Archive for January, 2008

Jan 30
That (Hell)boy ain’t right! Posted by Matt

The trailer for Hellboy 2 is making its rounds online and looks absolutely terrific. The first Hellboy was a surprise hit, and left fans of the comic begging for more. Guillermo Del Toro is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors for his unusually dark style, and amazing visuals. This movie is coming out in a summer thats already packed with geek favorites like Iron Man, a new Hulk Movie, Indiana Jones IV, and many others.

Team Fortress achievements anyone can get, courtesy of Something Awful. My favorite: “This is why we can’t have nice things” - While playing an engineer, ignore a teammate’s turret while its getting blasted to pieces in plain sight. I think I’ve been on the other end of this achievement several times, especially when Nate is on your team.

Speaking of TF2, an update was put onto Steam this week fixing a few exploits and adding a new spin on a classic map. There is also a rumored update in the works that will add unlockable weapons (similar to Call of Duty 4), and will be the first of many “class tweaks.”

Tracy Morgan + Jackass = Funny. Check out this video of manic comedian Tracy Morgan putting his own spin on things with his own Jackass style video.

Super Smash Bros Brawl is out in Japan and will be stateside in a matter of weeks. This is the “next gen” version of one of the most popular Game Cube games ever. Sure to be a mega seller on a platform that is desperate for quality games. I am really fond of the GC version, and can’t wait for this one. The only problem is that nobody I know really likes this game, and I struggle to find someone to play with.

A huge UFC event this weekend on the eve of Superbowl XLII (thats 42 to the leighperson.) The fightcard features two veteran heavyweights competing for the vacant UFC title, as well as the debut of the human juggernaut, Brock Lesnar. Brock was 33-0 as an amateur high school wrestler, and the 2000 NCAA heavyweight champion posting a 106-5 record in four years of college. Despite the fact he spent three years wrestling for the WWE, this guy is an absolute beast of a wrestler and should make a splash in the heavyweight division. The UFC has decided to give him a baptism by fire by putting him against former champion and jiu-jitsu expert Frank Mir in his first match. Here’s the video for Brock’s actual first match. It wasn’t much of a contest, with Lesnar overwhelming an under equipped Korean fighter.

This article on the Onion reminds me. All you Obama people, tough luck!

From the files of the Smoking Gun comes the greatest mugshot ever! Although I’m pretty partial to the Nick Nolte, this one is definitely the champ!

This Lego Predator almost brings a tear to my eye.  I said Almost!

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Jan 17
The Disintegrator Posted by Matt

Somebody with a Rambo fetish, and way too much time in their hands has created a 24-barrel, rubber band minigun, code named The Disintegrator. While its somewhat slow to load, this thing fires so fast that you will hands down win every office cubicle war. Check out the video to see this thing in action, words don’t really describe just how awesome it is.

Take the post-apocalyptic anarchy of Max Max and mix it with virus stricken Great Britian of 28 Weeks Later and you get the plot for Doomsday. This movie looks like it has real potential, but I said the same thing about Underworld and was greatly disappointed. Check out the trailer though, its worth a quick watch.

Apple just revealed their new MacBook Air at Macworld 2008. Sure its thin and stylish, but the thing has a 13-inch screen, and for $1800 you’d think it would come with some kind of DVD/CD drive. This thing may be lighter than air, but it sure is heavy on the old wallet. I think I’ll stick with my iPhone as my token Apple product.

Figure Prints is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. For only $99 you can get a custom statue of your World of Warcraft character. The website allows you to login, print and pose your character, and they’ll create a 3d resin statue of your guy. If I still played the game I would totally have one of these sitting on my desk. Check out Penny Arcade’s take on the subject.

Allow me to gush for a moment on the coolest new show on TV. The Sarah Connor Chronicles is nearly perfect. It fits nicely in the Terminator continuum and has great special effects, and decent acting. Beside the fact the actor who plays John Connor is a little weak, and Linda Hamilton’s replacement has enormous shoes to fill, the cast is pretty good. If you were a fan of Firefly you’ll notice a familiar face, the actress who played River stars as the female Terminator charged with protecting John Connor. Having seen only two episodes it would appear they have plenty of material to work with, lets just hope Fox doesn’t give this show the same fate as Firefly.

Trying hard not to turn this into a Vincent Couture fan site, but here’s one more picture of the cutest cat ever. If you like seeing funny cat pictures check out I Can Has Cheezeburger?

Team Fortress 2 done in Lego.  As I’ve always said, things are always a little bit cooler when made out of Legos: Batman, Lego Star Wars, and now this.  All I have to say is Lego my sentry gun!

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Jan 09
Vincent Couture in the house! Posted by Matt

On Sunday, Kari and I, along with the Guttmans, traveled to House Springs to pickup a new addition to the family. We adopted our new friend Vincent from the Open Door Animal Shelter. He’s a happy, healthy, 18 month old domestic shorthair, and he is so happy to have a home. Animal Control had delivered him and another cat to the Shelter a couple months ago, we were very excited to take him home once we met him. I’ve never had a cat before, being mildly allergic, so this has been a unique experience.  It hasn’t taken me very long to warm up to Vincent, and I can’t imagine not having my little furry friend around.

Vincent Couture Frazier

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Jan 04
Chuck Norris approved Posted by Matt

The Iowa caucuses were last night with new Republican front runner Mike Huckabee taking the Iowa polls. So what was the main factor for Huckabee winning Iowa? Was it his strong conservative platform, his stance on gun control, or was it Chuck Norris.

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Jan 02
New Year’s Creed Posted by Matt

I’m back at work after 11 consecutive days of vacation, its a rough transition. While on break Kari and I had Christmas in Creve Coeur, Christmas in Eminence, and New Year’s in Hoopston, IL. A little bit of traveling but well worth it. All of my Christmas photos can be found here, and the photos from Hoopston are in the Random 2008 section.

Christmas was great, I got to see almost my entire family, with the exception of a couple aunts and uncles, and a handful of cousins. We setup our Rock Band at the Cabin in Eminence, and had a great time playing through the track list. The trip to Eminence was highlighted by possibly the best Christmas gift I’ve ever received. I was completely speechless when I opened an 8gb iPhone. My brother decided to regift the item to me knowing I would be able to appreciate it more. In turn I gave him my Samsung Blackjack and my old 30gb iPod. KG got me a Sirius radio and the special edition of Assasin’s Creed, and I received many other great gifts as well.

I spent a lot of my break playing through Assassin’s Creed. Its such a fun game that allows you to navigate recreations of ancient Jerusalem, Acre, and Damascus. On of the cool features is the movement system thats based on Parkour. Parkour is an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible. Checked out this wicked video of some Parkour athletes running a muck in an urban environment, its pretty dang cool.

If Guns ‘n Roses were from India, Sweet Child of Mine might sound like this.

Three games that might challenge World of Warcraft for supremacy in the MMO market. Of the three listed in the article, Warhammer: Age of Reckoning is the most attractive to me. I’ve been following the progress of WAR for quite some time, and I’m eager to try this out. I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get into the beta for several months.

Can’t decide who to vote for in the upcoming Presidential Election? Let Glassbooth do the trouble for you. Take a short survey, and it will tell you which of the candidates from both parties most closely matches your answers

American Gladiators is back! Sunday night is the return to TV for the beloved sports/combat game show. As someone who used to watch this show every weekend as a kid, I’m a little curious how this will look. Considering the most popular women’s MMA fighter is one of the Gladiators, there’s no reason not to watch.

Matt2 clued me into this new site called Imeem. Its sort of a mix of MySpace, YouTube, and Mp3.com. I created a playlist of my favorite songs from 2007, so if you’re curious what I’m listening too, check it out!

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