January 29, 2008
I probably have blogged about “Juno” before, but I have to again. I encourage all of you to see it. One of the best, if not the best movies of the year. But today my obsession has spread to the soundtrack. It is awesome. 19 tracks, I don’t love them all. In fact there are several I hate. But the ones I love are crazy good. Plus the entire soundtrack is so different, so fresh. It makes you think about the movie. I listened to the entire soundtrack during my drive to school, and the time flew by.
Some of the tracks I particularly like:
Well Respected Man, A – The Kinks
Piazza, New York Catcher – Belle & Sebastian
Tree Hugger – Kimya Dawson/Antsy Pants
Loose Lips – Kimya Dawson
Dearest – Buddy Holly
Not sure if this link will work, but here is the mp3 of one of the songs.
January 23, 2008
(Photo Credit: My sister’s sushi skills)
I don’t know how many of you remember Tapper. I have heard it called other names, but usually it is called Root Beer Tapper. The premise is people order a drink and then you fill it and send it down the bar to them. If you take too long they leave, or if you send it the wrong place it crashes. Simple but fun. Elegant video game design. Well I am going to share with you an addictive little game called “Sushi Go Round”
It may simple at first, but as you get to the higher levels it is very fast, and the orders become more complicated.
January 11, 2008
Me: Hey hand me the phone.
Me: I need to call Converse
Me: they forgot something
Me: just the fact they are shoemakers (with a small clothing spin off).
get off your high horse and back on your high tops. silent commercial that aren’t PSAs have no place on my television. people like mindless marathons of sitcoms, its relaxing.
I vote this is the world’s stupidest ad campaign. its like “wow! be different, get up do something, think for yourself” and at the same time “think like everyone else, care about name brand shoes, buy our shoes because they make you an individual like everyone else”
November 27, 2007
Free Rice Game
Everyone should check this game out! It is a vocabulary quiz and for each word you get right 10 grains of rice are donated to or by the UN (I think). They started easier and got harder. I love learning new words!
Here is some more info:
A new U.N. campaign donates 10 grains of rice for each question you answer correctly at http://www.freerice.com. It’s already generated enough rice to feed 50,000 people.
FreeRice offers players multiple-choice definitions of a word, and each correct answer generates 10 grains of rice for the United Nations Worldl Food Program. The game relies on advertising revenue to underwrite its rice campaign.
On October 7, the day it was launched, just 830 grains of rice were donated. But by November 8, more than 77 million grains were donated, the equivalent to more than 7 million correct answers!
October 3, 2007
I put off pharmaceutics for watching the Phillies game with my dad, big mistake. The boys lost 2 to 4. Utley and Howard were incredibly disappointing; out of 8 at bats they racked up 7 strikeouts. After an early Colorado lead of 3 runs, the game seemed already decided. But in the 5th inning they came back and the score was 2-3. There were several times where they seemed set up to at least tie up the game, but in the 8th Colorado solidified their lead with another home run. Its not just that they lose, it is that they get you excited. I didn’t expect them to win today (how could I after going to a game earlier this season and watching them get crushed by Colorado 12 to nothing), but then as they seemed to be coming back you just get into it.
They could still come back in this best of 5 series. The upside is that Utley and Howard played so poorly that they could only be better in the rest of the series. The downside is Colorado beat them with their premier pitcher, Hamels, starting.
No one in Philly do anything stupid tonight.
September 28, 2007
For you sporty kids, here is the story:Phillies.
I can hardly believe this is the same team I watched get crushed 12 to nothing by Colorado. But the gist of the story, Phillies kicked ass, and Mets are just screwing up like crazy. They are tied, I think there are three games left. The Phillies need to win the division, how sick would it be if they were in the World Series. That means more business and news for Philly. A little positive press could do some serious help for our city. Maybe people would associated Philadelphia with a winning sports team, not Killadelphia. Come on boys.
September 26, 2007
I like video games. Let me clarify, I like some video games. I like guitar hero, maybe even to an obsessive degree. I enjoy dance dance revolution. I own all of the Tony Hawk series. Other than that if you flipped through my games you’d see some trivia based games, and ones with Simpson’s characters. But some people love video games. A particular example is Halo and its sequels. Now I have never played it, so all of my states will be biased opinions with no substance. I might one of them this week to check it out because there is just so much hype. The lines were like Black Friday or the iPod release at some game stores. The presale alone was in the millions. Something like 3 million copies were sold the first day.
What I don’t understand is why? If it is a really fun game I understand that millions of people would by it (the franchise is worth in the hundreds of millions, Halo is considered a power entertainment series like Harry Potter). I don’t understand why they would need it in advance or wait outside. I personally like first person shooters, but I don’t understand how the story could feel urgent to someone. Maybe I should catch up on the story (there are 5 novels, comic books, and a top secret movie deal in the works).
Hopefully I won’t be doing a follow up post in a week about video game exhaustion deaths, like that poor bastard in China.
In all fairness: The game got great reviews, aside from customers who received scratched discs, gamers are loving it.