Archive for February, 2007

February 28, 2007

The Last King of Scotland

There is a reason why “Last King of Scotland” recieved no nominations for best film, and that’s because it’s really just an above average movie at best.  Forest Whitaker however, deserves every award he can get his hands on for his bravura performance as the late Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.  That alone is worth the price of admission.

February 27, 2007

Lasers and railguns bring us closer ot a Star Wars future

 

You know how we would always bitch about how it’s taking so long for lasers to be deployed on the battlefield?  Turns out we were just being a wee bit impatient, because the US Navy’s developed a Duke Nukem type Railgun and researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have put together a laser that’s nearly capable of doing enough damage to be useful in battle.

I’m still waiting on them to start working on a light saber though.

February 27, 2007

The Ataris’ welcome the night

Far too much emo for the average joe to consume.

February 26, 2007

Star Wars stencil madness!

I’ve been on a stenciling rampage for the past couple of weeks, when I figured out that I fanlly have enough money to buy a decent cutting board and exacto knife.  The result?  A semi-decent Star Wars : Republic Commando jacket, from one of my favorite FPS’s of all time.

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Still haven’t got the kinks worked out yet, but it’s semi decent, if I do say so myself.  My next project?  A “Heroes” themed shirt, in honor ofmy favorite Japanese time-bending nerd.

February 26, 2007

Steampunk robot rocks my socks

I’ve always been a fan of the steampunk genre of fiction (or rather, art), and this little robot totally blew my mind.  Well, it’s not much to look at really, and it’d probably get beaten up by Bumblebee, but it runs on steam, for chrissakes!  How cool is that?  Very cool. 

Oh, and for more steampunkery, click here.

February 19, 2007

The battle of the budget earphones

My creative Zen Vision:M player came with decent earphones, but I’ve always beent he type to want to get something a little better.  When foam cover of my zen got lost I figured it was a sign for me to finally get new ones, as my earholes are so big that with the foam the earphones have a tendency to just fall off.  I’d always wanted to get in ear headphones, so my first choice of budget earphones were the cheapest in ear headphones on the market, Genius HP-02 live earphones, which promise “Superior bass and crystal clear treble”, like most off the shelf earphones will.

Genius HP-02 live earphones

In ear headphones can take a little getting used to when making the switch from regular earphones.  When you put them on, it sort of feels like you’re in a vaccum, or like you’re walking around with your hands over your ears.  When the music starts playing, it’s as if it’s playing right in your brain, which can be a good or bad thing for you.

Genius is better known for it’s mice than its earphones, and it becomes very apparent with this accessory.  Some songs will sound crystal clear and much better than with regular earphones, but others will sound awful.  It’s very disconcerting for me, as i’d rather have a balanced ser of earphones, especially when I’m walking around in shuffle mode.

What ultimately made me give up on the phones however, was that I was getting a little dizzy after listening to music or playing on my DS for a while.  At first I thought it was just the weather or something, but I tried it again and again and the resutls were the same. My theory is that my inner ears are a bit sensitive, and that the balance controlling part is getting affected by the vibrations of the music.

My advice is to find a shop that allows you to return an item a day or two after using it despite there being no damage, or at least allows you to exchange it for something else.  I’m not sure if the store I bought it from allows for that, but there really wasn’t anything else I wanted int he store, and it’s been almost a week since I got them.

Having decided that I couldn’t live with earphones that made me dizzy, I made my way to the power mac store in GB3 to see what they had on hand…

Sennheiser MX350

Sennheiser has jumped in popularity in the local market recently, as an alternative to the overly priced Sony or average quality Philipps earphones.  The MX 350 sits just above Sennheisers’s lowest end earphones, the MX250, but at an additional cost of only 100 pesos (MX250 = P550, MX350 = P650), it’s almost ludicrous for you to buy the 250s.  The 350s supposedly add a little more bass thrugh a certain “air vent” at the top of the earphones, and since earphons are traditionally weak in that aspect I figured, why the hell not?

At 650 pesos, The MX350 earphones are THE budget earphones you should get.  Solid, balanced sound all around, I daresay these are the best earphones you can get at that low pricepoint, and they’re just that much better than your generic earphones to make them worth the purchase.  I fell in love with my earphones so much I used them almost all weekend while playing on my PS2, turning down the TV volume so I cold enjoy my new headphones.

My only complaint with the MX350 is that the cable is oddly made, with the left cable almost half the length of the right after  they get divided somewhere in the middle of the cable.  I don’t quite understand the point of this, since it just makes getting the wires tangled up so much more frustrating than it normally is.  I’m told by a friend that it’s done with other earphones well, but I still fail to see the point of doing that.  Then again, maye I’m just a stickler for these sorts of things.  I’d still highly recommend these senns for the budget minded consumer.

February 19, 2007

Ghost Rider omfg so fucking bad

I’m glad Nick Cage is a comic geek, I really am. Hollywood stars that reveal themselves to be comic geeks give the medium mainstream credibility, and takes it from the hands of pimply fanboys. I’m glad Nick Cage got to do a comic book movie, because he’s desperately wanted to do one. And I’m glad he did Ghost Rider, because there would have been riots in the streets if he’d done Superman.

Cage is horrible in this movie, absolutely horrible. It may have been the direction, or it may have been the writing, but once Cage turns into ghost rider everything goes downhill. I didn’t walk into this movie expecting to see an Oscar worthy flick, just a cool action movie with cool special effects. I didn’t care that the plot barely made any sense, or that Nick Cage does this incredibly awkward and stupid “pointing” pose everytime he wants to look menacing. I just wanted the action to be good.

But it wasn’t, and it just compounded the lameness of this movie. None of Ghost Rider’s enemies felt like they were threatening at any point, and for a hero, he certainly does a lot of collateral damage just riding around on his bike. Collateral damage bothers me a lot, I don’t know why. I mean, sure I’d expect it if there was a huge fight going on and buildings were being destroyed in the process, but when your superhero destroys stuff just by riding around on his bike…I dunno, I’d be pissed if I lived in that city you know?

Oh, and the one time, the one time that things looked like they’d get exciting, the movie just drops the ball completely. Spoiler Alert! So Cowboy ghost rider and Nick Cage have both turned into their flaming incarnations, one on a horse and one on a bike. They ride off together in what is meant to be the final conforontation, and we have a long scene of them riding into the desert. Finally, I think, here’s the good part. Then they get to the edge of a deserted town and cowboy ghost rider “flames off”, gives his shotgun to Nick Cage, and tells him to “stick to the shadows”.

WTF?!??!?

I wanted to see both ghost riders kick the crap out of the bad guys!!!!! What is wrong the writers of this movie? That was perfect popcorn action flick material. But nooooooo, Cowboy ghost rider had to run out of juice and go home. Here’s my gun, I just rode with you so the movie could have a cool special effects extravaganza, I have to go now because I was too stupid to conserve my ghost rider energy to help you with the fight. *sigh*

The only thing worth the price of admission, if you’re a guy or a lesbian, is the close ups of Eva Mendes’ bursting, barely buttoned cleavage. I swear to god they did that on purpose, with a matching flesh colored bra. Otherwise, the movie’s total crap.

February 14, 2007

Valentine’s day robot brings love and peace on Earth

 

In a bit of lighthearted Valentine news, it seems that I was mistaken in my previous apprehension for robots, because they can be a force for good, just like the man-bot 2007.  Not only can the man-bot replace the men in women’s lives, they can also be switched to “gay-mode” for the times when women just need a little understanding.

What I wanna know is, when are the fem-bots coming out?  You know, the anatomically correct fembots that provide constant companionship, aren’t schizophrenic crazies for a week every month, can actually make up their minds, can be one of the boys but at the same time be a smoking sexpot in bed?

February 14, 2007

iPhone Clone

 

I knew it was gonna happen sooner or later, but just how soon kinda threw me off.  I mean seriously, the iPhone came out like, a month ago, and now Meizu’s throwing this out in the wild while Apple fanboys wait patiently for Stevie J to release the iPhone to the masses.

Check out the Meixu M8 here and here.

February 6, 2007

Astronaut Loving

I swear to god this was so priceless I couldn’t help but post it.  I always wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid.  To me, they’re the equivalents to the knights and explorers of yore.  The best, brightest, and toughest of the human race chosen to go where no man/woman has gone before.

So it’s just a little bit hilarious to find out that a female astronaut has been arrested for the attempted kidnapping of a romanatic rival.  It seems Mrs. Lisa Marie Nowak tried to kidnap and threaten her rival for the affections of Astronaut Bill Oefelein, but failed miserably.  Yes, that’s a Mrs.  She’s married with three kids but I guess the astro-allure was just too much for her to handle.

It’s sort of comforting that even the best of us fall prey to this sort of thing.

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