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I Think People Should Mate For Life, Like Pigeons Or Catholics

by Rainier on Feb. 1, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

It was kind of a slow day yesterday, which gave me some time to check out Dead Space 2. While I'm only about 30-45 minutes into it, it already made me jump in my seat twice — not an easy feat. The preliminary impression is that the game's quite interesting, with some familiar mechanics and a few new additions, such as crawling in vents and walking around dazed & confused.

I also played some Stronghold Kingdoms as FireFly finally launched its Glory system, basically declaring all-out war among factions (guilds) in the game. The bottom line is that the winner is he who controls the most territory for the duration of the event. I've been amassing troops in my vassal parishes for the past few weeks and beefing up my own castle defenses, so I should be good to go ....

We Might Be Through With The Past, But The Past Ain't Through With Us

by Rainier on Jan. 31, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

We managed to see The Mechanic yesterday, a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson movie, and as expected, it was pretty solid. It was action-packed with quite a few gruesome killings and a somewhat flimsy story, but let's be honest, you are not seeing a Jason Statham movie to discover the meaning of life.

While we were waiting for the movie to start, we saw a few upcoming movie clips, and now we are looking forward to The Eagle, Limitless (maybe when it comes on DVD), and of course Battle: Los Angeles. That trailer looks so epic that it gives me goosebumps each time I see it. For crying out loud, give us a new Transformers 3 teaser, will ya? I'm tired of seeing that same footage over and over again, especially since it shows absolutely nothing!

Well, let's get this show on the road ...

I Can't Go Back, I'm A Human Sacrifice

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was a bit of a letdown. We did our errands, groceries, and what was supposed to be a trip to the movie theater turned into an impromptu five-hour nap. Maybe we'll try to see The Mechanic later today again.

We watched some Chuck, House, played more Plants vs. Zombies on NDS, Magicka, Eve Online (setting skills), and Stronghold Kingdoms. We recorded the Australian Open men's finale last night but haven't gotten around to watching it yet, so we're steering clear of any news sites so we don't spoil the result.

I Want You Outta Here Instamatically

by Rainier on Jan. 29, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

In case you haven't been following the Australian Open, Kim Clijsters has won the Aussie Cup against Li Na from China (the first Chinese woman in a grand slam finale) and is now truly Aussie Kim (a nickname she got when she was dating Australian Lleyton Hewitt). It was a butt-clencher, but in the long run, Clijsters was the better player. Less classy was the Williams sisters' mom, blasting Clijsters over something that doesn't even make any sense.

No big plans for this weekend, but instead of going to see The Green Hornet we might switch that out for The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham. We watched some Kitchen Nightmarea, played some Plants vs. Zombies on the NDS, and a little bit of Magicka (my little wizard is sporting a huge M60 light machine gun, awesome!).

You Are My Best Friend. You Are My Only Friend

by Rainier on Jan. 28, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Sony finally took the wraps off the PSP2, or Next Generation Portable, whatever you want to call it. I haven't turned on my old PSP in forever, and when I did, it was to occasionally play Ghost'n Goblins or Killzone for a few minutes. The new iteration sounds promising, so let's hope it lives up to the expectations.

No big plans for this weekend, so everything will be nice and quiet around these parts. Maybe we'll catch up left or right, sleep, watch DVR/Netflix, and see The Green Hornet or Your Highness. You know, the usual. :)

It's been rather quiet concert-wise, but we are going to see Kevin Smith in a few weeks, as well as a musical, Rock Of Ages. That'll be my dose of cultural enlightenment for the rest of the year.

If You Look Good, And You Talk Well, People Will Swallow Anything

by Rainier on Jan. 27, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Woke up this morning with a massive headache. What's up with that? Did somebody use my head as a soccer ball while I was sleeping?

Kim Clijsters advanced once again and is now in the finale of the Australian Open. Way to go! On the men's side, it's getting a bit weird. Nadal is gone, and Federer is gone. Changing of the guard, it would seem.

I finally managed to check out Magicka, and while it has a few issues (bugs), the game is quite nice, fun and cute. I'm not quite sure why the voice-overs are in some weird language; it sure isn't English, so perhaps they are trying to be like The Sims and made up some gibberish.

They Tell Me There's Some People In This World Take A Bath Every Week

by Rainier on Jan. 26, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Our night on the town is over.  Good food, plenty of drinks (Jameson, Guinness, margaritas), and lots of inappropriate stories and comments, always make for a fun evening.

Prior to heading out, we quickly watched our favorite tennis player Kim Clijsters advance to the next round in the Australian Open. One step closer to winning the entire thing!

We'll soon be kicking off a new contest, this time giving away a ton of beta codes for Punchers Impact's Crasher, a vehicular combat featuring MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arenas). If that sounds like it may be of interest, keep an eye out in the coming days.

Everything's Getting Worse. Worse People, Worse Machines, Worse Wars... And Worse Weather

by Rainier on Jan. 25, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

A late start today, and a short day as we're meeting up with an out-of-town friend we haven't seen in months. He was supposed to arrive last night, but a delayed flight resulted in a missed connecting flight and a midnight arrival. Ouch ...

With Dead Space 2 and Magicka in stores now, I'll be checking out both titles on the PC. I've been looking forward to the latter for quite a while, as it's been delayed a few times.

Last night, we watched The Cape, Hawaii Five-0, Kitchen Nightmares and some Australian Open. Good times!

If You Make A Noise, I Shall Blow Your Head Off At Once

by Rainier on Jan. 24, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Sorry for the late start. A nap lasted longer than expected, and with the Australian Open airing in the middle of the night, the schedule has been thrown off a bit.

The weekend was great, with lots of good food, spectacular views, and lots of TV watching.

Haven't caught "The Green Hornet" yet, but we might see that in a few days, or perhaps we'll save our efforts for Your Highness. In the meantime, we watched Chuck, NCIS, Brotherhood, and Pirate Radio (lots of awesome classic rock music).

A lot of new titles are scheduled for March, but tomorrow, we'll get a chance to play Dead Space 2, and I truly enjoyed the first installment, so I'll check out the PC version at the first opportunity.

Woke Up, Felt Like Shit. Went To Work, Felt Like Shit

by Rainier on Jan. 23, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was a fun day. We've been hanging out with Ricky, our webdev guru, and our second restaurant visit on Dine About Town was awesome. The view of the Pacific Ocean was nice, and the sea was a little less rough than we had hoped, but spectacular nonetheless.

While holding our fat bellies of food, we watched some old episodes of Top Gear, QI, and got caught up on a few weeks worth of The Event.

Later today, we are dropping Ricky off at the airport, but not before we stop at In & Out for an early lunch, animal style!

Well, We'll See What A Couple Of Drinks Can Do

by Rainier on Jan. 22, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Our first outing for this year's Dine About Town was successful. We went to a nice French restaurant and had a great time and excellent food. Later today we're going on our second excursion, and while we usually go out for dinner, we'll be having a late lunch instead because the place we're going to is set on a cliff with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean.

When we weren't gorging ourselves yesterday, we watched a few episodes of Jekyll, a British miniseries about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and some Australian Open where our favorite Kim Clijsters has moved on to the final 16.

A Drowning Man Takes Down Those Nearest

by Rainier on Jan. 21, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

It's almost the weekend again! It can't get here soon enough. For some reason, I've been rather tired all week. Come to think of it, I haven't been in my groove since the holidays ended. Maybe I need a vacation ...

Tonight and tomorrow, we have dinner plans with a few friends, as we are participating in the annual dine about town, where we check out a few restaurants that offer their menus at a sharply reduced price.

Once we are sufficiently stuffed with food for two days, we might try to see The Green Hornet again. Speaking of watching, we checked out the newest episodes of House, Hawaii Five-0, No Ordinary Family, and Blue Bloods.

Of Course I Like Him. I Like Pizzas Too, But I'm Not Gonna Marry One

by Rainier on Jan. 20, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

The sickness seems to be going around these days. Some of our friends have it, and now my wife also has the sniffles. Usually, I'm not prone to catching other people's cooties, so let's hope I keep a clean track record.

In our circle of friends, it's quite known that Wednesday is homemade taco night. We've been doing it for the past 10 years, and they taste just as delicious as ever. The weird thing is that people always happen to show up around dinnertime, and they never decline when asked if they want to stay and join us.

I finally managed to check out Eve Online, and man, does that game have a steep learning curve! It took me a few hours just to figure out how to get out of the tutorial and actually do some newbie missions. Rest assured that there was a lot of cursing involved, and if it weren't for some of my Vent buddies to guide me through it, I'd have already uninstalled it.

How Do You Expect To Win The War With An Army Of Clowns?

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

It's going to short and sweet. I'm tired and need a nap, and yes, there was wine involved.

The Important Thing Is The Effort, Not What We Achieve

by Rainier on Jan. 18, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

It came as a rather pleasant surprise yesterday morning that it was actually a holiday, MLK Jr. Day, which then also explains why it was quiet on the news front.

On the other hand, it gave us plenty of time to catch up on some TV stuff, so we watched Human Target, QI, The Cape, and a few episodes of No Ordinary Family.

We also decided to try out Mad Men, since it has been receiving so much praise, but two episodes in, we can't understand why. We'll give it one more try, but unless some magic happens, I don't think we'll bother with it any further.

You're Not Clean Enough To Bring Into The House

by Rainier on Jan. 17, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

We pretty much did what we'd set out to do yesterday: nothing.

We watched NCIS, Mad Men, Smallville, Human Target and a stand-up comedy bit from Louis CK, which was totally hilarious and so, so politically incorrect.

While the holidays have been over, we finally finished off the last of our New Year's dinner leftovers, and tomorrow we will be stripping down the Christmas tree and bid it adieu.

Last night was also the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, and The Social Network seems to be the big winner, so it'll be interesting to see how well it does at the Oscars.

Two Things Aren't Paralyzed, My Imagination And My Memory.

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was a pretty quiet day. We managed to do a whole lot of nothing, just the way we like it, and it's pretty much the same thing that we have planned for today. We did visit some friends to celebrate their daughter's one-month celebration.

If we feel like it, we might make another attempt at seeing The Green Hornet, but we also have a few Netflix movies lying around, Three Kingdoms and True Romance. If all else fails, I've been jonesing to see the new TV series, The Cape.

You Better Plan Your Massacre More Carefully Or I'll Start With You

by Rainier on Jan. 15, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Last night, we wanted to see "The Green Hornet," but amazingly enough, both showings in the time frame we wanted were sold out, so we opted for checking out The Dilemma instead.

No other serious plans for the weekend. We have some family party to attend, the usual groceries and then we'll just lounge about and watch our DVR.

If I get up the courage, I might even gut my work computer and do the much-needed upgrades I've been lazy about doing, but with all the parts lying around, it's a bit daunting.

Two Manky Hookers And A Racist Dwarf. I Think I'm Heading Home

by Rainier on Jan. 14, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

There was a disturbance in the force yesterday. As I attempted to write the MOTD, me eyelids got really heavy, and the very next thing I was engulfed in a darkness that didn't pass until this morning. It's the weirdest thing ....

Yesterday, we watched Going The Distance, a romantic comedy with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long (the Mac guy), and since my wife and I did that a good decade ago, we enjoyed it greatly.

I also checked out the new trailers for the upcoming Priest and Battle: Los Angeles, both on our to-watch list for sure!

No major plans this weekend, apart from going to the movies (I'm sensing a theme here) tonight to see The Green Hornet.

The Law's Often Inconvenient

by Rainier on Jan. 13, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Sony got itself in a pickle yesterday. The hacker renowned for jail-breaking the iPhone managed to figure out the the security key that Sony is using for its PS3 authentication. This also turns out to be the sole key for all code signing, games and PSN — the whole nine yards. Now people can make their own homebrew software and sign it, and the PS3 will accept it as legit. Obviously the first thought that comes to mind would be for them to change the key, but that would render all old titles incompatible. Sony issued a cease and desist order to the hacker but managed to foul that up by not signing all the documents, so none of it has any legal standing. By filing paperwork in court, Sony then also listed all security keys, making them a matter of the public record. Way to go ...

A Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science professor exercised his free speech and put up a mirror of the entire ordeal, daring Sony to take action.