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Played more of those in singleplayer last night, btw. I was camping out in Tall Trees, at the base of the snowy mountain, using Bait and hoping to get a bear to show up. The current Sharpshooter level's challenge is "Kill Three Bears with One Shot Each." I have gone through maybe 20 performances of "bait, run up the hill, check that sniper rifle is active weapon, shoot whatever non-bear animal shows up, lather, rinse, repeat..." 

The only time a bear has showed up was when I was skinning the kills I'd bagged, and it hit me from behind, and then again on the ground, killing me.

Angrily, I dropped down to Manzanita Post and popped into its store to sell some of the unwanted animal skins, when some rough riders chased a stagecoach through town. Hoping to gain more Fame and Honor, I abandoned the sale just to run outside and clear out the baddies, but the whole group was already leaving town. When I dropped into Dead Eye to light up some targets I guess I accidentally shot a good guy. In the ensuing hullabaloo a mess of lawmen  showed up, and I was so pissed off that I just mowed them all down, dropping my Honor probably a total of 600-800 points, and racking up a sizable bounty.

So there I am, outside of Manzanita Post, looting the bodies of the lawmen and bounty hunters who had showed up to claim me and, WHAM, I'm struck from behind by a damned bear. A bear, which I've been trying to get for FIVE REAL WORLD DAYS OF PLAYING, and it's about to kill me.

I get just a little distance, try to get the bear as close to the center of my screen as possible, pull my Carcano rifle, and drop into Dead Eye. By the time I've got the bear in my sights its head takes up two-thirds of the scoped view. BLAM, down it goes. Dead Eye view ceases, the scope view falls away, and I see a wild boar charging toward me. 

And another bear. FFFUUU...

If I was smart, I would have used Sceneman's "Horse Deed trick" to quicksave, but I panicked. I evaded through some trees, hoping it would slow the bear's approach, gulped down some Tonic to restore my Dead Eye meter, and spun around to try the same maneuver. This time, it's easy to get the bear right in the middle of the screen: it's already nearly on top of me. When I pull the Carcano and drop into Dead Eye, the thing's head is filling the scope, bleeding past every edge. BLAM. 

The game autosaves, tells me Sharpshooter has progressed to the next level.

The boar decided to leave in a hurry.

Looking back at all of it, I'm just stunned at what Rockstar San Diego has accomplished. This wasn't a set piece, a story mission, or a one-off of any kind. This is all action that occurs just from the wildlife, NPC, and currency systems they created to make the world more interactive, and they gameplay they've draped over those systems. I'm struck by the height of the bar they've set for open world games with RDR.

Now I guess since I'm already a wanted man, fallen from honor, I need to build up my bounty enough to get the US Marshals on me and get that pale horse 'cheev.
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I was out of the USA in 1993 and 1994, so I missed the last two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Despite Japan having just about every popular American TV series available for rental, TNG has not been available from any of the local places. A friend at work is a big fan though, so he lent me his Japanese-region collection of Season 6 and 7.Yahoo!

My wife is willing to watch all manner of SF with me; we watched Millennium from start to finish in the US, all of Evangelion (and we both hated the ending together). She loves Fringe, enjoyed The Lost Room, and Firefly. But my wife hates Star Trek. She can't deal with aliens who are only differentiated by skin tone and some funky prosthetic glued to their forehead.

So I can't watch them with her, she's not interested; and the friend at work didn't want me to keep his pristine, perfectly kept mint collectors' edition sets for a year. And I didn't want to either, since my son has a tendency to get into my office, rifle my toys, and generally explore a lot. And by "explore" I mean "take apart, apply stickers, and otherwise damage."

Thank goodness for Handbrake! I've ripped all 30 or so unseen episodes to .h264 MP4 files and am watching them during my commute on the train each day.

Picard has the only haircut which has aged well. Troi and Crusher's hairstyles are pretty frightening, and Deanna Troi's jumpsuit, horrible even at the time, is leagues worse now. Dropping her in science blues was a good decision.

I'm looking forward to catching up. The show is still oddly inspiring.
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More fun in the new world: The place which advertised out-of-warranty iPhone repairs does not, for some reason, repair iPod Touch.

A long story, short: my iPod Touch headphone jack went flaky 3 weeks ago, which was 6~7 weeks past its one-year warranty. Apple wants 23,200 yen to give me a refurb unit, but recommended buying a new, same-capacity unit for 29,980 yen. Because of a 100 yen headphone jack. I have been pissed off since then.

Last night I called the US support line, and they reiterated the same policy: After 12 months, "it is a gamble" to own the iPod without extending the warranty through AppleCare, and the cost of my unknowingly cast bet is 199USD. This advice was not endearing.

During lunch today, I took a rushed trip by train to Nipponbashi to again visit the shop which had been closed on Tuesday. This time it was open, but the first thing the guy said was "Oh, this is an iPod. We do iPhones..."  He was helpful and gave the old college try to open the iPod, but the sucker-grip used for iPhone didn't work, and jimmying it with a guitar pick didn't have any more luck. He couldn't get it open and was worried about warping the case, especially since they didn't carry replacement cases. At this point, I'm considering shipping it to one of the US-based, third party repair places, then getting them to ship it to my sister, and having her bring it with her in June.

Also "at this point," I'm pretty sure that my current set of Apple goods are the last ones I will buy. Apple suggesting that a 13-month-old, 500USD piece of kit should be repurchased over a headphone jack, combined with the cascade of problems my refurb PowerBook had, with which Apple dealt so gracelessly, Apple is no longer the apple of my eye. My planned iPad purchase, my MacBook replacement for the still-ailing PowerBook, are no longer in the works. If Softbank gives me a free iPhone I won't refuse it, but I'm done sending Apple my money.
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I watched the Watchmen, the Director's Cut even. Thanks, Weezie! Your care packages save my life. Pros:
  • almost slavishly faithful to the comic, save the end -- and the end is more comprehensible than the comic's was.
  • casting seemed spot-on for all the characters, except Owl-Dude who was good, but seemed like a handsome guy playing a dork.
  • Rorschach. Wow. Perfect, start-to-finish, makes Bale's Batman look ham-fisted and overly well-armored.
  • The Comedian, surprisingly. I had no empathy for the character in the comic; he's still a horrible person in this movie, but the larger sociopathic ethos makes more sense in the context of his environment. Or maybe it was just the actor. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, holy shit that guy is going to be big, if he isn't already. I am stunned to see that he was in PS: I Love You, which I watched the other day. I could -not- remember where I'd seen him previously.
  • it made me want to re-read the comic, which I've not in ten years; the time before that was probably college, and the time before that was when it first came out in its original run of singles. Which I have somewhere. I think.
  • gorgeous cinematography, almost to the point of being distracting from the story. nearly too pretty, too luscious in its grime and saturation
  • um, yum, latex.
There are some serious shortcomings though:
  • the acoustic soundtrack was weirdly noticeable and somewhat jarring, and the licensed music choices were all cliché; they were the kind of choices I'd make, sadly. All Along the Watchtower by Hendrix, Koyanisqaatsiby Philip Glass, these all speak to our own timeline, so they seemed out of place in the Watchmen '80s timeline.
  • and what's with keeping the movie in the '80s? the comic was set in the modern age of its time; not updating it makes it a more accurate depiction of the comic book, but does it say anything valid about our current era, or is it only making the same statement about the '80s?
  • The last scene at The New Frontiersman felt trite and out of place. Not the story twist, but rather the acting, in some lame mockery of Perry White and Jimmy Olsen, or J. Jonah Jameson. "It's a comic book movie! Make the newspaper editor a caricature!" Lazy shorthand, where so much of the rest of the film had some nuanced characters, even for cameos like Silhouette and the original Nite Owl
  • Knot-Tops - the "samurai" gang; these felt out of place; there's no real nipponophile tendencies shown anywhere else in the movie, so these quasi-bushido gang members felt out of place. Were they in the comic? Was the Nite-Owl II and Laurie alley tussle in the comic? I felt the whole sequence was gratuitous, more so since it was clear they were looking for an excuse to get in a fight. It felt like a sequence from The Director of 300 more than a scene from an Alan Moore comic.
  • the aging makeup prosthetics for Sally Jupiter and the guy playing Nixon were distractingly bad.
  • the natural dangling motion of Dr. Manhattan's meat-and-two-veg was distracting, and better portrayed than ANY of his lipsynch animation.
  • why re-work the artwork for The Black Freighter comic in that world? Why not use the original. Better yet, since the sequence isn't portrayed in the movie except for ONE SHOT, why shot it at all? What does it tell the audience who hasn't read the comic? It's an in-joke for comic geeks.
Overall, this is one of the best comic book movies out there, but it doesn't transcend its roots like the original elevated the world of comics into grown-up entertainment. This is a work for fans, and as one, I'm thankful.

COFFEE!

Sep. 24th, 2009 11:23 am
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Peet's Major Dickason's Blend: OM-f'ing-G this is good coffee. First sip shot my eyebrows back with such force that my hairline has receded further.

covers

Mar. 13th, 2009 01:49 pm
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Why do authors, hollywood, studios, etc. get angry at fanfic writers, but music bands never seem to get angry at other, lesser known, perhaps less talented bands for making weird, freaky, sometimes bad cover versions of songs?
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The upgrade from iPod 5G (classic style) to iPod Touch is not like moving from 1.n to 2.0. This is not even a 3.0 experience; this is some whole other new thing, like waking up and finding out your dog can talk.
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Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining A-Team and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.
The story should use rape as a plot device!

Generated by the Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator

深津

Sep. 18th, 2008 07:33 pm
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My Mac is back, after a nice guy in the IT department replaced my hard drive. 160GB Ultra SATA HDD for ¥5900. If I'd known I could get double the storage for about US$55, I'd have broken the damned thing sooner. ;-P

I'm just happy to have the thing back online...
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I've been playing GTA IV like it's my job, cut for at-length analysis and fanboyism )

And for the uninterested in my GTA ramblings:
"A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth."
Aesop
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BG&E2

Let EA never, ever buy Ubisoft. This kind of thing would never happen.

w00t!

Dec. 4th, 2007 01:27 pm
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Xbox Team : December 2007 Video Playback FAQ: With this next update, my 360 will be getting AVI/Divx playback. I am mucho mas happy.

World Con

Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:39 pm
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Nippon 2007 Worldcon Home Page : I want to go. I don't have the resources (meaning "time") but I want to go. I'm just deluded enough that I think I'd end up having beers with Cory and Charlie. But I'm guessing they, at the Con, will have their time more spoken-for than mine already is. :-/
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One of my favorite photographers, [livejournal.com profile] lithium_picnic, just posted his shots of my current favorite musician, Rob Zombie.

pic clipped for size )


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