Why this blog exists
Monday, February 9, 2009
But I return with a few treats for you all. The first of which is a plug for a my new comic series called "039." 039 was created using a program called PrimoPDF. This program allows you to make PDFs out of normal documents such as Word and PowerPoint. You follow the procedure to print a document, and instead of selecting a printer, you select PrimoPDF. It then automatically converts the document to PDF format. The really fun thing about this is that it works for Vista documents.
Another thing I would like to share is the Halo Wars Demo. The demo is absolutely amazing for anyone who is a fan of Halo and the RTS genre. Halo Wars is a 360 exclusive, so don't be looking for it on the PC. The controls are streamlined and easy to use, but if you are a fan of micromanaging, that aspect has been diluted to an extent. You get one self renewing resource that you use to build everything, and the diversity of units is not as extensive as other RTS games. I personally will be purchasing it for three reasons:
1- The storyline
2- The Mythic Map Pack included in the Limited Edition
3- The simplified gameplay
039 Is a comic based on Spartan-039 Isaac from the Halo universe. It takes place shortly after his disappearance on the planet Reach. It combines aspects of Halo: Fall of Reach, Halo Wars, and the online comic Reclaimer.I drew inspiration from all of these sources and as such you will notice similarities betweem my comic and Reclaimer. Bear in mind that my story is significantly different in that my comic tries to take place within Halo canon whilt Reclaimer takes place in an alternate Haloverse. No plagiarism is intended. As soon as I find a decent file hosting service I will post a link to the First Comic.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
One of my favorite things I found lately is something called IE tabs. Its a Firefox extension that allows me to render a web page in Firefox using the Internet Explorer engine. Now at first it seems rather useless, until you try to use Netflix instant viewing in Firefox. Its not compatible at all. So I open Netflix (in Firefox) with the IE engine. Now it works. Its amazing. Now I don't have to open IE to watch Netflix.
BTW on a side note, I'm using it to watch The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951). Interestingly enough they mention a Professor Habermeyer from MIT who says its possible that the "space man" might have come from Mars or Venus. I mention this because I heard the dialogue as I read Kelsey's blog. Weird eh?
Another Extension I found is Undo Last Closed Tab. Ever closed a tab by accident? Well no more! Just right click anywhere in Firefox after you've accidently closed a tab, select "undo last closed tab" in the menu and WABAAM! Tab reinstated. Its like magic, only better. I've used this thing so many times its ridiculous.
While not really productive or anything, the next thing I have found is pretty funny. In Firefox, go to the adress bar and type in about:robots. Its pretty entertaining. See if you can identitfy all the movie references. I knew three of them. Also, look at the very top title bar of the page. Gort! Klaatu Barada Nikto! You can also try about:mozilla, thats pretty good too. apparently these are easter eggs placed into Firefox by the developers. IE is lame, they don't do eater eggs anymore. I guess they're too good for them. Snobs.
Thats about it. Mostly tech junk. Also, one small rant. I hate it when people smoke right next to a highly trafficked area. Like outside the dorm. I'm pretty sure you're supposed to be 50 feet away from any building to smoke, but do people follow the rules? nooooooooooooooo... they don't. I don't care if its 10 pm, people still go outside to walk to the store to buy milk for their cereal! And guess what? They go through the doors you are smoking by. I know it’s a hard concept for some people... that people use doors to leave a building, but for some reason, everyone smokes right next to the doors. And not the back doors that no one uses, but the main doors. What the heck!? I’d file some kind of complaint, but there is no one to complain too. They had no smoking signs up at the beginning of the year, but they were taken down a few weeks ago for some reason. Clearly some people have the attention span of a hamster. Oh, the paper sign is gone from the window… that must mean the rule is gone too! Wrong. We need to post new signs, with big type and small simple words, with pictures and stuff so people get the message.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Special thanks to the advertising guys who picked the music for the previews. Both songs have been added to my itunes. In case you don't know what they are, they are Take a bow (muse) and The beginning is the end is the beginning (Smashing Pumpkins).
Amusing Fact: The Watchmen novel commonly references the Doomsday Clock. Interestingly enough, it is not an actual clock, but a drawing of a clock published in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. It is a measure of how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction. To put it in perspective, when the USSR tested its first nuke, the clock read 2 minutes to midnight. When the US and the Soviet Union signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in 1991, the clock read 17 minutes to midnight. in 2002 the clock read 7 minutes to midnight (which is also the title of an episode of heroes). in 2007 the clock was changed to read 5 minutes to midnight.
I find the phenomenon of the Doomsday Clock fascinating, and have chosen to replace the polls section of the blog with text reading the current status of the clock.