Have you ever read something on the Internet, found it to be an insightful piece of information, discovered more from the same author, and then found yourself saying, ‘Wow, this person is amazing! ’ If not, it’s a real treat, and that’s…
Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel’s latest released entry into its cinematic universe. I’ve only ever seen these characters in a cartoon, which one I could not tell you but Avengers-related, so I am not familiar with them at all, as I think could be said for many people. This series in comic form, to my knowledge, is not as popular as the others Marvel has released.
We start off in 1988 with a boy named Peter Quill. Not long after a tragic, life-changing event, he is abducted from Earth. We, as the audience, then find him 26 years later in search of an orb that he soon finds to be a lot of trouble and worth a lot to those who know what it is. Along the way, we meet other members of the group: Gamora, Rocket Racoon, Groot, and Drax. They all start off at odds with each other but upon learning of a common goal, they agree to work together throughout the movie, at first as reluctant allies. As the movie progresses and things become more intense, the characters find themselves willing to call each other friends and help and protect each other.
Having not seen a movie in theaters since The Hobbit nor an action movie in some time, I was up for a loud reminder at just how violent and explosive Hollywood action movies are. For many, that is a good thing and for me, it was mainly an adjustment. The movie certainly had its funny moments, most often delivered by Rocket, Groot, or a combination of the two, though Drax’s tendency to take things literally also entertained.
Chris Pratt plays Peter Quill and his performance is quite reminiscent of his character Andy in Parks and Recreation with the way he delivers his lines and expresses himself. Bradley Cooper does a great job voicing Rocket as he makes the creature come alive and providing some helpful or funny interjection. Karen Gillan, from Doctor Who fame as Amy Pond, plays Nebula, a character on the villain’s side, and had I not known from other sources it was her, I doubt I would have realized it.
The movie is filled with characters and places, and it was easy to lose track, but when all was said and done, I left satisfied. I saw one story come to a close, leaving a few doors open for those to come.
On July 29, 2014, a new Dunkin’ Donuts location has opened in north central San Antonio. You can find it by taking 281 north, then taking TPC Parkway until almost reaching the street Bulverde. Below, you can find some sample pictures of my late- night…
So I wrote out this nice paragraph explaining my last post, which is a link to a Squidoo article I wrote only to have it disappear. As I had intended to say, I joined that site since it seems a better fit for some of my blog posts on Tumblr that are more like articles. I may be cleaning up some older posts of mine with that intention.
With nearly ten years of experience as a web application developer for a small business, here are some tips on what I have found to be the most useful things to do or remember as someone who writes code. These tips are based more for approaching the projec…
Sometime back on reddit, I found a post talking about a site that offered several free online courses. That site is OpenCultre.com. From there, I noticed several links led to iTunes.
So if you’re unaware of this option, as I was, you can go to iTunes and search for free audio/video courses. I haven’t tried it on a mobile device but using it for desktop, you can just search for the subject of interest and then scroll down and find an area called iTunes U. There is a list of offered courses, many of them free.
I’ve looked at a few, such as some short drawing lessons from Oxford University, some longer lectures on feminism, and even some more commercially presented short baby and parenting tips videos.
I often find myself wanting to post and write, knowing I have something I want to say yet not sure what it is, but I will say this much. Education is paramount in improving the world we live in today. There is so much to learn and never enough time but knowing there are some good free resources is excellent. There’s a saying that goes, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Well, I want more people to value learning, sharing, and knowledge being free, so here I am, posting about it.
Here is a lovely piece of Megara from the Disney Hercules movie. The title is taken from a song in the movie, where Megara tries to deny her growing feelings for Hercules. It’s actually one of my favorites not only from the movie but from Disney.
Today, Namco presented Tekken 7 at San Diego Comic Con. They showed an extended trailer from the one seen earlier at Evo and provided information on what’s to come.
Most of the info I read here on Siliconera: Tekken 7 Will Answer Questions Like Why Heihachi Had To Kill His Wife
My general reaction to this info is pessimism, namely numerous guest character designs, a character I despise, and (supposed) story focus. Numerous guest character designs were done for something like Soul Calibur 4, and they were a detriment to that game, not a value. While expected, that lame piece of shit whose name starts with an “L” as in loser and rhymes with “arse,” as in he is an annoying one, will be back. In fact, more detailed story is something I would have very much liked before Tekken 6 showed that efforts such as that lead to failures like Scenario Campaign that manage to crap all over a regular story mode in the process.
But alas, they’ve probably got me, among the questions this game will answer (so we’re told): Who is Devil Jin?
Anyway, here is the Japanese-voiced trailer and my commentary on it:
This trailer is mostly focused on the Mishima storyline having Kazumi (Kazuya’s mother) tell some unseen and unamed person that she must stop Heihachi because of all these awful things that may happen. The silhouette resembles someone in a karate gi like Heihachi or Kazuya but since she speaks of them to this person, I shall assume he is neither and am assuming he is male, for now. My guess would be Jinpachi then but perhaps he is not large enough.
Now in the wake of all these horrible things Heihachi will cause we see things he did NOT cause: Miguel and his sister (Jin), Leo at her mother’s grave (Kazuya). I think I even caught a glimpse of Paul. The implication does not match what we see, which is either a lack of logic or intentional (see, these things would have happened anyway). To add further confusion, the trailer ends with “I love Heihachi and Heihachi loves me,” showing Heihachi shed a tear after we’ve listened to this woman ramble about her need to kill him. Did I mention she said Kazuya has her powers? I probably should.
However, my main issue is that the long shots and long drawn out pauses between the voice-over leaves me less interested, not more. Who is the figure she speaks to? What powers?
Having done this waiting dance once before, these are questions that will NOT be answered anytime soon. There is no gameplay footage, no info on non-Mishima characters, and no timeline. These are all red flags that we are in for yet another long wait. The only reason the wait might not be long is this game is developed for Unreal Engine 4, which serves many platforms.
Also, the voice-acting in the English trailer was notably weak when Kazuya says something like, “This ends here.” I wasn’t too pleased with the trailer being in English, but Namco has rectified that with providing a Japanese version. I’m not saying Tekken 7 will suck or that Namco hasn’t learned their lesson, but I will remain skeptical before hopeful.