Monday, December 30, 2013


The thing I love about Man of Steel is that it is a movie about Superman, and not Clark Kent.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Superman 1 and 2 (probably even 3). I also really enjoyed the way Superman Returns reminded me of my childhood and Superman 1 and 2.  But Man of Steel captured it for me in a way the others didn't. It depicted a Superman who had a abilities but no combat training, someone who had, had to hold back his entire life and never really cut loose.

Man of Steel finally have me a connection to the Superman character that I had only felt for Batman previously. Ultimately, it allows for me to see them as two sides of the same coin. Two sons without Parents, two men driven by feelings of responsibility and honor. Two hero's to look up to.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Xmas fun and games.

I'm slowly filling up my OUYA with games for Xmas day. I'm picturing a family scoreboard and hopefully we'll all still be friends at the end of it.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Life has a way of setting you straight.

Sometimes we all need a little course correction, and then the Universe steps in and gives it to you.

So tonight (like many other people), I caved and ran out to buy a lottery ticket. I couldn't help it, even a little taste of that jackpot could change my life.

So I go to the closest CVS and see this old man sitting next to the ticket machine (which I have never used), talking to people blas they buy their tickets and seemingly annoying them all. I'm a bit of an introvert so chatting with strangers is not my idea of a good time. I was also raised to be polite and have trouble being rude to people.... Basically I'm screwed.

Finally its my turn, I'm already annoyed with him and he hasn't even spoken to me. First ticket goes in easy, the second one for the Mega draw won't... WTH? Then the old man I was all annoyed with shows me you have to enter these numbers, and how to do it correctly.

I am a dick.

Lesson learned and hopefully remembered.

(Don't be a dick.)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The problem with the OUYA is...

...there is simply too much choice in games to try, I spend the first 10 minutes figuring out where to start.  

I grew up playing video games in arcades mostly, the classic Space Invaders, Defender, 1942 and Raiden is where most of my 20c pieces went.  No one I knew had a gaming console until the Playstation 1 came out and I was in my early 20s.  I flatted (shared a house), with some other guys who also worked in Radio, one of them was a DJ and managed to score a PS1 and games to review on his show.... so of course we helped him demo the games each month.  

This pretty much left me a casual gamer by nature, even once I owned a PS 1 and later PS 2 of my own.  Platformers like Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and Ratchet & Clank are my favorites, followed closely by bullet hell shooters.  

The frustration started to set in though, games weren't cheap and you couldn't really try them out and see if you liked them before parting with $30+  Sure I could go down to a game store and fight off some 10 year olds so I could demo the game on display... actually no, no I couldn't. This frustration led to me purchasing less games and holding out for franchises I knew I liked, which sometimes resulted in disappointment (Spyro).  I spent less time playing fun games and more time putting up with crap TV.  

And then along came OUYA.

This $99.00 Rubik Cube sized gaming console was my first endeavour into the World of Kickstarters (I'm not typically an early adopter), but after reading their spiel and watching the video I knew it was for me.  

At this very moment I'm downloading The Cave, a very promising looking game from an established developer. The game is 1.2 GB in size, rather large for the OUYA, but with the recent addition of support for external storage I am able to install it to a spare laptop hard drive I have connected via USB.

Not too shabby for an "Android phone that can't even make calls."

Game on!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Weather with you.

Neil brought the Sun with him.

Back to the beginning.

One of my earliest memories is from when I was about 5 years old, its of watching a music video for a song called "I got you" by the band Split Enz. 

I was lucky enough to see Split Enz play a reunion about 11 years later, and tomorrow night I get to see one of the key members Neil Finn play a solo gig In a small venue.

I got his signature once at a Radiohead concert of all places. It was at the Hollywood bowl and as my Wife and I were leaving at end we saw him and ran up to say hello.  The funny thing is when you meet someone so influential in your life its really hard to explain that to them without coming off like a loon.

I won't be rushing up to talk to him tomorrow night, but if I had the chance to talk to him again I would simply say thank you.

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