by Rainier on Dec. 6, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
The Moroccan shindig was pretty cool. Wasn't quite certain what to expect food-wise, but it's surprsingly normal with loads of chicken and lamb ... and a bellydancer for entertainment, of course.
Didn't get much watching done apart from "Bones," so since we have nothing specific planned for tomorrow, we can plant ourselves on the couch and watch some movies (we got Coraline
, and Notorious
) and eat some Häagen-Dazs.
by Rainier on Dec. 5, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
And here we are again, the weekend.
No big plans scheduled, apart from going to Adam
's birthday dinner at some Moroccan joint and running some errands. Got a few Netflix movies to watch, and I'll try to catch up on a few episodes of Criminal Minds and NCIS LA.
It seems my new PSU and gfx card have resolved a black screen issue that I started having a few weeks ago, so I'm pretty happy about that. The only game that I couldn't run properly without chugging was Red Faction: Guerrilla, so I'll have to give that a whirl and see if it runs smoothly now.
Last night's Stargate Universe episode was rather good, especially the sweet ending. Eat it, Dr. Rush!
by Rainier on Dec. 4, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Now that the new power supply arrived, my big project of the day, apart from working, was getting my new GeForce GTX 275
into my gaming computer. I bought a Corsair TX 750W
and apparently overestimated my needs a little bit since it has like 20 connectors for SATA, floppy, PCI-E and power, while I needed a mere 6. The problem is that my gaming machine is in a standard case, so it's quite small and the PSU's wires are huge, on top of the fact that the GTX 275 is twice as big as my previous 9600 GT
card. It was no easy task cramming all of it in there, and I'm sure airflow isn't optimal, so the next purchase will have to be a bigger case. Maybe Santa will bring me something I can use ....
by Rainier on Dec. 3, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
My new power supply arrived today, so tomorrow I'll open up my gaming rig and install the new PSU and check out my spiffy new Geforce GTX 275 card. It looks a little bit daunting, though. The PSU has a ton of wires, way more than I need, so hopefully everything will go smoothly.
For the past two days, we've had a sick person in the house, so quite a bit of time has been spent in front of the TV, bundled in blankies, watching The Good Wife, Sons of Anarchy, Young Guns, and a little CrimeCraft here and there.
Luckily, my office has remained a germ-free zone for now, so you'd better check those nasty viruses at the door!
by Rainier on Dec. 2, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Oh, boy! Somebody did not hear the alarm and wake up! Way overslept ....
I'll keep this short and get right to work. It'll be a long day of catching up.
My laser light guns for the Wii arrived yesterday, so we've been playing House of the Dead: Overkill a bit, and no, that's not why we overslept!
by Rainier on Dec. 1, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
I don't mind slower news days like yesterday; they give me a chance to catch up on stuff, like playing some CrimeCraft and watching episodes of Smallville and Criminal Minds. Because of last week's Thanksgiving holiday, there weren't many new shows on TV, so at least the list didn't get any longer. We also caught up on the rest of Glee and watched another episode of The Good Wife.
My Laser Light Guns arrived from Hong Kong, but unfortunately I cannot yet check them out since I have no games that work with it yet. They are in working order, so tomorrow, I shall bug various publishers to send me a few extra copies so I can start firing away!
by Rainier on Nov. 30, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
The long weekend is over with, so it's time to get back to the grind. We have some eggnog cheesecake left, but no more turkey leftovers.
Not much happened yesterday. We ran some errands, and apart from that, we watched the latest Heroes, a few Glee episodes, Amazing Race, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
and Slumdog Millionaire.
Yup, it was a busy couch and TV day.
by Rainier on Nov. 29, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Home sweet home!
Sorry about missing the MotD yesterday. Too much food and a long day of shopping wore us out.
I managed to get a new graphics card, a Geforce GTX 275. The bad news is that my current power supply is so weak that the PC does not even want to boot, so now I need to look for a more powerful PSU. The joys of upgrading. Luckily, the Black Friday sales continue online on Cyber Monday, so I should be able to hunt down a good deal on that as well.
by Rainier on Nov. 27, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Thanksgiving is over, so we're all stuffed with turkey, corn casserole, stuffing, horseradish mashed potatoes, and eggnog cheesecake for dessert. Good stuff.
In a few hours, Black Friday begins, the biggest retail day of the year. Usually I don't even bother to wake up bright and early like all the other crazies, but I'm in the market for a new high-end video card for my gaming rig, so I'm going to brave the crowds to see if I can scoop one up.
by Rainier on Nov. 26, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
We're flying out to visit the in-laws in a few hours. You always think you have so much time to get things together and then it sneaks up on you and you have to rush. We'll onlly be gone for a few days, so luckily we don't have to pack suitcases full of stuff.
We did some last-minute laundry, cooked some eggnog cheesecake to bring with us, prepared the laptop for traveling, and made sure we have all the tools and latest updates — all while we were watching the latest episodes of NCIS and Castle.
If you're not American, have some turkey anyway. It's pretty darn good.
by Rainier on Nov. 25, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Needless to say, we got a late start today. There's nothing to do about it but to catch up, which is what I'll be doing most of the day, I guess.
Luckily, it should be rather quiet. Most people will be traveling today to get to their Thanksgiving destinations. We're heading out tomorrow morning bright and early, so there will be no interruption of coverage — not until I'm passed out from a turkey overdose, anyhow.
by Rainier on Nov. 24, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
In our infinite wisdom, we decided to check out a few new TV series that we'd been on the fence about, The Good Wife and Glee. Unfortunately, now we've decided to add them to our already-lengthy DVR schedule. Now we'll have even less
time to actually sleep!
This week should be rather slim news-wise since most companies will shut down early because of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, so expect things to really die down mid-week. We'll be off visiting the in-laws, but the laptops are ready and primed, so we'll be on the case no matter what.
I've been checking out Torchlight
, and I must say that it totally sucked me in. It's not really about the story, but the game is just fun. If you ever played Dungeon Runners
, or if you're an old-time Diablo gamer, then this is very much like it. I wish the inventory was a bit bigger, even with the additional space from your pet, but maybe that increases later in the game. We'll see.
by Rainier on Nov. 23, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
The weekend is over, but it was filled with gaming, TV watching and sleeping. It was great!
We're basically all caught up, apart from a few series I have to watch by myself. While we munched on cookies and M&Ms we watched Amazing Race, another ep. of Heroes, Bones, V, and two movies, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
, and 17 Again
. Going in, we were more excited about the superheroes cartoon, but oddly enough, the Zac Efron
comedy/drama turned out to be the better movie.
by Rainier on Nov. 22, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Yesterday was a beautiful day in the area, another nice fall day that's cold but sunny. Perfect for walking to the store to get our groceries — especially since we sort of live uphill.
Doing some errands was the only excursion of the day, so we gamed a bit (yes, CrimeCraft) and watched some Bones, Heroes, FlashForward and Fringe. If we watch some more later today, we might actually catch up!
I've gotten House of the Dead Overkill and Darkside Chronicles ready to roll when my zapper laser guns arrive, and it won't even cost me a fortune in quarters! I also ordered a black Wiimote and Nunchuk, which should be here in a couple of weeks.
by Rainier on Nov. 21, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Don't you just hate it when you just can't seem to wake up from a nap and it turns into a five- to six-hour stretch? Anyhow, the weekend is here, so it's all good.
We plopped ourselves on the couch, put a few logs in the fire, and watched Stargate Universe, Supernatural and an episode of Flashforward before we succumbed to the sleep monster. Not a bad stretch of TV watching. If we can maintain this pace tomorrow, we might actually make a dent in the backlog.
Seems our Assassin's Creed II review
kicked up a little dust. Sorry, Charlie; we call it as we see it.
by Rainier on Nov. 20, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
I'm glad No More Heroes is making its way to the PS3 and Xbox 360
, although I'd have preferred the new one rather than the original title. I always thought the content was way too mature for the Wii, and I don't mean in a blood & gore way. It probably showed in the sales numbers as well, hence justifying the decision to port it. Hopefully some publisher — I'm looking at you, Ubisoft — picks it up and brings it to North America and Europe.
We made a little headway on the DVR today as we watched Smallville, Supernatural and NCIS. Now if we could only keep up this pace, we may actually catch up. Luckily, the weekend is ahead of us, and we have no specific plans, so as soon as we watch Stargate Universe, we can tackle the rest of the backlog.
by Rainier on Nov. 19, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Despite our best intentions, it seems we are losing the battle with the DVR. We manage to watch a few shows, and two or three more are waiting for us the next day.
We watched the new Sons Of Anarchy, and it looks like there is going to be a major showdown at the end of this season. All the secrets are out, and scores will be settled! The new Castle episode was great as usual, and one of the highlights throughout the series so far is the actress playing his daughter. While her screen time is, of course, not as prevalent as Castle's, she always steals the show when she does appear.
by Rainier on Nov. 18, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Another big Tuesday shipping day. Good thing we don't have to pay for our games, or I'd be dirt poor by now! The new Scene It? and LEGO Indiana Jones 2 totally slipped my mind, but hopefully we'll be able to check them out soon.
My eBay-purchased zapper laser guns shipped, but they are coming all the way from Hong Kong, so it'll be a few weeks before they get here. I can't wait! Ever since I was a kid, I've always been drawn to the lightgun games, like Mad Dog McCree, and now I'll finally have my own setup.
Not much TV watching today, but we did manage to squeeze in the latest House. Hopefully, I'll be able to make more headway into the ever-increasing DVR backlog.
by Rainier on Nov. 17, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
Today should be another glorious day for gamers! Plenty of new games should be in stores, including the hot hot hot Assassin's Creed II, Left 4 Dead 2 and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (lightgun game! *drool*).
We have a Capcom event to attend this evening to check out one of the new titles, so that should be fun.
If I have some spare time during the day, I'm going to try the Avatar PC demo
. I'm somewhat intrigued by the setting and lore, but at the same time, I'm afraid the overwhelming CGI will bring it all down. I hope I'm wrong because I do want to go see the movie
, as well as 2012
, A Christmas Carol
, Planet 51
and The Road
, to name a few.
by Rainier on Nov. 16, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST | Filed under
We had high hopes on Sunday to get a few things crossed off our to-do list, but alas, we failed. It's not such a bad thing because they weren't all that important to begin with.
We did, however, see Boondock Saints II
, and it was great. A little awkward with the inclusion of a new "gang" member, which threw off the trio's chemistry a little bit, but overall, the flick was great. If you were a fan of the original, you'll love the sequel, and if you never heard of the movie before, you'll enjoy it either way. While one of the quotes says, "Let's do some gratuitous violence," it's violence without being too over the top. A few dozen people die throughout the movie, but there's not a lot of gibs, guts or massive loads of blood.