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Monday, October 20, 2014

Ceremony for Mother Earth: A Healing

American Indian Dance Theatre is currently developing this great dance drama, and they could use some help.  Give them a hand with a donation to get this dance drama moving forward!

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Apparently the original post was removed and replace, here is the new one.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dark Souls speed runs and you....

So lets open a discussion up here, see if we can't get any comments in the comments section.

This topic will revolve around Demon Souls/Dark Souls/Dark Souls 2 speed runs.  The question I pose to you is this.

Do you speed run?  If so, why?  If not, why don't you speed run?

And to fire it off, I'll start with my opinion and answer to the question.  I don't speed run Dark Souls.  I've tried to do speed runs in both Dark Souls 1 and 2, but to no avail.  I don't really think it's any kind of issue to do with skill, as I can defeat most bosses fairly easily now in the game without much, if any hassle.  I have a few bosses that still give me a beat down here and there, but for the most part, I can deal with whatever is thrown at me.

My key issue with speed running is sparkles.  So you may be asking no, "What are Sparkles?"  That pretty, misty white light you see on a body sometimes after you kill something, or the white mist you see as you run past a 1000 year-old corpse.  Better known as loot.  It calls me, like a sparkling diamond or piece of gold.  And I can't resist the temptation.  I have to run over and loot it.  Even if I know what I'm going to get, I still have to get it.

I've started a few speed runs in Dark Souls 2, making it thought the Last Giant, Pursuer, Dragon Rider and Ornstein in about 10ish minutes without much issue.  Not sure if this is a good pace for a serious speed run, but that's about the time I get, and I can make it about that far before suddenly, I get sucked in by loot.  Perhaps it's my personality.  I find myself wanting to explore everything rather than speed my way through a game.  That might be why I haven't beat Skyrim yet. 

I fairly far into Skyrim, but I find myself doing everything I can in the game.  I've done so much in Skyrim, and I haven't finished the main storyline, think the last thing I did with that is talk to some dragon on top of a mountain.  I have some Vampire lady following me around that I'm helping and I haven't even been to the island expansion, think it's the Dragonborn DLC.  Still a lot left to do in the game.  It's because I enjoy the whole wandering around, exploring, finding things to do on my own.  Yeah, sometimes I come back to the main story, and do a little there, the break off on a tangent and do something else.

This is the main reason why I may never be able to do a Dark Souls speed run successfully.  Have I tried?  Yes.  Have I made why I believe to be a decent time for the first few bosses that could be a respectable speed run?  I'm pretty confident I have.  But that loot, that cave or side quest, sometimes, I just can't resist the urge to do it in favor of rushing through the whole game and crossing the finish line in less than 2 and a half hours.

So sound off!  What's your experience with speed runs?  Love them or hate them?  Why do you or don't you do them?

Monday, September 22, 2014

2014 Botcon Fan Film Entry

This was my entry to the Botcon 2014 Fan Film Extravaganza.  It ended up winning 2nd place, which I'm quite happy with.  Especially since this was the first time I've submitted a film to them. 

Have you ever wondered what would happen in the world of Transformers Prime if everything was taken WAY out of context?  Well, here's an example.  I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Transformers Prime: Season Two Blu-Ray Review

Article first published as Blu-ray Review: Transformers Prime: Season Two on Blogcritics.

Transformers Prime, the four-time, Daytime Emmy Award-winning series returns for a second explosive season. After defeating Unicron and losing their leader to the Decepticons, the Autobots must now find a way to restore Optimus Prime’s memory and save him from the grasp of the evil Megatron.

Transformers Prime: Season Two brings us an exciting season of twists and turns as the Autobots must race against time and the Decepticons to capture the highly sought after Iacon Artifacts. The race will take us across the world and the universe on a mission to try and save the Transformers home planet of Cybertron.

Season one ended with an, “edge of your seat” season finale that made you wonder how they could top it. The writers for the show have not come up short in the least with what they have delivered in season two. Though season two did slow down a bit after the premiere, it was almost a welcome chance to catch my breath. But the slow down wasn’t long as the season quickly took off on the hunt for ancient Cybertronian Iacon Relics. Some, weapons of mass destruction, while others brought hope and a promise to breathe life back into the Transformers dead home of Cybertron.

Season two sees the return of many season one regulars such as Airachnid and Wheeljack. They are welcome characters that add an extra excitement to their episodes and make you wish they could be around for the whole season. Along with them are many newcomers, such as the honorable, yet deadly Decepticon Dreadwing; and the young warrior eager to prove himself to the Autobots, Smokescreen.

Transformers Prime continues to provide great action and compelling story that keeps children and adults alike interested. The intensity of the story reaches a peak in the season finale, “Darkest Hour.” You’ll be on the edge of your seat all the way up till the credits, and then you’ll be stuck waiting there until the premiere of season three to get the conclusion.

The series pleases on a visual level as well. The animation has gotten even better since season one; many things seemed to have improved, from textures, character details and even the smallest details. Battle damage appears on the bodies of the Transformers as they fight, leading to scenes where we see them having repairs done to them to get rid of the battle damage.

Transformers Prime: Season Two is presented in a beautiful 1.78:1 aspect ratio in 1080p resolution. The images are very crisp and clear. With enhanced image quality compared to the regular DVD release, the colors and details in the CG models of the show are more visually appealing. The audio is presented in 5.1 surround sound that fills up the speaker system very nicely. The audio adds an atmospehere to the episodes easily lost on basic 2 speaker setups, almost making it a necessity to have the enhanced sound. Combined, these allow you to be easily submerged into the world of Transformers Prime and make you forget that it’s a TV show.

The Blu-ray has two special features. The first is a recap of season two, with interviews from the producers and directors of the show. They go over many aspects of the show, going into the details of the story, early concept art, and how some events in the series go on longer than planned. The second feature is an interview between Larry King and the voice of Optimus Prime himself, Peter Cullen.

Transformers Prime: Season Two keeps the action going strong, the story compelling and the excitement stronger than ever. Regardless if you’ve seen season two during its time on the air, or have been waiting for this release, it is well worth the purchase price. Definitely a must for any Transformers fan as you keep the opportunity to go back and see your favorite scenes over and over again.

Transformers Prime Season Two releases on DVD November 20 and on Blu-ray November 27.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WST Prowl - Another small Transformer

Round out my Worlds Smallest Transformers collection is Prowl.  He's got a very similar transformation to Jazz, and is highly detailed.  Anyone ever notice how detailed a smaller figure is vs a larger figure?  And I mean that in terms of anything....trains, Transformers, etc.

Like all the other WST figures, Prowl remains true to his Generation 1 toy in both his transformation and look.  Takara scores big again, as do I by pickign him up.  I've snagged up he last, easy to find and inexpensive WST figure.  Now looking to the future, the remaining figures will not be easy to find, nor cheap to purchase.

So what remains?  Silverstreak, Hot Rod, Skywarp, Optimus Primes Trailer, Ultra Magnus and I beleive that's it.  I believe there might be a Thundercracker chase figure but I need to research that again and find out.  If there is one, I have never seen it ANYWHERE!  So he'll be the hardest to acquire, if he does exist. 

Thanks for reading and I'll get something up for you to read in the near future.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: WST Jazz

Here comes a shorty but goodie!

WST Jazz arrived in my mailbox today and I must say, I am happy. Now if you're not a Transformers collector, there are figures that are "Holy Grails" to the fandom as a whole, and then their are personal "Holy Grails." WST Jazz is one of my Holy Grails.

Before we go forward with this, let me share a little story as to why this is a Holy Grail and why Jazz is one of my favorite characters.

One friday afternoon, many years ago, in the early 80's when I was just a wee lad, my mother picked me up from elementary school. From there, we drove home. It was a normal friday, like any other friday. No school for two days, excited I could get to watch movies with the family, stay up late and play with my Transformers.

Upon arriving at home, things changed, something was off. The air was filled with a sense of secrecy and excitement. I had no idea what was going on. I didn't think much of it, being just a hild at the time, all I could think of was which Autobots would be battle the Decepticons to free a captured comrade. Much to my excitement, my father approached me with a gift. A gift that ahs stuck with me my whole life and left a mark that will never be forgotten.

My father hands me a brand new Transformer. Inside the iconic black and red box lay a Transformer who would soon become one of my favorites; Jazz! A sports cart, white in color, with blue racing stripes and a large number 4 on either door. Excited, I opened to box, as Jazz would be in charge of the Autobot team to attack the Decepticon base!

WST Jazz is a beautiful recreation of the original Generation 1 Transformer, just a lot smaller. WST, also know as Worlds Smallest Transformer, is a line that came out about 10 years ago, exclusive to Japan. The figures were blind packed, so when you got a box, you had no idea who you were getting in thbox until you opened it.

WST Jazz is perfect in amost every way. His design, an exact match to his G1 counterpart. A white sports car with blue racing stripes and the number 4 on the doors. Jazz's transformation is even a dead on mimic. The figures is a gorgeous and perfect representation of an iconic and loved character that will always have a special place in my heart. To have this figure added to my collection is a perfect to fit in with any of my other Jazz figures, or my WST characters.

Though this figure has been around for many years, I highly recommend him to anyone who is a fan of G1, Jazz or just the small figures in general, like Cyberverse.
A special thanks to my Father for buying me that Jazz so many years ago.  Jazz will always have a special place amungst my Transformers figures and my heart.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

SDCC 2012 Bruticus....

Thanks to a friend of mine on tfw2005, I have acquired Bruticus for a very decent price. He's beautiul and looks great... in his box! I can't decide wether or not to open him, but either way, I'm happy thanks to a very good friend!!