Archive for October, 2006

October 31, 2006

Girl and Robot Update

Yeah it’s going slow I know, but whattayagonna do? I’ve got the girl pretty much sketched out, I’m going for an Aprodite IX kind of look. Ok, I’m REALLY going for it.

October 31, 2006

Muse’s Black Holes and Revelations

Experimental space opera sums it up quite nicely.

October 31, 2006

We are not defenseless against teh r0b0ts!

 

It seems I have been taking the impending robotic invasion too lightly. Not only have these foul mechanical fiends taken over our eating establishments, it seems now that they’ve taken over health care! Yes my friends, it is true! There are robot doctors, blood testers, and even *gasp* receptionists stalking the hallowed halls of your medical facility of choice.

But fear not citizens, we humans are not as defenseless as these soulless simulacra may think we are! We shall strike back using strength enhancing exoskeletons and our powerful lasers! Take that, robot tortoise!

October 29, 2006

John Mayer’s Continuum

John Mayer v.3 boasts a new featureset including blues, soul, and a bit of jazz to expand an already established singer/songwriter program.

October 29, 2006

Two movie reviews for you!

You know how sometimes you’ll get tired of watching movies for a few months, then one weekend you watch two movies almost in a row?

Annapolis- Take boxing and the naval academy, mix it with an up and coming Asian American director, and you’ll get the uninspired mess called Annapolis. The eternally wooden faced James Franco stars as a new recruit in the Naval Academy, hoping to earn his stripes to fulfill his late mother’s dream. But wait, there’s more! He’s also a boxer, and he’ll run into a tough as nails commanding officer who he’ll slug it out with in the final scenes of the movie.

Annapolis is one of those rare movies that almost doesn’t make you feel anything at all. You don’t feel for the characters, James Franco acts like a bratty 9 year old, and the only guy that stirred the pot up a bit, the class clown of the group, gets kicked out in the middle of the movie for not taking a shower. There is only one moment in the movie that’ll get a rise out of you, and after that it’s all downhill. This movie’s coming out soon in theaters, but I’d encourage you to avoid it at all costs, since this isn’t even worth a rental.

V for Vendetta I think I know what people who watched Constantine without any knowledge of the comic book feel now. I have never read Alan Moore’s celebrated graphic novel, and so I wasn’t too disappointed when I watched the film version. When I watched Constantine, I wanted to kick Keanu in the balls to get some kind of reaction out his stoner face because he was horribly miscast as John Constantine. I’ll go so far as to say that perhaps Constantine isn’t as bad as I make it out to be, but it would have been much better with an Ewan McGregor or that guy from “The Full Monty” in the lead role.

Oh right, V for Vendetta. Good stuff, and very relevant in our day and age especially if you’re tuned in to the news and current events. If not, you’ll appreciate how hot Natalie Portman still is and to be careful around guys wearing masks.

October 29, 2006

Sorry Frank, but 300 just doesn’t cut it.

I am an avowed Frank Miller fan, and I love what he’s done to the comics medium and have the hardbound copy of “The Dark Knight Returns” in my mini library. That said, I’m not too excited at the prospect of hearing the new movie based on his graphic novel, “300”. Why hear, you say, when I’m talking about a movie? Because I know that I will visually be impressed. The few trailers and video journals I’ve seen are so mouthwateringly good that I’ll willingly pay to see this artistic masterpiece on the big screen. But the truth is that Frank Miller’s version of the events at Thermopylae was poorly written and shallow.

Fans of the graphic novel, please refrain from throwing your spears. When I first read 300 I myself was awed by it, by the visual masterpiece of Lynn Varley’s paint over Frank’s rough pencils. I even bought the fact that the spartans only wore briefs and red cloaks to war and that Xerxes the Persian emperor looked like a Nubian. I was one of you once.

But when I read Valerio Massimo Manfredi’s “Spartan” and Steven Pressfield’s “Gates of Fire”, it just dawned on me how lacking Miller’s vision was. How he reduces the Spartans to the role of noble and valiant savages whose only aim in life was to do war. There is hardly any depth to Miller’s Spartans, a trait that will become all too apparent once blown up onto the big screen. I fear that what I’ll end up watching is a beatifully rendered classical Greek action flick, with curly haired men yelling “SPARTAAAAAA!” each time they stab a Persian warrior in the face.

Like Miller’s first film outing “Sin City”, 300 will barrage you with a truckload of blood drenched eye candy. But remember kids, as much as we all like candy, it has no nutritional value.

October 27, 2006

India sucks at space, and Fabio is a geek.

Apparently India tried to send a satellite into space recently, but had to blow up the rocket in mid-flight for fear that it might not land where they wanted it to.

In Africa, a Tech entrepreneur tries to get African dictators leaders to shape up by offering them a bribe cash prize of $5million. Too bad they’re too busy swimming in their ill-gotten wealth to take notice.
But the coup de grace of this Linkorama, ladies and gents, is this:

Yes, ladies and gents, Fabio is…a geek. And he solders that board like he was born to do it. You learn something new everyday kids, and sometimes you wish you didn’t.

October 27, 2006

Light a candle, Beyotch!

I like my porno graphics just like every other guy, but only when it involves hot chicks like this, not when it involves children.  So light a candle, because it’s the least you can do to help make sure kids get to enjoy their time as children.  God knows it’s short enough as it is.

Kudos to the guy who identifies the girl.

October 27, 2006

More robots than you can shake a stick at.

Oh those crazy robots, they do just about everything these days!  They can cook, wait on tables, and even do gymnastics!  By George, they can even sharpen your pencils!  What’ll they think of next? World domination of course.

October 26, 2006

Geekofalltrades updates

As you guys might have noticed, I’ve added a few new widgets to my blog.  Since everyone likes lists, they are as follows.

  • Flickr Widget – Allows you to see my pictures on Flickr.  I have bigger plans in store for that, but for now enjoy pictures of people from my old workplace.
  • Rss Feeds – I now have RSS feeds from digg.com and truehoop.com, so you guys get an idea of the sites I visit regularly.  I was trying to get joystiq and engadget on there, but I’m getting error message for some reason.
  • I don’t know why I keep using bullet points when really there’s no need to.
  • Does it still hold that you’re not supposed to end bullet point messages with punctuation?