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Random: 08/21

Posted by rapaleeman on August 21, 2008

Well, been a while since I did a random and I kinda need to.  So let me blow my load here and give yall some of my knowledge.

First up is the word “knowledge”.  Come to find out if you ask a gang member what their “knowledge” is they tell you who they are, where they been, wrapsheet, and particulars.  Interesting fact. 

I really want a pair of Heely’s to roll around in my office.  I know they are kiddy, but really it would be cool.  We have some really long hallways and to “heel” down them would be sweet.  True they are kinda childish, but really who doesn’t think it would be cool.  Anybody?  Anybody?  Screw you guys, it would be sweet.

Anyway, I just bought Mass Effect for the 360.  Got it on sale.  I really wanted Too Human but due to a lack in fundage couldn’t afford a full priced title.  I really needed something after the letdown of Soul Calibur IV.  I doubt I’ll ever play that crap again and EBGames only want to give me $30 bucks for it.  Screw that noise.  It cost me $60 dude.

I did pick up a few DVDs for cheap and am watching some of those.  I watched Birds of Prey and honestly it was a lot better than I actually remember it.  Good show.  The new music is ok too (except for the final fight, it needed t.a.t.u. in there).  Got and watched Fastlane too.  Great show as well and the music wasn’t a huge deal except for the theme song and it was missing “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones in one of the episodes.  The other missing music wasn’t a big deal.

Shwayze had an album drop on Tuesday and it is just really good.  Rap, acoustic, folk, and good ol’ California Pop mixed in is a great combination.  Highly recommend everyone go and buy.  NOW!!!

Hawthorne Heights new album “Fragile Future” came out too and it is just ok.  They lost quite a bit when their other vocalist/guitarist died.  The problem is that they still write the songs as if he is still alive and singing with them.  The problem that is created is that the music is just a really whiny guy singing and a ton of blank spots where there should be screaming.  No contrast in music that really needs it.  The songs though are actually well done, and well written.  Just the delivery and a musician is only as good as the delivery.

Final thought is that the Sidekick LX actually has a screen protector on it out of the box.  Thank you Sharp/T-Mob.

That about does it.  I’m tired and really want to go home.  Watch Burn Notice and Flashpoint on tonight.  Both really good shows.

End Transmission

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Random Post: 07/10

Posted by rapaleeman on July 10, 2008

Wow am I tired.  Work has been a bitch.  Too much shit to do.  I’m taking a break posting here just because I don’t feel like doing up more paperwork.

I was finally able to procure a copy of Fastlane on DVD.  I can’t wait to watch the show again.  All the fun and excitement.  Now on DVD for me to watch at my leisure.  I highly recommend everyone pick it up.  NOW.  You, go buy.  I wait.

Saw some more pictures of the Sidekick Gecco, or Sidekick 2008 as it is now called.  Whatever.  Thing looks money.  Hopefully it costs less than the LX.  Other than the smaller screen, it seems to have everything that the LX has and more.  I may have to acquire one when they become available.

I watched Batman: Gotham Knight last night.  It was good.  It was a collection of 6 short stories all by different animators and writers.  Any Batman fan needs to buy it.  It is a good watch and definately kept my interest.  A tad short though for a full length release.

The second season of Psych came out today too.  Bought that.  Great show.  You watch now.

Tonight, Burn Notice is back.  That show rocks as well.  One of the most underrated shows from last year.  Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell are great.  Very funny, witty, and just down right phenomenal action scenes.  Especially for a show on the USA Network.  That is the channel I’ll be tuned to for most of the summer so, hopefully I”ll see you guys there.

I haven’t seen Wall-e yet.  I really want too.  I saw Hancock for some reason.  Funny for an hour then boring.  I will say watching a drunk superhero fly is pretty funny and the beginning of the movie is just great.  The whole schtick of sticking people’s heads up other people’s asses is really funny.  Be prepared to fall asleep towards the end though.  The little “twist” is terrible and really dumb.  I should have gone to see Wall-e.  Or even Wanted.  Kinda want to see that too.

I really play too much skate. for the 360.  It’s getting to be a really bad habit.  I was up til almost midnight playing it last night online.  Just hanging out and playing is a blast.  I really like that game.  All they need is the online mode from Burnout Paradise and to be able to walk and I’m good to go.  I need help.  Really.

Anyway, just thought I’d check in.  Too much going on to finish anything up.  Still got a ton of shit in the drafts section but no time or motivation to finish them.  Whatever yo.  Stay frosty.

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WTF is wrong with TV?

Posted by rapaleeman on May 16, 2008

So last night was the season finale for Smallville.  I watched it, enjoyed it, yet somehow I was left ultimately unsatisfied.  The epic battle between good and evil (Clark and Lex respectively) was lame and the plotlines for this season were never really resolved.  They may have been dealt with (Brainiac and the like) but it was like a punchline without a joke.  I didn’t get it.

This has lead me to a startling realization.  Other than a few key people in the almighty TV land, nobody knows how they are going to end a show or even about the ultimate payoff that a season or series finale should bring.  I mean as a fan or at least a loyal watcher of a show, they are entitled to a decent conclusion. 

I have never been a fan of cliffhangers for season finales mainly because you never know (or rarely know) if the show will be back.  Even with an almost guaranteed renewal things aren’t always set in stone. 

Case in point: Fastlane.  I loved that show.  It was The Fast and the Furious meets NYPD Blue.  Awesome show.  Very stylish and witty while still being sorta kinda grounded in reality.  The show ended with a cliffhanger and was supposed to be renewed for the next season.  that was the reason they reshot the ending to the show and gave it the cliffhanger.  However, two weeks after the last episode ended, TV Guide had a very small write-up of the cancellation followed by an online message from Fox themselves.  Weak!!!!

Other shows were like this too.  I can name off a bunch (Veronica Mars, The OC sorta, Black Sash, Day Break, etc…) but I won’t to save space and my sanity. 

Look.  My point of this whole thing is that TV producers want to bring dramas, serials, and fictional families to television for the audience to enjoy and to essentially let them into their homes.  They want the watchers (you and I) to become part of the families or one of the gang when it comes to most shows.  They want us to actually care about the characters.  They want us to feel the tention and drama when a character is in some type of peril whether it be physical or pshycological.

Then why in the hell would they have us watch a show that essentially leads to nowhere.  I have no problems with leaving the characters how we found them, just smarter or better off (The Sopranos and The OC are good examples).  I just despise when conflicts that the shows or numerous episodes have built up only to fizzle out like a soda that has been left out overnight, unrefridgerated, and in the open.  Just flat.

To any TV person reading this (really, like they traverse my neck of the Interwebs) stop it.  If your going to pull the plug that’s cool.  Some shows need to stop (The Simpsons and Scrubs are done).  At least let us have closure to the shows that deserve and need it.  It makes the viewer feel less used and abused and would at least make most of the masses happy.  Props to CBS for doing that with Jericho.  I didn’t like the show, but at least they finished it for the fans that were out there before pulling the plug.  Why they are pulling Moonlight is beyond me though.  Add another to my list I guess.

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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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