Some things I've learned....
(2) "Puff" - unimportant; insignificant; unworthy of study by engineering students; waste of time
(3) It's better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you're stupid than to open it and prove them right!
(4) Blockwork people and concrete people can never work on the same site... Apparently they don't like each other....
(5) It's official; I'm fantastic!
Wednesday 30 January 2008
Exclusives on the line for 2008 include Metal Gear Solid 4, White Knight Chronicles, Resistance 2, Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (and maybe the actual GT5 too!), Final Fantasy XIII, and Killzone 2. In comparison to its competitors line-ups, it's the clear winner, though in Microsoft's case it is acceptable given that last year was such a huge year!
Not only has Sony got these great games in store, but the hotly anticipated "Home" service for its PSN users, aswell as support for DivX and likely other formats in the future on its Internet service, PLUS the Dualshock 3 and even more Blu-Ray DVD's on the way there's never been a better time to own/buy a PS3. Most recently Microsoft announced that it was in talks over Blu-Ray technology - something Sony already built into their PS3. With that in mind, once Microsoft join Sony on the Blu-Ray bandwagon, the likelihood that people will buy a PS3 will further increase, given that it is the only console to support Blu-Ray and the suckers who bought HD-DVD players will be fuming (as no other companies will continue to produce HD-DVDs).
If those aren't reason enough to buy the PS3 over its competitors, look no further than free-online gaming, something which has to be PAID for on Xbox. Admittedly upon its release, the 360 versions of multiplatform games far outpaced their PS3 counterparts. However, now that developers have had time to work on the PS3 (most notably the excellent Call of Duty 4 released last year), it is very hard to discern the quality of one from the other - i.e. whether you buy a multiplatform game (for example the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed), you no longer have to worry about which it looks better on, as it will be virtually identical - although this is purely dependent on the developer... Assassin's Creed anyone?
In short, 2008 is gonna be a good year for gaming, most notably in the PS3's corner. Here's a taste of things to come:
Click the links as these are HD videos and I can't squeeze them into the tiny space on this blog:
Tuesday 29 January 2008
Monday 28 January 2008
Maths for Engineers V
Better known as STATISTICS :( , I was never a fan of statistics and probability for the Leaving Cert, but the lecturer says it's easy enough so we'll have to see.
Mechanics of Solids I
After the awful Mechanics of Fluids last semester I wasn't exactly looking forward to this, but once the course outline had been delivered I saw to my delight that most of the course I had covered previously with my first year module "Theory and Design of Structures", WOOP!
Design and Communications for Structural Engineers
When I first read the course overview I was quite excited, a really hands on course, but after the Thursday lecture for the "communications" part that excitement has been crippled, much like the way the Enterprise was crippled in Star Trek II after Khan....I'll stop there. Yeah so aswell as our studio work we'll have a huge mother f'n written project to do!!!
Theory and Design of Structures II
I'm HOPING that this will be as good as last year, but the first week of lectures has questioned both the content and the speed which we'll be going. It may well go slower than French for the Leaving Cert.....
Computer Applications for Civil Engineering
Easy peasy lemon squeezy - for now anyway. When we move on to MATLAB I expect it to get more difficult, but for now I'm enjoying it, plus we've the added bonus of Dr Yaqian Zhao who was brilliant in first year!
Definitely looking forward to this, interesting, hands-on AND field trips. Have you seen those saps around the city with the metre and tripod, yep? That's what we're going to be doing!!!!
So other than that what else is new? Monday's is footie night up in ASTRO PARK, so if you'd like to come along let me know. LOST and PRISON BREAK are BACK!!!! Mondays and Tuesdays - serious conflict on Mondays with football. I'm 3 weeks into the recruits course in the John's, I'll have them become the best damn recruits EVER! Especially after a certain someone did the course on his own two years ago.....
GRINDS = MONEY!
I currently have Goal of the Month in our little thing on Mondays with an average scoring rate of 7 per game too!
Death or Glory awaits...
Thursday 24 January 2008
I'm also loving the new theme tune, enjoy:
Here's hoping the new film won't suck as bad as this!
Tuesday 22 January 2008
In the meantime it's back to Top Ten's, this week Megadeth:
10. Prince of Darkness (Risk):
9. Blackmail the Universe (The System Has Failed):
8. Gears of War (United Abominations):
7. Tornado of Souls (Rust in Peace):
6. The Scorpion (The System Has Failed):
5. Washington is Next! (United Abominations):
4. Die Dead Enough (The System Has Failed):
3. Symphony of Destruction (Countdown to Extinction):
2. À Tout le Monde (Youthanasia and United Abominations) This version is the 2007 one featuring Cristina Scabbia:
1. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due (Rust in Peace):
Remember, it's just my opinion!!
Saturday 12 January 2008
Courtesy of IGN.com
January 11, 2008 - When the original Resistance: Fall of Man launched alongside the PlayStation 3 in 2006, its status as a best seller was all but guaranteed. The game looked good, played well and offered the kind of online firefights the Sony fan base was clamoring for. Thanks to map packs and a devoted following, Resistance is still running strong on the PS3, but as more and more FPS games hit the console, gamers are starting to want more. They'll get it this fall. Resistance 2 is official after Sony announced the title in the latest issue of Game Informer, which should be hitting subscriber mailboxes anytime now. In the cover story, Sony spills the beans on all sorts of nifty gameplay features and functions.
1. The game will feature the standard single-player campaign as well as an eight-player online co-op campaign that's objective-based. Two people can still work together locally.
2. Ready to beat each other senseless online? Resistance 2 will feature 60-player matches set in the United States.
3. Sorry, Rachel; the campaign will pick up from Fall of Man's epilogue and stick solely with Nathan Hale as he copes with getting shot down in Iceland, escaping to the states and joining the "Sentinels" program.
4. There will be classes. Characters will start out from one of three basic templates -- a "tank-style" soldier rocking a chain gun, a "Special Ops class" that seems like a sniper or a medic whose "Medicator" gun will hurt enemies and heal allies -- and go from there.
5. When you and a team of friends head into battle, there will not be a selectable difficulty. Insomniac will be auto-scaling the challenge to the skill of you and your squad. When you jump into a random online match, you'll be teamed with partners and opponents who are around your personal level.
6. "Personal" is going to be a big word in Resistance 2. The game will have dedicated servers for gaming, community and stats as well as gamer profile pages on myresistance.net. In-game, the setup will be completely open when it comes to clans and parties -- the era of invites has come to a close.
7. Vehicles are in the game, but Insomniac wouldn't let on about their role.
The game's set in the '50s, but expect a more modern U.S. landscape as well as a focus on the aerial side of the Chimeran attack.
8. The game's AI has been overhauled -- they have improved routines and detachable armor pieces -- and boss battles will be more important than ever. Exciting, no?
Here's a few screenshots:
Wednesday 9 January 2008
So now that I've two Forgeworld projects under my belt, what's next?
Hmmm....birthday in March anyone......?
Lastly, I painted the gems over the body in blues and purples, aswell as a few details in silver and gold. The headdress was painted in the green with streaks of white running through it and the cloth was painted as shown.
Not too shabby if I do say so myself!
Oh, and another GMG is on the way during the week!
Thursday 3 January 2008
Here's a few videos with gameplay, interviews and TV commercials which will likely accompany the game's release. It's good to see Sony finally getting their act together with this exclusive and with multiplayer that reviewers have said could out do the untouchable Halo on Xbox 360, the game's release now has even more significance. Korn are also releasing a single entitled Haze to go with the release.
The game almost looks more like a movie than anything else, and the storyline is quite original if you ask me. A good deal of the background is revealed in the vids, so I'll let you listen up there.
A very VERY likely TV commercial:
One of the earliest trailers:
A likely TV Commercial, well a shortened version anyway:
A Walkthrough of one of the levels:
Can't wait for this one!!!
Tuesday 1 January 2008
Anyway, next update I'll be going through assembly and what not!
Stage 1: White undercoat, and blazing orange for all the cracks and recesses. Remember, the Avatar is practically made of magma, so reds and oranges are what I'm using.
Stage 2: After that, I painted the majority of the Avatar's body black, as I'm going for a darker shade red. The difference in white and black undercoats becomes apparent next.
I've already posted two separate series regarding my Revenant and Avatar projects, and yes they will be updated soon, I've just been up to my neck in... well... it's better you don't know.
Just looking there, I don't know why I didn't take a pic of the Warp Spiders... Oh well!
Do you actually want to know what grinds my gears? Well do ya? Yeah? Well guess what, it's people who complain!!! I mean come on, complaining has got to be one of the most annoying things ever. And we ALL do it! Everyone needs to have something to complain about, and there's some people who aren't happy unless they are complaining! They probably annoy me most, but I also don't like people who don't complain enough cause chances are they're bottling it up and then one day will explode all over your ass and then you'll complain about them complaining and that usually puts you and them in bad moods, who will brush off that negative emotion on other people, resulting in a slow and negative spread of the complaining and bad humour like some kindof virus, ergo if its a virus then its bad, and so complaining is bad!
Complaining... let's look that up in the dictionary:
1. to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault: He complained constantly about the noise in the corridor.
2. to tell of one's pains, ailments, etc.: to complain of a backache.
3. to make a formal accusation: If you think you've been swindled, complain to the police.
More often than not people complain regarding definition 1 above. There's many other words which are frequently used instead of complaining: bitching, moaning, pulling out of one's arse, whinging, nagging, grumbling, bitching, etc. More often than not "complaining" (the verb, not the word itself) is most commonly associated with young people. I mean let's face it, young people can be bitches when it comes to bitchin'! I'm allowed say that since I'm nearly 19 and won't be the half-teen half-adult age of 18, where you're simply just a baby adult.
What right do people have to complain, most of the time it's about stupid bitchy stuff like Paris Hilton, or people on the bus, or stupid TV shows or something. Why can't people complain about serious stuff like War, Famine or whatever. Of course there are people who think they're complaining about serious stuff, they're called "Protesters" kids. They think that what they're doing is complaining about something serious but in reality they're just a nuisance, stopping traffic or boycotting some product or something. All they're doing is slowing down the economy and giving other people something to complain about, meaning they will then complain about protesters by protesting and hence will piss off other people who will complain and the whole thing will eventually come full circle.
It's interesting that the things people complain about is rarely gender dependent. Men complain about women and women usually complain about men. They only time you'll have men complaining about men and women complaining about women is if they're gay. Wait.... strike that, women always complain about other women, it's one of their favourite things to do. And in fact.... men never bitch about other men. It's a simple case of buying the bloke a beer and things usually work out. If not, a bloodthirsty battle in the gladiator arena usually settles the score should absolute clarity on the issue be required (and in that case the dispute is usually over a woman, hence satisfying condition 1 of men bitching about women). You never see women settle they're differences like that, they just keep it to themselves choosing to bitch about someone in secret, and they never want that person to know. LOOK AT ME!! I'm doing what I just described what men do, I'm complaining about women! Maybe I'll dedicate Issue 15 to that topic...
So enough of women for now... how does one go about complaining?
Firstly, its essential and I mean essential that you find something to bitch about which you feel absolutely passionate about. There's no value whatsoever in moaning about something that you don't feel for. Once you've got that you have two choices: (a) research the topic to ensure that you can make a carefully constructed concise complaint or (b) do absolutely no research whatsoever and let your deep rage on the matter form the basis of the argument. After that is decided you need a medium to effectively transmit your argument. The internet, a public forum(particularly if you're live on TV or receiving an award in front of a crowd or something cause you have SO much power at that moment!), a newspaper or anything like that is ideal. Finally, decide the basis for argument: personal experience or no experience and just think you have experience and hence justly complain about it.
Speaking about that briefly, is there anyone who can justifiably complain? Well kindof, if say a guy gets his penis cut off, he can rightly complain about having his penis cut off. Realistically, one can only complain justly about something if it is "out of the norm", like in the above example. Complaining about "the traffic" for something isn't justified, because it happens to everyone, its an accepted way of life. HOWEVER, if you are sitting next to a woman on the bus and she decides to plop out her enormous left breast right beside you so she can feed her child then YES you can complain justly!!!! (That last instant was me, see a previous issue of GMG for further information) Goddamn, I'm complaining about women again!! Really though, I love ya's so don't take it to heart....
Finally then, what's to be done about all this complaining? How do we smote the complainers, cripple the bitches (not women, I mean those who complain!) and decimate the bemoaners?
I say we lock them up together, then they can complain together, no doubt about their predicament of being locked up together. And of course we should separate men from women, not in attempt to deny them sex or anything, but then they will we want to be able to moan about the opposite gender amongst their fellow brothers and sisters in privacy...of a sorts.