Archive for June, 2007

Jun 28
For the Horde!! Posted by Matt

Looks like my dreams are finally coming true as there is a World of Warcraft movie incoming! The producer of 300 is working very closely with the guys from Blizzard Entertainment to accurately capture the true spirit of Azeroth. From what I understand the first 30 minutes of the movie will involve the main character running around collecting scraps of wool. I think if the screenplay is done correctly the potential for a feature length WoW movie could be as entertaining if not more than the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The iPhone comes out on Friday, and the buzz around this thing is deafening. While it does have some pretty cool features, there are also some very important features that it is missing. For one it doesn’t have 3G which is Cingular’s high-speed internet service, which is not too terribly bad of an omission, but the real deal breaker is the lack of mp3s as ringtones. This is a pretty simple feature that even the most basic of flip phones has these days. Sure it can look at videos on YouTube, but for some reason the designers left off any way for the iPhone to record video. DOH!

Speaking of the iPhone, I’ve been watching G4’s Free Stuff. Its an interesting show, where the hosts (Morgan Webb and Kevin Poreira) talk about different products and then during the commercials they give out special codes. Viewers at home can then enter the code on the Free Stuff website and six people at random are chosen at the end of the show. ThisFriday G4 will be giving away several iPhones during the contest. While the chances are still pretty slim, I feel confident that I will win one.

I have to be honest, I spend a fair amount of time defending my desktop and with the recent upgrade to 1.5, even more as of late. The new version includes two new units and a couple new towers. The shadow units are slow moving units with a bit of damage reduction shields built-in and the ever-changing morph units which cycle between different unit types. The designer also shook up the creep order which does take a bit to get the hang of. Its a pretty fun little flash game, check it out if you haven’t already.

Kill Bill 3 & 4? Sign me up. While ultraviolent, the first two were classic Tarantino storytelling, and were very enjoyable. Not to mention that Uma Thurman looks fantastic in a yellow jumpsuit.

Chris Benoit went from one of the most respected wrestlers in the wrestling business to complete psychopath in the span of a couple of hours. His death is another in a very long line of former pro-wrestlers that have died under mysterious causes. I’m not suggesting there is a conspiracy but rather an unfortunate trend from a rather small group of people that share the same occupation.

While on the topic of wrestling, the Iron Sheik, one of the great classic wrestlers from the 80’s has been gaining a lot of notoriety lately for his ability to go from 0 to tirade in under 15 seconds. Check out this classic interview of the Sheik going off on one of the Killer Bee’s, another classic tag team from the 80’s.

My favorite summer show Big Brother is one week away, and this season has lots of new twists to keep the show feeling fresh. All the contestants have at least one rival that is also in the house. This could be a high school bully, a ex-boyfriend/girlfriend, or even warring co-workers. This added tension should make for a dynamic environment inside the house. Additionally this season there will be unedited feeds every night on Showtime, which will be a must-watch.

This is the most disturbing person I think I’ve ever seen. I wonder at what point do you say to yourself, “screw it, lets tatoo the face”.

I admit… I’ve played a game of Dungeons & Dragons, but nowhere to this level. This is one of the greatest videos about D&D dorks ever. (Thanks to Butch for the link)

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Jun 19
New site, first post. Posted by Matt

As you can probably tell Matt2 has helped me convert the website into something a little more modern. I really like the interface so far and I’m currently in the process of importing all my pictures. KG hand drew the original site, so I’m a little sad to see it go, but it is still accessible from the link on the right.

Rock Band, the main competitor to Guitar Hero has released images of their guitar controller. Apparently they’ve designed it so that it looks like a real guitar from the front, but from the top view you can see the fret button’s colors. Rock Band as you know, will include 2 guitar controllers, a drum set, and a microphone for the full band experience. I’m pretty excited about this, just hope my Guitar Hero 2 controllers are compatible and they have a decent song list.

The UFC had another major event this past weekend. This will mark the second in a string of three consecutive weeks of live UFC shows. Matt2 has more info on UFC71 on his blog The Big Blimey This has been a crazy month for Mixed Martial Arts with the K-1 show on June 2nd featuring Brock Lesnar, the Strikeforce/EliteXC show this weekend, headlined by Frank Shamrock vs Phil Baroni, and of course all the great UFC action.

Super Hero Hype talked with the head of Marvel Studios and they discuss the upcoming films. Iron Man is up next followed by a new Incredible Hulk movie. One big announcement is the plans for a Captain America movie. With movies ranging from Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Electra already out for consumption, finally they’re taking one of the more popular character and adapting it to film.

Angry Steve finally broke down and got a next-gen console. Possibly the biggest gamer I know, Steve has gotten every bit of his money’s worth out of his busted old Playstation 2. Last night he finally received his Xbox 360 in the mail, and even though it took him over 10 minutes to pick a gamer tag, he got online and scored his first couple achievement points.

The new film Redbelt looks like it has real potential. The first major movie based on Mixed Martial Arts is being directed by David mamet and features and interesting cast. One of the names that sticks out to me is UFC Heavyweight Champion, Randy Couture. The La Times has a huge article on the picture, I think this might actually be pretty cool, as long as its more like Bloodsport rather than American Ninja or Gymkata, we’ll be ok.

The Onion has a funny article on potential fallout on the latest news of possible steroid use by Sylvester Stallone.

I didn’t even know they made this crap, and now I can’t stop thinking about it.  Lego has a full line of Batman Lego toys including the Batcave and Arkham Asylum.   I wouldn’t have known about this had I not heard about the new Batman Lego video game coming to all consoles soon.  The Star Wars Lego games were pretty fun to play, albeit  very simplistic.  I expect to see this game around the same time as the new Dark Knight movie.

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Jun 05
WEC has blown up on the VS channel. Posted by Matt

WEC has blown up on the VS channel. World Extreme Cagefighting is an up-and-coming fight orginization that had such a buzz around it that the UFC swallowed it up. The UFC repackaged it and poured in a ton of money and has unleashed it on the world. WEC features mainly lighter fighters and divisions overlooked by other orginizations. The 145lb division features champion Urijah Faber who at 19-1 is not only dominating his division, but makes a strong case for best pound for pound fighter in the world. This kid is a monster. Youtube him.

Spearking of WEC, I’ve been watching a ton of TV lately. Here’s a few things I’ve got my Tivo recording: The Sopranos (mob-drama, duh), Deadliest Catch (crazy Alaskan crab fishers), Entourage (Sex in the City for guys), The Ultimate Fighter (UFC’s reality show building the next 155lb fighter), Stargate SG-1/Atlantis (two of the best sci-fi shows on TV, based on the Kurt Russell movie), Big Brother UK (British reality show, thanks internet). Wow thats a ton of stuff!

I’m not a huge fan of racing games, but DiRT just looks unbelievable. The demo allows you to play through one course as many times as you like, and even though it plays very well, the graphics are the real star of this game. I don’t have a HD TV and this still looks better than any video game I’ve ever seen. Speaking of the Xbox 360, I still really suck at Halo 3.

Wow where did the month of May go? The last two weekends have been a whirlwind with James and Angie’s wedding last weekend and my best friends from high school were in the weekend before. I’ve added a bunch of new pictures to Family and Friends 2 and Guitar Heroes. I’m hoping to reorganize the fam and friends section into seperate years, when I find time.

James and Angie’s wedding was at Alley Springs which made for a beautiful backdrop. Anytime I can find an excuse to go to Eminence and see my family I’m all for it, the wedding and reception was just a major bonus.

I saw Shrek 3 awhile ago with Joe, Hilary, and KG. The movie was entertaining, and since we saw it for $4, definitley worth the price of admission. If you really enjoyed the first two than you will enjoy this one as well, but don’t expect anything new or ground-breaking. Same old jokes, just a different storyline.

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