Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas! Yay.



















Merry Christmas everyone! As you can see, my YouTube mascot Mimico is all dressed up. Makes quite a racket when flying around my room though. Hope everyone has an awesome time with friends and family. To celebrate the occasion I've started a Christmas-related Let's Play...Bomber Cat Holiday Special! I downloaded it for free from the Mac App Store yesterday and it's definitely interesting for the lack of a better description. Catch the strangeness here:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Where Have I Been?!

Ha! Did you think I'd actually go through the entire month of November without making a blog post?

The reason this time is because I was busy with final uni projects and then preparing for the trip home! And now I am home! Not to mention today there was some SNOW outside my window! Family, home-cooked meals, cold weather, my Wii games, my old room, and my quaint hometown. Not to mention Christmas is on the horizon. It feels so great to be back. I'll miss hanging out at the pool with all the friends I made down under, but hopefully it won't be only time I'm in Australia.

The stress of flying alone was nearly too much when I was at the Gold Coast airport, but thankfully an extremely nice woman working there waived me through all the queues without any hassle. Not sure if I would have made it in time without her as I got to the boarding gate only 5 minutes before boarding began. She was my hero that day. During my domestic flight transfer through Vancouver I was getting antsy. The line to check in was extremely long! Good thing my flight arrived half an hour early. Not to mention I was getting sick of getting on and off planes, it felt like I did twice as many flights as I actually did (three). At least I didn't have to do the whole security and the "do you have anything to declare" stuff when I landed in Toronto. All I had to do was claim my baggage and be greeted with big hugs from mom and dad!

An upside of the long flights though was that I got to watch a lot of movies. The first was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2. Funny thing is that I started watching it on the flight from Gold Coast to Auckland which was 2 hours and 38 minutes long. The movie was about 2 1/2 hours but since I listened to some music beforehand, the plane landed about 15 minutes before the end. Bellatrix was killed just as everything was switched off! It was worth it though, the music I listened to was an album from an alternative New Zealand-based band called The Earlybirds and it was amazing! I still got to watch the last 15 minutes of Deathly Hallows on the next flight. They had ALL of the movies! I watched parts of the Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets. The lead actors were only kids back then!

Other movies I watched included Captain America The First Avenger and Sucker Punch. Sucker Punch does not...well...suck as much as the critics says it does. Yes the story is a bit weird but everything else is great. Captain America was pretty good but I think Spider-Man 2 is still my favourite Marvel superhero movie. Hopefully The Avengers will change that next year even though Spider-Man's not in it.

Finally I can play Wii again! As a welcome back present to myself I bought Sonic Colors. Since that game is over a year old I grabbed it for only $20 at Wal-Mart! A steal considering how awesome the game is. I was playing through Aquarium Park last night and loving it, there hasn't been an underwater level in a main series title for a long time.

During my two day stopover in New Zealand (which was awesome) my 2008 MacBook, the first laptop I ever owned, died! The logic board fried. However, I've been planning to get an iMac regardless of what happened. Still deciding which one but it will probably be either the more expensive 21.5 inch or the cheaper of the 27 inch. Either way I'll have it upgraded to 8 GB of RAM. Hopefully with such an awesome and fast computer I can resume my Jump Birdy Jump Let's Play without sound syncing problems, wrap up Aussie Life, and maybe one or two surprises!

Arriving home!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!


I think I may have mentioned this in one of my entires last year, but Halloween isn't that big a thing in Australia - at least not yet. It has been picking up steam though, and at my student accommodation we had a Halloween party by the pool. Plenty of fun was had! Everyone dressed up, people threw ping pong balls and got each other drunk, Albert Einstein stole a witch's broom, and two people went for a night swim while still in costume.

This is the last week of my last semester in Australia! It's crazy. Almost everything was done last week though, I just have to finish helping edit a short film for Screen Production class. I'm very excited to come home. My life in Australia is okay but I know everything will be a lot better once I'm back in Canada.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

So Many Videos!

Wow, I got a lot more videos than usual uploaded this month! Another funny sim video, two Jump Birdy Jump Let's Plays and a showing of the gumball machine from The Sims 3 Store! Here we go!

Whee!




My sims always seem to bring to light some funny art forms. This one being the art of synchronized panicking!


The gumball machine is the newest gameplay item to be featured in the store and I show it off. This is probably the last Sims video before I start uploading Pets-related footage.


"Um...guys? You can stop panicking now, the gas leak is taken care of."

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Year of Ponies

It's been a year since the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon began! Granted, I didn't become a brony until this past July but I'm still grateful for what Lauren Faust has done to change the franchise's reputation. I still prefer to skip the theme song (maybe I'll really like the new version being introduced in the next episode better, who knows) and I don't read much pony fanfiction (don't have much time for that) but otherwise I'm definitely more than a passive fan.

Lately I've been liking a lot of the music to come out of the brony community. Even the background ponies are getting some love. Here's one that just came out featuring Carrot Top:



BTW, Applejack is best pony. She just hasn't had enough spotlight yet.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Censorship and Politics

Here's another post from my New Comm. Tech blog I decided to share with you guys...


The Internet has changed many aspects of our lives, including in the political sense. Politicians are trying to use the Internet to encourage more people to vote. There's also websites like wikileaks that try to nail politicians for any kind of misconduct.

Censorship in democracy however is still an issue. We are still restricted to where exactly we can voice our opinions. We're free to do so in the privacy of our own homes but not on another person or organisation's premises. There is a point where behaviour must be respected. For example, freedom of speech does not overwrite the fact you have to respect people's property if you choose to stand up in a church and denounce Jesus (Wordpress, 2010). The same thing can be applied to the Internet. Going to a public Internet forum of a political party you don't like and posting hatred about them can still be considered slander or defamation.

There was an issue earlier this year regarding group upgrades on Facebook. The old type of groups were about to be completely wiped out with group administrators losing their group members having to rebuild their group from scratch. However, what was really concerning was that only certain political groups were given software keys to bypass the need of rebuilding while some were not (Munro, 2011). One has to wonder if the Facebook developers are biased in some way.

In conclusion it seems whenever it comes to trying to express opinions in public places, whether it be in real life or the Internet, there's a chance it could be censored. However I think in most cases this "censorship" does make sense. Why even waste time posting about something you don't like in a website that does? You will most likely get a lot of hate, and may considered to be "trolling."

References:
http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/can-you-have-democracy-without-censorship
http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/24/facebook-upgrade-spurs-fears-of-political-bias/

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Speed Highway + Dubstep = Awesome!


















Yes, it's that time again. Time for another epic Sonic Generations trailer! And I'm very timely on this one!



Sonic the Hedgehog has gone through plenty of memorable levels and like Sky Sanctuary, Speed Highway is another one of those that stick out. Speed Highway is well known for its...well...speed. Basically you're running on stretches of broken highway high above a city at night as you try to chase down Dr. Eggman. It's definitely one of those levels I played over and over again both as Sonic and Tails. It has a memorable segment in Sonic's version of the level where he runs into a room, the glass floor beneath him suddenly breaks and he makes a mad dash down the side of a building. It doesn't make any sense to be able to run down the side of a skyscraper without breaking any glass windows on the way down, but man who cares it's just awesome. Then in a complete contrast the very end of the level is suddenly peaceful. The sun rises and it's dawn as you make a final sprint downtown towards the goal. The music changes too.

Sonic Team really nailed the HD upgrade for Speed Highway in Generations. I love how there's so much blue glowing from the lights. Shiny! Those "robocops" are practically committing suicide to be chasing Sonic down the skyscraper like that as can be seen in this post's picture. Both the modern and classic versions of the background music are great. I didn't actually expect the classic mix to stand out so much, one could easily play that at a club in Surfers Paradise and get away with it. :P

Can't forget to mention the Shadow cliffhanger at the end. That was so perfect. They even remembered to put the green X at the end of the rail he jumped off, I love the little details. Sonic Adventure 2 (well...Battle, but still) was the first main Sonic game I played and the second Shadow fight is easily one of my favourite boss battles in any game.

Oh and in other news yes City Escape and Seaside Hill look great too. But honestly, I'm looking forward to Speed Highway the most, second only to Sky Sanctuary.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Air BASS!

Air guitar is old fashioned now. I realized this thanks to my vampire sim Veronica. Take a look!



That somehow happened when I used Twallan's mastercontroller to switch to one of her friends who was visiting at the time. The upright bass rendered itself again when I switched back. I don't think it's Twallan's fault though, it's probably my MacBook's integrated graphics card.

Unlike other glitches in The Sims, this one provided some laughs. As long as it doesn't happen all the time it'll be more amusing than annoying.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Why Clubs Suck

Here's a video that pretty much shares my opinions on clubs:



IT'S ALL SO TRUE!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

DAT Sanctuary

As a Sonic fan I'd be an idiot to not write about this. Well, I guess I still am for not doing that right away...

Anyways, Sky Sanctuary, one of the most awesome settings I've ever seen in any type of fiction is confirmed to be returning in Sonic Generations!



I already knew it was coming because of the demo leak but hearing those samples of the modern and classic mixes of the song was just amazing. The level itself looks great too. My teenagehood in glorious HD. Aside from Hydrocity, Sky Sanctuary is definitely my favourite level in Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Sky Sanctuary is definitely the thing that dreams are made of!

In other news, the season 2 premiere of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic is starting in a few minutes. The new villain Discord looks awesome. I'm about to watch the livestream!

(Click for animation)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Endings and New Beginnings

This week marks the last week of my first job ever. All of us decided to pitch in for a cake for our boss Alan and wish him luck with his future endeavors. Today was the day we surprised him at work. It was a great time and man that cake was good!


















This also marks the beginning of the end of my stay in Australia. It's already more than halfway through the final semester. I'll be in the country until mid/late November, it's approaching fast! I'm happy that I'll be done with school forever but I can't help but wonder where my life will go from here. Will I stay with journalism? Will I become famous? Or will I go some completely different direction I won't see coming?

"I don't know...but what I do know is, we all did it together!" Tails, Sonic Adventure 2

Yeahhhh...thanks for that Tails. That line never did make any sense.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Two Videos, One Weekend

Nope, I have not watched the video I referenced in the title. Thank goodness.

Seriously though, I actually managed to put up two videos this weekend. The first being the Jump Birdy Jump video mentioned in my previous post, and the second is the next Aussie Life! Here it is in "glorious HD!"



I can't believe I filmed that exactly a year ago, and on September 11th as well. There's actually some footage I have from even longer ago but I'm not sure what I'll post of it yet. I now leave y'all with another funny sims pic:

"Check out my funky new iPad! Oh shoot, I think it just gray-screened."

Saturday, September 10, 2011

More Birdies

Whazzaaaaaap?!

These birds, apparently. D'awwww.
So I downloaded Screenium from the Mac App Store. Looks like I can finally do some legit gameplay videos (for Mac games at least) instead of just restricting myself to the random camcorder-recorded ones I did for Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games way back when. The first footage I decided to upload to YouTube is of a new game called Jump Birdy Jump!



Tell me what you guys think! Should I record all the levels?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

...Huh?

So I was playing through the newest levels added to the "Mine And Dine" part of Angry Birds and I came across this...well, gem, to be literal.


What the? How and why is a pig wearing crystals on its head? Soooo random. Anything to protect it from those avian terrorists I guess.

It seems I am building up a collection of video games featuring birds. First it was Tux Racer several years ago. Then about a year ago I started playing SuperTuxKart. A month ago I downloaded Angry Birds, and just this weekend I downloaded Jump Birdy Jump. As a bird lover, I approve.

Friday, September 2, 2011

A Trip Down Memory Highway

Anyone remember this little short film from back in the day?


It was mentioned in one of the notes for one of my classes and the nostalgic juices started flowing. My dad showed me 405 when it was first released on the Internet and I loved it.  This was out before YouTube went big. I think I was still a kid back then. The premise of 405 is so simple and to the point but still funny.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Everything Happens For A Reason!

Life is funny sometimes...

So today I went to work for a few hours. During my shift it started to rain outside. One of my colleagues came in a bit later and she said there's a severe weather warning for tonight. Normally I end at around 7 but the bus schedule is pretty horrible. If I work all the way until 7 I'd have to take a bus and then still do a 10 minute walk or wait another half hour. However, a bus leaves shortly after 6 where I only have to walk 5 minutes afterwards. With it raining so hard I decided to leave work early today so I don't get too drenched.

I made the right choice. But it wasn't only because I didn't have to walk as far in pouring rain.

When I got on the bus I got an unexpected surprise (other than the bus being on time). Sitting at the front was one of my German friends who I met last year! She graduated at the end of my first semester in Australia and went back to Germany but she said she'll be back someday. I had no idea when/if she was coming and...heh, the bus was the last place I thought I'd run into her. Turns out she was on her way to see one of the Germans still living in my complex. She's in the Gold Coast on holiday.

Somehow I didn't notice she had an umbrella with her until we got off the bus! Now that's convenient. We walked to our destination, talking about the weather and other random things. Definitely made up for the tougher than usual day at work!

The moral of this story is in the title. Things, even seemingly minor ones, happen for a reason. I brought this up with my friend and she brought up a good point that we still could have met up at some time even if I didn't leave work early.

The possibility of fate being real is an interesting topic. I used to be pro "coincidence" or whatever, but in recent years I've been led to believe there definitely at least a few certain things that are meant to happen one way or another. Some things seem a bit too coincidental.

I need a picture for this post...um...BOOM, sim fireworks!

What do you think about fate, readers? Have you all had sudden "coincidences" that made your day better? Let me know in the comment section below!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Freaking INSANE Luck

What's this Julian, another "continued" post? Wow, that guy is running out of ideas.

Seriously though, there's a reason for it. My good luck is continuing and I'd be crazy to not mention it. So this morning I go to my lecture. "It looks like it's about to rain," I think to myself as I go to class. While the lecture is going on, it pours hard off and on. The lecture finishes and it's stopped raining. Before heading back home I had to do a couple of things at uni. While walking over nearly the entire campus it barely rained. Then once I got on the bus? It poured hard again. Two guys got drenched before they got on. Before I had to get off the bus the rain almost completely stopped.

He's REALLY jealous of my luck. Yeah, that's it...
Deja vu! That said, I'm not going to push my luck too hard. I may take a cab to work later just in case. Or maybe not, it just got sunny right after typing that sentence. I heard from a friend that it's supposed to rain for at least the next week. I do wonder how much more luck I have with the rain. It's probably all going to come crashing down at some point but I'm doing my best to not think about that.

Anyone else have crazy luck like me?

In other news, in class this morning the guest lecturer who also happens to be teaching one of my other classes this semester showed Rubber again. HECK YEAH. If you don't know what Rubber is, it's a very creative film about a tire that comes to life and kills people. I made a more in-depth post about it a while back here: http://ironseagull.blogspot.com/2011/03/what-is-rubber.html

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I Died on the First Guy!

Too funny not to share!



Yeah, that's going to work.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

My Luck

So I decide to go grocery shopping today....

Start walking to bus stop. It begins to rain.

Get on bus. Starts to pour.

Get off bus. Rain lets off almost completely.

Pay for groceries. Leave store. Rain stops. Nothing but sun for rest of the day.


No, really? That's some unusually crazy luck. Also, this entry completes my own little challenge to make a blog post for every single day this week. I'm also in the double digits for blog posts in a single month. Woot!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Gamescom Continued

OMG even more awesomeness!!!



Whoa Death Egg hint! Classic Tails AND Modern Tails in Spagonia! Flying Battery! Classic Sonic possibly using homing attack?! RUINED FOREVER :P



THIS GAME. It's going to be even better than SSX 3.



Haven't played Need For Speed in a long time. This game looks kind of interesting.



Finally some gameplay of Pets! The horse spinning around to take the saddle on and off looks a bit goofy but I guess that's the easiest way to do it. There's news about collection folders returning, finally! Decorating houses will be so much easier with all my store sets organized. You can also have lawn gnomes that hold up signs to keep strays off your property.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Terms of Facebook and its Oddness

 This blog post is about the terms of service (TOS) that are currently in place for Facebook. There are many service agreements that branch off into more specific subjects such as payments, but this will just be about the general TOS. It's a bit overwhelming. I remember reading bits of it when I first joined about five years ago. There's been a lot added since then.

The TOS first starts off by saying they value your privacy. An odd thing that I didn't remember seeing when I first joined the site was that Facebook can keep a backup of any deleted content for a "reasonable" amount of time. Why? It does not say. I can't think of any reasons myself....

One other interesting thing I came across is that you can't sell your status updates for money. Never thought of this, but it's a good idea. I would feel angry if someone used my wit to sell a t-shirt without my permission.

It's not hard to see why most people read either very little or none of the TOS. In the case of Facebook it would take hours to read and understand every little detail.

References: http://www.facebook.com/terms.php

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Rise and Fall of AOL

Another post from my New Comm. Tech Blog!



This blog entry will be about the history of the network provider America Online (AOL) and how it faded from popularity. It is well-known for its now outdated dial-up Internet. AOL first started as a company called Control Video Corporation (CVC). It offered downloadable games for the Atari 2600 video game system . When Jim Kimsey signed on as CEO he took the company in the direction of providing online services for the Commodore 64 and 128. They called it the Q-Link. They eventually teamed up with Apple, and after their partnership ended Q-Link became AOL (webhostingreport, undated).

AOL became a Internet provider in the late 1990's. At its peak about 35 million people were using this service to connect to the Internet (CNET, 2002). After merging with Time Warner, AOL's value began to drop. With the increasing amount of competition offering either a free or low-cost service things got worse for them. The increasing usage of broadband also made things tougher on the company (CNET, 2002). AOL eventually made the switch to being a content provider much like Yahoo, as opposed to a service provider (webhostingreport, undated).

Although AOL is not as prominent as it used to be, it is still one of the first Internet providers, thus solidifying its place in technological history.

References:
http://www.webhostingreport.com/learn/aol.html
http://news.cnet.com/2100-1023-961443.html

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Gaming Goodness From Germany!

So Gamescom is on in Germany this week. Some awesome stuff, including cats, have been let out of the bag. Check out this AWESOME new trailer for The Sims 3 Pets!



Rarity's reaction to unicorns being officially confirmed:


The awesomeness doesn't end there. In less than an hour there will be new info released regarding online features for the new SSX coming out next year. However, EA decided to drop this bombshell:


Eddie is back. Eddie is finally back. OH MY GOD. Now that's some epic fanservice. This game has made a crazy turnaround from that gloomy Call of Duty-like trailer to having Eddie making a comeback. See? EA isn't all bad. Can't wait to see what else comes out of Gamescom.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bonfires of Awesome


What better way to start off the semester than with a couple of bonfires? I can't believe it's almost the end of my Australian journey. It's been a really great experience coming here. I've learned so much and met so many different people from around the world. Never would I have thought that I would meet people from South Africa or Alaska. It's pretty crazy. My Broadcast Journalism program wasn't nearly this diverse.

It better be snowing when I land in Toronto. I'll expect nothing less.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Returned to the Force, You Have.


Yes, that is Duffman holding a lightsaber. OH YEAH!

Man, I love how the App Store is no longer restricted to iPhones and the iPod Touch. Makes me feel less like a dinosaur. I have a regular cell phone. It does have some nice features like Facebook Mobile, GPS, calculator, games, and some other stuff, but not the fancy iPhone pretty much everyone else besides me has. Now I'm finally able to play Angry Birds, but that's for another post.

I opened the App Store the other day only to find freaking Jedi Outcast for sale. I have a lot of memories with its sequel Jedi Academy which is very similar. It was the first game I ever played online. Jedi Outcast however I never played but heard good things about. Some people even prefer Outcast to Academy. It was definitely something that needed to be downloaded to my desktop, and only for $10. Pretty good deal for a 9 year old game especially since it can be modded (hence the epic 3-way duels of Duffman Vs. Spider-Man Vs. Solid Snake). I haven't finished the brutal first few levels of Kyle Katarn not having his lightsaber but the multiplayer is just as good as I remember Jedi Academy's being. Only difference is that you can't taunt. WUT. Oh yeah, and no double bladed sabers or dual wielding.

Finally, another substantial game to play on my MacBook besides The Sims. I hope Jedi Academy makes its way to the App Store too. Heck, I'd love to see the Tony Hawk series too since Aspyr also ported those to Mac years ago.



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Little Pony + Portal = Awesome!

So...beautiful...*sniff*



A great response to haters:
"Real men may watch My Little Pony and enjoy it. Real men may also watch My Little Pony and decide that it's not something for them.

The sissies are those who are so insecure about their manhood, that they have go on about how real men shouldn't watch My Little Pony."

Monday, August 8, 2011

DVD Vs. The Cinema

 This is a post from my blog for New Communication Technologies class. Thought it was interesting enough to post here.

One issue that's come to pass in the 21st century is the idea of seeing a movie in theatres versus waiting for it to come out on DVD. Both options have their pros and cons, but will one dominate the other anytime soon? I doubt it.

Let's start with DVD's. With DVD's you can pause at any time if say you wanted to take a bathroom break (GMWoolvett, 2008). You can also start watching a movie on DVD whenever you wish, whereas with cinema there is a fixed schedule. With DVD's you can also shout at the characters on screen whereas in a theater you would most likely get weird looks from the people around you (GMWoolvett, 2008).

I think the main reason cinema is still going is because there is a certain experience that goes with going to the movie theatre. You're watching the movie on a huge screen with a more sophisticated sound system. Having such a setup at home is very costly. A Zettel Film reviewer brings up a good point that the big screen can make the viewer feel like an off-screen bystander (Zettel Film Reviewer, 2008). Plus, there are many other people in the theatre with you at the same time so there is an element of a group experience. I witnessed a great example of this when I watched Twilight with some of my friends. When Edward Cullen appeared on screen for the first time there was a bunch of wolf whistling and laughing. It definitely made the moviegoing experience more entertaining than just watching a DVD of it at home.

In conclusion I don't think the cinema experience is dying. I think it will be around for decades to come. Anything could happen so it would be a bit presumptuous to say cinema will be around forever, but I think it definitely has a lot of life left.

References:
http://www.zettelfilmreviews.co.uk/2008/10/cinema-versus-dvd-essay-close-up-scale-spectacle-cgi-intimacy-innerness/
http://gmwoolvett.com/gmwb/viewtopic.php?t=11

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

EEE...



I can't believe I watched that 10 times over. The TF2 Engineer's laugh at the end makes it so much funnier.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My First Professional Music Video!

 Two blog posts within a day of each other? You can't be serious!


For last semester I had to produce a music video for one of my classes. I collaborated with my friend Jordan Lawrence and used his song "It's Done." The production process took about 2 weeks. This is definitely one of the best things I've ever been a part of, check it out!



Listen to more of Jordan's music: http://www.youtube.com/user/Jordanlawrence1991

As always...Like, Comment, Subscribe, and Share!!

Consarn Those...Unicorns?!

A new patch came out to coincide with the release of The Sims 3 Town Life Stuff. It has a nice long list of fixes. Haven't downloaded it myself yet, I plan to install it when I get TLS (probably tomorrow).

But wait!

What's this? A huge chunk (possibly all) of coding related to Pets was included with the patch as well? Eyup. A ton of stuff we didn't know about the expansion is contained in the file DeltaBuild0.package. A full list of the new stuff can be read here: http://simsvip.com/?page_id=2538

My favourite things to come out of this:
-Ice cream trucks and vending machines? Awesome!
-Unicorns are the new "creature." Didn't see that coming, but I think they have potential, especially with their magical abilities. Funny thing is, if I didn't start watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic I probably would have reacted badly to this (seriously, that show is actually really good).
-The variety of small pets is easily the best the series has seen so far. Hedgehogs?! HECK YEAH
-Looks like there's new singing interactions for sims? 
-Country and RnB may be new radio stations.
-Sims have to actually ask permission to ride another sim's horse. It's the little things that make The Sims more believable.

Wait...so if unicorns are in this game, then that means we can create something similar to...


Looks like the exchange will become about 20% cooler.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sonic Through the Ages

Sonic the Hedgehog - 20 years of unstoppable awesomeness.

Heck yeahhhhh.

The new Chemical Plant reveal and Classic Tails are awesome too. Generations is going to be amazing!


Sunday, July 17, 2011

The 50th Blog Post, Really!


I first had to write a blog for one of my journalism classes at Sheridan College. After I graduated I saw my journey to Australia as a reason to continue! 

My first post was on June 8, 2010. Now my latest is on July 18, 2011. Over a year of blogging!
Sure I didn't update consistently, but at least for the new year I'm making an effort to blog at least once or twice a week.

Now with the sentimental blog reminiscing out of the way, it's time to talk about the present and the future! 

So the big 10th episode of Aussie Life is out...
What's next? Well, the door has now been blown wide open for expansion with all the new faces that appeared in this episode....

Monday, May 2, 2011

WHAT?!!!!!

Osama Bin Laden is dead.



I'm shocked. I never thought it would actually happen, but it did. My initial reaction was exactly the same as my reaction to Michael Jackson's death: "No way, that can't possibly be true." This time though, I'm actually happy the person died. He killed so many people and took away the world's innocence. I figured since we didn't already find him, he would just eventually rot in his hiding place and we'd never figure out where he ended up. It has also been speculated for a while that he might have already died.

I never personally knew any of the victims of 9/11, but for the families of those affected I hope you now have your proper closure. Karma came to Bin Laden in spades, so much that he didn't even get a proper trial or anything. Just shot to death.

The funny thing is though, Americans are being all patriotic and are all like AMERICA!!! If it had been Canadian troops who killed Bin Laden I wouldn't be all like CANADA OMG YEAH!!! Just some food for thought. Sure I was all patriotic when we took the most gold medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, but sports is different.

One interesting thing to note is that Bin Laden's death closely followed the anniversary of Hitler's suicide, April 30th.

Now for an example from The Sims.



And you know what happened from there.

AMERICA!!! :P

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sonic and The Sims, These are Two of my Favourite Things!



Modern AND Classic Sonic in the same place at the same time?! What kind of sorcery is this? PARADOX!!!! etc.

In terms of video games, this week has been fantastic for me. A few days ago The Sims 3 Generations was FINALLY announced. Talk about procrastination! I hope EA doesn't take so long to announce Unleashed EP5. It seems like they take longer to announce the summer EP than the winter one so probably not. Generations will resolve the issue of it only being fun to play as adults in the game. New playground equipment for kids, pranks for teens, mid life crises for adults, walking canes for elders, and a lot more. Sims will finally be able to use video cameras! YES!!

Then the day after Generations was announced, there was an announcement that something big was coming to Sonic's Facebook page. It ended up being a teaser trailer, and that picture happened. Rumours say the game may be called Sonic Generations. Well, isn't that a coincidence? Two games announced in the same week that may both be called Generations and they're from my two favourite video game series. What's next, the new SSX being renamed to Generations? Smash Bros. Generations? F-Zero Generations?

Wow, it's like this week was specifically made for me.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Seeing Things Differently

Recently, I learned that Blogger came out with new, dynamic ways to view blogs.

At the top there's a few more options aside from the sidebar. Impressive! Seems like I should try to include pictures in most of my posts from here on out so the blog looks good in the new formats. Too bad we can't use YouTube thumbnails!

Here's the pic I'll use for this post. Seriously, the new white buenos are addictive!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Anniversaries!



 So my 50th blog post is on the horizon and so is the landmark 10th episode of Aussie Life! Talk about crazy! When I learned about blogging my first thought was "So what? Why would I want to write about my life online?" Well, now here I am a few years later doing just that.

My Aussie Life vlogs are also hitting a landmark, episode #10! Great, so what is it about? Well, not one thing in particular, but several events all compiled together to make something awesome. There will be singing, there will be partying, there will be shenanigans, and there will be a seagull named Mimico. Check out the trailer I just put up!


I didn't even show the best part! From here on out, we'll hope to see episodes that don't just focus on me, but other people living in my complex. Since I liked how I managed to fit Mimico into episode 9, he will make plenty more appearances in the future. You may also remember him making a brief cameo in episode 4 when I was talking about Star Wars. Maybe he'll become a breakout character like Barney from How I Met Your Mother. Again, we can hope!

Wonder how many episodes I'll manage to make before I go back to Canada? One thing's for sure, I will do as many as I can!

When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes! To This Album


 When I learned that Yellowcard has finally got back together and started work on a new album titled When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes, it was an understatement to say I was excited. The Florida-based band has been my #1 favourite ever since I first heard Way Away while playing SSX 3 on Gamecube. Usually I only like a few songs from a band or artist. With Yellowcard I currently own almost the entire discography (Angels & Airwaves is the only other band I can say this for). The use of electric violin in punk rock is very unique and never gets old.

The album opens with The Sound Of You And Me. Anyone who likes Ocean Avenue will enjoy the pacing and lyrics. Amazing way to start the record. For You And Your Denial has a very similar feel to the first track. They actually blend together pretty well. This song was the first from When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes released as a single, and it definitely was a good teaser.

With You Around reminds me of Inside Out from Ocean Avenue in terms of pacing. Both are not slow, but not fast. They're somewhere in the middle. There is also a neat reference to Only One right in the first line. This further emphasizes the more mature tone throughout the whole record.

Hang You Up was the other single released before the album was shipped to stores. I feared that I would be tired of it buy the time I bought it as I listened to it much more than For You And Your Denial, but thankfully that is not the case. I can very much relate to the disappointment of differences between people as we grow up. This song also probably has some of the best use of violin that Yellowcard has ever done. It lends so much to the sad feeling that it really stirs the emotions. 

Life of Leaving Home almost fell into the same category as With You Around, but it grew on me. It's about spreading your wings out to new experiences and leaving the nest. I can really relate to this with my experience in Australia right now, heh.

Hide and Soundtrack are both great songs. The former appears to be about a fallout in a friendship and saying that they will still be around. The latter seems to continue where the former left off. It first starts off about how things fall apart sometimes, but with confidence can be put back together. However, both instrumentally have a very upbeat tone. Nice trickery there.

Sing For Me is no doubt my favourite. I was so glad they didn't choose this one to release as a single before the album came out. It easily ranks up there with Dear Bobbie and Only One. I love how there's always some heartfelt and emotional songs in between some of the more fast paced stuff. In my opinion they are what makes Yellowcard truly stand out. Apparently this track is about frontman Ryan Key's terminally ill aunt.

See Me Smiling goes right back to the fast paced punk rock that Yellowcard is known for.  The song is about a former relationship, and how painful it is to be without that partner. In the end however, they hope they can see him or her smiling. Very easy to relate to, and one of the best songs on the album.

Be The Young is one heck of a finisher. Starting out with blaring guitar riffs, you know this album is going out with a bang and not a whimper. Not only that, but the lyrics also contribute greatly to what is meant to be a concluding song. Ryan Key sings about how awkward and painful growing up is, but it can be overcome and you will always be young at heart. "It's endless and I know" is the last line. Perfect note to end the album on.

All in all, Yellowcard's two year hiatus seems to have done nothing but good for the band. When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes takes the best aspects of their music and continues to develop and mature it further. I very highly recommend this to anyone who even mildly enjoys rock. There are no "bad" songs here though a few may need time to grow on you. This could be just the shot of adrenaline your music collection needs.

Highlights: Sing For Me, The Sound Of You And Me, Hang You Up, Be The Young
Rating: 10/10. Mind blowing!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Earth Hour

Recently I've begun to realize a more environmentally friendly side of me, so this year I decided to participate in Earth Hour. I turned off everything in my room and did something I never did before...practicing Ninjitsu in the dark! It's been a while, but I still remember a few of the essential techniques.

It was pretty interesting to say the least. The darkness wasn't too much of a problem since I know my space well. After only a few minutes it got really hot since I turned off the ceiling fan. Focusing on training was very difficult, especially when meditating. Somehow I pulled through, and it was 9:30 before I knew it. I really need to practice Ninjitsu more often. Maybe I can really get back into training when I move back to Canada!

Wow, so the next blog post will be my 50th one. I'll make sure it's good! ;)

Edit: Oops, it was actually six until the 50th. Somehow, two drafts of my Yellowcard album review popped up twice plus a few scrapped drafts made it look like I already had 50 posts. Yikes.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What is Rubber?

"In the Steven Spielberg movie E.T, why is the alien brown? No reason. In Love Story, why do the two main characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason...I could go on for hours with more examples. The list is endless. You probably never gave it a thought...but all great films, without exception, contain an important element of no reason."

Wow, just wow. Rubber is easily one of the most interesting films I've ever seen! I'm still trying to decide whether that's a good or bad thing. Directed and written by Quentin Dupieux, the plot involves a tire named Robert that comes alive. What does it end up doing?

Killing things. Lots of things.

Robert first starts off small. "He" first destroys a water bottle and then a scorpion by rolling over them. However, when he tries to roll over a battle of alcohol it does not break. The determined tire then starts emitting a loud noise that eventually cracks the bottle open. Apparently this is some form of psychokinesis. Then things really start to get strange. Robert then kills a rabbit, a crow, and a truck driver completely unprovoked. All the while, a bunch of people are watching the murders through binoculars provided by some strange man riding a bicycle.

At first it felt like a live action Pixar film watching a tire come to life and roll around, but Rubber is a horror film for some reason. If it were a man instead of a tire, it definitely would be a good reason.

Before all of this happens though, a cop breaks the fourth wall by telling us that this film is an homage to the "no reason," which is where that quote at the start of this post is from. He references things like how the people in Chainsaw Massacre aren't shown going to the bathroom, and that we can't see the air around us because there's no reason.

Class ended before the movie could, so I just might have to watch the rest of my film on my own time in order to see if the plot ever gets deeper than a tire killing things. I now leave you with the brilliant opening scene.

What do you think? Is this creative, or just too strange for cinema?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Aussie Life Episode 9



After not too long a wait, episode 9 is complete. Can't wait to get started on #10!

The Next Aussie Life












"Rain comes down. People are bored. And one person sweeps the nation, or at least his apartment. All this and more in a build-up towards the landmark 10th episode of Aussie Life."

Yep, this one will be pretty awesome. Hitting a YouTube near you in HD very shortly! A trailer for episode 10 will also be up when it's done.

Monday, March 14, 2011

King's Peach!

So I woke up today and realized that my days were numbered. Literally. Today it's 14.

I had a very strange dream. There was an A/C who could talk, and it said "Sorry, not a fan." Then in another sequence my parents gave me a Fanta and a stick, saying that's their opinion of me. A "choo choo Twain" passed behind them. The last thing I remember was me looking down at my feet to see I was wearing loafers. Huh.

Later, I threw a boomerang. I nearly forgot how to throw one, but it came back to me. I wondered why it kept getting bigger. Well, then it hit me.

Before my Writing for Performance class started, I told the teacher I finally saw got around to seeing The King's Peach last night. He said "Isn't it grate," and I agreed. He also recommended that I start reading a book about anti-gravity. Apparently it's really hard to put down!

While I was walking to the bus stop after class, I saw a car with a strange spoiler. It had "Darth Vader is Luke's father" written on it. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

I made a math pun on my Facebook status just now. That was the first sine of madness.

I turned on the TV when I got home and there was an ad about a new broom that's sweeping the nation. I went to the fridge to get some Sprite, only to find a Fanta sea. My roommate told me to pass him a knife. As I did that I told him to have a knife day. My other roommate was about to leave for work. She said "See you spoon!" Then our neighbor popped in and told us all to fork off. That was kind of weird.

None of the above actually happened. At least most most of it anyway. However, when I jumped in the pool I went for a spin.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The King's Speech

So I finally saw The King's Speech, and I must say it's a pretty good movie. You should definitely see it if you can. You'll really feel sympathy for the main character.



Funny coincidence that the speech coach is Australian! There's a couple of jokes where this is mentioned. Also, the seats in the theater were very comfortable and fancy looking. Felt perfect for watching a movie involving royalty.

Not in the mood to do a big review for this one, sorry guys. :P

Saturday, March 5, 2011

HURURURUR! HRRvingmejoker? HHRRnufwujupayme!

I noticed that at times, Dean in Supernatural sounds a bit like Batman. I've been attempting to imitate that voice.



...Well, it's not too difficult.

On another note, episode 9 of Aussie Life is coming soonish.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Supernatural Beginnings

So today marks the beginning of my second semester abroad. It wasn't all that difficult as I only had one class and it was at 3 in the afternoon! Yay for sleeping in, mornings aren't for me. I took the bus to my Writing for Performance class and was surprised it's at the "Science and Architecture" building. I have the same teacher as I did for my Screenwriting class last semester which is awesome. I'm planning to write a sequel to the story I wrote for Screenwriting. Should be good fun!

Also...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYVilmnMFpY

Did you see that shot?!

And also...

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Summer Days Drifting Away...

...Summer vacation is over now?!



Oh well, at least I don't have class until 3 in the afternoon.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Slideshow Time!

Here's a cool TV-style slideshow courtesy of Photobucket! Enjoy!

The Sims 3...Generations?

So it's pretty much out in the open now. The much anticipated fourth expansion pack for The Sims 3 will be named Generations. If you go to the text only version of the official Sims 3 website you'll find this at the bottom of the page:

"Congratulations!
You have successfully registered your The Sims 3 Generations game.

Download your FREE* Set Name now! With Generations, Sims of every age can enjoy new activities! Kids can hang out with friends in tree houses. Teens can pull hilarious pranks. Adults can suffer midlife crises. And so much more!"


This looks promising. One of the biggest complaints about The Sims 3 is that there's isn't much stuff for sims to do unless they're adults. Personally, I've only had a baby once in my game because it was just so boring to go through the baby-teen stages. It wasn't that great in The Sims 2 but it's even worse in 3. Kinda sad. Can't imagine a schoolyard without hopscotch, basketball hoops, or jump rope? Play The Sims 3 and you will then.

A world that's supposed to simulate real life but is always sunny and has no dogs or cats just doesn't make any sense. Please let pets or weather be in this one EA. :P

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Two vlogs in Two Weeks?!

Guys, I'm scared!





And it gets ever closer to the 10th episode of Aussie Life. Hmmmm....

Monday, February 7, 2011

Technical Difficulties...

So as a gift, my parents had my MacBook's memory upgraded to 4 GB. However, instead of making things better...it made things worse! I got lots of random freezes (there was no possible way to reproduce the freezes and it could happen within 5 minutes or an hour. The only way to speed up the process was to play The Sims 3) and the only improvement I noticed was much smoother performance with The Sims 3 before freezing (though loading times stayed the same length). I went back to the computer store to get it repaired and I just got it back today after nearly 2 weeks. Now the problems haven't completely disappeared, only lessened. After the first 3 or 4 hours the MacBook froze again when only Firefox and iTunes were open. Yeah...pretty annoying. At least the freezing is very rare though, and it's only happened with YouTube videos in Firefox so far.

I may buy The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff sometime this week. From what I've seen, it doesn't seem to be as good as the previous stuff packs but there's still some nice stuff. A stereo inside of a rock? So cool. Right now I'm in the process of restarting my sims game in Hanogi Port, a city kind of like Bridgeport except the former has much more space. Can't wait until I have a decent amount of sims moved in, it should be awesome!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Queensland Flooding

So, some areas around Brisbane are being hit by floods. I am...a half hour drive away from there I think?

No flooding here.

I am the luckiest sucker alive.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Unstoppable - A Runaway Hit or A Train Wreck?



So a few days ago I learned about this movie through a YouTube ad. A runaway freight train that could end up destroying an entire town, based on a true story? "Sounds cool," I thought to myself. When I was a child, most boys my age loved cars. I did play with Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, but Thomas the Tank Engine was definitely my thing. It was what I was obsessed with before Pokemon and Sonic the Hedgehog came along. I loved trains as a kid so I'll always have a soft spot for them which was what initially drew me to Unstoppable. Then I looked to see how critics received the movie and the majority spoke highly of it which was encouraging too. That's when I decided to see Unstoppable and I have no regrets.

Is that James and Gordon? Nope. The Island of Sodor it ain't.


This movie is absolutely intense, easily one of the most intense I've ever seen. The opening shots are just of trains standing still in a train yard and even THAT is intense. I'm not kidding. I was imagining how the Double Rainbow guy would react. You'll know right from the beginning you're in for one heck of a ride. Throughout the entire movie there's a lot of intense zooming in and shaking of the camera. Some critics gave the movie flak for this, but personally I think it was done perfectly because it makes sense that there will be a bit of shaking as an unmanned train roars by you at 120 km/h. As the ending credits started rolling I was surprised when I realized my legs were actually shaking a bit when I started to get up.

I'm kind of glad Michael Bay did not direct this movie. It probably would have been a montage of crashes until the two main characters (played by Denzel Washington and Chris Pine (Yeah, the main guy from the Star Trek remake)) stopped the train. Thankfully there was only one major crash which holds a lot of meaning towards how selfish corporations can be to save money. The characters all have the right amount of depth for a movie like this. Not too shallow, yet not too deep as to detract from the dire situation at hand. It was just enough to make me care about what their life is like outside of their jobs. I did NOT expect Unstoppable to have as much depth as it did. I didn't expect it to be as thought provoking as Inception, and it isn't. But it didn't need to be. I walked into the cinema expecting a thrilling adrenaline rush, and I got that and more. The ending is predictable, but the journey leading up to it was not easy on the characters by any stretch of the imagination.

The acting and dialogue was top notch. It was not cheesy in any way and perfectly believable. It kept me engaged - it made me facepalm at the idiot who let the train get away in the first place, it made me annoyed at the corporate monkeys who wanted to take the easy way out, and it even made me laugh at times. Denzel Washington and Chris Pine had great on-screen chemistry in their respective veteran and newbie roles.

Ladies and gentlemen: Mr. Retirement Home, and Mr. Daycare.


There are not many bad points to this movie. The part involving the danger of the Triple 7 locomotive butting heads with a passenger train full of kids was over and done with a bit too quickly. The trailer may convince you otherwise, but there's actually much more focus on stopping the train before it reaches the S curve in Stanton. The music isn't good nor bad. I didn't care either way as I was paying more attention to the plot.

The DVD comes out in North America on March 8th, and here in Australia it just opened in theaters this Friday. I highly suggest watching this on the big screen or at least with a great surround sound system. The movie is about a train that's basically "A missile the size of a Chrysler building" as Rosario Dawson's character puts it, and hearing the whooshing of the Triple 7 train in the cinema sounded very true to life.

All in all, if you enjoy action movies you will love this movie. I doubt Unstoppable will win any awards, but it's very good at what it is meant to accomplish. I personally enjoyed every second of it and I will definitely watch it again. You don't even have to love trains to enjoy it. Think of it as what should have been the sequel to Speed.

My Rating: 9.0/10. Fantastic!


This is the first time I can say I was convinced by a YouTube ad to see a movie, and it was one that I had to sit through before seeing the video I wanted to see (I think it was one of the recent =3 videos but I'm not 100% sure). That's a noteworthy thing in of itself. A great movie to start the year off with. This is also the first movie review I've done so feedback would be appreciated. Don't expect me to do a lot of these. I'm still focusing on doing my Aussie Life vlogs and the LOLZ, Sims videos I recently started doing.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

SUPER HARD RAIN!!!

Aussie Life vlogs are back for 2011! Well sort of, this is a spur of the moment one. Just watching this vlog reminds me of my favorite viral video of 2010 - Double Rainbow.

I got lots of video footage over the holidays, just haven't gotten around to putting it all together yet.

Year of the BWAHHHHH!

So 2011 is the year of the rabbit, right? Wrong! It's the year of the rabbids!


DAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Enough said.