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Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Subject:Saw several movies over the past few weeks, mostly while sleep deprived, but here we a-go-go:
Time:10:32 am.
The Kids Are Alright -- I'd say this is an underrated movie, but it was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay... I went in not sure what to expect, and it surprised me. The movie is highly enjoyable because it doesn't make any dramatic statements that a movie in its position seems poised to make: it's about the children of a lesbian couple who decide to find out who their biological father is (each mother used the same anonymous donor's sperm). When you hear that premise you get a feeling that you're going to have some heavy handed preachy points thrown your way. Well, not here. If anything, this movie is about how a family, more specifically a loving couple that happens to be lesbian, handle the challenges that any longterm relationship can encounter. When you consider the healthy sense of humor and likability of all the major characters, you have an enjoyable film. What really sticks out is how the characters act: there really isn't a villain per se here. People act very naturally --and their minor flaws create the kind of drama that's believable and immersing. Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are a believable couple and Mark Ruffalo has this sort of slacker charm that makes you think of the Big Lebowski's "Dude" if he had his act together. I really have no complaints about this movie, and I'm glad the Oscar nominations reminded me to consider watching it.

5/5 -- Highly recommended!

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The Other Guys -- I don't know how I totally missed on this the first time, but once I heard the premise, saw the cast and found out it got good reviews I was thrilled it was being screened at the university's modest cinema venue. The story is about a pair of NYC detectives at the bottom of the food chain --one a forensic accountant (Will Ferrell), the other suffering from a major career embarrassment (Mark Wahlberg), who are "the other guys" compared to the hot-shot cops that go through the crazy car chases, hot women and awesome destruction (played by Samuel L. Jackson and The Rock). As you can imagine, wacky happenings put the two underdogs in a position to shine --but the fun is in how they get there, right? In that sense, the humor in The Other Guys is loaded with excellent riffs on cop movie cliches as well as the wacky humor that you expect from Will Ferrell's better comedies. On the whole it really somehow works. Oddly enough, the end credits include one of the most damning slide shows about the state of corporate inequality that you'll see in a purely commercial movie.

4/5

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Get Him to the Greek -- "I want my house to look like a werewolf." The sort-of sequel (more like a spin-off) to Forgetting Sarah Marshall focuses entirely on the exploits of rocker Aldous Snow and the young record company employee, played by Jonah Hill, sent to corral him to a big anniversary show at L.A.'s Greek Theatre. The core script and performances make this movie work. If you saw Forgetting Sarah Marshall (which isn't really necessary for this film), you know that Snow is a very colorful character. Setting up this film, he's off the wagon and back into full-on drug binge/booze mode which puts him into full rockstar insanity routine --something actor Russell Brand handles perfectly. Hill, who works well in role looking for a sharp-witted semi-dork, does an excellent job inhabiting the position of Brand's counterweight and bringing out thoughts that audience members would be having. Any review of the movie would be woefully incomplete without mentioning rap mogul Sean Combs' surprising turn as comic relief. In addition to other solid cameos, Combs' role as Sergio --Hill's diabolical record label boss, provides maniacal humor that manages to top (and balance) the situation the leads are in. Anyway, it's a damn fun and zany movie.

3/5


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127 Hours -- A man gets trapped by a boulder and it takes 127 for him to figure out and accept he has to cut off his arm in order to survive. In between, all wackiness ensues. Directed by Danny Boyle, it's like Slumdog Millionaire if it were completely different in every conceivable way other than his skill at creating frantic but well-thought pacing. Franco gives the excellent performance he's been credited with, but on the whole I just felt this movie wasn't the best I've seen this year, despite the Best Picture nomination --on the short term, I felt The Kids Are Alright was the stronger film. Still a nice flick, and that arm-cutting scene is long, intense, but surprisingly well done.

3/5

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Appaloosa -- A solid, straightforward Western starring the always enjoyable Ed Harris (who directed and co-adapted for the screen) and Viggo Mortensen. What could've simply been a genre exercise works because of the solid script (the novel it was based off of was clearly good source material) and excellent performances by all involved (including Jeremy Irons, Lance Henriksen and a surprisingly good performance by Renée Zellweger). The movie has a relaxed pace (and decent sense of humor) that lets the complex personalities of the characters develop and blossom into payoffs for the audience. The relationship between Harris and Mortensen is especially interesting, as Harris plays the older veteran of their team, yet Mortensen is likely the wiser of the two but has full respect for his partner and boss. When confrontations happen, you feel like there was a sensible build up. People make mistakes because they're something their personalities would let happen. It doesn't make any big reaches, which work to its benefit. The whole movie is satisfying. If you enjoy Westerns, this is definitely one of the better films of the past several years.

4/5

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American Me -- Admirable, if not uneven, fictionalization of the founding of the notorious Mexican Mafia in the prisons of California in the 1950s and 60s. The beginning of the film portrays one of America's lesser known but more embarrassing racial moments, LA's Zoot Suit Riots where US Navy sailors went on an orgy of violence and rape against Mexicans for dressing and looking different --a scene that introduces us to the main character's parents and sets up the underclass status of Latinos in Southern California in the early half of the 20th century. Edward James Olmos, as Santana, gives a solid performance as a man whose mistakes as a child, likely as a product of his environment in the barrios of East LA, put him into the correctional system --a system that forces him to become even more brutal and ruthless in order to survive. Enamored with the power and respect he earns from being tough, he and his Latino cohorts in prison are able to tear down the otherwise inter-gang rivalries that the had on the outside and reforms them into a unified Latino gang that becomes the premiere force in prison rivaling the Italian mob and all other challengers. William Forsythe plays Santana's longtime right-hand man, J.D., who, regardless of being white, is the most committed of the Mexican Mafia's senior leaders. The dialogue is filled to the brim with all of the Mexican gangster terms you can shake a stick at: ese, carnal, homeboy, orale, etc. The only problem is the script lets you down a bit in the final act and Olmos' work as director is a bit too slow paced at times. Still, it's a decent Latino gang movie.

3/5

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The Illusionist (L'illusionniste) -- Not to be confused with the Ed Norton film, this is the next movie by Sylvain Chomet, who's previous film was the frustrating yet admirable Triplets of Belleville (a film that got jobbed by Finding Nemo at the Oscars). It's been seven years, so I was very curious to see what Chomet's been up to.

He chose an unproduced script by noted French filmmaker/actor Jacques Tati, whose own films of the mid-20th century (he died in '82 IIRC) are well noted (and covered by distributors like the Criterion Collection) --Tati apparently wrote the film as an attempt to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Needless to say, the film offers a potentially interesting collaboration.

The film has many highlights of Chomet's style: the visuals, the very sparse use of language (most of it intentionally unintelligible), and the lovely caricatures he finds in human types. At the same time, Tati's very personal script gives the film it's own direction... it's a very bittersweet comedy: filled with longing and melancholy but with an understanding of how hope continues on. Animation suits the story, and you do feel like you're watching a French film of the 40s-60s that just happens to be a "cartoon".

Set in 1959, the illusionist in question is never named --but he is the last of a dying vaudeville breed (including ventriloquists and clowns) that's being pushed aside in favor of nascent rock music and movies. His career is on terminal decline, but not for lack of his own talent. Finding himself taking smaller gigs, he finds himself in a remote village in Scotland where he meets a teenage girl who finds his work enchanting and joins him on his way to Edinburgh. The two have a father/daughter relationship which is honest and kind. Still, the world keeps moving and complications arise --but don't mistake this for some batshit-crazed antics like those seen in Belleville. The Illusionist is firmly grounded in the sort of subdued realism that you see in many French films. When changes occur, they are hardly "spectacular", but they are no less powerful.

In the end, though, it's a loving homage to Tati's style and, indeed, the style of many films of that era --but not something that I would say elevates to a truly grand level. I certainly still like both Spirited Away and Toy Story 3 a lot more. With that said, I would recommend without reservation to any fan of animation or fan of the films of Jacques Tati.

4.5/5
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Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Time:11:24 pm.
Oh and lest I forget... I want to take a moment here to offer Happy Birthday wishes to my favorite bohemian hat fashionista in this little corner of the space/time continuum, also known as Sara! ^_^
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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Subject:Girl from Battle Creek, Michigan kills 448 lb. black bear on hunting trip.
Time:9:50 pm.
http://www.wzzm13.com/news/news_story.aspx?storyid=133126


Some of you may disagree, but don't construe me as being hypocritical when I say I vehemently oppose the killing of a black bear, but understand and support official population control of wild Deer.

What makes someone such a bad ass for killing a hefty creature living in the forest? Was that bear going to overpopulate and creep onto the highways causing traffic accidents? Was it going to deplete this years corn and soybean harvest? No, you're just being a stupid braggart jackass.

BTW, with the overproduction of cattle I feel like hunting is unnecessary. But then I am not terribly fond of eating meat simply because of the overproduction of cattle farming. The number of cows raised for slaughter on a daily basis in this country is insane.
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Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Time:10:26 pm.
Taking a moment to offer Happy Birthday wishes here to Alicia!
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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Subject:Why don't we get emails exchanges like this at my work...
Time:7:37 am.
That man has good wit and tact:

http://www.27bslash6.com/missy.html
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Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Time:7:14 am.
My favorite Greek of all time, one who warms my heart every time, is Mr. Snuffleupagus, who of course changed his name from Artemios "Demis" Snoufaloupagoussos. As much as he tried to sanitize that fact, the body hair was a dead giveaway.

EDIT: While he was initially concerned that his heritage might cause problems with his working relationship with Big Bird, a superstar with incredible clout who could make or break his show-business career --and who could eventually bring from being a part-time "imaginary friend" to full-time cast member, things ended up working out as Big Bird only had disputes backstage with Jewish muppets.
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Subject:Book review for The Secret, absolutely better than book itself
Time:7:11 am.
A worthy successor to the legendary review of Three Wolf Moon:

http://www.amazon.com/review/R2X2TB3S4O5I60
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Subject:Michigan: Making America look bad since 1837.
Time:7:03 am.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/us/30militia.html

I guess it'd been a while since a fringe militia got a bit too ornery --especially one dusting off the old "New World Order" concern. In other news, the level of education for segments of the US population simply rocks.

I'd rather the journalists use "severely mentally challenged family, probably due to inbreeding or polluted ground water" vs. "militia..."

But seriously... They were in Michigan, so... can we just give them Detroit? I mean, how much worse could they be? Preparing it for the imminent arrival of the Anti-Christ probably wouldn't really hurt it.
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Monday, March 8th, 2010

Subject:Today's Detroit makes the Robocop version look timid by comparison.
Time:7:19 pm.
In October of 2008 I had to go there for work-related reasons(monotonous NCAA seminars). Based on what I saw in the span of less than 72 hours, I would rather be forced to live in the following locations other than Detroit:

Weequahic area of Newark, NJ

Iraq

Afghanistan

War-ravaged Bosnia

Compton neighborhood of L.A.

Camden, NJ

Louis Pink housing section of Brooklyn(Don't ask)



I guess in Iraq or Afghanistan at least you'd have an automatic weapon or rocket launcher to protect yourself.

Needless to say, I vow never to visit Detroit again under my own free will.
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Subject:Such a mess: Mass flaggings on Craigslist
Time:6:38 pm.
Not sure if anyone has noticed this, or if it's going on in your local one.

It takes about 20-30 "flags" reported on an ad before the system auto-deletes it. Of course there's no signing up, so anyone can flag an ad. It just checks IPs.

Basically, people are using programs that will spam flag an ad. Flag an ad through a proxy server, change IP, flag it again, switch IP... Repeat till removed.

Holy crap, there's sections of the Philadelphia craigslist where all the ads from the last 3-5 days are all totally removed. I think the programs auto go through and attack new ones the second they're posted. I've seen ads come up, read them, then hit refresh and poof, it's already marked as being removed due to flagged.

I had a friend trying to sell several glass arcade marquees for me- And he kept complaining that every time he posted, it'd get flagged. Mysteriously- there was only one seller whose vintage arcade junk wouldn't get flagged at all. I gave him an irate phone call- and the constant flagging stopped within about 60 minutes.

It is truly pathetic and discouraging that certain people will flag out ads selling other items identical to the ones they have for sale.

Nuisances like this keeps up and I wonder how long before Craigslist has to change up their system to prevent it.

I swear eBay bought part ownership of Craigslist just to make sure bad decision making on running the site could continue and flourish. Would only make sense for them to do so.

Craigslist's problem is the fact it's an open ad forum that requires zero subscribing. It was only a matter of time before people figured out ways to anonymously abuse the system.

Some do it for the above listed reason, others do it just to be assholes. I noticed in the Rants and Raves section a guy spamming up ads claiming it's him and friends attacking the Dover, Delaware CL. Saying how they're gonna keep the entire service shut down via flagging from now till the end of time.

Craigslist is a great concept, but in the end they'll probably have to resort to charging or other requirements that'll piss off people just to prevent abuse.

OT EDIT: I still can't believe some of the personal ad postings that are clearly prostitution. It's just the outright audacity of saying "Any orifice available, I'll get freaky all you want for $$$".

I always assume they're undercover cops, but who knows, some people are simply that stupid...
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Subject:Let's talk about(or recommend) "artsy" games
Time:7:04 am.
Or any other type of gaming experience that pulls you in/zones you out/blows your mind/etc.

Doesn't matter if it's high budget stuff or a sublime indy project from some pretentious Northern Europeans....I want to hear about it.

Games that effectively immerse me in their environments and 'lure me in' with their execution and vision:

Bujingai for PS2 is a pretty good representation of the whole 'Chinese martial arts fantasy' AKA Wuxia milieu, imho.

Assassin's Creed has awesome art direction and is a painstakingly detailed effort in regards to reproducing the middle east of the historical era of the Crusades. The degree with which the game turns history into interactive entertainment is noteworthy.

Assassin's Creed II is superior to the first one in terms of its world representation, and it presents a ground level view of a time period that hardly gets any exposure in non tactical games: Renaissance Italy. The game is very heavily steeped in the essense of the time period and has a thousand or so historical files pertaining to the cities and people you come across during the game.

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time is a pretty cool 'Arabian fantasy' game that evokes the requisite sense of wonder.

Onimusha is a samurai fantasy but the architecture of the environments is very traditional one based on Sengoku era Japan. That, combined with the music score and the Kurosawa-esque style opening cinema immediately put me back in time in a medieval era Japan gone sideways with supernatural genma infestation.

Biohazard 2- As funny as this one may sound, the haunted feel of the police station and the post apocalyptic city around it, coupled with the atmospheric sound design, are effective in making me feel like a stranded survivor.

The same could be said for Biohazard 3, which forgoes most of the 'old architecture' settings of 2's police station and keeps most of the action in modern urban environments.

Left 4 Dead is hardly what I'd consider a robust game experience, but simply on the merits of its solid art direction and level design, you definitely feel abandoned and against all odds.

Okami-I haven't played more than a fraction of this but it seemed to present a very unique 'art imbued with life' experience.

Killer 7 for me is the definitive surrealistic video game risk taker of this decade. With its stark visual minimalism, avant garde dialogue + syntax, and dense(deranged?) sociopolitical commentary/backstory, it is a bold, trailblazing original.

Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker also presents a distinct vision and artistic merit that, while not universally embraced, deserves some recognition for having bold art direction.

I have recently concluded that the most artistically realized and masterfully made 2D game of all time is SNK/Nazca's Metal Slug. 2/X may have more weapons and 3 may be more over-the-top but they just can't compare to how well balanced the first game is. I've been playing it for almost 10 years now and I'm still finding new facets that I hadn't noticed before. From the uptempo military soundtrack to the astounding animation to the airtight controls, I haven't played any game that even comes close to its perfect execution of the arcade action game. It is simultaneously a tribute to, satire of and warning against warfare and I love it to pieces.
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Monday, October 26th, 2009

Subject:Movie Commentary: .REC
Time:7:08 am.
.REC-this is the Spanish movie that the recent American flick Quarantine was based on. And while I'm sure this has already been discussed on dozens of foreign film buff sites, since I saw it last night I thought I'd provide my fresh take.

The basic premise is that a journalist working on a niche television show called 'While You Sleep' is recording footage for an upcoming episode revolving around the night time activities at the fire department. What the guys do while they're waiting for a call, that sort of thing. While they are filming, they get a call to go and investigate a situation at an apartment building. The apartment has tenants infected by some kind of virus that turns them into crazed lunatics who want to take a bite out of whoever they can (in order to spread the virus via saliva exchange) and things spiral out of control as the people are locked inside by the police department and they can't get out. More people become infected, things get nasty... You get the picture.

The movie is shot in the frist person 'shaky cam' view that has galvanized moviegoing audiences ever since The Blair Witch Project attained prominence. Some people like it, some people hate it. I've never had a problem with well done shaky cam movies and I feel as though I'm more a part of the unfolding events and for movies that are supposed to scare me, I can usually handle adjusting to that level of immersion.

The movie is good, not overly chaotic, fairly believable and even has a series of plot reveals that effectively communicates why this is all happening. It seems like a bit of a deus ex machina when the characters discover key information but it is apparent that the creators of the film don't want these things going unexplained, so they found a way that they felt was the best possible means by which to provide it. By effectively piecing the puzzle together, you get a good sense of what's happening.

The tension builds effectively and I found myself very much into what was happening in the movie. None of the characters were superheroes and they were all very vulnerable and susceptible to the ever growing enemy. When the climax of the film was reached, the final challenges the characters are faced with are truly unsettling, including one infected whose monstrous appearance is almost inhuman.

If I have to levy a complaint against the film, it's that the shaky cam usage in movies has long since become a gimmick. I complimented the technique for immersing me in the movie, but I'm very skeptical when it comes to shaky cam films anymore because my first reaction is 'oh, it's one of those' and the movie really has to shine to rise above the limitations it's imposed upon itself. I felt .REC accomplished this.

The first act is pure build up and nothing more. The characters are simply foils for the plot to unfold. You won't learn anyone's dark secrets or sordid pasts here, nor should you. If the movie is going to be effective as a shaky cam film, those kinds of storytelling conventions are not realistic in the given situation.

The second act is the onset of the problem and the tension is effectively mounted here.

The third act is a pure adrenalin rush.

Warning: if you already saw Quarantine, don't expect a drastically different interpretation of events. This is largely the same movie with a slightly different storyline twist or two during the film's third act. And a less annoying reporter-Quarantine's reporter completely broke down in the third act and I just found her incessant shrieking and crying irritating. While .REC's reporter suffers similar emotional meltdowns, she doesn't come off nearly as irritating.

If you don't like shaky cam style, avoid this at all costs. It makes Cloverfield look stabilized by comparison...
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Friday, September 18th, 2009

Subject:the penultimate movie poster(according to me, anyway)
Time:7:12 am.
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Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Subject:what are the odds
Time:9:05 am.
Mood:frustrated.
Shortly after 3am I heard some vague road closure info on the radio including reports of fire department activity at 40th & Spruce St.... Fast forward to 8:30 and the phone call from my buddy BT confirming what I dreaded: University Pinball nearly burned down after midnight. First Got Game being evicted/litigated out of business, then Galaxy Video suspending operations/closing, now this. All transpiring within five mere months. I just cannot believe this voodoo bullcrap timing.
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Subject:Late Night Soapbox: MJ
Time:12:18 am.
While he was still alive, let's get real... He was pretty much shunned by most folks. I used to have this whole line of reasoning that basically said, "You know, no matter how bad you may have f'ed up in your own life...you haven't f'ed up as badly as Michael Jackson." The man had the entire enterntainment world by the balls in his 20s... and couldn't hang on.

The guy had more honed talent than just about any of us, save for perhaps a few other musicians and athletes. Arguably he had become the most famous individual on Earth in his lifetime. And yet, despite all this, despite access to untold wealth and the ability to literally do whatever the hell he wanted... He couldn't escape his demons. No one in his big crazy entourage of sycophants or insane family ever had the courage to tell him, "Dude... Knock it the hell off with having a bunch of eight-year old boys here for a sleepover. Seek professional help... Stat!"

I'm not excusing what he may or may not have done with children. Fact is, we get into a massive gray area when we are talking about the motivations of the parents of accusers. So much money at stake, so much 'evidence' based purely on who said what... No one can claim a monopoly on the truth. Does it excuse it if he did it? No. But none of us are some sort of supreme being, and if there are in fact any concerned gods or cosmic karma justices, he's being judged right now. It's out of our society's hands. Again, let he who is without sin... Cast the first stone.

In the end, I like to think of it as a positive commentary on humanity that most folks don't want to roll around in the mud of the man's dark side. They just want to remember that ability that burned within him, that power to create these amazing songs that made people the world over shake their asses. Music is one of the few things that does bring people together regardless of nationality or religion and he was perhaps the only undisputed global superstar ever. We all have memories of our own lives tied to these songs, they all recall an age where pop culture wasn't so constantly fragmented and channel-specific and we all grooved more or less to the same core tunes.

This whole phenomenon is about a lot more than one man and his shortcomings.
It's a mistake to think so.
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Subject:Ridge Racer
Time:12:02 am.
Man... I will always have unbelievably fond memories of the series. When I first laid eyes upon the coin-op, I was so impressed by the visuals. System 22(the arcade hardware) was a beast and once I had exposure to tracks like 'Speedster' and 'Rare Hero'...I was utterly hooked. It was the first title from outside the then-burgeoning fighting genre that had managed to fully divert my attention away from Street Fighter II since that had come out two years prior. Even though it was a buck to play, play it I did in droves.

A year and a half later, a neighborhood buddy happily shelled out at least $800 to a US import shop for a first-run PlayStation and a trio of titles(Toshinden!!) including RR. I played it SO MUCH. I mean, I would play the shit out of it just to continually best my times. Revolution dropped, and that was exciting as lightning, since it had the tunes from the coin-op RR2.

Rage Racer came out, and again... the gameplay and music were downright amazing. Somewhat of a visual departure, with a more realistic bent to the graphics, but the game was still bad ass. I approved of how you could get better performance results from going up hills by downshifting. Mech Monster is SUCH AN AMAZING TUNE.

R4. A mind-blowing technical achievement for PS1, even if it was a bit easier than the previous installment. The way I see it, R4 is still the pinnacle of RR presentation/art design. The hours I spent on this the summer('99) before Dreamcast came out were amazing. Some audience guy at a convention gaming panel I moderated had mentioned that the game had a distinct 'personality' and I completely agreed. What a graphical tour de force. In terms of frontends, I don't think any RR had matched it. More great tunes, although I didn't quite like it as much overall as the earlier, more techno-influenced tracks. More jazzy. One of the most soundly-conceived and atmospheric CG intros on PSX, by far.

RRV...arguably the first slip. Just kind of came off uninspired. I played it to completion, but just didn't feel the same buzz at all, in spite of the concurrent PS2 launch hype. Felt like it was in a serious rut.

We won't talk about the baffling atrocity that was R: Racing Evolution.

RR6/7 are virtually the same title. There's no disputing it's enjoyable, but I don't really know what in the hell could come next. I think it would be amazing to see a high-def remake more in the mold of the original coin-ops, perhaps as an XBLA/PSN release. I would try it, no questions asked.
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Time:10:55 pm.
Happy Birthday to two of the most artistic, pleasant and just plain awesome Mademoiselles I have had the honor of befriending in this lifetime- Missy and Katie, here's to you!!
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Friday, January 30th, 2009

Subject:Scientists identify certain jellyfish as potentially immortal...
Time:7:04 am.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/4357829/Immortal-jellyfish-swarming-across-the-world.html

After seeing this, I recalled reading about lobsters years ago and how they display "negligible senescence" which means their cells show no sign of deterioration or stop repairing after a set number of years...

Jellyfish are the new scourge of the earth. I was watching this documentary on cable last night- Apparently, due to global warming, the mechanism that inspires the polyps to produce more jellyfish is being triggered constantly. For instance, Japan is being inundated by giant Nomura Jellyfish which inhibit their fishing industry. They kill them on sight, but whenever you kill one jellyfish, millions of sperm and eggs are produced.

And the problem with these creatures is spreading worldwide.

Anyways, just think Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, but with Jellyfish overwhelming, and that's our future.

Why should you care? Because even jellyfish as small as one centimeter can sting you in such a way that the pain will last for weeks. And you might not even survive.

Awesome, retalliatory little bastards, these jellys.

I mean, box jellys can see through sixteen(16!) advanced, human-like eyes yet they have no brain! How do they process the visual information? No one knows.

Creepy.
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Subject:Video games I've been playing: Monthly Check
Time:6:26 am.
In order of frequency:

Genre- Fighting

1. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HDBBQ Remix(PlayStation Network)
2. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger(Arcade)
3. Bleach: 2nd Kokui Hirameku Requiem(Nintendo DS)
4. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core(PS2)
5. Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection(PS3)
6. King of Fighters: Round 2(Neo Pocket Color)
7. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future(Dreamcast)
8. SF III: 3rd Strike(Arcade)
9. Vampire Savior/Darkstalkers 3(Sega Saturn)
10. KOF 2003(PS2)

Genre- Scrolling Shooter/Shoot 'Em Up

1. Border Down(Dreamcast)
2. Thunderforce III(Sega Genesis)
3. Fantasy Zone(Sega Master System)
4. Einhander(PSX)
5. R-Type Final(PS2)
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Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Subject:Here's visual proof that I need to visit the Poconos more often...
Time:6:55 am.
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