Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Earlier today, I watched Space Pirate Captain Harlock.

Released in Japan in 2013, Space Pirate Captain Harlock is a computer-animated film about the notorious space pirate, Captain Harlock (yes, I know it was hard to divine that from the title) as he fights against the corrupt Gaia Coalition that controls the Earth, the last resource for humanity.

So... yeah. The plot makes little to no sense, but I mostly manage to ignore that in favor of the visual effects, which are frankly outstanding. This was a gorgeous movie. Apparently it took over 1400 shots using 806 machines to render over five years. Something in the area of 250 terabytes of data in the rendering. Crazy shit.

If you have the time and you're looking for some brain-candy space opera, see if you can watch a copy of this. It's cheese-tacular and batshit crazy.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

huh

This morning I've seen lightning flashes across the sky and now I'm watching it rain for the first time in... wow... months. And it's freakin' July. Odd.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Comic stuff

  • So, Thor is now a woman. No matter how I look at this, it just seems like pandering to me. Marvel is just trying to say: "Oooh! Look at us! We're about diversity and being edgy! Ladies, buy our comics! And boys, we'll aim for some cheesecake shots so you keep buying!"
  • I guess the Falcon is now Captain America? Cool? I honestly haven't been keeping track of Marvel comics in years, so I have no reaction to offer.
  • I'm of two minds on the whole re-imagining thing that comics keep doing. On the one hand, it's nice they're trying to freshen up some brands, but on the other hand, it's kind of lazy. Instead of aiming for a new, cool character, writers just slap a socially-relevant label on an existing character as a sort of nod to being "diverse", such as a Middle-Eastern-American Green Lantern or a female Thor or whatever. Then again, it's just comics. I should give 'em props for trying to keep comics relevant to modern-day.
  • I re-watched Captain America: The First Avenger yesterday (coincidentally). I'm still impressed by how well-done the film was. It really was the supporting characters that helped make it awesome. Agent Carter and the Howling Commandos were really solid and the Red Skull was just perfect.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today's Saying

From a conversation in the office:

Co-worker: "You are filled with the milk of human kindness."

Me: "And I'm lactose intolerant."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More reflections

I'm spending a few days wrapping up my thirteen-year game in email. Crafting epilogs and the like.

Meanwhile, one player has his own thoughts on the campaign..

So what next?

Well, I have other campaigns in-progress. One modern-day-ish campaign of super-powered hunted characters. You know the trope. Scanners meets "The Tomorrow People" meets "X-Men". It's stalled from the loss of certain key players, but I hope to revisit it one day.

Got a few other fantasy games going in the same world as the uber-campaign, though I'm only running one of those.

I plan to focus on "real life" endeavors a bit more and polish up some job skills. Maybe shed a few pounds, too. Yeah right...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bumps in the Monday road

The bike gods demand - DEMAND - I spend more money on my bike. Specifically to sate its hunger for inner tubes.

At least it waited until I was 2/3rds of the way home before delivering unto me yet another flat tire.

*(&($*#%ing bike...