12
Feb
2015
12
Feb
2015

2015 Winter Anime

It's a new year and that means it's a new anime season. I know I am late in posing this. After all the new season is almost half way done. What is even worse is that as I was looking up the shows for this season I realized that I had started some series but had forgotten about them already.

You see I tend to use these season preview posts as a way for me to remember everythgin that I am going to watch so in restrospect I should never forget to do these posts so late. Now my backlog of anime is even larger. -.-

12
Feb
2015
12
Feb
2015

Crest/Banner of the Stars

Back before we had services like Crunchyroll and Netflix it used to be that the only way one could get access to Japanese Anime was by either going to the video store or the library and checking something out. Back in 1999 getting information on the newest anime series from Japan was even harder. You could only really get information by either learning Japanese and reading content over there online or via print material.

When Crest of the Stars was first animated in 1999 I didn't know anything about it. It wasn't until I saw a 2000/2001 (ish) article in Newtype USA that was discussing it's impending DVD release here in the states that I first became aware of it. Ever since then Crest/Banner of the Stars has ranked continuously in my all time favorite anime list. Here are a few of my reasons why I adore this franchise.

04
Feb
2015
04
Feb
2015

Warlords of Draenor: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

If I haven't posted anything recently it is for good reason. Warlords of Draenor came out and I have been immersed in Blizzards 5th expansion in the World of Warcraft universe. After spending the last few months leveling up 4 level 100 characters and doing the whole gearing and profession leveling gauntlet that comes with every new expansion I believe that I am ready to share a few of my thoughts on Warlords of Draenor.

03
Jan
2015
03
Jan
2015

Photoblog - Houston Zoo Lights 2014

This last holiday season was quite different from previous ones in that we actually went out and did stuff this year. normally we just hang around the house and visit relatives so it as nice to go out and bout on our own and see some of the events that happen around town this time of year.

This year we went to the Houston Zoo for the first time to see their Zoo Lights event. This is a huge event held each year for families. Volunteers go out and decorate the Houston Zoo in holiday lights around all of the exhibits and you walk around at night and see them all.

20
Dec
2014
20
Dec
2014

Southpark: The Stick of Truth

It has been a long time since I've ever played a game like this. You know a game that you just enjoy playing form beginning to end. A game that draws you in and doesn't let go. A game where you run around and tell all of your friends about how awesome it is and they all universally agree. A game where you keep telling yourself just one more Quest, just one more hour. And then as you look as the credits roll you realize it's 3am and you've been playing all night long. And you don't want it to end, you crave more. That is Southpark: The Stick of Truth.

10
Nov
2014
10
Nov
2014

The case for an Overwatch single player campaign

Now unless you have been sleeping under a rock this past weekend you would have heard by now that Blizzard announced their first new IP in over 17 years, Overwatch. Overwatch is a team based FPS/MOBA hybrid game set sometime in the future. here you face off in various 6 vs 6 PvP matches on a variety of game maps. Currently only 2 game modes are know are Payload, where you escort a payload vehicle to it's destination, and Point Capture, where you capture control points.

Now I could go off and explain everything that is known about the game thus far but to be frank other people have already done that on various other websites and most of them have actually played the game. I'll link to a few of those here at the end of this post. What I want to talk about instead is the possibilities of this franchise as a single player game (which it isn't right now) and my reasoning as to why Blizzard could make it happen.

09
Nov
2014
09
Nov
2014

Mai-Otome

You know I would be the first person to say that subs are better than dubs then it comes to Anime’s. Call it the anime purist in me, call it a record of bad dubs over the years. I’ve just never been one to watch dubs over the years. But sometimes I am willing to make an exception if the dub is done so well that I prefer a dub over a sub. Mai-Otome is one such anime.

Airing in 2005 under the direction of Masakazu Obara (My-HiME and Guilty Crown) Mai-Otome was a spinoff of the 2004 My-HiME based on an alternate world set sometime in the future. Mai-Otome is almost like a retelling of the 2004 My-HiME. All of the My-HiME characters are there but the world they are in is completely different.

06
Nov
2014
06
Nov
2014

Warcraft Realm Status Block

This is something that I've had working in the past on previous sites but recently I had to build it up all over again using the new Battle.net API. To be honest I was a bit intimidated by this. You see I am not exactly the worlds greatest expert on javascript, jquery, and json. My scripting language knowledge base is very limited in that regard. Nevertheless I did finally figure out how to build it and I am making this post as both a reminder for myself (and to other people who may stumble along) so I don't forget how to do it.

06
Nov
2014
06
Nov
2014

Photoblog -Froberg's Farm Nov 2014

Earlier in the week I went back to Froberg's Farm to pick up some pecans for a few deserts. We found it to be a lot cheaper to pick these up at the farm versus the grocery store due to the volume that we wanted to purchase. We ended up getting 5 lb sack of cracked whole pecans for around $27, of which we got about 4 lbs of pecans which averaged out to about $6.75 a lb. At the grocery store you can get a 8 oz package for about $5.50 (maybe $4-$4.50 if they are on sale). The only downside was that the pecans were imported from Georgia (not Texas!) but I've been hearing that Texas has been having a bad crop lately due to the past seasons.

03
Nov
2014
03
Nov
2014

Bonis-guild.com

This is a website that I built for one of my guilds on World of Warcraft. It's a simple site based on my KLv4 theme.

Personally I have a bone to pick when it comes to guild websites. Most people use guild website services like Guildportal or Guildlaunch. The problems with using those sites is that they are ugly, have more functionality than most people need, and are a pain to operate. They really do suck. That is why I built this site, to try and showcase what a guild website SHOULD look like.

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