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