Tis December 25th....for me anyway. I don't care what the date above says.
Merry Christmas to all.
I really don't have that much to say here.
Enjoy your turkey, ham, rum, presents, etc
I plan for at least two more journals this year
9 years agoZorel
I come home after a standard shift of work. Nothing to exciting or interesting.....except there was a small fight between some patrons.
So my plan was to come home and start work on some recording on a project I've been meaning to do for a while now. I get home and hook my my sister's original Xbox console to my dad's tv. Hook up the controllers, plug everything in and put my sister's copy of Halo 2 in the disc tray. I jump on and start fiddling with the multiplayer profiles. After this is done I get my shiny new Xbox 360 Elite out of hiding and plug it into my tv. I start to update and install the extra maps from the Mutliplayer Map Pack disc.
While this is going on, I'm plying various cables into a Dazzle DVC and a Video Distribution Amplifer. There's it's all set up. I put my copy of Halo 2 into my Elite console. With my trusty ethernet cable I hook the two consoles together for a System Link game.
Now here's the fun part. As I'm setting up the game type (Odball, for the record) and configuring some settings......my dad's tv dies.
This is a problem that's been happening for several montsh now. With my dad's tv, it'll be working fine for about half an hour or so. And then the picture will squish up on the screen (horizontally). With each passing minute the picture will get thinner and thinner until there is nothing left of the screen. But tonight, it's different. All because I need to use it.
Just as I'm moments away from starting a game, the picture vanishes completely. I'm looking at it right now. The tv is on, but there is a black screen. There is nothing. No picture. When it comes back on, I'll be ready to continue adjusting my settings and start the game variant. But knowing that I need to actually use it and would prefer to have this done before I go to bed, the all powerful force that hates me and has been hanging over me most of my adult life, will no doubt keep that tv screen black and picture-less. So now I can't do anything at all. There goes my morning plans.
Seriously? Why me? What high and mighty force pointed to me and said "Him! Let's make that guy's life difficult!"
I want to punch it in the face
Fuck you omnipotent being
9 years agoZorel
After several months on hiatus, the three Aussies are back, tearing up the internets with a brand new podcast. We're still located on New Universe, but we've re-started. Our podcast is now Hit Points. We're aiming for a shorter run per episode this time, as some of the old ones went for well over an hour.
In this new show, we discuss the latest in gaming, movies and other entertainment....which is kinda what we did in the last one I guess. But still. Some content, new name.
You can download our 0th episode here
I reveal the truth behind the demise of Stargate SG1: The Alliance. We discuss why the Avatar game is out before the movie. And what podcast would be complete with Chris nerding it up with Doctor Who?
9 years agoZorel
Around 11pm last night, Thursday December 3rd, a close friend of mine passed away.
Always reliable, always there for me. Expect for this one time.
From March 23rd 2006 we have been close, spending much time in the awesome world of gaming, movies and other forms of entertainment. A little over three years of fun and happy times. Countless hours spent.
I'm talking about my Xbox 360....just so you know.
So yeah. I was playing Mass Effect (again. Second playthough. Finished it once.) And the picture went....weird. The colours became thick and bulcky on the screen, like a painting. I turned it off for a few hours. When I went back to play, there was no picture or sound. So something obviously died inside the case.
After searching for solutions online, I've learned that it's a comon problem. Turns out that one solution involves wrapping a towel or three around the xbox and leaving it on for half an hour. This forces it to overheat and reset, thus fixing the issue....apparently. But I've also heard that it's only a temporary solution. And in a week or so, it breaks down again.
Now my console's warrenty ran out (only three years) I would have to pay a fee for Microsoft to fix it for me. And then wait several weeks to send it off, get it fixed, and then get it returned. And that's iff nothing goes wrong.
This is the worst timing as I am spending the weekend up in Sydney, sleeping in Chris's garage. The plan was to have an epic weekend of Xbox gaming.
So I went out and bought an Xbox 360 Elite.
I might ring Microsoft when I get home and see what can be done about this issue. Even if I do get it repaired, there's nothing wrong with two Xbox 360 consoles in the house.
Nothing at all.
I've also started listening to RT's Drunk Tank podcast. Turns out Geoff has four Xbox 360 consoles in his house
9 years agoZorel
At the beginning of the year I set three goals for myself that I wanted to complete by the end of the year. So far, I've done two and the third one seems to be rapidly approaching. With any luck I should find out by the weekend, perhaps early next week. This is what I'm hoping for. It's a nice place, fairly standard but pretty much perfect for what is required.
On another note, I have noticed how little I've been posting on here lately. My guess is because that RvB is now between seasons and so my desire to post and visit this site has diminished somewhat. I still pop on from time to time, read journals, visit forums and look at the comics. But aside from that there isn't really much to do on this site. Oh well. Maybe it's just me.
Work's been steady. I'm getting better at supervising. Still little problems every now and then. But nothing that can't be fixed. Um...what else. I'm going up to Sydney next weekend for what will not doubt be an awesome weekend of gaming and hanging out....ing.
And Christmas is coming up soon. I probably should start thinking about presents for people. However I did a bit in the US. Some of the things I brought back from Comic Con and various other places will be wrapped up and placed under the tree this year.
9 years agoZorel
So a few nights ago I was sent to inspect two Roulette tables and one Blackjack table.
Now Blackjack is a pretty easy game to deal. Not much work on my part is required other than just glancing over it every now and again.
Roulette is a whole different matter. Now I thought I had everything under control. Part of an Inspector's duties is to keep track of any large chips that go into the pockets of players. And track any large chips that goes from their pockets to ours. I thought I could account for everything, until the pit boss came up.
There was $8,000 that I could not account for.
Now this is money we took from stupid punters, so it wasn't too bad. But the boss still wanted to know where it came from. It was at this point I almost had a nervous break down. I was being demanded for infomation that I should know, but didn't. In this situation, people would normally make something up. But when put on the spot so quickly, I couldn't do it. So the pit boos looked over my paperwork and managed to work something out with my figures. I have no idea what she did, but it was all good.
Before anything else happened I was relieved of my post and sent to deal for the rest of the night. I could not have been happy. Now I only had to worry about one table instead of three.
And to make matters worse I wake up the next morning, still shaken from the night before, and I find out that one of my best friends tried to kill himself a few days ago.
He decided to drink some Bleach. But he threw it back up and he was taken to the hospital. He's okay now, which is good.
That night I went around and spent time with Tristan and his extremely hilarious friend Greg. I heard some interesting stories about on of his other friends, James (aka Lokie....which you will know as the Greek god of mischief).
Needless to say, I shall be using some of these hilarious stories in a project I am working on
9 years agoZorel
Remember the awesome cartoons that the 90's came out with?
For me one of them would be the SatAM series of Sonic the Hedgehog. But others may remember such shows as Tiny Toons, Pinky and the Brain and, of course, Animaniacs!
Did anyone see that last show? From the mind of Steven Spielberg himself was one of the most popular cartoons of that decade. I admit I never really caught on to the show, but after seeing some clips on Youtube, I wish that I did. So here are some of my favorites
Nations of the World (this one is just brilliant. Whoever wrote this is a genius)
US States and Capitals
The Solar System
Wheel of Morality compilation
I will be keeping my eyes open for a torrent of this show
And I also found some hidden adult content is one of the early Sonic episodes. How did I not see this before???
9 years agoZorel
Okay, it's been two weeks wince my last journal. After reading it over, I'm really glad with the way I wrote it. Has anyone ever done that? Just re-read their works after a few weeks?
Anyway, I've been waiting to post this exciting piece of news. I was hoping to post it on the weekend, but I had to wait until now.
Not many people seem to be commenting on my journals. I'm not exactly sure how many people actually read them. So they're missing out on this exciting piece of news.
There is a show on Youtube by one of RT's more obscure members. It's called Brain Jooce. And just today, a video was uploaded.
This video comprised of the fans talking about what they liked about the show.
With this video, I make my debut into the world of machinima
You can watch the video here
And I have plans for more. Big plans
9 years agoZorel
So I saw the Astro Boy movie the other day. I only have one thing to say.
I REALLY liked it.
There were a few continuity errors that differed from the anime series which I shall explain.
To date, there have been five different versions of Astro Boy.
The manga started in 1953 in Japan, but wasn't translated and published in English until IDW got their hands on it in 2000.
The first animated series began in 1963 in Japan. It comprised of 194 episodes. However when dubbed in English, only 104 episodes were released. The first series followed the story of the manga.
The second anime series began in 1980 and comprised of 52 episodes. This second series was a re-make of the first, and while still staying true to the original, it comprised of a darker storyline. This series only lasted one year.
The third anime series began in 2003 and it was released on April 7th in Japan. This date coincides with the 50th anniversary release of the manga, and the 40th anniversary of the release of the first series. The English dub of this series was considerably lighter than it's predecessors. Each episode is considered to be a stand alone episode, at the same time dealing with two main plotlines: Dr Tenma's plans for Astro to 'evolve' and grow to be the world's strongest robot, and the robot revolution. Both these arcs came to a conclusion at the end of it second and final season. The episodes towards the end of season 2 was one long story just broken up. Like a very late season arc....and I do enjoy a good season arc.
The final version of Astro Boy is, of course, the film.
Now, differences. In the manga, 1963 and 1980 version, Dr Tenma is head of the Ministry of Science. He was working on a project to give robots emotions and make them more human-like. He wanted them to be able to think and act for themselves. Like Terminator in a way, without turning against humanity. His son, Tobio, suggested he design the robot as a child after several failures. Tenma is inspired and sets off to work, breaking the promise to take his son to an amusment park. Disappointed, Tobio heads home in his father's electronic car. There is an accident and Tobio is killed. Beside himself with grief, Tenma decides to model his child robot after his son. It's a success. Tenma treats him as if his son is still alive, names him Tobio and spends more time with him. But the robot has a different personality and Temna realises his mistake. He disowns his robot and abandons him. Dr Elefun find him and becomes his legal guardian.
In the 2003 series, none of this happens. The series starts with the Tobio robot being re-activated. This process, however, wipes his memory. Dr. O'Shay (Dr. Elefun, in the original series) is now head of the Ministry of science and is overseeing the re-activation. Tobio awakens and he is given his new name, Astro. Astro lives with Dr O'Shay and is taught about the world and humanity. However there is always something for him to fight. Dr Tenma is still around, watching Astro perform and building robots to fight him so he can 'evolve' and become the world's strongest robot. As the series goes on, Astro finds out that he was modeled after Tenma's son. But it's never said how he died. All O'Shay says is that Tobio was 'lost' although this is probably due to the english dub cleaning it up a bit for small children.
The movie, however, is standalone to the series and (as said before) has slight differences. Toby (not Tobio) is at the top of his class in school. He sneaks into the Ministry to watch the unveiling of a new robot called The Peacekeeper. The president is hoping that this new robot will win him the next election. The wrong power core is put into the robot and it becomes a war machine, threatening to kill everyone in the room. Dr Elefun (not O'Shay) lowers a shield between them and the Peacekeeper. However Toby is trapped with the robot. The shield malfunctions and can't be lifted. Toby is vaporized as the Peacekeeper burns a hole in the shield. Elefun disables the Peacekeepr by pressing an electric cable against it's powercore.
So yeah, no car accident. However, when built, he is still referred to as Toby. But Toby thinks he is still human
Another difference is that Toby runs away, instead of being disowned. Tenma again builds the robot and takes him as Toby's replacement. But he soon realizes that this was a mistake as he could never replace his son with a machine. After falling from his bedroom window, Toby learns of his rocket powered legs. When he returns home to tell his father, he overhears his father telling Dr Elefun wishing he never built the robot. Toby flies away and learns the truth about himself.
This, and what takes place afterward, is very different from the series. When I went to see it, I was expecting to leave disappointed. As a fan of the 1980's series, I was expecting Hollywood to completely fuck up the story and sugarcoat everything that the old series delivered. What I saw was a brand new version of the show I loved as a kid. There were a few dark elements dealing with death, abandonment, betrayal and of course, trying to fit in.
Oh, and they also used the 'destiny' plot device, which I didn't like. Throught the movie, Toby/Astro said that he was trying to find his 'destiny'. Come on. That word was good for Star Wars and the current Stargate series. Not this. I would have preferred 'place in the world.'
So yeah, all up it was a pretty good film. I dragged someone along who had almost no idea about the show aside from the fact it existed. And he really enjoyed it too. So this proves that both fans and non-fans can enjoy it the film.
I will definitely be seeing it again
Just a thought I found on the internet some time ago. In this thread, you use lines from famous movies to discribe your sex life. This should provide some amusement, particually to the more nerdy population of the site. Behold, expamles:
Will somone get this big walking carpet out of my way?
He has too much of his father in him
And, one that makes me laugh
You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought
Ah. Simple and innocent lines from Star Wars. Turned dirty by the power of the Internet
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