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The Fastest Way To Clean Your Gun Is To Shoot A Couple Of People With It

by Rainier on Feb. 19, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

We ended up watching Red Tails yesterday, and while I love war movies, this one is not among my favorites. On the contrary, it's probably going to rank somewhere among the worst. From the start, it was already a hit and miss, as the introduction credits were in red (most likely as a wink to the title), but they totally distracted from the action during the opening sequence. While I'll admit that is nitpicking, the rest of the movie did not fare any better. For its lineup of stars (Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Gerald McRaney, and even Method Man), the acting was weak sauce. What frustrated most of all, however, was the sound quality. The dogfights had no punch, you weren't blown away by explosions, and everything sounded hollow and tinny. When you have some lame music to build up a major air combat scene, you really have to wonder what Lucasfilm and Twentieth Century Fox were thinking.

The Fastest Way To Get Shot Is To Fail To Clean Your Weapon

by Rainier on Feb. 18, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Interesting story today in regards to the Black Ops 2 fiasco in France. How can a publisher expect to not get pummeled over something like this? Gameblog.fr was only doing its job, reporting news that it had picked up from a legit source, and Activision is in its right to "ask" its contacts to temporarily remove it as it probably messes up PR plans. Once it's out there, though, it's weak sauce to threaten people and boycott them for doing what they are supposed to do.

Not sure which movie we're going to go see today. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance isn't exactly on top of our list, so maybe we'll grab an older one that slipped through the cracks. But next week, Act of Valor!

Life Should Be Lived On The Edge Of Life

by Rainier on Feb. 17, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Happy Friday!

It's been a long and busy week filled with server issues and frustration, but in the end, it all worked out. We'll be doing some configuring, transferring and tweaking over the weekend, so one of our file servers should be up and running again shortly. Then we can start worrying about making a smooth  transition to the new and faster WP server.

In between all the cursing, we got some free movie tickets to redeem, so we'll probably watch Underworld: Awakening, Man On A Ledge, Red Tails or Iron Lady.

I'm Hormonal And I've Got A Gun, Don't Mess With Me

by Rainier on Feb. 16, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Most of our friends know that Wednesday is taco night, and it has been for the past 10+ years. Some friends even magically show up on said day ... very peculiar. Today we mixed it up a bit and instead of our customary ground turkey, we used pulled pork and added pickled red onions. Awesome!

We were supposed to go to an advance screening of Act Of Valor this week, but it was canceled last minute and instead, it will be next week. Making me foam at the mouth for another six days — outrageous!

Also check out this interesting trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. That last scene is wicked!

We Don't Get To Pick Who We Fall In Love With, And It Doesn't Happen Like It Should

by Rainier on Feb. 15, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Hope everybody had a fun Valentine's Day yesterday. We had a nice dinner with some friends and some drinks afterward, so it was pretty fun and relaxed.

The day didn't start off that promising, as some server issues came out of left field, but everything got resolved. Mail is back, file server is being prepped, and the new WP server is in place.

Now time to sleep off all the alcohol.

Wish Me A Happy Valentine's Day When You Call. That'd Be...Nice!

by Rainier on Feb. 14, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Whatever goes up, must go down, and it has proven to be no different for the WP servers. They've been reliable for many years with only a few minor hiccups, but our luck has run out all at once. One of our file servers went belly-up with a double hard drive failure, our mail server crapped out, and we also decided to move our main web server to a new and faster location. While the first two are being worked on as we speak, we kept the best for last and will be looking into moving WP in the next week or two. No important data was lost, so I guess we should count our blessings.

On a more upbeat note, Fox News was actually funny for once when commentator Andy Levy apologized to Chris Brown and his fans for calling Brown out on beating his then-girlfriend Rhianna ... or does he? 

I Like How You Can Compliment And Insult Somebody At The Same Time, In Equal Measure

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

We watched a little bit of the Grammys last night, with the big winners being Adele and the Foo Fighters, each going home with multiple awards. Adele's 21 album won top honor, but I was shocked to hear that the album name signified her age at the time of the recording. She sure does NOT look anywhere near 21 — more like double that number.

What was really worth watching was the return of The Walking Dead. There was more exciting stuff happening in last night's episode than the first seven installments of the second season. Now let's hope that the writers can keep this going. Maybe we'll be able to forgive them for the weak sauce earlier in the second season.

Do Not Mistake My Appetite For Apathy!

by Rainier on Feb. 12, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Whitney Houston, eh? Can't say it comes as a big surprise, but it's still a loss. Like a lot of people, I stopped caring about her antics many years ago. She had some great hits, and I even liked "The Bodyguard" movie with Kevin Costner. Maybe she'll finally find some peace.

Yesterday we saw Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. It could be described as a mix between Jason Bourne and Alias. The movie is not going to break any records, but it was fun to watch and made for an entertaining couple of hours.

The Only Way To Catch An Uncatchable Woman Is To Offer Her A Wedding Ring

by Rainier on Feb. 10, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Check out the first trailer for The Bourne Legacy! Matt Damon may not be in it, but Jeremy Renner looks like he might be able to pull it off.

This weekend we'll probably watch Safe House, but next week is what it's all about. My prayers have been answered: We got an invite to an early press screening of Act of Valor.

There is an uproar in Stronghold Kingsdoms as Firefly released an update that makes the game run like molasses. They also, without prior notification, doubled the price of some of the most popular in-game items.

Last but not least, congrats to Double Fine for crossing the $1.2 million mark — triple the amount they needed for developing their latest point & click adventure.

When You Were Little You Believed In Santa, Now You Believe In God

by Rainier on Feb. 6, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

We had a great weekend with lots of eating involved. On Friday, Judy and I went out to dinner for no particular reason, and on Saturday, it was our friend's birthday, so we took her out for a movie (Hugo in 3D, not too thrilled about it) and then a fancy dinner. Fine dining for two days in a row means we'll be eating yogurt and salad for the rest of the week.

We're having a contest to give away a Darksiders II "Death Mask," so if you are a fan of the franchise, it might be worth tossing your hat in the ring. I hope I can mooch one off THQ for myself. The thing is pretty sweet and would fit perfectly with the rest of my gaming memorabilia.

You Don't Think I'd Go Into Combat With Loose Change In My Pocket, Do You?

by Rainier on Feb. 3, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Browsing the Internet, you come across a lot of weird, creepy stuff that makes you shake your head. On the flip side of the coin, some things make it all worthwhile, like this awesome LEGO Captain America clip. If you're squeamish, don't bother looking because arms get ripped off, there are plenty of headshots, and there's plenty of splatter & gore to go with it. Two thumbs up for whoever made that one!

Speaking of awesomeness, it's not that I'm a fan of the "Glee" TV show, but sometimes you'll watch when they are covering iconic artists. The most recent episode was dedicated to Michael Jackson. "Thriller" was an awesome song back in the day, and so were "Billy Jean," "Beat It," and even "Smooth Criminal," of which they did an amazing rendition. Don't really care about the vocals, but the two cello guys are insane. If these two guys aren't fans of Apocalyptica, they ought to sign them up on the double. It's off the hook!

Your Heart Is Free. Have The Courage To Follow it

by Rainier on Feb. 1, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

There's a new teaser out for Joss Whedon's The Avengers movie, and yes that means it's an advertisement for an advertisement. Whedon also revealed that there will be no Spider-Man cameo in the movie, which suits me just fine.

A new trailer for The Cold Light of Day looks quite interesting, starring Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, and the new Man of Steel himself, Henry Cavill. I'll be keeping an eye out for that one later this year.

We got ourselves a new fryer and we may give it a test run this weekend to see if the charcoal filter actually works. Then maybe the house won't smell like fries for two days afterward.

The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

by Rainier on Jan. 31, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Opening day for Act Of Valor draws near, and you can bet I'll be there to check it out, especially since Red Tails is turning out to be a bit of a dud. I'm jonesing for a good war movie, and what's better than seeing some active duty Navy Seals in action?

We watched the pilot for Kiefer Sutherland's new series, Touch, and while it is quite similar to 2009s' Knowing movie with Nicholas Cage, it's still quite good. We'll have to check out a few more episodes to see where this is all going, but so far, so good.


I Remember Him Too. I Remember Him Being Very Unmemorable

by Rainier on Jan. 30, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

We didn't go see Red Tails, nor did we watch the Australian Open men's final (won by Djokovic over Nadal in an epic 5-hour, 53-minute match). Suffice it to say that we got lazy.

Instead we ran a few errands, popped some pork chops in the slow cooker for dinner, and watched Alcatraz, House, Fringe, Russell Peters: Red, White and Brown, and Leverage.

There was also some The Old Republic in there, and I have to admit that Balmorra is still my favorite planet (on Tatooine now).

Feds Are Like Mushrooms, Feed 'em Crap And Keep 'em In The Dark

by Rainier on Jan. 27, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Not sure if we're going to be watching any tennis this weekend now that our favorite Kim Clijsters has been ousted. We watched the Federer vs. Nadal match yesterday, so that highlight of the tournament is also over with, and we're definitely not watching the two biggest squealers in the sport play. My ears are bleeding just thinking about that match.

Guess we'll have a nice relaxing weekend, watch some Netflix, DVR, and maybe go check out Red Tails.

If you haven't yet, check out our Most Anticipated Games Of 2012 articles. Personally, I'm most looking forward to Max Payne 3 and Ghost Recon.

Is The Nation Ready For Two Minutes Of Radio Silence?

by Rainier on Jan. 26, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Our Australian Open rooting has come to a screeching halt, as Kim Clijsters lost her semi-final match against squealer deluxe, Victoria Azarenka (they really ought to limit that annoying shrieking). At times playing brilliant tennis, Clijsters lost the first set with some flimsy tennis, pulverized Azarenka in the second set, but crumbled in the latter half of the third, handing the victory to her competition on a silver platter. Disappointing ...

The Walking Dead returns for the second half of season 2 on Feb. 12, so let's hope the writers learned some lessons and made the new content more similar to the early episodes. A third season is already confirmed, so let's hope they are packing it with good material and not like the first half of season 2, which dragged on for way too long.

We also rolled out the Most Anticipated Games of 2012 feature, so be sure to check it out!

Thank You Again For Another Evening Steeped In Merriment And Friendship

by Rainier on Jan. 22, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

The Australian Open is in full swing, and today was a nail-biter with Kim Clijsters going up against Li Na, a match reminiscent of  last year's finale. The match started off pretty well, but it went downhill when Clijsters twisted her ankle and needed medical attention to get her foot taped up. An abysmal first set, but lo and behold, she fought her way back in the second set to force a tiebreak. Even though that also started off badly, last year's champion managed to turn the tide and scraped her way back into the game when all seemed lost. That broke her opponent's spirit, and Clijsters breezed to a 4-0 lead in the third set, only to break down and let Li Na come back to equal the final set. In the long run, Clijsters' tenacity prevailed, and we're onto the next round! Man, that was a tense match!

Pursue Excellence, And Success Will Follow, Pants Down

by Rainier on Jan. 18, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

So much for our next movie choice, we were kind of interested in seeing Haywire, but Adam returned from last night's press screening with a, let's say, less than favorable impression. Check back later this week for the bashing ...

So The Old Republic should be getting new content today, excellent. Not that I'm max level just yet (level 26 Imperial Agent) but it's always good to see the developer adding new content early on, and not waiting a year to finally kick into gear.

Received a few scale model airplanes as promo material for City Interactive's Combat Wings: The Great Battles of WWII. I need to get me some glue, quite excited, I haven't made one of those in decades.

I'd Like Full And Docile Co-Operation On Every Topic

by Rainier on Jan. 17, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

We didn't get to go to the movie theater this weekend, but we sure made a good dent in our DVR recordings. We managed to watch Blue Bloods, Bones, The Good Wife, Kitchen Nightmares, Leverage, Once Upon A Time, Supernatural, and the strangely addictive Storage Wars. Damn, I'm impressed...

This week, Adam gets to see Haywire a few days early, so if you've been debating on whether it is worth seeing, check back later this week for his write-up.

DC Comics sent me a new comic book called ADD, which doesn't mean Attention Deficit Disorder, but Adolescent Demo Division. And yes, it's as weird as it sounds ...

A Policeman's Job Is Only Easy In A Police State

by Rainier on Jan. 16, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

We get the joys of an extended weekend, as today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Not quite sure what we're going to do; it all depends on how many companies are actually open for business.

The Australian Open has started, and our favorite Kim Clijsters has recovered enough from a recent injury to participate, so we might be catching a few games of that.

We watched Rango yesterday, which was quite good. Not quite a cartoon for kids, with all the creepy little critters, but quite entertaining for the more adult audience. We also watched the latest episode of Castle, which recently won the People's Choice Award for Best Crime Drama.