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Archive for March, 2008

Random Post for 3/28

Posted by rapaleeman on March 28, 2008

So, for those that visited yesterday and read the blog may notice a lack of a post.  Well stupid me accidently deleted it and it ain’t coming back.  So instead of re-typing it from memory or trying to reconstruct the wit and mastery that went into it I will just take the loss and move on.

Anywho, this has been a really crappy, yet great weak.  I lost my hearing (like anybody really cares), felt like crap, and generally had a terrible feeling of disgust for sports since I don’t consider basketball a sport (I’ll clarify, stick with me).  With that said, Thursday things took a drastic turn toward awesome.

I beat Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core for the PSP and must say that it is just amazing.  The ending is great, and damn near made me cry even though I already knew what was going to happen (since I played FF7 originally in 1999 and again a couple of years ago).  The presentation and quality of CGI and then the playable finale (you have to see to believe/understand it).  Just WOW.  Buy/acquire it in any way shape or form.  It is worth every penny/megabyte.

I’m not going to go on about the Street Fighter movie again (it got deleted), but I will say that the story looks promising, but having Lana from Smallville be your star is a problem.  She can’t really act based on her performance on my favorite show (yes even after the lackluster season this year) but I will save final judgement until I see the movie, or at least the first trailer.  Then I’ll probably bash the hell out of it.

I do need to comment again on the GI Joe movie though.  Two words describe my excitement.  SNAKE EYES.  There are two pictures of Ray Park as Snake Eyes and I must say he looks awesome.  Oh here’s the link of my favorite in case you haven’t seen it.

Ray Park as SNAKE EYES

My 5 reasons why this is a good thing sign:

1. No Goggles.  I like that they went with the visor.  Looks cooler and more deadly than a ninja wearing snowboarding goggles.  Really.  I know that the military uses them and all but they look stupid on a ninja.  Period.

2. The suit.  Glad they went the Metal Gear Solid/Splinter Cell way and made it a type of armor.  Looks like one of the Batsuits.  Very cool.  Plus his “patch” on the shoulder matches the tatoo the character has on his right forearm.

3. Ray Park.  Nice to see he is getting work outside of Ballistic: Eeks Vs. Sever.  Sad that his only good roles are ones where he doesn’t show his true face (Darth Maul or Toad anyone).  He has the skills to pull of the moves and he has proven he can do it in style.

4. The sword.  I’m a fan of ninjas anyway and I’m glad they gave him a real Katana.  They could have gone with a sword like Blade’s or a knife like the original action figure, but he looks money.  Perfect size.

5.  The gun.  Excited they went to a pistol (and a cool one at that).  They could have gone with an Uzi (the original figure had that), but the pistol is cooler.  The director said it was a Glock but he is wrong.  It is an FN Five-seveN (yes, that’s how it’s spelled).  Awesome gun.  Same as Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell.

I’m holding off final judgement since I damned the Transformers movie because of Bumblebee, but once it released and the Autobots transformed on-screen, I was hooked and I am seriously looking forward to number two.  That was my favorite movie from 2007 so I am definately hoping for the best.  I will say though that besides Ray Park the rest of the cast kinda sucks, but we’ll see.

Finally, basketball is no longer a sport.  It may have been once upon a time, but since Michael Jordan perfected the art of the dunk, it has stopped being an official sport to me.  A sport or contest (which is what a game is by definition of the NBA/NCAA) has rules.  The basketball that I have seen does not and what few rules there are/were are enforced whenever the ref feels like it.  Traveling, 3 seconds in the lane, double dribbling, etc… are on every play.  It is called maybe once or twice a game.  Plus when you rush the basket and knock someone over, that is a foul.  The defensive guy should not have to stand still and plant his feet.  That is stupid.  Don’t even get me started on the fact that professional basketball is fixed.  I mean think about it.  How can a person score 50-70 points one game and then 10 the next?

Well that does it for now.  My hearing is almost back to 100% (again, like anyone gives a crap).  The week has turned around too since I also found out that Fastlane will be on DVD on June 8th.  It’s a great show from 2002.  It was essentially Fast and the Furious the television series.  Awesome.  I may do an entire post on that when the dvd drops.  We’ll see.

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First time for everything.

Posted by rapaleeman on March 24, 2008

I have heard about this awesome thing called blogging and most of my friends say I have an interesting way of looking at the world, so I figured I’d give it a try.  If I offend anyone well then I’m sorry but to be honest, I don’t care.  Enjoy my first of what may be many, or my last who knows, blogs.

I was thinking today about the conflicts in the world and all the other random nonsense that sense to plague the news, but really, who wants to hear that crap over and over.  So I have decided to talk about something more prevalent that is plaguing the society for which we call home here in America.  The Taliban?  Nope.  Global domination from Starbucks?  No, my good people, but the almighty entity of demon spawn know as AT&T.

Oh AT&T, who will hereby referred to as ATT or some type of prejudicial or discriminatory remark, is the worst cell provider in existence.  Yes, I’ve seen the commercials and yes their service is actually good.  What I’m talking about is their customer service.  Wow.  I have never had so much abuse from a particular group (not even from Xbox customer support) and what makes it worse is, they are AMERICAN.  Usually when customer support is farmed, it turns to crap, like aforementioned Xbox live support, but seriously.

I am not an average user.  I use my phone everyday.  It is my lifeline.  I have very few issues since I am pretty technical and can fix my crap without help.  Though I have and do use the internet to fix my phones (howardforums.com) when I can’t change something or have a question on my bill I call customer care.  I was (oh I switched if you can’t see where this is going) a business customer and if they talk down to people with real businesses and not just corporate discounts then I’m surprised they have any customers at all.

I have been called a liar, called stupid, and even told that I had to re-apply to get a discount on a phone.  Not only that, but since I changed jobs, I had to have my credit re-run and everything.  I take care of my credit.  I have been an ATT customer for 6 years.  Never been late on a payment and have always played by the rules.  I have taken abuse after abuse over my stay, and their stores aren’t much better, though the independent stores that aren’t corporate usually have great customer service which is well great, they just don’t have the correct access required so corporate I go.

 So what is my conclusion to this random attack on a giant corporate entity?  Simple.  I left.  I went to T-Mobile.  Granted they don’t have as much coverage (still not that noticeable of difference) but their customer service is top-notch.  Not only am I greeted, but the offer their ID numbers.  I have never run into a company that offers their employee ID numbers, but the t-mob takes pride in their customer care.  I appreciate that as a consumer and because of that I have given them my business. 

 I had picked up a Sidekick, but it was damn near falling apart after a week so it went back.  Settled on the Shadow in Copper (green looked fugly).  Great phone, though the battery life stinks and it is a fingerprint magnet.  More goods than bad to make it a worthwhile purchase.

So there you have it.  My first blog.  I feel cool and up-to-date.   I will probably update with random musings, meaningless rants about stuff I see and experience in this amazing yet extremely simple at the same time world.

 Enjoy.

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