I've been on Spotify Premium for a little over 6 months now and really like the service. The audio quality is excellent for a streaming service, and their music library is broad enough that I never have trouble finding good music. In fact, there are very few occassions at this point that I can't find an album or artist when I search, and new releases hit the service quickly enough that I rarely buy music any more.
I saw this in IMAX 3D earlier this afternoon. While the grown-up part of me is whispering in the back of my mind that Pacific Rim is a ridiculously over-the-top example of Hollywood excess, I can barely hear that over my inner 12-year old screaming that it was awesome!
Glad they did right by you. They refused to do anything about my 2006 Sony DLP which crapped out after two years, despite it being a widespread problem among their DLPs (failed optical block). They were finally forced to address the issue for nearly every other model due to lawsuits, except my model, of course
I had the optical block failure (green blob) on my 2006 SXRD (A2000 model) when the set was about three years old. They replaced the optical block under extended warranty and it worked for about a year before failing again. I contacted them a second time and they offered to replace my faulty set with a steeply-discounted brand new LCD thanks to a class action lawsuit over the issue. I was able to replace my five-year old faulty 55" SXRD with a new 42" 3D LCD for only $200 out of my own pocket. I then sold that replacement without even opening the box for a $500 profit and used the money toward buying an awesome 55" Panasonic plasma.
I got a pretty good deal in the end, but I won't buy another Sony tv because I know many others weren't so lucky, and there are plenty of better options now for less money.
I finally finished this afternoon...absolutely loved it and I can't imagine anything being able to top it as my game of the year. TLoU has one of the best-told stories I've ever experienced in a game, not only because of the fantastic character relationships and dialog, but also because of ND's ability to convey so much emotion and realism in the way characters move and speak. I could go on for a while repeating all the great things that others have said, but the most significant compliment that I can give is that The Last of Us really is an amazing artistic, storytelling, and gameplay accomplishment that has a well-deserved spot on my list of all-time great games
I've recently began my push to finish WoT after making it through the first seven books roughly 15 years ago. I was waiting for book 8 at that time, picked up the hardcover when it was released, and never got around to reading it. I eventually decided to just put it all off until the series was complete.
Fast forward to the present day, and I've started again, determined to make it to the end. I just recently started book 2 and hope to finish sometime early next year. I'm confident that I can read a book a month, but I will probably squeeze a few other things in between...will see how it goes...
The jokes only happen at very specific times during the game, you have to talk to her when she has a triangle over her head, and that triangle only appears after she's been idle in a specific location for a while. There are five points in the game where you can hear the jokes, and catching them all actually nets you a trophy.
I think the big thing that is missing from this discussion is the fact that the Alex character and this conversation did not appear on the Sesame Street show. That segment, along with a great deal of other clips and information, are part of an online toolkit that Sesame Street has created for parents to use in helping their children cope with difficult issues.
The Sesame Street organization has a whole series of tool kits dealing with different topics that parents can use to help kids that are struggling. In this case, they recognized a situation that affects a significant number of children and chose to provide resources to help parents who aren't sure how to address it on their own. That seems like a pretty respectable idea to me...
Today was the big day for running my 10k race...woke up bright and early to run at 7:30 this morning. When the race started, it was already about 75 degrees and 80% humidity. Those of you who have run before can probably relate to how miserable those conditions are for a long run...might not seem all that warm when you're just standing around, but that kind of humidity and bright sun can really steal your energy. I think most people did pretty well for the 5k and 10k events, but it really took a toll on the half-marathon runners who were facing temps around 85 degrees by the time they were finishing...saw a number of people stumbling across the finish, and heard that several had collapsed along the course. It was still a fun morning, but I'll be hoping for something a little cooler for my next race.
So how did my run go? I had set a goal to finish 6.2 miles in under an hour and just barely came up short...crossed the line with an official time of 1:01:38 (9:56/mile pace). Even though I didn't quite make my goal, I'm happy with my time given the day's tough conditions and fact that I could barely run a single mile (let alone six) at the beginning of the year. I still feel like I've come a long way and plan on continuing to push myself in the coming months. It has taken me 4.5 months to get this far, and I have the same amount of time to finish my prep for my first half-marathon in October...and a second 13.1 a month later. I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life at 34 and don't plan on stopping any time soon
I ran my second 5k race this past Sunday morning and finished in 28:05 (9:05 pace)...ahead of the 9:15/mile goal that I had set for myself, and shaved 2:45 off my first 5k just over two months ago
Now I'm only a few days out from my first official 10k race this Sunday, and feeling really good about meeting my 60 minute goal. I ran the course with my training group two weeks ago and finished in 62 minutes, and that was coming off a week of being sick...should have a much better go at it this weekend
I played a fair number of original Xbox games on my launch 360 during the first year, but that was mostly because the flow of quality new games wasn't up to speed yet. I also didn't have the time or money to play the original Xbox, so I was interested in experiencing the previous generation. There are so many new games hitting the market at this point that I never feel that I need (or have the time) to go back and play stuff that was released 8+ years ago.
This time around, I already have a 360 and PS3 on which I've been able to play most of the games that have interested me, and I'll still have them for the early next gen when new releases might be slim. For those reasons, I just don't see backward compatibility as a significant concern in my gaming future.
I saw it in IMAX 3D this afternoon and loved it...great movie from start to finish that had just the right combination of humor, action, and nods to long-time Trek fans. I had my suspicions about where the story was going as all the twists began to unfold, but there were still a lot of unexpected parts, and it was really cool to see exactly how it all plays out.
Anyone who has any interest in seeing this definitely needs to make sure they avoid spoiling the plot early if they want to enjoy it to the fullest though...
Still working my way through Bioshock: Infinite...love the game, but I just haven't had much time to play lately. Fortunately, I think I'm pretty close to the end and excited to see how it all comes to a close
I don't understand why reserved seating for IMAX is a problem either. Just like TEW, I love that I can buy my tickets and choose my exact seat days ahead of time, then walk into the theater right before the show starts and have a guaranteed awesome seat. When I do decide to see a movie on short notice, I can still use my computer, phone, or even the kiosk in the theater lobby to see exactly what seats are left and pick one that I like...no worries about getting there early for a good seat, or I can pick a different time if I don't see a decent seat. I think it's a great idea, especially for a large theater like IMAX.
That's why I'll be buying my tickets for Star Trek in advance and locking in my favorite seat for opening weekend
I've been continuing my 10k training over the last six weeks and broke the 5-mile barrier for my first time yesterday morning, running 5.18 in just under 53 minutes. I was actually at about a 9:30-9:45 pace for most of the run, but I finished up with a set of hill repeats that made up the last 6/10 of a mile, bringing down my average a bit. It was a perfect morning and the best feeling run I've had in weeks, despite pushing to a greater distance than I've done before.
I'll be running another 5k event in three weeks, which is actually a pretty easy distance now, and I think I'm in good shape to do my first official 10k on June 2nd. I feel like that's pretty good for a guy who had never run more than a mile before January 12th
Panasonic makes very well regarded, relatively inexpensive players. I've had one for almost two years, and while it was updated several times in the first year, new firmware is pretty rare now. I've never had trouble playing any disc, and the streaming features work well. The only real weakness is that their user interface isn't the best, but it does the job well enough.
I saw this on IMAX this afternoon and really enjoyed it. The plot had enough twists to keep things interesting, Cruise turns in a very good performance, and the visuals are fantastic. Put all of those positives together, and Oblivion is one of the better sci-fi movies I can remember seeing in the last few years.
I totally forgot to come in here and post last weekend, but I successfully ran my first official 5k last Sunday...started running on January 12th, and managed to do 5k in 30:48 only 9 weeks later. My goal was to finish in under 30 minutes, and in retrospect I could have done it if I watched my time more closely and pushed a little harder. I felt great when I crossed the line, like I could have been faster, but I was holding myself back at the beginning over concerns of burning out on a long uphill during the third mile. I'm getting to know my capabilities better all the time and will be ready to push the pace a little more next time.
Speaking of which, I start a 10k program on Saturday and hope to reach that distance goal in time for a race the first weekend of June
I got roped in by this deal yesterday, using it to pick up Gears of War: Judgement, God of War: Ascension, and Tomb Raider for $120 (essentially $40 each). Pretty great price for three high-profile recent releases, and will mean some great gaming over the next few weeks :cool:
I just finished DmC tonight after spending about 12 hours on my first run through the game on 'Demon Hunter' difficulty and loved it from start to finish. They've created a very complex and challenging fighting game, but at the same time kept it very accessible and fun for those who aren't completely dedicated to the series. Mix that gameplay with some of the most creative and dynamic level design that I've seen in a long time, and it made for an incredibly fun experience. The art design was always interesting on its own, but the way the environments were constantly morphing and rearranging themselves around Dante was really what stood out to me...very imaginative level design that was always surprising with something new. I think the 'dance club' level was one of the most creative and trippy things I've seen in a game in quite a while. Mix all that in with an a story that does a great job of reinventing a well-known character, and I have to say that Ninja Theory's take on DMC is a great success
I just finished this tonight and have to say that I really enjoyed it overall...very cool and well executed concept. I was going for a non-lethal playthrough and almost succeeded, but I somehow got charged with two kills over the course of the game. I went out of my way to avoid intentionally killing anyone, but the level stats show that I killed one person in each of two different levels...not sure what happened. That still gave me the most positive ending though.
That said, I did find the ending to be a little disappointing. After all that happened in the game, I found the final mission to be surprisingly simple and was really disappointed by my final deeds that brought on the ending cutscene...pretty anticlimactic. I still had a lot of fun getting there, however, and think that Dishonored is a great game overall...would love to see a follow-up at some point
Spoilers for my ending...
Spoiler for Hiden:
I managed a 'very low chaos' ending in which I stopped Granny Rags, saved Emily, left all the major characters alive, brought an end to the plague, and died a hero...not a bad life's work. I was really disappointed that my final mission to stop Havelock was as basic as climbing the lighthouse, walking into a room where he was standing alone at a table, Blinking behind him for a choke-out, and letting Emily out of a locked room. As soon as she jumped into my arms, the final cutscene and credits rolled...no final dialogue with the big bad guy, just a summary of everyone's life after the rescue. It wasn't bad, but I guess I expected a bit more.
I posted about a month ago that I was taking up running, with the ultimate goal of completing a half-marathon in October. The first step I've been pursuing along that path is to run a 5k race on March 17th. This morning, after beginning my first attempt at running exactly six weeks ago, I ran 3.3 miles in 35 minutes. My official 5k race is still three weeks away, and I've managed to hit my goal distance early. That means I get to spend the next three weeks pushing the pace a little so that I can reach my goal of finishing the 5k run in under 30 minutes. I was running with a beginner group this morning and they were slower than the 10:00-mile pace that I've been setting when I run alone, so I really don't think I'll have any trouble getting my time down.
I'm six weeks into my attempt at improving my overall health, and I can already feel the difference. My first runs were barely more than a mile, and I would finish aching and short of breath. I finished this morning's 3-mile run feeling great and ready to go farther. I still have a long way to go, but that 13.1 mile goal doesn't seem nearly as daunting any more