Archive for May, 2006

Changing horses midstream.

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Saw X-Men 3 today. I’m pretty irritated.

When they replaced David Hayter with Simon Kinberg, I was wary. Simon Kinberg has given us “great” writing such as xXx: State of the Union and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

When Singer left for Superman Returns, I was really wary.

When I heard that Ratner was chosen to direct, having mastered Rush Hour and Red Dragon, which are passable fillers of time, I was REALLY wary.

Because that’s what we have here.

X-Men 3, with all the characters in place, the story ripe to be told, and practically served on a silver platter, becomes a passable filler.

There was so much that could have been done with it, and it was just glossed over. Phoenix Saga, the cure, Angel’s involvement, the new mutants, everything was just a mess. Giant plotholes abound. I mean, in the world of comics, things get written out and universes become convoluted, so much so that housecleaning needs to happen, but in the world of movies, you don’t get those kinds of chances at rewrites (unless you’re George Lucas, but that’s another rant altogether).

Singer needed to stay with the project, and David Hayter needed to finish the trilogy out.

Sometimes changing of the guard isn’t a bad thing, such as the Harry Potter series losing Chris Columbus and gaining Alfonso Cuarón. Chris did a good job, and when they changed up the tone a bit, Alfonso did a good job of taking it further.

But with X-Men, well, let’s just say that Superman Returns better be fucking great.

Stop Blaming the Content : A Rant

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

An excellent rant by Drost over at 2old2play.

Basically, it echoes my own personal sentiment, that people need to step up in terms of parenting and stop blaming video games and their content for their messed up kids.

It’s a perception that adults have that games are just for kids. Once they stop thinking that, they’ll be able to take things like Mature ratings on games seriously.

Anyhow, he puts it much more eloquently than I do, so go over there and read it.

Top Chef Finale

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Harold won Top Chef Season One Finale!

Unless you’ve been watching the show, that really doesn’t mean anything. But he gets featured in Food and Wine magazine, gets a trip to the Aspen Food and Wine Classic to showcase their food, and gets $100,000 to start up his own restaurant. He’ll be starting one in NY, where he lives.

It’s been an interesting show, as far as reality shows go. For some reason, this appeals to me so much more than American Idol or some of the other reality shows out there.

I think it’s because there’s no ridicule, that it’s serious in terms of its competitive nature. American Idol feels like it’s part Gong Show, part Star Search. It’s campy. Top Chef wasn’t without its silly moments, but it wasn’t stupidly silly.

I also enjoyed Project Greenlight last year, mainly because it showed the process of film-making. Granted, it was edited to hell to make Gulager look like an idiot, but the content to me was as fascinating as the story.

Other reality shows that I enjoyed… I liked the Real World, Season 3, when they were in San Francisco. Mainly because of the locale. Didn’t watch too many other Real World episodes. Road Rules Season 1 was cool, mainly because it was new.

The Mole was cool, since it was more of a puzzle challenge type thing.

I haven’t seen Amazing Race, but I’ve been told that that’s quite good.

The Deadliest Catch is riveting, just because it’s freaking insane what people go through to feed our need for seafood. Potential death is a little too much for crab fishing.

But mercifully, reality shows are ebbing out, and dramas are coming back. I don’t watch a lot of dramas, but compared to some reality shows, it’s a welcome relief.

Aftermath of the Event

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Townsend Field

Originally uploaded by FngKestrel.

So I did the ACS Relay for Life yesterday.

I am REALLY sore.

But it was a good event, and a good cause.

School’s out for summer…

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

I’m DONE!!!!!!!!

Originally uploaded by FngKestrel.

Finally done with my class and final project. It’s respectable….sort of.

The grade is incidental, but the stress from my compulsive workaholicness has really made me appreciate my free time and made me really cherish the side projects I choose for myself.

Anyhow, check it out, and let me know what you think.

End of the Night

American Cancer Society Relay for Life 2006

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Pure cuteness

Originally uploaded by FngKestrel.

Tomorrow is the Relay for Life at Santa Clara. It’s a charity event to raise money for cancer research.

Each team has at least one member on the field at a given time for 24 hours.

The event starts at 10 in the morning and goes until 10 the next day.

I’ve got a few hours starting at 6, but I’ll probably be there most of the day.

You can see more info on it on the Upcoming link to the right.

Donate. Participate.


Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Man, I’m starting to freak out.

Looking at my storyboard, it’s like the closer I get to it, the bigger it looks. It’s like walking up to a large wall.

Realized I still need to model and texture some last minute things, which makes me nauseous.

Plus, I think I need to cut my render times short since I have the relay on Saturday.


Ubisoft Wins Court Non-Compete Order Against Tremblay

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Here’s the full article on it, from Gamasutra.

Now, I understand that each company doesn’t want to have their IP carried over to other companies, and that they have these safeguards in place to prevent people from doing such things. I also understand that considering this guy’s position, he should have known better. I suppose all these years inflicting hellfire on people, he thought that he had become immune to it.

Bad move, buddy.

But here’s what concerns me. Okay, this law protects the large companies from losing IP, but people still need to eat and they still need to pay their bills. If they choose to leave a company because another competitor pays better, or treats them better, or is geographically better, how is that a crime?

Yeah, yeah, I realize that there are laws in place to prevent poaching of employees. It can be used as an underhanded tactic to cripple a company. And I do mean underhanded, since the loss of manpower can effectively put the company into a scramble as they try to fill positions. I mean, business is war, but going from grunt to management isn’t like a field promotion after your CO’s had their head blown off.

Happy Happy Joy joy

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Changing of the guard

Originally uploaded by FngKestrel.

Guy from SBC came out and took a look at everything. After looking at the diagnostic, he suggested that I get a new modem. Normally I’m wary of advice like that, but seeing as how my Alcatel has been in use for 7 CONTINUOUS years, it’s not entirely inconceivable that the modem would finally crap out.

So, I’ve got a new Speedstream and am back on the net.

As if cabin fever wasn’t bad enough, cabin fever without internet is horrible.


Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Quickie post because my post title is referring to my internet. Everytime there’s an extreme weather change (rain or shine), my internet gets flak(e)y, and I need to call SBC angrily to get them to send someone out to fix it. They tell me that if they find the problem in my house, they’ll charge me for it and everytime, I assure them that it’s not in the house.

I have to speed through the conversation with the tech support people, because I’ve gone through the level 1 conversation 100s of times. Anyhow, the intermittent internet is driving me nuts, as I can’t surf Flickr, get onto Yahoo/AIM, or upload my homework reliably.

Second thing to note:
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Santa Clara is happening on the 20th to the 21st at Townsend Park. There’s a link to it on the sidebar through upcoming. I’ll be walking in it with Mike, Dana, and Mickey. Still taking donations. 🙂