Just preordered this. Huge fan of Stone Brewing and their whole philosophy towards beer so it was an obvious purchase. Along with the history of the brewery it shares something I wish Sam Caligone’s otherwise excellent book about Dogfish Head had- homebrew recipies for their beers. That, and recipies from their brewpubs. I know I’m going to take a wack at their Arrogant Bastard Ale Onion Rings, especially after tasting how delicious some french fries could be when you drown them in homebrew/craft beer. (Seriously. Make these.)
I haven’t been buying many print books in the last year but I’ve been steadily building up my library of beer books. It just doesn’t seem right to have a page that isn’t speckled with wert and beer, crinkled from having propped it open in order to read the recipies while I’m brewing.
Rockstar today released two new screens from the game that shows off a level that’s set in the dark, dreary New York setting that we know the character so well from. He just looks at home here, doesn’t he?
Dig the lighting effects. I tried to boot up Max Payne 2 for shits and giggles a couple of months ago and though I still like the way the gunplay feels the graphics have not held up. Especially Payne’s “I JUST GOTTA HOLD IT IN TILL THE NEXT LEVEL” scrunchy face.
I borrowed this book from the library (digitally, on my NOOK color!) a couple of weeks ago and really loved it. The first novel from DC Pierson of Derrick Comedy and Mystery Team fame, it’s a really sentimental look at the high school experience.
It’s about a kid named Darren, a loner artist in school who ends up befriending a weird kid named Eric and writing an epic series with him. They spend their nights just dorking out about possible films and comics and all sorts of spinoffs that could come from their creation, really fleshing out this world and getting excited about their project. Eric’s a weird kid but he’s fun and actually seems to appreciate Darren’s art, so he doesn’t mind hanging with him. It’s not till Eric reveals that he’s never slept once in his life that Darren realizes that his buddy has superhero powers… of a sort.
Telltale Games shot off these new screenshots of Jurassic Park The Game, coming straight from Gamescon. These first ones are from the first episode, as are intended to show you how familiar it will be to anyone who’s seen the first film.
Mere days before the game’s planned release date back in April we found out that the company was delaying the game till the fall, and the press release was refreshingly honest. It stated that once they started development on the game they saw an opportunity to push the mechanics beyond what they’ve done before, and rather than put out an inferior product they decided to give it more development time. Those who had preorderd got a full refund and a free game as apology.
There’s that visitor’s center from the outside. There will be some new sections, like a Marine center which will house some Mosasaurs…
Here also are two brand new screens from the second episode in the series, which looks more action-packed already.
Now the question remains- is the action solely QTEs, as one of the early videos demonstrated? Or have they tried something new? You might be able to find out yourself PAX Prime this weekend- Telltale’s showing off the game in a Jurassic Park themed booth (#3403, Level 4).
I love my NOOK Color. Absolutely love it. I got it as a gift from my parents last Christmas and almost asked them to return it- I’d been reading books on the kindle app on my phone (Droid X, with its nice large screen) and didn’t see the need for it.
I WAS WRONG.
The thing doesn’t leave my side lately. The fact that you can borrorow books from libraries, on top of the massive amount of authors that are putting their books out for around 3-5 bucks a pop has meant that I’ve been reading almost nonstop every free minute I get. I can’t even count how many books I’ve read in the last few months. The NOOK Color’s gotten a few firmware upgrades over time and become more of a little tablet, with an upgrade to Android 2.2. The processor still feels slower than my phone, but the internet is a nice touch. Wish there was a better browser for it but now they have an app store so there’s hope in the future. Unless you’ve rooted it, of course, in which case you can pretty much get anything you want.
This is something I’d been talking about doing for weeks with my buddy Luke while we played the Game of Thrones: Living Card Game. (Excellent game, by the way.)
Originally it was just a text file but today I had the inspiration of scanning in the heraldic crests from the beginning of every chapter and printing the thing out, for authenticity. Then I gave it to my 14 month old daughter who proceeded to rip it, crush it, and even chew on a corner.
I scanned it back in and it was good to go. Hope you enjoy.
I’ve done a pretty good job of abusing the membership to the Museum of the Moving Image that my wife got me last year for Christmas, which gives me free access to nearly all of their screenings. Fortunately they’ve really done an amazing job with the programming. One of my favorite programs has to the monthly Fist and Sword series that Warrington Hudlin curates, a series devoted to martial arts flicks of all types. Last month I experienced 13 Assassins for the first time (I know!) there, and had a helluva time seeing it on the big screen. Blu-ray is one thing, but that’s one film that deserves to be seen on the big screen with a crowd stuffed with Miike fans.
Today as part of the series they screened Finishing The Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee, the mockumentary by Justin Lin (Fast Five). I mostly liked it. The idea is simple enough- it’s based on what could have happened when the producers of The Game of Death were trying to find replacement for Bruce Lee to finish up the flick.
For those unaware- Bruce Lee was in the middle of shooting Game of Death in 1972 when Warner Bros. came by and threw a truckfull of money of him to star in Enter the Dragon, a Chinese-American production that boasted the largest budget ever for the genre. Bruce Lee put his passion project on hold in the hopes that this would elevate his career, but it was not to be. Soon after shooting the film he died of cerebral edema at the age of 32, with most reports pointing to asprin as the culprit (really). To finish the film director Robert Clouse took the 11 minutes of footage that Lee had finished and mashed it up with a mixture of unlicensed footage from his from older films (First of Fury, etc.) along with newly shot footage that utilized stand-ins and stunt doubles, and a horrible story about Lee faking his death and getting facial reconstructive surgery.
Finishing the Game is both a spoof and a satire, a critical look at both how Asian Americans are portrayed on film and how they let themselves be portrayed. There’s a wide array of people competing for the part of Bruce Lee and they all have their own reasons for it. The film is unfortunately played very tongue in cheek- the film could easily have been played straight like a Christopher Guest film and been even funnier. But instead we have silly stuff like a white guy (with a Chinese mother!) complaining how everyone calls him railroad worker. It’s too on the nose and not as clever as it wants to be. The interviews simply don’t feel like intereviews either- they feel like monologues that the actors are delivering, and as such the fake documentary trappings come off as false.
That’s not to say the film isn’t funny- it definitely is. There are some great jokes here, including a hysterical moment as a police officer overshares information about a film star’s death. But by the second act of the film the gimmick starts to get old, the film sags, and never really recovers.
Still, on the whole a fun flick that makes a lot of interesting (although mostly obvious) points about Asians in Hollywood.
Next month as part of the Fist and Sword screening the Museum is screening Woo-ping Yuen’s True Legend. Can’t wait.
Much more happy with this review for Badass Digest. Amazing book, really- one of those ones I just HAD to write something about after immediately finishing. Really love when something inspires me that much.
Last night I tried my first batch of all-grain brewing, and it was a little bit of a disaster. I don’t have the equipment for a proper five gallon batch, so I’ve been set on doing a few little one gallon batches to get used to the thing and working on a recipe before upgrading my equipment. I was trying to make pale ale and couldn’t get the temperature for my mash to stay just right- always too high or too low. Should have been ok even so, but then when I was trying to cool down the wort after the boil I managed to spill a whole bunch of warm water right into it. Like two quarts. My OG was .02 lower than it should have been, and I’m worried what the thing will taste like.
If that makes no sense to you, that’s fine. In english- there’s too much water, not enough sugar. The yeast are doing their job right now but I have no idea how watery this thing will taste, if it’s drinkable at all. Dah.
So yeah, like everyone else who’s missed out on Mad Men till this point, I’ve been watching it on Netflix Instant. The first four seasons are on there right now. Eight episodes into the first season and I’m really enjoying it- it’s a great show with interesting characters and enough mystery to keep us guessing at what’s going to happen (Just who is this Don Draper cat?) Much more exciting to me than the last show I started watching, Sons of Anarchy, whose second season got better but still didn’t shake that goofy, wannabe tough guy feel.
But the one thing that threatened to turn me off Mad Men from the beginning is how much fucking winking is done. There are just constant reminders of the time period being thrown in your face that have a real “Look, they didn’t know anything back then!” feel to them.
She’s smoking a cigarette and in the next shot you see OMG SHE PREGNANT
Some guy hits a kid who’s not his for running in the house and the father comes and OH HE AGREES WITH PUNISHMENT AND WANTS TO DEAL MORE
Men drink and they drive and THEY’RE JUST BEING MEN, STUPID
Women say anything and they SHOULD SHUT UP THEY’RE NOT PAID POORLY TO THINK
Draper says what do you have a magical machine that can COPY PAPERS LOL
Also everyone smokes three packs of cigarettes a day, at least.
Thankfully it seems like they’re finally easing into the time period and getting a little more serious with stuff. But we’ll see…
Oh and there’s always this. I don’t even care if this nullifies one of my previous complaints, I’ll watch this all day.
Good news for anyone wishing to get their greasy mitts on the fantastic game Bastion (my review of the XBLA version at THE SITE THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED)- they’ve just announced a date for the PC release. August 16th will see Supergiant Games’ beautiful action/rpg hitting Steam, to be followed by all the other usual PC portals. It will offer high-res graphics and a new PC control scheme and run you $14.99, which is nothing for the amount of game you get here.
Really loving that the community has lifted this game up so high. Every so often they get behind one that really deserves it, and it’s great to see this tiny little team (seven core members!) get so much acclaim. Pick it up if you haven’t!
While recently I’ve been dorking out with games like Arkham Horror, Earth Reborn and the Game of Thrones card game, I’ve been also playing a bunch of party games. Not nearly enough of my friends are dorky enough to get into a game that’ll take you four hours to play and involve lots of plastic creatures, and it’s always easier to get a large group of people into something like Werewolf, Eat Poop You Cat, or Apples to Apples.
A good friend of mine picked up Who Would Win tonight and it’s an excellent little game. It’s basically a game where two people are given cards of famous figures and have to debate over how good that person/character would be at some randomly chosen activity, like Gardening, Boxing, etc. The rest of the group has to act as judges.
You end up with fun fights like this-
Santa whupped her, just so you know. Quite badly. Also, Madonna was better than Karl Marx at Genocide, Tarzan beat Wayne Gretzky in a game of Chicken and Tiger Woods was a better Butler than Stephen King in a racism-riddled debate.
We played it at Rattle N Hum while drinking excellent cask beer. The only problem with that is that I ended up accidentally elbowing the girl sitting next to me a handful of times while I was gesticulating wildly. Arguing brings out my inner Italian, I guess.
Really fun game, can’t wait to see it at the next big gathering of drunken friends.
Can't believe I'm excited about a new Star Wars game.
True story- I let out an audible “Oooooh!” when I read Fantasy Flight’s announcement of their new Star Wars games and read the phrase “painted minuatures”.
It’s a good thing that I got married and had a kid before I started playing board games because I doubt I’d find anyone that would let me stick my dick in her now.
But seriously, this is the first Star Wars-related thing that’s got me excited in years. Fantasy Flight is known for their superb games and they’re working on two new titles for the franchise- a card game and a minutures games.
Gotta dig the cool new (OT!) art for the games. I was actually never the biggest Star Wars dork but it’s always great when someone special gets their hands on the franchise and does it right. Has it been since Knights of the Old Republic? Possibly.
So listen, Fantasy Flight, we gotta talk about all these great-looking games now. How am I supposed to afford Elder Sign, Gears of War: The Board Game (seriously), more Arkham Horror expansions now that they’ve been reprinted, that Game of Thrones board game…? Ugh.
I missed a half-dozen press screenings for Attack the Block and am really regretting it right now, because I hardly get the chance to go to the movies anymore and I need to see it again. Just a tremendously fun, exciting, resonant film. Exactly the kind of movie I always wanted to see- a horror/fantasy/action flick set in the city. How come suburban kids always get to have all the fun, anyway?
Another thing I haven’t heard enough about was the incredible creature design. Big black furry eyeless beasts with glowing blue teeth,they’re easily some of the best and most memorable aliens in recent memory. Still curious to see how exactly they were pulled off- I know a guy in a suit, animatronics and some CGI for the teeth were involved, but I’d love to see a doc on this on the blu of the film. Cause I am buying this sucker day one.
Now, time to pick up the soundtrack. I see that it’s got “Get that Snitch” on it!