasn’t quite bright enough to depart an asteroid belt before I came out of warp with a whoosh and exploded him with a bang.

The Non-Eve bits

Relevant to my interests is Highschool of the Dead – an anime devoted to schoolgirls with massive tits fighting zombies in an extremely over the top manner. I have an inbuilt appreciation for stuff like this, even though it’s quite clear the story will be a load of absolute bollocks and it’s about as sensible as North Korea.

Highschool of the Dead bullet dodging
This is what the Matrix would have looked like had Neo been a Japanese schoolgirl with massive breasts.

Additionally, since my previous post, I finished both seasons of Life on Mars, and continued on to watch all three seasons of Ashes to Ashes – they’re an excellent watch, particularly for Phillip Glenister as Gene Hunt, who could well be described as ‘fucking awesome’.

Gene Hunt
"This investigation is moving at the speed of a spastic in a magnet factory"

Additionally, I revisited Dead Set, as I didn’t watch the entire thing when it was airing – great three part zombie piece set on big brother, recommended for a nice, quiet, zombie-night-in.

Toad in the hole

No, this post doesn’t have anything to do with food, at least not with Toad in the Hole, Toad in the hole is the name of our True Sansha Control Tower in the w-space system we have affectionately come to know as simply “Toad”. In case you’re reading this and have no idea what I just said, you may want to skip downwards as I’m going to ramble about Eve-Online a bit.

We moved into Toad on the merit that it was the first unoccupied Class 4 w-space system that I could find, and over the last couple of weeks it has treated us to some fun things, such as watching Yswr’s Hurricane attempt to align under fire from four Sleeper battleships with no RR in a system that reduces ship agility, while webbed. It exploded of course, and we smirked and continued, as w-space is lucrative enough that losing a Hurricane is of course absolutely nothing to be concerned about.

This, and the small fool around in Faction Warfare that preceded it, is part of our re-entry to Eve. Once coffers are full and we’re good and ready Omerta Syndicate will see a reactivation of sorts, a return to active service.

It’s been a while, and I for one am still rusty – you play a game for long enough consistently and you develop an extra instinct of sorts, you respond appropriately to your surroundings without hesitation and you know where everything in your UI is. Take a year out and you’ll find yourself a bit clumsier than you remember.

It didn’t stop me from flattening a Navy Slicer with my Claw recently, but it did mean afterwards I lost a 1v1 with a Hookbill, something I could have avoided if my approach had been measured better, leaving me just a couple of km closer after the mutual scrambling occurred. As it was I was too far in to fall off range and the dip in DPS meant I couldn’t quite kill him quick enough. It’s all just practice, really, and I do miss piloting interceptors so I’m sure I’ll get plenty once we’re back in populated space.

Speaking of PVP, Alliance Tournament 8 has been airing on EveTV over the weekend, much to the delight of, well, the entire corp, who have been on Ventrilo cheering along with the matches like it’s the Eve World Cup. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Machariels blow up in groups of three, or so many Drakes fielded by idiots. The Drake is a hugely useful and versatile ship, it pains me to see these cretins just slap HML and Extenders on it, press f-keys and seemingly go AFK for a shit while the fight plays itself out. Lrn2HAM.

Final note on the subject of Eve is that Planetary Interaction has finally been released, command centres included, and some very elaborate planning and charting has followed on our part. PI is, to understate greatly, overwhelmingly fiddly. There are so many ways to do it badly that the mind simply boggles as to how many planets will be squandered under the control of moron armies of aspiring tyrants who will surely just keep pressing buttons until something starts moving, spinning or twirling, and then consider themselves satisfied with their shiny “Empire”. God knows Eve isn’t without its population of slightly more remedial users, and in a game with such a huge capacity for failure anything can happen.

If you wanted to skip the Eve speak then you’re safe to continue from here.

So I said earlier that this thread wasn’t about food, and I was telling the truth, mostly, but there’s one thing I feel is noteworthy, and that is Deks KFC chicken conspiracy theory. He assures me that KFC chickens are in fact not grown in the traditional manner of egg > chicken > bargain bucket, but are actually genetically modified test tube chickens that grow only a breast.

Deks, to you I say this, if only a breast is grown, then where the fuck do they keep getting the wings and legs from? I’m sure the answer will be that those are also part of the genetic growth plan, but somehow I’m struggling with the idea.

Anyway, the following is entirely to distract Deks from questing towards me with intent to clarify, and instead send him into a state of confusion. If you don’t understand, simply scroll on and normal blogging will resume.

Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line Maginot Line

While Deks hypnotizes himself in to a fit of rage reading that a few times we will continue.

My next subject is fucking huge holes in the ground. Specifically this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nni68iqI7WA

This is something that there is, I’m quite sure, a perfectly logical scientific explanation for. But still, it’s pretty ominous, right? A giant hole opens up and swallows a three story building. Just one building. Who lived there? He must have pissed off someone important, like, uh, Lucifer. I don’t know if the idea of disappearing 200ft down a hole that wasn’t there five minutes ago scares the shit out of anyone reading this, but I for one find it just the slightest bit intimidating. And what do they do now? Fill it? Cover it? Charge Americans as much money as possible to come see it as a tourist attraction?

Maybe I’ll look it up later, for now I’m going to crash.

Something to do

This post is going to be about AMVs (That’s Anime Music Videos for those who haven’t stumbled across these at some point already).

While mostly merit-less fan creations made to pay tribute to a thoroughly enjoyed series/movie, there are as with anything, a number of gems hidden amongst the thousands of fan videos submitted to YouTube to be criticized by the world of internet cynics or fawned over by those with similar tastes.

Whether it’s flashy editing or just good timing and fitting music, there’s always some that stand out, here are some I’ve stumbled across so far.

Note: Some of these may contain spoilers – if you’ve not seen the series in the title, and are likely to watch it, it might be best to give that one a miss.

The Best of You (Multi-series)

Faint Remix (Samurai Champloo) *Spoilers*

Stress (Cowboy Bebop) *Spoilers*

W.U.N. (Soul Eater) *Spoilers*

300 Trailer (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) *Spoilers*

I’ll leave it at that for now.

Udon noodles are great

But Udon noodles and their inherent greatness aside, there are some other great things making an appearance. In between my bordering-on-excessive Bones spree (I’m late to the party I know) I’ve noticed that Hollywood is going to be spitting out some good fun in the near future and the now.

Generally I try to be one of those elitist gits that insists Hollywood movies are all woefully shit and should take some pointers from world cinema, rather than simply doing a terrible job of “adapting” asian cinema for western audiences, but that doesn’t mean Hollywood doesn’t have its diamonds, specifically, the best full-on action movies. No-one really blows shit up quite as impressively.

For example, while Spiderman was turned into a complete wuss, particularly in the third movie (Evil influence means getting yourself confused with an emo John Travolta and being rude to people apparantly) Iron Man on the other hand was fantastic, on a pie chart it’d be 60% awesome 15% victory and 25% fuck yeah.

So with that in mind, I’m thoroughly looking forward to seeing Iron Man 2, and if you’re not then I think there must be something very wrong with you and I’d recommend making an appointment to see your Doctor.

I’m also looking forward to watching Law Abiding Citizen, which judging by the trailer, mostly reminds us that while you can take Gerard Butler out of Sparta, you can’t take the Sparta out of Gerard Butler.

The third movie I’m going to mention may actually cause low resolution televisions to explode due to breaching some sort of action hero capacity level. Hell, it wouldn’t surprise me if the studio it was filmed in was turned to rubble in the wake of attempting such a lofty task.

Plot be damned, this has to be watched.