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1 - It's one of the best games I've ever played. Right up there with System Shock 2, Deus Ex, and Thief 2.

2 - I feel a little guilty about that, like I lose some kind of Indy cred for liking something so phenomenally popular. At least ME2 earned its vast popularity, unlike some cultural phenomena.

3 - They let you import a Mass Effect 1 save game. The decisions you made during ME1 then come back into play for ME2. Sometimes in big ways, sometimes small. You get emails from the people you saved, that's awesome.

4 - Though not as awesome as the intergalactic sci-fi spam. A Batarian businessman has millions of credits tied up by the Citadel Bureaucracy. If you could just help him with the transfer...

5 - One of your crew performed Gilbert and Sullivan as a youth. Ask nicely and he'll give you a rendition of "I am the very model of a scientist Salarian", it's one of the funniest moments of sci-fi I've ever seen.

6 - I don't understand why people keep saying that ME2 has invented it's own Genre. It's a Thinking Man's Shooter. Granted, the category is tiny, but most of the ground in ME2 was walked by Deus Ex and System Shock 2 first. ME2 walks it better, but it's still the same ground.

7 - I feel really weird admitting that this game is as good as Deus Ex. I didn't think that was physically possible. I'll get over it eventually.

8 - If you don't feed the fish in your captain's cabin, they die. They don't tell you this ahead of time, just figured I'd warn any would-be fish buyers.

9 - The endgame raises some interesting issues regarding Transhumanity, which is a favorite philosophical subject of mine. From a Transhumanist perspective, you're kind of the bad guy. I'll cover that in a more cogent post later.

10 - The voice actor for Female Sheppard (Sheppard is the main character's last name) is about six times more awesome than the voice actor for Male Sheppard. Just sayin', the game's better when you play as a girl.

That's all for now.
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Wow, now that was an amazing weekend. I'm rather glad I went. I really needed a break/vacation from the ordinary, and Balticon definitely qualifies.

I have a lot of stories to tell about Balticon, but I'm actually not going to tell them. Not yet. The one overriding melancholy theme of the weekend (for me) was that I don't write enough. I think of myself as a Writer, sometimes I even call myself that, but I don't actually put out anything cohesive and whole.

So I'm not allowed to tell my "really interesting Balticon stories" until I've finished one piece of short fiction. Yes, I'm punishing myself into writing Fantasy by not writing about a Con. I already know I'm a Geek, you can stop laughing.
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I would like to thank fellow LJ User, [livejournal.com profile] meander, for having the best Icon ever manufactured. It is unlikely that Meander will ever read this, as I only saw the icon while browsing the comments on someone else's LJ, but I thought I'd share.
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There was some hullabaloo last year, when Warner Brothers finally released Batman, the Animated Series on DVD. Contrary to expectations, they gave it a proper treatise, releasing complete seasons in chronological order, with proper extras. Here at last, we see a version of the series that's been designed and built for it's true core audience: Adults.

The DCAU (DC Animated Universe) has always been a strange foster-child of Warner Brothers. They never quite know what to do with it, who to sell it to, and who's actually paying attention to it. It took a huge online petition from the core fan-base to get the series released the way they wanted it to be released. The problem has always been inherent in any DCAU product: On the surface, they're Saturday morning cartoons. But beneath the surface, they're actually pretty good entertainment. They featured well-rounded characters and great dialog, and while the plots were often simple (as was needed in a half hour time slot) they respected their audience. Even the most lunatic of villains seemed to have depth and dimension. To date, the DCAU joker is the best iteration of the character ever created.

I was gleefully happy to see Batman: TAS on DVD. After all, I'd been raised on a steady diet of Batman. I watched the Adam West version back when I was to young to understand that it was humor. "Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb!" is still a great catch phrase for frustrating and frantic situations. As I got older and lost interest in the sillier version, the DCAU came along to fill the gap. The myth of Batman affected my childhood in innumerable ways.

But these things were all from younger days, the hazy memories of childhood, grade school, and *shudder* middle school. These are not the Batman I truly remember, the Batman I remember is old, embittered, and brooding; Barking out commands from his cave as a younger protege caries on the fight.

The Batman I remember is Batman Beyond.

While technically part of the DCAU, Batman Beyond has always been a bit of an oddball, the black sheep of the flock. While other parts of the Universe got respectful releases in chronological order, I watched as my favorite series was tossed out on once-off theme disks. Of all the DCAU, this is the one that Warner Brothers was determined to sell to kids.

Thank the gods that someone finally changed their minds. I learned from [livejournal.com profile] katilyna yesterday that they've released the first season on DVD, in order mind you, and with proper commentary and extras. I've had most of Beyond on my computer for some time, TAS too for that matter...

but I think it's finally time to pay WB their due.

Priceless

Feb. 6th, 2006 03:36 pm
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We love you McGuyver! After all this time, you were the very beginning of the cool geek movement.
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We're all well aware that JMS named most of his characters after historical figures...

Remember Bester? Well it turns out that Sci-Fi's best villain also got one of the coolest names. Check out the part about "The Demolished Man", sound familiar to anyone?
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LOST:
I'll be showing the show, but I don't know for sure what I'll be showing it on. I swear, every time I fix something in this frelling projector, two more things break. Provided I can repair the lamp ballast, and provided it doesn't ark like crazy during use, we'll be good to go. Otherwise, my PC monitor will play tiny hires television for the night.

Technology:
I want this car. I mean, who wouldn't? Someone who's never had to parallel park? Someone who's never had to gas up at a three dollar pump? Someone who's never had to entertain board friends while driving? Sadly, it's a concept, and will never see the light of day. I just hope that companies will start catering to my market: The pragmatic city driver. We want maneuverability, not horsepower. We want mileage, not acceleration. We want a car with a parallel park mode... Oh do we ever want a car with a parallel park mode.

Science:
Dark Matter, the concept never really sat well with me. A source of mass and gravitation which we couldn't detect, but makes up more than half the matter in the universe? Thanks to this article, I now know why it bugged me. Dark Matter is the new Aether, a substance which exists to justify discrepancies in scientific theory. (Light is a wave which travels through a vacuum, waves can't travel through nothing, so they must be traveling through Aether... That makes it one of the most common substances in existence, and totally undetectable through scientific means.) And now, just like Aether, Dark Matter is bunk.

More Science:
Quantum Physics in 49 Minutes. Show respect while the geeks represent.

Oddities:
Blogging Predicted by 19th Century Russian Prince He wrote Sci-Fi in his spare time, and presumed that text could be sent over telegraph wires with greater speed than it was in his day. He concluded that a network of automatic telegraphs would be created to connect distant households, and that houses would start to release weekly journals of their activities, health, philosophy, and other writings... Sound familiar?

P.S.:
Happy birthday Bro.
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Check it out.

I think this answers some questions about the mediocre first week of Movie sales. All the people who've been dragging their feet on seeing the series are now rushing to see it before watching the film. The next two weeks of Box office numbers could get really interesting.
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LOST:
I'm getting LOST again on Wednesday, and the series is really getting interesting. The door is open to anyone I can recognize, and anyone they bring with them. There's popcorn, chips, soda (now with root beer in two different variates!), and of course, company. The show starts at 9, but people are free to join me anytime.

Projector status:
I've ordered the new lenses, and they shipped yesterday. It will be 50/50 as to weather they arrive on time to be used. I'll be checking for them Wednesday afternoon. If they don't show up in time, then I'll start some serious brightness tweaking by 8, and hopefully make those night scenes a bit more tolerable. Worst case, this will be the last of the old lenses, as by next week the problem WILL be fixed.

Mirrormask:
My weekend wound up WAY too busy to catch Mirrormask. There's only one Theater in DC which is showing it anyways. I'd like to see it either this week after work, or this weekend. I'll be pitching the concept of a work outing to see the film tomorrow. Either way, I'd like to hear from folks about the possibility of an outing.
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The first third of TIME's interview of Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman is up online. Check it out here.

Yeah, you read that right.

On related news, both of their films are coming out this Friday. Out of raw loyalty, I've got to brave the crowds and go see Serenity opening night. I'll probably see Mirrormask over the weekend. If anyone is interested in joining me, drop me a line.

Wednesday:
I'll be running another lost showing on my limping projector. Like last time, there will be some tech stuff creeping in around the edges of an otherwise lovely evening. I'm hoping to clean up the picture a bunch and just make a better run of it this time. New lenses will hopefully arrive before NEXT Wednesday, whereupon I'll be able to show off what my projector can really do.

I know my postings have been sparse as of late, and there's not much to be done about it. If I get a chance to catch my breath, I'll be sure to let you all in on all the various happenings in my apparently very busy life.
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"Man of Science, Man of Faith" the LOST season premier is NEXT WEDNESDAY

I suspect that pretty much everyone knows this, but hey, I didn't. If anyone's interested in getting together for LOST+Popcorn, let me know.

P.S. - Bigscreen.
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