Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas time...

And the holidays are upon us once again... I have been working more hours and have had other things going on. This is why I haven't updated in a while.

Anyhoo, if this is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year why are so many of the songs depressing. I swear, it's like He Stopped Loving Her Today: Christmas Edition

I actually have more to say regarding Christmas, but I will save it for later. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and survived black Friday.


Tuesday, November 06, 2012

It's called character building.

Recently Microsoft released a series of web videos to tie into the release of Halo 4. The series, consisting of five 15 to 20 minute videos, is called Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Personally I enjoyed it. However, I have noticed that people are decrying the series as being too slow. Yes the first three episodes are slow, but it is a slow build to something greater in the last two episodes.

As the title of this post implies, they spent those first three episodes building up the characters. After all how and why are we supposed to care about these characters if they just throw us into the action?

Several of the people claiming that it is too slow claim that, as a video game spin off, it doesn't need that much character building. I disagree. In an actual video game we play as the character and therefore character building can be accomplished through gameplay. In a video/movie we are merely passive observers.

Here is the trailer for it in case anyone is interested.

All in all I recommend it. It is paced well and if it being slow bothers you just remind yourself that it ends with a bang.

Monday, November 05, 2012

It's Monday quiz time!

So it seems that I know my Halo.

I scored 100%, with 10 of 10 correct on The Escapist's Think You Know Halo?.
Take this quiz

Apparently there is no picture to go along with this one...

Friday, November 02, 2012

This is just... Profane

Profanity. How is it so popular? More importantly why? My friends know that I have to be quite annoyed or frustrated before I will resort to profanity. I have even started giving a friend and co-worker a hard time for his use of profanity, specifically in the work place.

Maybe I'm just square, but I do not understand it. Why is it so cool? Maybe it is the social stigma behind it. But isn't that almost completely gone? Do the 13 year old people on Xbox Live think it makes them, dare I say it, edgy? But it isn't just the kids. As I said a friend drops the F-bomb at the drop of a hat. Actually probably more often than that. That word pervades almost all aspects of his speech. When I point that out/confront him about it all I get in return is whatever.

Personally I think the use of profanity makes people less mature than many seem to think it makes them. That is to say... the more you use profanity, the more immature I think it makes you. Just the other night I was telling my friend that rather than swearing, grab a thesaurus and learn something new. At least give the illusion that you're intelligent.

Most of my favorite authors are the ones who either do not use profanity, or use it sparingly to help underscore the gravity of the scene. Perhaps it has to do with the way I was raised... perhaps not though. I guess I'm asking people to stop giving me more reason to think you immature. Is that too much to ask?!