Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I sold my 360

On Sunday, I sold my Xbox 360 and got $200 in return.  Not too bad.  Now I'm 360-less, but I feel as if a great weight has been lifted.  Now I'm focusing on my Wii and PS2, and I'm having a lot of fun. I think I may just save the $200 and put it towards a PS3 fund.  By Christmas I should have enough cash to buy one, I think.

My Favorite

Here are my favorite movies, TV series, and video games, in approximate order of most-to-least favorite.

Star Wars (all of them)
The Lord of the Rings
That Thing You Do
You've Got Mail
Star Trek
The Princess Bride

Video Games
Unreal Tournament 2004
Star Fox 64
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Kingdom Hearts
Jazz Jackrabbit
Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force
Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

TV Series
Battlestar Galactica
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Voyager
Superman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Animated Series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Fullmetal Alchemist

Monday, July 27, 2009

Freaking AIM!

I hate getting auto-reply away messages.  They're like a slap in the face.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

So I'm turning 20, and I think that requires a blog post

Hooray for me. I'm turning 20. Um... yay?

Battle of the Printers

Today a friend of mine used the acronym "HP" for Harry Potter. This got me thinking:

What if they made a movie about a battle between the electronics companies? HP, Compaq, Apple, Dell, etc. It would be amazing. I don't mean just the actual economic battle that they actually are raging right now. I mean that the companies should be actual characters in a Fantasy/Sci-Fi epic.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

CNN = Schway

Lately, CNN's been trying to be "cool." They've started utilizing websites like Facebook and Twitter in their programming, presumably in an attempt to gain the younger audience that cable news typically lacks. It's STUPID. During the riots in Iran, they actually started taking information from random and unverifiable posts on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter, with a tag in the lower-right-hand corner that read "UNCONFIRMED REPORT." Apparently that's their version of a "Get Out of Journalistic Integrity Free" card.
I can understand why they'd want to make this change; after all, TV news is technically meant to entertain, not to inform. If they were honesty trying to inform the audience, they wouldn't give hours upon hours to every single celebrity baby custody battle. Some outlets, like Fox News, have found roundabout ways of doing that, by reporting on how horrible it is that other outlets are focusing on trivial issues. That way, they can simultaneously get high ratings because they're talking about those (non-)issues, while still maintaining their own image and discrediting their competitors. Very sneaky, Bill O'Rielly. Very sneaky...

But honestly, the new "sensationalistic" CNN is slightly obnoxious. Seriously, MSNBC's been trying that approach for years, and they're at the bottom of the cable news ladder.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Harry Potter and the Midnight Showing

So I saw Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at midnight.
The movie was really good. The audience... notsomuch.

It was FILLED with teenagers. Not even the relatively intelligent ones; these were the obnoxiously annoying type. There were countless antics in the two hours I sat in the theater whilst waiting for the film to start.

One highlight of the experience was when a group of five teenagers actually performed their version of The Mysterious Ticking Noise. Even though we really couldn't hear them very well across the massive theater room, it was still a pretty great idea.

At one point, four girls started running back and forth across the theater in a feeble attempt to get everyone to do the wave. It was really pretty embarassing.

Perhaps the most annoying thing happened when the lights started to go down and the trailers started. The very first trailer was that of New Moon, the sequel to Twilight. Dear Lord. I have NEVER heard so many girls shrieking for no apparent reason. It actually made me disappointed with the intelligence of the average public-schooled female. I mean, honestly. I actually booed a couple times, and was consequently hit in the arm several times by my friend's little sister. But it was still very much worth it. :)

I'm probably not going to see the next film at midnight, for fear of repeating the same experience.

Mischief Managed.