Fiery The Angels Fell. Deep Thunder Rolled Around Their Shoulders... Burning With The Fires Of Orc

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

That Infinity Ward story sure is weird, isn't it? I'm curious what sort of breach of contract and insubordination led to the firing of executives who just delivered the best-selling game ever, right before they were supposedly to be paid their royalties. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of that story.

This is turning out to quite an excellent week for gamers. Bad Company 2, Supreme Commander 2, a few MLB titles, and even the Alice in Wonderland game look exciting. I'm mostly interested in the first two, and while I already have SC2, I have yet to check it out. Better get to it before the next batch of titles ships ....

I'm Not Going To Waste My Time Arguing With A Man Who's Lining Up To Be A Hot Lunch

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

I've finally given up. The old iPod's on its way out, and a new one is coming in. When I went in to get it repaired, the Apple customer service rep said they would give me a discount if I were to replace my current iPod, so you can't beat that deal.

Passed a quiet evening watching 24, Leverage and nothing else.

Going to be making my schedule for GDC; lots of meetings and press events to go to. I'm not looking forward to it because that only means that E3 is not far behind.

When A Forest Grows Too Wild, A Purging Fire Is Inevitable And Natural

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

We saw Inglourious Basterds yesterday, and it was as good as we expected, albeit maybe a little bit more visceral than we'd anticipated. The Oscars have increased the number of Best Movie nominees from five to 10, and Inglourious Basterds is in the running. While it was good, we don't really consider it to be a contender.

We didn't really do much else today. We like to sleep in on Sundays, and then we went to breakfast, ran some errands, and watched the latest episodes of Lost and Amazing Race.

My iPod issues crept up again today, and I realized that it happened each time my computer rebooted without me properly disconnecting it. It was never a problem in the past, since I usually never disconnect it from the computer before rebooting. So far, formatting and resynchronizing it seems to fix the problem, so I guess I'll save myself the expensive of buying a new iPod until it totally breaks down.

I've Killed Women And Children. I've Killed Everything That Walks Or Crawls At One Time Or Another

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

Yesterday, we went to the Chinese New Year Parade, and by golly, it didn't rain for the first time in years. The parade itself was kind of a mixed bag; while it was fun to watch, it wasn't really anything too exciting, either. There were too many commercial floats for all sorts of casinos, insurance companies, McDonald's and the like. Of course most of the fun was to be had afterward, during dinner and after a few beers.

Later today, we might go check out Inglourious Basterds, which is available on DVD, but due to the long wait on Netflix, we have yet to see, and the local theater is having an encore showing in preparation for the Oscars.

Is He Dead? Well, His Head Is Gone, Does That Count?

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

We went to see Cop Out, a movie by Kevin Smith starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, and while it isn't going to be breaking any box office records, it is quite entertaining with a few good laughs.

Later today, we might go see the Chinese New Year parade. It depends on the weather, as rain is expected, and if the parade's track record holds true, it will come down in buckets. If we end up not going, well, we still have a few Netflix movie and a DVR full of TV stuff to catch up on, so no loss ....

Why Should I Kill Myself Worrying When I'll End Up Just As Dead?

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

Our tickets for the Faith No More concert arrived! I'm very excited about that concert, since I haven't seen them in a long, long time, mostly because they split up several years ago, so I'm looking forward to it.

Not much else is going on. Our press trips are over for this week, and we look ahead to GDC for the next batch of gaming goodness. This weekend will start in style with, hopefully, a good movie, and apart from that, nothing has been planned, so maybe we ought to catch up on our DVR, and if there's any time left, we can squeeze in some sleep.

This Bounty Hunter Is My Kind Of Scum: Fearless And Inventive

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

Today was quite the busy day. Not only did we attend Nintendo's Media Summit but a Sony event for God of War III. We'll have stuff up over the next few days, starting today with the Metroid: Other M preview and interview.

This weekend, we're going to try and catch Cop Out, a movie by Kevin Smith starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. This had better not disappoint, or I'm going to start yelling "too fat to fly."

Sometimes I Do What I Want To Do, The Rest Of The Time, I Do What I Have To

by Rainier on Feb. 24, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Today was another busy day, and not so much working on the site for a change. I had to help a friend load up his furniture in a truck since they are moving clear across the country. Unfortunately, it was raining cats & dogs all day long, which in turn made the pathway to their house muddy and slippery, so it was tricky to haul stuff back and forth. Glad that's over with!

That didn't leave much time for anything else, but we managed to watch Pandorum, which was a pretty decent sci-fi flick.

Why Didn't Anyone Think Of That Before? It's So Stupid, It's Positively Brilliant!

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

First of all I need to apologize for the late and spotty coverage yesterday morning. We were starting to feel like we were living in some third world country. First, our Internet connection kept cutting out, and then shortly thereafter, the electricity went out for a few hours. It's amazing how little there is to do without power — no TV, no Internet, no radio, no lights, no phone, and even the laptop was of no use since there were no functional routers in the area, for obvious reasons. Boring!

Another negative side effect of the matter was that when the power went down, it tweaked my iPod again, for some reason! I'm going to try one more time to get it working, but if it dies on me again, I'm kicking it to the curb.

If You're A Scottish Lord, Then I Am Mickey Mouse

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

This has been a wonderful weekend. I love it when a plan comes together, especially when you have nothing planned. We really didn't do much but lounge around, play video games, watch TV, cook, eat and do some errands.

This week, I was supposed to be flying out to SCEA to go and check out the finished version of God Of War 3, but on the day of departure, I have to help one of our friends pack up their big household items for a move across country, so now I have to rush to find a replacement, and no, this is not a call for submissions.

If I Didn't Know You Better, I'd Swear You Had Some Class!

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

Yesterday was a beautiful day. We didn't do anything. We stayed up late, worked late, slept late, and then made up excuses so we wouldn't have to leave the house all day. We put off our errands and even changed our dinner plans just so we could stay in, and what a perfectly lazy day it was.

We played some more Plants vs. Zombies on the iPod, checked out Greed: Black Border (very Shadowgrounds-like, and loving it so far) and watched some more Olympics, a few episodes of Heroes and Leverage.

Now, this only means we have more to do today, but we'll see about that when we wake up. :)

I'd Like To Spell It Out For You... Only I Can't Spell!

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

This weekend, we do not have anything in particular lined up. We did our taxes earlier this week, there aren't any concerts, no binge drinking, and movies we want to see. Man, what to do!?

Luckily, the Olympics and work kept us busy throughout the week so, as customary, we have a slew of TV series to catch up on.

What's with all these '80s hair bands making a return lately? I've picked up new albums from Dokken, Ratt, Tesla, WASP and Winger. Even Kiss' Ace Frehley managed to squeeze out a solo album. However, the most interesting new acquisition is undoubtedly Them Crooked Vultures, another side project from Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones.

We've Just Discovered The Most Wonderful, The Most Marvelous Poisinous Gas

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

After our little trip to the Apple store last weekend to fix my iPod, it died on me again yesterday. While the customer service was great in fixing the issue, I thought it was quite weird that a re-format was done so quickly — it seemed more like an erase than a clean wipe — so I decided to go into disc mode, do a low-level format it, and restore the functionality. So far so good, as everything seems to working again.

Finally managed to watch Halloween II, Rob Zombie's remake of the classic, and I thought it was better than the first one he redid. We also checked out the latest Psych, Human Target and some more winter Olympics.

I'd Like To Have Your Advice On How To Live Comfortably Without Hard Work

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

The Olympics are in full swing, and we got to watch Shaun White in action. The dude has his own personal half-pipe up in the mountains somewhere, so he can practice undisturbed.

We had taco Wednesday over at our neighbor's place, and it was great.

I planned on watching Halloween II yesterday but did not get around to it, so hopefully I'll get a chance to check it out later today.

I Love Hitmen. No Matter What You Do To Them, You Don't Feel Bad

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

It's that time of the year, time for taxes! As we pored over our paperwork, we came across a discrepancy. apparently our Norton virus protection for the office had been automatically renewed a few months ago, even though we'd already purchased an upgraded version and we were waiting for the old one to expire before we installed it on the network.  Off to customer service we went to see if we could get reimbursed, and to our surprise, the rep did not make a fuss, reversed the charges and gave us an extra month on our new license. It's not a lot, but we were quite surprised at how painless it was. Our hat's off to you, Symantec.

People Are Frightened By What They Don't Understand

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

Well, that holiday is over with. Nothing special happened, just a nice excuse to do absolutely nothing. We slept late, ate late, played some Plants vs. Zombies on the iPod and watched some Winter Olympics, The Amazing Race, Supernatural, 24, and The Good Wife. Very productive day indeed ....

I'm sure today will be much busier, so without further delay, let's get to it ....

You've Been Declared Competent, Son, 'Know What That Means? 'Means You Gonna Ride The Lightning

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

Hope everybody out there had a great Valentine's Day. We had a very relaxing day. Ran some errands in the afternoon, watched the latest episode of House, a movie called Bon Cop, Bad Cop, and a romantic dinner for two at home to top it off.

Today will probably be a quiet news day, as most places in the U.S. will remain closed for Presidents' Day (to celebrate George Washington and Abraham Lincoln's birthdays) but we'll keep an eye on things in case anything interesting pops up.

While You Wait You Can Read My Column. It'll Make Minutes Fly Like Hours

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

While I was skeptical about going back to the Apple store for my scheduled appointment, I walked away pretty satisfied and impressed. I was miffed that they didn't help me last week and I had to book an appointment to get some service, fully expecting the "geniuses" to either make me buy a new iPod or make me come back again to get it actually fixed after the diagnosis. None of that, I walked in and walked back out 10 minutes later with my old iPod, fully working.

On that high note, we ran our errands, played some games (yes, CrimeCraft) and watched TV. Scratch Burn Notice, House, Lost, and NCIS off the list.

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Lunar New Year!

When Somebody Asks Me A Question, I Tell Them The Answer

by Rainier on Feb. 13, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Another busy week has come to an end! We had quite a few events to attend over the past few days, including Microsoft's X10 gig, so expect some interviews and previews in the next few days.

We have a DVR full of goodies to work through, and last night, we watched Human Target and Psych, but it's still more than 40% full of other TV series. I foresee that the couch will get lots of loving this weekend.

I'm The Chief Of Police, Not The Chief Of The People

by Rainier on Feb. 12, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under MOTD

Just got back from the Alice in Chains concert, and it was excellent. There was a cool little band as the opening act, and Jerry Cantrell and his posse rocked for nearly two hours, playing a few songs from the new album, but mostly the greatest hits. No more concerts for a month or two until Faith No More comes to town. That one's going to be "Epic."

I managed to check out the new albums I mentioned yesterday, and the Fear Factory one was the best. Rob Zombie's "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" isn't bad, but it's certainly not his best work.