Sunday, July 31. 2016 | Comments (0)
My only Black Lagoon wallpaper, so far. I'm working on another. Despite countless people telling me the show is worth it, I still haven't watched any Black Lagoon. Like Noir or Macross F, I'm afraid the show has probably been built up so high by so many people in my mind that it can't help but be a disappointment. Still, I know a bit about the show, and I'm a big fan of the characters of especially Rebecca/Reby/Revy, and Rock. For this wallpaper, I took a decent quality image that's probably fairly well-known and popular, cleaned it up, made a few areas more stark and contrasted to play with the lighting a bit. Since I started uploaded wallpaper to Deviantart, this has been by far the most popular.
RockAndRevyWideRed by xinem on DeviantArt
Thursday, July 14. 2016 | Comments (0)
Villetta Nu from Code Geass. Never seen the show. I've watched the Abridged Series of the first series. I don't even care for the actual "art" of the show, per se. But the character designs are great; just not the way they're drawn in the actual series. Also, Japanese Teenager Disease at work, again. Nu is supposed to be, like, 19 years old.
CodeGeass061a - Villetta Nu 1920x1080 by xinem on DeviantArt
Wednesday, July 13. 2016 | Comments (2)
It seems like there's Micro-everything these days. Micro-transactions, micro-payments, micro-aggressions (took me a while to wrap my head around that). So this is my new Micro-hobby. When I go on a grinding run in World of Warships, by which I mean "when I play ten to twenty co-op battles in a row, one after another", I wind up sitting around for about a minute between battles, and then after I get my ship in gear it usually takes a couple of minutes before the actual engagement starts.
So during those times I find an image to work with in Photoshop and start editing and cleaning it into a 1920x1080 wallpaper. After I had done a dozen or so, I started uploading them to my 10-year-old DeviantArt account that has never been used.
Considering how neglected my blog has been for the last few months, I decided to link them here, as well. Also, I'll probably start linking the videos I've been working on, with which I am trying to earn an income at the moment. I talk a bit about the wallpaper on my deviantart page.
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Another interesting note. During and after the Superbowl friends, acquaintances, pundits and journalists that follow the NFL said the game was boring and that viewership probably fell off considerably as the game went on. Apparently not. By the way, the numbers have been updated since that article was written; total viewership numbers now put Superbowl XLVIII as the most viewed Superbowl (and most viewed television program) in history. Viewership climbed steadily to halftime, then dropped slightly after the halftime show (which is normal) and then held steady throughout the rest of the game (this was my opinion of what happened, as well). People WANTED to watch a bloodbath. They wanted to see the Broncos get stomped. Maybe they would have been just as happy to see Seattle stomped; I think that's possible. But, once again, I go back to what I said on Facebook: for two weeks the media drove a non-stop drumbeat that Peyton Manning was a football god, and the Broncos were just too good to NOT beat these piss-ant Seahawks.
NFL fans are ticked off or annoyed, but the NFL just had the best Superbowl audience they've ever had. Guess what the NFL is going to want going forward?
Thursday, September 26. 2013 | Comments (2)
It's a baseball reference. Nobody panic.
New MLB instant replay rules still emphasize getting it wrong.
Two carries, six yards: The tragic story of Ricky Bell.
Vivien Maier, brilliant amateur photographer of the 1950's, wasn't discovered until 2007.
The Soviet superplane program that rattled Area 51.
The Mars Science Laboratory is still running, btw.
Would you like to own every MAD magazine ever printed?
How long has it been since DC Comics did something stupid? 8 days, when I made the link.
Akira predicted the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Sort of. But it's still kind of...eery.
Jon Sorensen: Personal recollections of working on the film Alien.
So Los Alamos prepared three nuclear cores, right? And we used two of them right? Hiroshima and Nagasaki. You remember that. So where did the third core go?
Raising the Dead: Bushman's hole in South Africa claims the life of a preeminent deep-dive expert when he tries to return a body found in the hole to the surface.
Grand Theft Auto IV: San Andreas I'm gonna give this a try.
Wednesday, September 4. 2013 | Comments (0)
Donna Lewis was one of a sizable handful of female singers in the mid- to late-90's who hit the airwaves with one or two pop hits and quickly disappeared. That wouldn't be so unusual, except that it really was a veritable flood for a few years. This was arguably the precursor to the "Grrl Power" movement, as it seemed be largely triggered by the success of Melissa Etheridge and other perceived-alternative and independent musicians; a female-centric offshoot of grunge. Lewis stands out not only for the extreme catchyness of "I Love You Always Forever", but for her impressively produced debut album "Now In A Minute". A few of the songs falter due to noticeably resembling each other, a real shame that mars an otherwise outstanding sonic experience. However, the albums other great failure is that it serves as a great cure for insomnia.
America's 50 Countries - Article on National Review about the heterogenic nature of America.
Andrew Branca appeared on a California NPR broadcast a couple of months ago to serve as the token defender of George Zimmerman and Stand Your Ground laws. Havoc ensued when Branca pointed out that 33 states have Stand Your Ground laws like Florida's, and California's is actually the most liberal (in the classic sense).
What, exactly, ARE Jay-Z's 99 Problems? An artist on tumblr is working it out.
Brimstone over Iwo Jima.
"Without Love" is probably the best song on the disc. Sounds truly phenomenal cranked up loud. Amazing mix.
The "Not-as-dark-as-advertised" Ages. An idea that's been covered quite a bit the last few years. Hopefully, the classic idea of the "Dark" Ages will be gone in another decade.
World of Warcraft subscribers down to 7.7 million. I talked about this on Facebook a few weeks back. As many have pointed out, 7.7 million is still the largest subscriber base in America, and it's probably the largest user base as well. Guild Wars 2 is claiming 5 million users, although it's very difficult to compare "users" to "subscribers". However, considering how successful many free-to-play games have been, I still think if WoW trends below 5 million Blizzard starts converting the game to FTP. The next expansion will prove it either way, in my opinion.
Former NBA star Kenny Anderson comes to terms with sexual abuse when he was a child. Another long piece by SBNation. These long-form articles SBN has been doing are excellent reading.
A tear-jerking story about "Animal Crossing". Will make you hate yourself if you've ever thought anything bad about your mother.
For Texans, a short guide to many lost buildings at Fair Park in Dallas.
And, again, while fantastically produced and featuring Donna's excellent voice, this is one of the songs that will put you to sleep.
Something I need to add to my list of things that I say I'll do but never get around to is reviewing a few albums. I know everyone loves hearing the opinions of a music snob. Speaking of which...seriously, who reads Rolling Stone anymore? I didn't even know they were still published.
P.S. Still can't get to sleep? Try this one:
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Today's video and music theme is Texas Rangers walk-up songs:
1st up, Lance Berkman uses "God's Gonna Cut You Down" by Johnny Cash.
A thing that won't trigger nostalgia: Blockbuster Video.
Top 25 Epoch-Making Anime
The Lord of the Rings Family Tree project. Ambitious, and still not the easiest thing to follow.
7 Pictures of Tom Cruise being tall.
Brad Johnson: The Price of an NFL career.
The much-hated A.J. Pierzynski uses "Bullets" by Creed, "Set It Off" by Audioslave, and included below because it's the most interesting, "AJ Scratch" by Kurtis Blow:
MLB's State-of-the-art Replay System
The Giant Rubber Duck in Hong Kong; coming soon to a major city near you.
Political: The Brickmuppet sums up all of the scandals of the current governmental administration that started breaking the past few weeks.
Political/Cultural: The Part of the World That Shoots Back
And finally (for now) Adrian Beltre's song is "Pa Que Retozen" by Tego Calderon:
A video I really wanted to find, or a recording even, is George Chandler's cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway". Chandler performed the cover for an episode of The Benny Hill Show, and apparently never recorded the song otherwise. Which is a shame, because it was probably the best version of the song ever performed. I have video from the show, but I am somewhat reticent to upload, as Benny Hill related videos seem to be taken down regularly.
My current video game project, since hitting the level cap in Scarlet Blade (it's been upped since, and a new area added) is to use the free trial of World of Warcraft to level every class with every race to level 20, and to make judgements thereon. So far I've leveled a Warrior for Human, Dwarf, Gnome and Night Elf, and I'm working on Draenei. I won't do Pandas until the end. One thing I can tell you is that the Draenei starting area hasn't been optimized for the free trial. At least one quest chain requires access to mail, which is blocked in the demo. The four original races have all been streamlined to make the level experience to 20 quick and rewarding. In fact, it's probably a little "too" quick, and it's clear (especially in areas that I had previously visited with older characters) that a lot of quests had been cut, even though their resources where sometimes still in the game. This is an improvement in some cases; e.g. a hunting quest chain in Loch Modan has been cut in half at least. Originally you had to "kill 8 xxxxxx's" for four different low-level animals, then four different medium level animals, then four different high-level animals, then a boss animal for each. Each group was located in a different area; the entire quest chain could have you running over the entire area (pre-mount if you're doing it at the appropriate level) and can take hours and hours of work (days for a casual player). However, in some cases Blizzard cut off a quest chain half-way through, leaving a story half-finished, or cut out a quest chain that uses unique resources. A good example is in the human starting area, which cut out the quest chain involving one of the kobold-infested mines, even though the kobolds and mine are still there. Most of the quest chain involving the human bandits is gone, leaving this group of bandits that everyone talks about, but that you never really do anything about. But more about all of this later.