Bleh you all Forum-effected me! I don't know when I'll actually get to try it out, hopefully tomorrow evening. I decided I should be proactive, as I just didn't want to regret not getting it this weekend and finding it sold out everywhere. Picked it up at a local Fry's FWIW, there were about 6 copies displayed.
Absolutely one of my all-time favorite shows, unique and creative writing, an incredibly hilarious over-the-top comedic performance by Jane Lynch, touching themes about family, friendship, and misfits finding their place - and the song numbers and arrangements are stellar with standout singing from Lea Michele in particular. If you like musicals in general, you'll probably enjoy it. What's even more interesting is how they are able to weave popular songs into what's going on in the various plotlines. However some caveats since I don't know you:
It's based in high school - so all the angsty soapy stuff is there, you may or may not go for this type of stuff
It's fairly "sexual" - some people were turned off by the frankness and openness of some of the sexual plot themes (which actually lessened as the season continued). They don't show a lot but they talk a lot about it.
It's pretty "gay" - and I don't mean that in a negative way, simply that there is a major soapy + show choir vibe to it, and there are various gay jokes and one of the main ensemble is gay.
It's very quirky - some people I know just can't get into it because of the style and having people burst into song at a moment's notice. Personally I think that's part of the show's charm, but I can see how it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea.
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If you are a Madonna fan, tomorrow night is the big all-Madonna song episode and it looks like it's going to be awesome. Can not wait!
This thing is totally an intentional leak. If it wasn't, there's no way that Apple would let the article stay up. All they would have to do is have their lawyers contact Gizmodo and do the lawyer threat thing while also threatening to block Gizmodo out of any future Apple press conferences, press releases, preview hardware, etc. It was absolutely done on purpose.
I was just discussing this with a co-worker, definitely agree. There was a cool article a little while back on the techniques Apple uses to purposely leak info.
I'm sure they want to plant it in people's (particularly those who might be considering an Android phone right now) heads that if they just wait another month or 2 they can get the brand new iPhone with better processor, camera, resolution, multitasking, AND a front-facing iChat cam.
I'm not familiar with this series, can someone give me some more hands-on info? I read the preview from IGN and there were definitely some things that sounded attractive, but the "hardcore" nature seemed like it could be a turn off. I'm also a bit confused on how the character development/uniqueness is played out if there are no levels/classes, etc. Is it 100% gear based? How does grouping work in that case, if there are no levels?
FWIW I'm a huge Diablo 2 fan in search of an ARPG that can captivate my attention.
Just got back from seeing it, was definitely an awesome flick. I haven't had that much fun at a movie for a long time, and the audience seemed to concur as they applauded a couple times during the movie and at the end. Pretty decent reaction for a saturday afternoon crowd. I have to say all the hype about the lil girl violence is a bit much. Yes there's violence but somehow the tone of the movie is played in a way that it's funny and stylish and riveting all at the same time. She pretty much steals every scene she is in. Even though it's a different kind of comic book movie, it is still a comic book movie. After having seen the film, I have to wonder regarding all the fuss on the age aspect, if it had been a boy if we'd even be discussing it.
Casting was exceptional. I was a bit concerned they chose a british kid to play this very american role but he was amazing. Nic Cage was good and Hit Girl rocked every scene. Mclovin was an interesting choice for Red Mist and it seemed like they werent sure exactly how to play him plotwise. Now what I am mulling over is whether the changes hey made to the plot were better or worse. They made some pretty major changes to some key story elements, i guess to make it more rewarding for a movie audience. My guess is comic purists won't like the changes, personally I have mixed feelings.
Either way it was a refreshing punch to the comic book movie genre.
I don't want to get involved in the back and forth arguments, but I will say this, when reading the comic I did find it disconcerting to have a 10 year old girl whirling around slashing people in pieces, and I definitely would not want, say, my 5yo nephew to see this movie (as he already has a superhero fetish and a mini-violent streak). However, I also think it's too bad if you've made up your mind on the movie based only on this single aspect. You might believe it was done purely for shock value or to be funny or cheap - but if you read the story, it actually makes sense and is a really interesting and different "superhero" origin story with a great/heartbreaking twist and a satisfying ending and story arc for the character.
I spent 30-40 minutes reading a book with the iPad via the Kindle app. Definitely getting eye-strain. I'm not sure what the difference is, since I certainly spend way more time than that continiously reading webpages. Maybe the difference is web reading consists of reading, with regular breaks to switch webpages, and changes of material, and doing things other than just focusing on line after line of text.
I'll do more experimenting, but at this point, I'd have to say it's bad enough that I would not want to try reading books on the iPad. It's too bad, since the iPad is so much better than the Kindle in many ways.
Don't forget you can adjust the brightness, font size and color of the page, maybe the right combo will help. Personally I found Sepia page color and lowest brightness worked well for me. Also I suppose it depends on what kind of lighting you are reading in - I still preferred having a lamp on to the side (same way I read regular books) over reading in complete darkness.
FWIW, I read for about half an hour in the iBooks app and didn't have a bit of eyestrain.
Wow wow wow. This season just is relentless in its overall awesomeness. My boy JT, WTF are you doing??!?!? It's as if you'd never even seen an episode of Survivor, let alone won. A little bit of patience (given things were tied) and you could easily have controlled the game, jumping on Sandra or Jerri to turn against the villains. I think he's pretty much sealed his own fate with an inane act of trust that seemed so over the top it felt like the producers scripted it in.
And OMG what is up with Russell and the immunity idols? Just way too funny how they just fall into his hands. I thought Pavarti should have just given hers to him as well and then my head would have exploded in laughter. I loved when Pavarti was reading JT's love letter to Russell, that has to be one of the best moments in Survivor history and poor JT, all his friends are probably making fun of him. Russell himself probably couldn't believe it, if I was him I'd be asking the producers if they are manipulating things.
Anyway, looks like Sandra will spill the beans next week, but it may not be of much use given that Parv and Russell both have an idol. It's gonna be a fun trip to the finale for sure!
I started playing IMO last night. It's an older style Korean-based MMORPG (similar I believe to Ragnarok) developed for iPhone. It plays pretty well on the iPad in 2X form, in fact with all the stuff going on I think it might be more effective to play on the larger screen. The game itself is pretty old school MMO and probably pretty grindy, but it seems to be the first "real" true MMO experience for the iPhone, with many people online and in the area at once. Looks like they have some form of PvP as well.
Quote from: Arclight on April 15, 2010, 10:31:38 AM
Andrew = Yes Katie = No Tim should have gone. Man, this season for me is just the worst. Probably just burnt out on the whole Idol thing. Its starting to all feel a bit cheesy to me now.
Time for something new. Maybe Simon's next show will bring back the excitement....
I think X-Factor makes more sense to me as a format, where you have the judges personally involved in helping the contestants choose songs and arrangements. Theoretically they should be much more invested, and there shouldn't be the inane, back and forth, wishy washy and trite pieces of "advice" given out each week. I thought Katie for certain really got screwed by the judges, I've never seen them give any contestant such conflicting advice, particularly for someone so young. I doubt Jordin Sparks would have won under the same circumstances. Andrew too was in some ways a victim of the judges' bizarre expectations and poor direction. I'm glad he's gone but really they need to re-tool the format a bit or just end the show soon.
Quote from: Scraper on April 14, 2010, 03:07:42 PM
Did anyone else laugh when Jordan Sparks got blown up? Dummy.
I did! I mean come on, didn't she watch Season 1?!?! (or was that Season 2 with Arnst).
Pretty interesting all in all, next week's ep looks crazy. I still can't figure out if we're supposed to root for or against the alt-universe. In the alt-verse, everyone is pretty much alive (except poor Locke, ouch! and I guess Sun is also in jeopardy but I'm sure Jack can save her!), Jack seems more balanced with his son, Hurley found Libby, Desmond found Penny, Sawyer is a cop, Claire has her baby - but clearly they've also made slight hints that this is the "wrong" universe that shouldn't exist and is now going to be "corrected." But it's pretty hard to root for a universe where so many people died (especially Juliette!).
At this point, I'm almost out of theories, I just want to sit back and enjoy the final ride.
I was too sucked into Glee to do my live review, so I'll go off memory:
I loved Adam as a mentor, I think he was actually one of the best/useful mentors they've ever had. His advice was sound and made sense and combined his experience on the show with performing experience. I loved when he told Andrew he was boring lol.
Crystal - I thought she sounded screechy the whole song and for me it was one of her worst sounding performances, but at least she seemed to get really into the song. Judges fawn over her predictably. Ugh, could they be any more obvious.
Andrew - I don't know what's going on with him, it seemed like he was going to try to swallow the mic as he carried it around with him. He actually made Hound Dog sound kind of weird and boring, please let him go this week, even after spicing it up from the original take he did with Adam.
Tim - mmmmmm so dreamy lol. I think Adam was just falling in love with my boy Timmy and didn't really pay attention to his vocals, the same as I did while he performed. The vocals were actually just OK to decent but man he is milking the dreaminess. And using his smile more sparingly, you go Timmy! In an act of utter bizarreness, you can see Ryan Seacrest slow dancing with a big man in the background as he sings. That was seriously F-ed up in terms of unfairness to Tim, I mean talk about distraction. Turns out it was Michael Sarver which I don't know if that makes it better or worse.
Lee - I thought he sounded awesome and I'll likely purchase this one. However his stage presence is still absolutely horrible even though the judges say he is getting better and looser. He's about as loose as... well I won't go there. Anyway I hope he makes it far because I just love the sound of his voice, I can totally hear him singing some really good rock songs.
Aaron - actually impressed me with a decent vocal and some physical movement, but all in all it was just OK and borderline karaoke
Big Mike - I actually liked what he did, a nice stripped down In The Ghetto. Very well done and soulful rendition, though unfortunately for him any time I hear this song all I can think of is Cartman from South Park singing it. Might be enough to keep him in, but also might have been too sleepy/boring and against his original fanbase which seemed to love him doing cheesy up-tempo stuff, we'll see.
Siobanshee - I actually disagreed with the judges, I think she actually sounded better and prettier in the first half of her rendition of Suspicious Minds. I mean I really liked the kind of Supremes vibe (as Randy put it) and I wished she would have stuck with it. But this being AI, she knows the fans and judges want her to scream, so scream she does. So yes it's kind of a schizo performance and kind of unfair for Simon to berate her for delivering what the fans want.
Casey - same ole same ole, lame way to close the show. I was bored.
Based on last night's performances alone, I would dump Aaron and Andrew. Based on voting blocks, I think it might be Andrew and Big Mike. But based on the nine lives principle, I think Timmy's time may be done as he's outlasted things drastically, and Andrew and Tim may go.
Dungeon Solitaire just came out recently. It's a mix of solitaire with a CCG flavor. Unfortunately it's "solitaire" so single player gameplay only. Still it's got a fresh, simple twist to it and it looks and plays great on the iPad.
I had a sense it was coming (no pun intended) based on an interview I had read, but I thought even 24 wouldn't be so cruel as to kill someone right after getting laid. That was just horrible and uncalled for.
And then the whole bit with Chloe? Come on. Now I am the biggest Chloe fan around that I know, but this was pretty ridiculous. She went from not knowing how to work within the New York CTU system to the only one to take over within 12ish hours? Wow. That's almost like having a super mousy character flip around to be a psychopath killer mole in the same time frame.
I'm glad the series is ending, cause the writing has become almost Heroes-esque in its inconsistency.
Short answer: if you've used an iPhone or iPod Touch screen, you'll have a sense of how different a touch screen interface can be, so just imagine that about 6 times larger with 6 times the canvas to interact with, and just as smooth and responsive if not more so. If you haven't, then the answer to your question is absolutely yes. Navigating the web (as well as photos, email, eBooks, etc) on the large touch screen is absolutely a new and engaging experience relative to using a keyboard, mouse/touchpad. It's a more "immediate" feel to your direction/touch, something that really has to be experienced.
Quote from: metallicorphan on April 11, 2010, 09:38:52 AM
Quote from: CeeKay on April 11, 2010, 12:12:06 AM
I have a feeling the chauffeur knows what is going on too, especially after the way he was asking if Desmond needed anything after he talked to Eloise.
i thought he meant that because he knew what a bitch Eloise was,and he knew Desmond would need a drink etc
okay,i think i may know what i was thinking about...it may of been an episode of The X Files,season 7 i think,Mulder is in a Coma(some Alien virus has put him that way),and he is having some kind of dream where he lives in the perfect neighbourhood,with Cancer Man living in the neighbourhood as well and his sister(who he has always been searching for) lives in the same street and he his married to that English FBI woman who you always wanted to punch in the head.....and even though its all perfect Mulder slowly realises that something is wrong,and that he needs to get out,but everyone is telling him why should he do that as its perfect here and you have the perfect life etc etc
i think that's what i was thinking about anyway,as i haven't seen that episode for quite a while
That was a fun episode, I remember that!
Also if you ever watched Angel, they did something almost identical with Gunn.
Some more idle thoughts after the weekend (cross-posted from MacRumors and Wanderers forums):
I think what I'm seeing and hearing is a lot of people are still just flat out confused by the iPad. I've already fielded numerous questions from different friends/family and I think even after I'm done they are still confused. There was even a joke in the SNL news about "trying to figure out what it is". Ultimately people have to see and try it for themselves (assuming they are open minded and interested enough to give it a real chance), or someone who has one really needs to demo it for their friends with some specific usage cases that they can personally relate to.
So basically Apple's got their work cut out for them for marketing; it's almost like it is too many different things to different people, and the lack of coherency is confusing to people. Is it a portable gaming machine? An eBook Reader? A portable web surfing/email device? A portable media device? A laptop replacement? If you have been using one, you already know it's a bit of all these things, but more importantly you can pick and choose the Apps that suit you the best to personalize your experience. For people who haven't used one, I think it really comes across as just a "giant iPod" - which you can't blame them as that's their only/easiest frame of reference for the time being.
One thing that crossed my mind this morning while reading an article in the LA Time about iPad vs. Kindle; Apple could very easily have marketed this as the "Ultimate Reader" - it reads books, Kindle books, comics, newspapers, magazines, pdfs - all in bold, brilliant color with a great touch interface. That's something definitive that people would understand, with a solid, defined target customer base. They could have called it the iRead and sold a single $499 model that would pit it right against Kindle DX. But instead, the reader functionality is just a fraction/subset of what the iPad is capable of, yet Apple is more or less being "punished" by peoples' confusion. Kind of ironic, or just sad might be a better word.
Anyway, my personal feeling is it will just take some time to gain more definition and clarification by a broader range of people. I suspect once it starts hitting high school and college campuses it's going to really take off.
Pocket Legends - see Console Gaming forum for details, it's a 3D Diablo-ish clone but highly addictive if you are into that kind of game
We Rule - Dress sewing, pumpkins, hot dogs, corn, griffins, peppers and dragons. 'nuf said. Again see Console Gaming. It was fun on the iPhone but gorgeous on the iPad, the detail on the minions and being able to see a fuller size kingdom (particularly Wonderpugs) is really cool
Warpgate HD - I haven't got to spend time with this yet, but my first impressions are good. Very interesting open-ended space sim, I love that you can zoom in to ship detail and out to space pretty seamlessly, very nice interface and reviews claim a ton of gameplay depth. Once I escape Pocket Legends clutches I intend to get more into this
Marvel Comics - absolutely gorgeous way to read some of Marvel's comics. You can either view the comics in full page, or double tap and read it frame by frame, a very nice/cool touch. If you just want to show off, I highly recommend Astonishing X-Men #1 (written by Joss Whedon). The bad news? Comics cost $1.99 each and the selection is fairly limited, and limited to older comics. I was hoping for Kick-Ass, which would have kicked ass (bad humor intended), but it looks like the newest stuff is from a few years ago.
StreamToMe - I've heard Air Video is better, but haven't tried it yet. Either way, both of these stream your porn, I mean .mov, .FLV, .wmv etc etc video files and convert them *on the fly* from another computer in what seems to me like nothing short of magic considering how long it takes to actually convert a file from one format to another even on my quad core PC.
Air Sharing/Goodreader - PDF reading and wireless file transfers. I've heard Air Sharing is the one to go with but I can't fully comment yet. I wasted the whole weekend playing Pocket Legends instead of setting this up.
iBooks/Kindle - obviously the Big 2 face off for the eReading market. iBooks is a much more satisfying "experience" with lots of nice bells and whistles like pretty page turns. Kindle is still very solid, and I like that you can adjust brightness, page color and font size pretty much on the fly. With Sepia and low brightness, it looks pretty damn good, particularly with the size of the screen.
One piece of bad news, I'm having trouble putting it down. I actually have to force myself to put it away and do other things. I got so addicted to Pocket Legends that hours passed and I forgot to get dinner started. And I think it can get so "immersive" or "intimate" that you start to sit with it in awkward angles, so my neck was kind of tweaked after awhile.
I actually had to drag myself away from this game, I haven't been this addicted to a game in a long while. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to everyone but I will try to explain what I personally like (and dislike).
Essentially this is a stripped down version of Diablo 2, with some hints of WoW thrown in the mix. They've taken the bare bones of what made grouping so much fun in D2/WoW and kept everything else to a minimum. Like D2 it's one of those games that seems really simple at first play, but starts to get more strategically "deep" once you get more into it. The 3D implementation on the iPad is virtually seamless, I've had a few hiccups here and there but for the most part the engine has run incredibly smooth, even with 5 players in a group with multiple spell effects going off. I'm curious to know how the iPhone version holds up. Movement is touch on location based (I think there is a virtual joystick option as well), and you can manipulate the camera very intuitively with touches, including zooming in and out. Hitting your auto-attack key is the easiest way to engage enemies, saving you the issue of needing to click on a fast moving target. Game is 100% free (level to about 12ish) until you want to add additional content; each pack appears to be $1.99 which seems like a steal to me. You can also purchase (with real cash) things like more gold and respecs.
There are 3 classes, ostensibly forming a fairly classic combination of tank, healer and CC in the ideal case. Each class starts out very simply, as you are given only 3 stats to work with and a single skill, and each stat is nominally pumped for a specific class. As you get further, you get skill points to either add a new skill or boost an existing one, but you can only have 4 active at a time. So the more you play, the more a particular "build' and playstyle starts to become more fleshed out. For instance the mage can be tuned as a healer or a damager. The archer can focus on ranged AoE damage or be more of a soloer or focus on CC. So what makes things interesting is that the people you play with may or may not choose to work in the core framework, and as you start to get deeper this can make a big difference. Tactics, positioning, skill choices, mana and health management, all of it comes into play once you hit level 10 or so. I've played with mages who never cast a heal spell and either ignored or had dumped the resurrect spell, as well as tanks who never taunted. Some players don't seem to realize that the heal is a PBAoE, and they spread out all over the place leaving it impossible for you to heal everyone.
In any case, grouping with strangers is all part of the game, and it actually makes for an interesting challenge. You can try to solo but it's really not that easy in this game, which is one of the things I like. Advancing in the dungeons really takes good balanced groups to work through efficiently. The good news is they've made it exceedingly easy to group with strangers (you basically just jump into any open game) so some people may or may not like this type of framework.
SO long story short, if you liked the class building and group tactics aspects of D2 and are willing to put up with the perils of PUGs, you can get a lot of mileage out of the game. What's missing is the loot and as mentioned before, a trading system. There's some OK loot but not nearly enough for a game of this type, and not being able to trade is a big miss IMHO. You can get some better (but not unbalancing) items using real cash, which is an interesting addition to the game. If they can flesh this out in future patches, and perhaps add in another class or 2, they could have a real strong long-term winner on their hands.
I wonder why no PC dev has been able to recreate this type of closed server system effectively. I guess Dungeon Runners was the closest thing but for whatever reason, this game seems more addictive even though it is clearly simpler. Then we had Mythos which of course died with Hellgate. Torchlight was great but this type of game simply thrives as multiplayer, even the idiots who don't know what they are doing are part of the charm.
I am now officially addicted. Definitely a Diablo type of game, but even more streamlined to keep things simple. It took me a while to figure out i could access the store at any time and upgrade my equipment. Also to start figuring out what skills i wanted to use, etc. Very very fluid and the multiplayer seems to hold up well even with five players.
Quote from: metallicorphan on April 10, 2010, 05:51:22 AM
ahh,i thought i saw him from somewhere..guess i should of known...and no way was he that Indian guy in Short Circuit,LOL
i am having a mindblock today because of this episode
do you know when Mrs Widmore(Dans Mum)said to Desmond that he had it perfect,and it kinda made Desmond catch on that his life WAS different?
well,it has started to make me think of another film,where a guy starts recollecting stuff and realises that he has had a mind wipe as such,and then goes on the run(maybe with a girl who's mind i think has also been wiped),even though his new life is somewhat perfect...i have had every film in my head,especially 'The Island',but i don't think its that..'Total Recall' also came to mind as well,but that's not the film i am thinking about,i am sure its set in modern day....i just know the people he is running from had given him a great new life...i even had 'The Trueman show' at one point,and that lead to 'Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind'
has anyone got any idea from those feeble clues i have given?
I'm pretty sure you are thinking of Eternal Sunshine with Jim Carrey. Really good movie.
I can't believe I downloaded this thing. I just have one question - is the time you have to harvest relative to the time it takes to grow? I would like to just check it once a day or so, and if my beans take a day to grow but die within 5 minutes if not harvested I'm going to say screw it.
Definitely yes but i don't know the formula. What I do know is i tend to lose strawberries the most.
The best part of this season is that I am continually surprised each week at the tribal council, unlike regular seasons where the middle portion is generally predictable. I thought for sure Courtney was going and they still managed to switch it up on me. I'm still a bit confused on how it went down, as I believe the final vote was 4-3, and I'm pretty sure I saw Russell vote for Courtney. Did Danielle stick with the plan and vote Coach? What the heck was Russell doing, did he know they would be starting the jury already and this way he could say he never voted for Coach? Speaking of which, if they started with 12 and jury is beginning, does that mean they are going to do a 3-person finale (9 person jury)?
Next week looks sad for me, the way it was advertised it looks like JT is going to give away his immunity idol and get himself voted off. Of course it could just be the editing and I'm not sure that would constitute dumbest Survivor move ever, as I think some of the others they showed in the commercial were just too classic (Erik and James in particular).
Quote from: Blackjack on April 08, 2010, 08:30:20 PM
Trailing a bit off topic, I read some rumor mongering that Lenovo might step in to acquire Palm. I don't really understand the synergy there.
I think a lot of companies are seeing what Apple is doing, leveraging cheaper mobile phone tech (with less "power") and turning it into mobile/portable computing tech (like the iPad), instead of doing what was traditional (trying to force desktop hardware and software into a tablet style platform). So it makes sense to me.
Quote from: leo8877 on April 08, 2010, 06:50:00 PM
One thing I was wondering about was answered in the post-QA:
Q: How do you close applications when multitasking? A: (Scott) You don't have to. The user just uses things and doesn't ever have to worry about it. (Steve) It's like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it. In multitasking, if you see a task manager... they blew it. Users shouldn't ever have to think about it.
Damn you are fast! I was just about to quote this lol!
This seems really weird to me, what are you just going to have an infinite amount of tasks running in the background forever? And somehow it never sucks up RAM?!?!?!
Quote from: th'FOOL on April 08, 2010, 06:23:23 PM
Lot of sour grapes, here. Seriously, people, with new 4th gen hardware around the corner did you seriously think a memory hog like multitasking would be supported 2 gens back? There was a reason they didn't include it then...
I do feel bad for the previous gen owners, but as you said I wonder if it just wouldn't work well (or at all) with the slower chip. Or maybe the older units had less RAM? I wouldn't be surprised if it's really intended more to work with the as yet unannounced iPhone HD (or whatever they will call it) and iPad. The newer Android phones (and I presume Windows) all have significantly more powerful processors, AFAIK.
I just tried this out last night, Free to download. They are advertising it as the first real 3D MMORPG for iPhone/iPad. I'd actually consider it more of an MMO-Lite, closer to Diablo 2 than to WoW. Only 3 classes to choose from right now and it looks like you have to purchase additional content (no surprise). Essentially the core gameplay is loot and level, killing mobs in dungeons, but you "join games" in a way that reminded me much more of D2/Battle.net than it did to a real MMO.
Still it's a nice start and at least worth checking out for fans of the genre. The 3D implementation seemed pretty smooth on the iPad, and grouping with others was pretty seamless as well.
Quote from: The Grue on April 08, 2010, 04:54:11 PM
I am having an issue where Raverna's on my friend list, but I can't see the town on my little map. I can visit the kingdom by going to Plus, clicking the name, and doing Visit Kingdom, but why won't it show up on the map?
I had that happen all the time, somehow it just self corrected after I tried a few more times. No clue what was up with that.
P.S. I am sooooooo jealous about wonderpugs' griffins!!!!