I saw the trailer and some other bits with Star Trek and I'm not really fond of the changes they made. It's no longer a father and kids thing, which is an odd change to make. Looks like it could be funny, but I'm not sold yet.
Holy crap that looks awesome, although a big departure from the original BG&E style of play. The movements actually reminded me a bit of Assassin's Creed. Could there be a shared engine between this an AC2? Or this could be completely fake. Either way, it's cool.
I really enjoyed the movie, although I would certainly agree that someone who is fan will get a lot more out of it than someone who is not. There is a lot of fanservice in there, but it was done in respectful and clever ways.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I didn't read a lot about the movie beforehand, so I assumed it was a reboot or retelling or along those lines. I really don't generally like time travel/paradox stories, but I really appreciated the way Abrams knit this story into everything that came before it. Well done.
I did have some questions about the timeline, and I'm sure I can read up on the internet to find out if they messed anything up. For example, they make a great little reference to Archer and his beagle, but I kind of assumed that Archer would have been long gone before Kirk was born. Perhaps not, and the beagle might not have been Porthos but a descendant or other. Not a big deal even if they didn't get it right.
I thought the Spock/Uhura relationship came out of left field, but my wife and I thought that it was possible that the relationship might have ended long before TOS, or there are a number of ways the death of Kirk's father might have created minor changes in the ways things happened. Again, not a big deal.
The only things I didn't really like were 1) the whole swollen hands bit, which seemed really out of place and 2) Winona Ryder. Not that I have anything against Winona Ryder, it just seemed very odd that they took a relatively young actress and made her look older for a pretty small role as Spock's mother. It was distracting.
I was also surprised at the lack of Abrams-verse cameos. Not even Greg Grunberg? EDIT: according to IMDB, he was actually in it, but just his voice
In the end, I didn't really think the movie was as tightly paced as it could have been (in particular, Kirk's crash landing on the snow planet and subsequent encounter with the local wildlife felt a little odd, although it was an understandable means to an end) and maybe didn't feel as epic as I wanted it to be. I also wanted them to put in some of the movie/TNG music, but that's just nitpicky. Overall though, I did really enjoy it, and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the Star Trek universe.
Oh, by the way, if you are getting this through your employer, you might also be able to use a Roth 401(k), which is a relatively new plan. It's sort of mix between the two in that you use after tax money, but there are no income restrictions. They started offering this at my place and I need to look into it because I have Roth IRA that is rotting away (can no longer add to it, but it is getting hit with yearly fees because of low balance).
I does have a lot of old stuff. For example, it has Uncanny X-Men and Amazing Spider-Man going back to the 60's. If you visit the site they list every issue that they have. The tricky part is seeing the missing issues when they have a lot. I don't know yet what is missing from the Uncanny X-Men because I haven't looked really closely. I did look at Secret Wars, and they only had issues 1-8. Looks like they only have the first 30 issues of the original Wolverine line. They appear to fill in some issues over time, but it will obviously be a while before all the Wolverines would be filled in.
If I was to get one of these, I would definitely kick in the extra $130 and get the DX. Much bigger, more storage, and the thing should last a long time, so the extra cost would be spread over the life of the device. They really do need to get color, though, because this would be great for magazines and comics.
I decided to sign up for a year of Marvel Digital Comics last night. I have read very few comics in my lifetime and this seemed like a nice low-cost way to get a ton of "fun" reading material.
I read Uncanny X-Men #1 last night, which was a hoot. It really lets you see the way people were thinking in the 60's. It also appears that the original version of Magneto was ridiculously powerful.
My question was really about read order. I know in 90's when college buddies of mine were reading comics, it was extremely popular to spread stories across 3 or more titles. When did they start doing this, and is there any good source for looking up when you should be reading other titles for crossovers? Did they tell you in the comics themselves or did you just have to be "in the know"?
I tend to be "it depends" on tattoos on women. Words written across one's ribcage don't really do a whole lot for me, but other things can be intriguing. The one "dumb young girl" thing she did was to get her (now ex) fiancee's name written next to her vajayjay. I'm sure her next partner is going to love that.
As far as her job goes, Hollywood seems to be perfectly happy to deal with tattoos with makeup and editing. Neither she nor Angelina Jolie are hurting for work.
I love old Dom. Some of the inter-action between him and Burt Reynolds on gag-reels and such were hilarious.
I have to admit one thing though. I thought he was gay all this time. What stuff has his kids done?
His kids are all over the place - I think Peter (who you might remember from 21 Jump Street) does mostly producing or directing now, and he is heavily involved in Stargate. I see the other kids acting all the time - one of them had an extended run on Gilmore Girls and another is on one of the Disney shows.
Finally caught up last night. I think I read the same thing as some other people, that Alan Tudyk was supposed to play Alpha, but knowing Wash, it didn't seem to fit. I got a little suspicious when he changed clothes and was in such good shape, but I just chalked it up to the fact that actors just generally stay in shape. So, in the end, I was still pretty surprised.
So, no one has mentioned - when they brought back the old head of security in Victor's body, he called out for "Whiskey". They made some crack about him wanting a drink, but my immediate thought was that there was a doll in the room, codename "Whiskey" (which fits the military alphabet system they use for the dolls). My first thought was that it was the doctor, but later in the episode, she mentions that she was there when Alpha was first created.
EDIT: although, I guess if she's a doll, they could make her remember whatever they want her to remember.
Stargate Atlantis, etc. would be spinoffs from the original Stargate series. In this case, a second Parenthood tv series, based on the movie, is being made with no connection at all to the first series (which was nearly 20 years ago). This would be sort of along the lines of having a new MASH series that assumed the series with Alan Alda never happened. I bet this has happened, but I can't think of an example off the top of my head.
Most networks don't have their announcements for 2 weeks, but NBC released some of their info today.
Some interesting things:
-Big Bang Theory is renewed, but HIMYM is still up in the air -SVU is renewed, but original L&O is up in the air -Heroes was renewed, which is surprising since I haven't heard anything good about it in ages -Fringe was renewed - guess it has a following -NBC has a new show called "Parenthood" coming in the fall, which is the 2nd series based on the original movie. Has that every happened before?
I'll have this in hand today or tomorrow and was wondering if anyone is interested in a co-op run? I'm on the east coast - I don't have a ton of time weeknights (I can squeeze an hour or two in at times) but should be able to commit to some chunks of time on the weekend. Let me know if you're interested.
Quote from: PeteRock on April 30, 2009, 08:55:00 PM
Quote from: Scuzz on April 30, 2009, 08:42:49 PM
Did you use profanity with the sensitive one? If so then maybe you do owe an apology. Also, while I understand the backgrond about the housekeeping it really has nothing to do with the problem, other than maybe demostrate a sense of frustration at what transpired.
I use profanity all the time, and no less frequently around her. Did I swear at her? No. More the equivalent of saying "DAMNIT!" after stubbing your toe instead of yelling "DAMN YOU!" at your wife for laughing after you stub your toe.
Regardless, I'll probably see her this weekend and discuss the situation. A big deal about nothing. My biggest problem was with my wife's demands and orders.
If I was at someone's house and my dog had an accident, I would be embarrassed and immediately help clean it up. There seems to be something very off about the way this woman reacted. Her reaction was more consistent of someone who thought Pete already had it out for them, rather than "one of the few people that like him."
That said, if it's important to the wife, I would just go ahead and call the woman - it should be pretty painless. More importantly, remember that marriage is about give and take. Do this now and you have something to hold over your wife's head later.
On the other hand, if the dog had crapped in my Home Depot no way I'm apologizing.
1. All the weapons from the original are coming again. 2. 3 maps from the original are coming back with a few noticeable tweaks here & there. 3. There is a total of 16 maps including 3 from the original. 4. 20 new weapons will be added to the inventory & the most noticeable are the FAMAS assault rifle, HK PSG-1 sniper rifle, MP7 sub machine gun, AA12 fully automatic shotgun, MG4 LMG and the .44 magnum revolver.
5. Multiple attachment perk has been added which allows 2 attachments to be added to a weapon. 6. The Single Player Campaign is predicted to last 7+ hours. 7. Co-op Mode has been added. 8. A new Alien Terrorist co-op mode is also added with details still unknown. 9. The multiplayer is set to have 4 new modes above the original modes. 10. A new CLAN system & TOURNAMENT system will be added. 11. The PS version of the game is set to have Dedicated severs provided from SONY [Xbox Servers status still unknown].
"Alien terrorist" mode smells a little funny, but who knows.