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  • Birthday 07/27/1978

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    a floundering vagabond spending his time on the couches of his best friends: movies and video games
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    austin, tx
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    systems analyst II
  • Favorite Games
    Grim Fandango, Doom 2, Half-Life, Morrowind, GTA: San Andreas, NARC
  1. I'm coming out of long-term lurk mode to posit that Jake's Half-Life 3 podcast is needed now more than ever! The fact that Valve's writers have left the building would free the interview subjects to not worry about any real world constraints thus giving us their unadulterated visions, and the series itself would give Valve (yet another) reminder that people want this game enough to devote a whole podcast series to just thinking about what it could be. Maybe the visibility raised by the podcast would get those guys back in a room together!? We can hope, right!?
  2. Rock Band 3

    I can recommend the Doors pack. every song has a strong keyboard part that's fun to play.Unfortunately a lot (some even on the game disc) have really minimal keyboard parts where you basically end up sitting there for most of the song then getting 50% because you miss the first note when something actually starts happening.
  3. Rock Band 3

    so glad this thread is back. I love this game and still play it from time to time (pro drums all the way. there's even a setting to toggle a second foot pedal between double bass and hi-hat!) and feel like the general collapse of the music game genre really undercut what a huge great game this was.
  4. Koyaanisqatsi is really remarkable for its photography and its Philip Glass score. The rest of director Godfrey Reggio's work doesn't quite add up in my opinion, and Koyaanisqatsi director of photography Ron Fricke's solo work (Baraka, Samsara) is also kind of light although still impressive from a purely photographic point of view. I think Koyaanisqatsi's the best of both of their work, probably due to a lucky confluence of three talents working together. I wrote a paragraph using the word "Koyaanisqatsi" three times! That said, if you're not averse to abstract poetic documentaries, Powaqqatsi and Baraka are also well worth watching. Naqoyqatsi uses a lot of CGI and therefore takes away a lot of the power of the first two. There are 70mm Baraka prints in circulation though so if you live in a town with a repertory theater equipped with 70mm projectors you have a good chance of being able to see it in a spectacular format. Haven't seen Samsara yet. All the "qatsi" words are native american and describe what the film is about but I don't remember what any of them mean. Something like "life out of balance, life in technology, and life in conflict.
  5. The Idle Thumbs Acheivements Leaderboard

    can i please be added? my gamertag is medialifeX
  6. I feel guilty listening to the podcast before reading the book but someone mentioned Sean being upset about the film trailer? The movie is really great and he shouldn't be upset (unless it was like... they visulaized things that he wanted his imagination to create on its own or that kind of thing). From what I understand it's not a direct translation in terms of structure (in the Q&A I saw the Wachowskis described it as "more of a tapestry than an onion") but it certainly worked for me and they succeeded in pulling off an incredibly ambitious epic cinematic experience. I'm just writing this in hopes that fans of the book will look forward to the movie instead of dreading it. I really liked it a lot. EDIT: I broke down and listened to the cast just to make sure I wasn't being a complete idiot. Sean & Chris, some of your fears are justified in that you do see Tom Hanks' face pop up all over the place and the birthmarks are all fairly close to comet-like images, but I have a couple points in spoiler tags which may make you feel a tiny bit better. Of course anyone that loves a book may not like the movie just because it's not the book (Ask me about L.A. Confidential sometime), but my feeling is that they did an incredible adaptation and made a movie version that is really good. I urge everyone to watch Tom Tykwer's adaptation of Perfume starring Ben Whishaw. To me, that shares a much closer similarity to Cloud Atlas (film)'s tone than any of Wachowski's work (although there are several signature shots that bear their style). Also, Ben Whishaw is fantastic.
  7. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    I would move on to Dance with Dragons before looking up Feast for Crows spoilers since they are so closely intertwined.
  8. Dishonored - or - GIFs By Breckon

    Are there any fellow Austinites here? A lot of Arkane folk were at the Arboretum gamestop last night for the midnight launch. I got to meet and chat with one Nick Breckon. It was probably the most fun I've had in a Gamestop.
  9. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    Also worth noting for those that may not know: There's an official map book coming out at the end of the month that promises a complete map of the known world, the free cities, beyond the wall, and i guessonly a few other things because amazon thinks it's only 16 pages long. superb series. the show is also good.
  10. New website!

    impressed! The Founder's Wall is up too!
  11. A Song Of Ice And Fire

    I was completely taken by the books when I read them earlier this year. Great series. Book 3 was my favorite.
  12. whoa. has there been official announcement for Double Fine Happy Action Theater 2!? This is the first I've heard mention of it. Also, September is really close! oopsAwesome!
  13. No it's not midnight. I believe it's a unique time based on something wacky like the first time you play the game or maybe it's a random time with your first play acting as the seed? Either way it definitely wasn't midnight for me. It ended up being Sunday at like 1pm but again I think it's different for everybody. It's definitely consistent to whatever time it's set to though so if you notice that you just missed it or something like that you can wait almost a week and try again. Also, I think the time window that the cube appears ends up being pretty generous - like 2 or 3 hours - since I don't think the hands move in analog (there are like 96 or 108 positions around the clock (I obviously went through the same headache that you did!)) so you don't have to be absolutely perfect with your timing... Although since there's no real precise way to figure out what the time is until you see it, you may want to check earlier than your math indicates just to be sure (this is what happened to me. I thought it would be 2pm but I checked at 1 and the cube was there so I took it). I would definitely suggest giving it another go if that's your last cube. The "full" ending is really worth experiencing, especially since you've put so much time into it!
  14. I tried to look this up as well and had the same experience as Chris. In my findings, the last clock hand is on a 7-day schedule, not a 2-day one. It makes much more sense in the context of the other hands that way (once a minute, once an hour, once a day, and once a week) and using this hunch i managed to get the fourth hand right on schedule.
  15. The Walking Dead

    Got to play through this yesterday. Great job, guys. Just superb. Everything fit together so well. I definitely liked it more than the show, perhaps like it more than the books. I love how the "___ will remember that" mechanic extends even to things that you may not have entire control over like I was immediately overcome with guilt like I had somehow failed even though, thinking back, I'm not sure I couldn't have done anything differently. That feeling seems perfectly suited to the universe! Amazing job!