Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lost Finale


I will probably write something more detailed later, as the nerd in me really needs to put it on paper, but for now I will only write/rant about something that I’ve been noticing for some time…

Sci-fi.  Science Fiction.  Fiction based in the realm of science.  Some of the most promising sci-fi stories of recent memory:  The Matrix trilogy, Battlestar Gallactica, Lost.  What do they all have in common?  The final act ceases to be sci-fi.  God and magic do not belong in sci-fi.  In fact that is really the only real separation between sci-fi and fantasy.  Neo had powers in the real world cause he was ACTUALLY the second coming of christ?  Fail.  Kara came back from the dead because she was an angel?  Fail.  Every mystery on the island for the past 6 years was ghosts, magic and the afterlife?  FAIL. 

Are we forgetting what sci-fi means?  I want ANSWERS!  Not a finale that focuses on wrapping up character arcs in an emotional ending, I can get that from better dramas.  Not ghosts, magic and religion, I can get that from fantasy.  I want cool, complex, scientifically based explanations.  Don’t pass off your show or movie as sci-fi until the final stretch, then just try to make me cry when the main character dies.  After all the mystery and suspense, I deserve a fucking answer.  And if you can’t write a decent ending, stop wasting my time and getting my hopes up.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Space In Between

Awesome song, awesome music video.  Also:  disturbing.

Monday, May 24, 2010


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Packing up my room to move out with Chad in less than a week!  Getting really excited!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Red Dead Redemption

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This game is awesome.  And I got it for free by trading in 2 other games :D

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Here I Come


Another playlist for the long drive to Saskatoon and back to pick up Chad.  Some good tunes!

  1. Dan Black – Ecstasy
  2. We Are Scientists – Rules Don’t Stop
  3. Harlem Shakes – Sunlight
  4. We Were Promised Jetpacks – Quiet Little Voices
  5. Modwheelmood – Things Will Change
  6. The Bravery – An Honest Mistake
  7. Dark Mean – Dark Banjo
  8. Parov Stelar – Happy End
  9. CocoRosie – Lemonade
  10. David Usher – Time Of Our Lives
  11. Elbow – I’ve Got Your Number
  12. Choir Of Young Believers – Claustrophobia
  13. The Bravery – Tragedy Bound
  14. Blackfield – Cloudy Now
  15. Parov Stelar – Homesick
  16. Nine Inch Nails – 9 Ghosts 1
  17. White Rabbits – Lionesse
  18. We Are Scientists – Break It Up
  19. Modwheelmood – Delay Lama
  20. Dan Black – Wonder
  21. Choir Of Young Believers – Why Must It Always Be This Way
  22. David Usher – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
  23. Peter Gabriel – Flume
  24. Peter Gabriel – Listening Wind
  25. CocoRosie – Here I Come

Sunday, May 16, 2010

New Level! DM-Rooftops

I completed my second Unreal level, this time using the UT3 editor instead of the UDK editor.  It’s a rooftops level, a bit of an homage to the old Duke Nukem levels I used to make.  In the end I learned a few important lessons while making this level about what to decide on before starting the level, and what can be decided on the fly.  There are definitely some things I’d change if I were remaking the level now.  But live and learn!  Pix and walkthrough video included:

And the video:

This Guy Scared The Crap Out Of Me The Other Day!

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I was working, minding my own business, and turned around to look out the window and instead had this guy right in front me.  Scare me half to death!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

More Crushes

Evangeline Lilly


The annoying damsel in distress from Lost.  None the less, she’s quite easy on the eyes!

Yvonne Strahovski


She plays the sexy spy, Sarah, on the sadly under-rated show Chuck (WATCH IT!).  If this show gets cancelled, not seeing her in all her outfits will be the saddest part!  She’s also the voice of Miranda from BioWare’s own Mass Effect 2!  They modeled Miranda (especially her face) off Yvonne!

Heather Graham


Looks kinda chilly out!  I don’t know if she’s ever kept her clothes on in a single movie she’s been in.  I’m ok with that though.

Olivia Munn


Took a while for me to come around on this one.  Chad always judged me for not finding her attractive, but after watching enough episodes of Attack Of The Show, I’ve finally seen the light.

Ellie Kemper


The new receptionist on The Office, Erin.  She’s so innocent and infectiously optimistic on the show, and you can tell it’s not far from her real personality.  A little known fact, she had some fame before The Office on College Humor as “Blowjob Girl”.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New Office

Finally decorated my office and got around to taking a few pix.  Love that I got a window office again, even after being away for 3 months.  Check it out!






I like to squish my skittles between my fingers, then nibble at them like tiny cookies!


Monday, May 10, 2010

I’m On A Horse

This commercial played when I went to see Iron Man 2 with some of the guys from work, the entire theater cracked up.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Foreign Thoughts

Been a while since my last playlist, and I’m gunna need some music for the drive to pick up Chad in Saskatoon at the end of the month.  It’s a bit long, but it’ll be a long drive…  So here’s what I’ll (correction: we’ll) be listening to:

  1. The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa
  2. Gorillaz – Glitter Freeze
  3. Miike Snow – Sans Soleil
  4. Nine Inch Nails – Beginning.Of.The.End. (End.Of.All)
  5. How To Destroy Angels – A Drowning
  6. Parov Stelar – Shine
  7. Royksopp – It’s What I Want
  8. Gorillaz – Empire Ants
  9. Jamie T – 368
  10. Harlem Shakes – Strictly Game
  11. Modest Mouse – The World At Large
  12. OK GO – This Too Shall Pass
  13. The Thermals – Pillar Of Salt
  14. Matt & Kim – Good Ol’ Fashioned Nightmare
  15. Freelance Whales – Hannah
  16. Yeasayer – Love Me Girl
  17. Passion Pit – Little Secrets
  18. Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill
  19. Jamie T – Chaka Demus
  20. Freelance Whales – Starring
  21. The Very Best – Dinosaur On The Ark
  22. Matt & Kim – Lessons Learned
  23. The Bravery – Bad Sun
  24. White Rabbits – Percussion Gun
  25. Gorillaz – Rhinestones
  26. Jamie T – Castro Dies
  27. There Will Be Fireworks – Foreign Thoughts
  28. In-Flight Safety – Amy Racina
  29. Elbow – The Loneliness Of A Tower-Crane Driver
  30. Built By Snow – Implode Alright
  31. Dark Mean – Happy Banjo
  32. Porcupine Tree – Great Expectations
  33. Porcupine Tree – Kneel And Disconnect
  34. In-Flight Safety – Big White Elephant
  35. We Were Promised Jet-Packs – Conductor

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dragon Age: Darkspawn Chronicles

I didn’t work on this one myself, but I have many friends who did.  Check it out!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

WTF Edmonton

Blizzard in May.  Really?

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Tire Change!

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I had a flat…  Fortunately it was time to change to my summer tires anyway.

Catching Up

Ok, I’ve fallen a bit behind.  Been very busy. 

I’ve been working on a new level in the UT3 editor instead of UDK, meaning I’m able to play it online, so far only with Chad.  I’ll post pics soon of the level, I’m very proud of it.  MUCH better than my first.

I’m back at BioWare!  Yesterday was my first day.  It’s great to be back, I’m on a new project (can’t talk about it), and they put me right to work in a high responsibility position, which is great.  I got a really nice window desk too!  It’s good to be back working with everyone again.

AND Chad just got hired at BioWare!  He’s moving out for June 1 and him and I are renting a condo from Dave.  It’s really nice, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, pool and gym, nice neighborhood, very close to work.  Olga will be moving out in a few months so we’ll be splitting the rent 3 ways, which actually works out being cheaper than what I’m paying at my cousin’s!  We’re gunna turn the third room into an office for our gaming projects, me working on levels, Chad working on character art.  We’re thinking of starting up a mod team.  Life in Edmonton will be great with Chad and Olga living here, not that I don’t love life out here already!