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Wherever There's Magic And Make-Believe And An Audience, There's Theatre

by Rainier on Oct. 4, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was kind of a mixed bag. We went to the museum to see the Pixar exhibit, and it turned out that they only allow a limited number of people per day, and they were sold out an hour after opening. While we were there, we decided to check out the rest of the museum, since it happened to be free admission day.

We went to see The Town (bank robbery movie from/with Ben Affleck) which was quite good and very intense. We also watched No Ordinary Family, a new TV series with Michael Chiklis (of The Shield) about a family who gets superpowers. It's very reminiscent of Pixar's The Incredibles.

Then the power went out for a few hours, so it was pitch dark and quiet. It's amazing how little there is to do without electricity these days ... well, except going to bed and sleeping.

We All Want To Forget Something, So We Tell Stories

by Rainier on Oct. 3, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We had quite the busy day yesterday. We had to make a postal run, stop by the FedEx office to ship off two huge packages, had a haircut, got our groceries for the week, watched Supernatural, two hours of Fringe and played a bit of Vindictus (waiting for the open beta content on the 13th), some Global Agenda and briefly checked out Dead Rising 2.

Later today, we're going to the Pixar exhibit, see Ben Affleck's "The Town," and then rush home to feast on some slow-cooked ribs, coleslaw and beans in tomato sauce. Tasty!

I Was Hiding Under Your Porch Because I Love You

by Rainier on Oct. 2, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The weekend is off to a good start with four hours of Hell's Kitchen (my goodness, that Raj dude is a whack job!) and two hours of Sons Of Anarchy (good stuff). Maybe later, we'll scratch off a few more episodes (itching for some Fringe), so unlike our failed attempts of last week, we might actually make a dent in our backlog.

This weekend will also feature a cultural outing, as we are taking a trip to the local museum where they have a Pixar exhibit, so it shouldn't be too horrific.

I've been playing Darksiders and having fun with it, and I've also played some more Vindictus before they end the closed beta. I reached the level cap a little while ago, but mat farming is always fun, and we still gain points to upgrade skills.

You Boys Ain't A Mild Case Of The Measles. You're The Plague

by Rainier on Oct. 1, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

It's official: We're loosing the battle with the DVR. We watched NCIS, Castle and The Good Wife last night, and by the time we were done, there was more on it than when we started. It's time to admit that we have a problem. We're slackers, and we need to step it up!

Out of my new game acquisitions (Lara Croft, Darksiders, Dead Rising 2), I have checked out the first two and am enjoying the Tomb Raider spin-off. It's a somewhat old-school, top-down action game that's not too complicated but fun. Darksiders is obviously a console port. It's visually passable, and they've done a good job in making the controls work, but it's mainly the premise and story that are of interest here.

Who Is This Person Who Speaks To Me As Though I Needed His Advice?

by Rainier on Sept. 30, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Not quite sure what we are going to do this weekend. There's Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock to play, a multitude of new games have arrived, and there's a DVR full of TV series. My goodness!

We watched some House, Chuck, Supernatural, and Stargate Universe (yay), and there's plenty more like The Good Wife, The Event, and so forth.

It seems our concert drought has ended as well. Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch and Drowning Pool are in town for a concert, so you can bet we're going to be there. What a lineup! There is also the Bridge School Benefit with acoustic sets from Pearl Jam, Billy Idol, Elvis Costello, Kris Kristofferson and a slew of others.

I Think This Boy's Cheese Has Done Slid Off His Cracker

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

It's a good thing we don't mind working in the middle of the night because with this heat, it's about the only comfortable time of the day. Luckily, the weatherman is anticipating things will cool down by end of the week.

Lots of games coming out this week, and there probably won't be any slowdown for the next month or two as we gear up for the holidays. It's a good time of the year to be a gamer, although it's killer on the budget. I'm currently installing Dead Rising 2, Darksiders, Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light, as well as Chaos Rising, a somewhat older Dawn of War 2 expansion.

Life Isn't Like In The Movies. Life... Is Much Harder

by Rainier on Sept. 28, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Wow, sweltering hot indeed. We've had one of the coldest summers on record, but our fall started off scorching hot.  It was bearable until shortly in the afternoon, but then the sun started beating down on the office. We're surrounded by an army of computers, so there's not much that can be done to keep things cool — aside from drink a lot of ice-cold beer. :)

Last night, we watched NCIS (hate the Los Angeles spin-off) and Bones, but with a multitiude of shows recording as we were watching, we fell even further behind. We're going to have to step it up!

You Must Be On Stage When The Curtain Falls

by Rainier on Sept. 27, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Wow, what a warm day that was yesterday, and it's said to be even hotter today. Summer's over, and it seems the hottest days are yet to come. Weird.

Due to our drink-fest Saturday night, we did not get up until noon, which kind of messed up our schedule for the day (sorry, Adam), and we scrambled to get our dinner prepped.

Dead Rising 2 is coming out this week, so I'll be checking the PC version when it arrives, and if there's some spare time, I'd love to have a look at Alien Breed 2. I've always loved the Team17 games.

I Am A Vulgar Man! But I Assure You, My Music Is Not

by Rainier on Sept. 26, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Ahh we started the weekend with good intentions and ended up doing almost nothing that we'd planned. No catching up on TV whatsoever. Not surprisingly, we ended up playing Vindictus and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 all Saturday, only to leave the house to meet up with friends and toss back a bunch of beers.

Hopefully we'll get around to it today, but we also have to slow-cook a few racks of ribs for dinner.

Maybe in between peeling potatoes and making corn casserole, we can squeeze in some TV time.

A Day Without Blood Is Like A Day Without Sunshine

by Rainier on Sept. 25, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We've had a weak summer so far, but it should heat up a little this weekend, and guess what? We're going to be spending it in front of the telly. Most of our TV series have restarted, and our DVR went from 40% to over 60% full. Last night, we watched Castle, Chuck, House, and we have Bones, Hell's Kitchen, NCIS and Fringe at bat for later today.

Gaming-wise, I've been really enjoying Vindictus, Nexon's upcoming MMORPG. It's still somewhat limited in its functionality, and one of the big features, guilds, seems to be disabled so the jury is still out, but it's certainly fun.

It Seems I've Created A Monster. A Strangely Persuasive Monster

by Rainier on Sept. 23, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Last night was quite interesting and fun. One of our longtime friends was in town for a visit, and we headed out for some drinks. We also got the news that he will be a daddy sometime next year, so that only added to our celebration.

If that weren't enough, a few hours into our drinkfest, a bus pulls up in front of our bar, and a bunch of nerdy people disembark, all wearing zombie makeup. We jokingly said that it was either Plants vs. Zombies or Dead Rising 2. Once we recognized a few of the Capcom PR folks, we looked at each other and collectively thought, "Hey, why weren't we invited to this gig?" The Capcom PR rep saw us and apologized, bought us a few rounds, and promised us a review copy on Monday — the day before the game ships. Uhhh, OK, I guess ....

I Can Feel It. I Can Feel It. My Mind Is Going.

by Rainier on Sept. 22, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

A busy day ahead. Apart from a hectic workday, I have to see the dentist for my six-month checkup/cleaning, and then in the evening, we're meeting up for drinks with one of our friends who is in town for a day. We'll see how that all pans out ...

We've been playing some more Vindictus, and we're really enjoying ourselves. Managed to get some old CrimeCraft gang members over there, so we're having a good old time. Next week, I'll have to take a break from all the hack 'n' slashing to chainsaw me some zombies when Dead Rising 2 arrives.

Buck Up - Never Say Die. We'll Get Along

by Rainier on Sept. 21, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Now that the big conferences are all over it doesn't mean that things are going to quiet down, at all. The next two months are going to be crazy busy as every developer/publisher is gearing up to get their titles ready for the holiday season.

So over the weekend we rushed through our first half of Dexter season 3, now we got to wait for NetFlix to send the remaining DVDs. We also watched some Covert Affairs, and now we are all ready for the fall season to start on a ton of shows like House, Bones, NCIS, Human Target, The Good Wife and so forth. Busy times ahead indeed!

If You Speak My Name, I Vanish. What Am I? Silence

by Rainier on Sept. 20, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Another weekend had gone by way too quickly, and I'm already looking forward to the next. Despite some high hopes, we ended up doing not much of anything. No surprise there, really.

We did some quick errands, watched some Rescue Me, played some Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and Nexon's upcoming RPG Vindictus. Grouped up with a few buddies and spent a few hours exploring the game and its many menus. I'm not quite sure what happened near the end of a big mission, but things started getting laggy to the point of being unplayable, so we called it a night. Overall, it was interesting and quite fun ....

If You Win, You Win. If You Lose, You Still Win

by Rainier on Sept. 19, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Yesterday was a fun day filled with errands, watching Dexter and mixed in with some gaming. I've got R.U.S.E. installed but haven't had a chance to check it out yet. I've been too busy fending off the Zerg or Protoss in StarCraft II. I might also check out Company Of Heroes Online. I've been a big fan of the series so far, so that one is definitely high on my to-play list.

Summer's pretty much done with, so it seems to have quieted down concert-wise. We only have a Bad Religion gig, and unless there are some bands passing through that we don't know of yet, that should be it.

Musically, I've been digging Avenged Sevenfold, As I Lay Dying and some Five Finger Death Punch.

Since When Can Weathermen Predict the Weather, Let Alone The Future?

by Rainier on Sept. 18, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

We didn't get anything done that we had set out to do last night. We made dinner and played video games, which is a great evening indeed, so I'm certainly not complaining. I spent some time playing APB since it's shutting down soon, and there was also some Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 co-op action.

Society Tolerates Only One Change At A Time

by Rainier on Sept. 17, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

This week seems to have passed by quickly for some reason. I guess times flies when you are having fun!

Sorry to hear that APB is shutting down. I had just renewed my subscription for another month, and quite a few of my CrimeCraft friends had migrated over there, so we were having a good time. There's a rumor going around that Epic might be interested in taking over the game, it running on the Unreal engine and all, but so far, those are far-fetched whispers.

No big plans for this weekend, so we'll have plenty of time to catch up on Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, and maybe even see the new Resident Evil.

You're A Fine Doctor, But You've A Lot To Learn About The Army

by Rainier on Sept. 16, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Oops, looks like somebody fell, conked his head and fell asleep! OK, maybe just the last part ....

The Tokyo Game Show has yielded quite a few announcement so far, and it barely started. Microsoft fired the first shot last night with a few nice announcements, so it'll be interesting to see what Sony and Nintendo have in store.

Last night we watched Weeds and the first episode of Dexter season 3, and he's got himself into a heap of trouble already. The season opener of Sons Of Anarchy was nice but nothing overwhelming, until the last minute or so, which made me scream "holy f**king shit!"  Yup, that good ...

You Won't Be The First Pig I've Gutted!

by Rainier on Sept. 15, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

Quite a few games shipped to stores yesterday, not the least of which is Halo: Reach, which already surpassed Halo 3 in concurrent unique users on its first day. That's probably why it was rather quiet yesterday; people were playing around with their favorite Spartan again.

Personally, I'm more psyched about the new season of Sons of Anarchy starting than any of the games on that list. I've got the first two episodes ready and waiting on the DVR, so it's a safe bet I'll be digging into that later today.

And That, My Liege, Is How We Know The Earth To Be Banana-Shaped

by Rainier on Sept. 14, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under MOTD

The week is off to a good start, especially if you are a Halo fan. I'm sure quite a few of you are in line somewhere as we speak, waiting to get your copy of Halo: Reach.

If I get some spare time today, I'll check it out and see for myself what Adam's critique is all about.

We watched Kick-Ass last night, and while we expected it to be a mediocre flick with some comic book action, it turned out to be a visceral ass-kicking fest. Legs getting chopped off, throat-slicing galore, and countless blood spraying headshots by a foul-mouthed 13 year-old-girl. We surely didn't expect that, but we loved every minute of it.

Almost makes me want to check out the PSN title from earlier this year ... almost.