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 sore 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.

01
Nov
2014
01
Nov
2014

Marvel MCU Predictions

I am fast becoming a huge fan of Marvel Studios and their Marvel Cinematic Universe. I honestly can't think of any time that we have seen a franchise attempt this huge crossover between TV, Movies, and Comic at the scale that Marvel is doing. Star Trek attempted this to some extent back when DS9 was running. You would see small glimpses of he show mentioned in TNG movies. But they were nothing more than name dropping and it never really materialized into anything beyond that. I really was a wasted opportunity. This is only one of the reasons why I appreciate what Marvel is doing.

01
Nov
2014
01
Nov
2014

Photoblog - 2014 Houston Japan Festival

You know you are behind when you post something that is 6 months late. The Houston Japan Festival is an annual event held in Herman Park held each year in April. I took these pictures with my phone. I had a bunch of pictures that I had taken with my Lumix GF-3 but unfortunately I lost the SD card. Since then I've purchased a new laptop and a NAS as backup. In the future I hope that new NAS along with Onedrive should be sufficient to keep my images safe.

01
Nov
2014
01
Nov
2014

IOTA Theme

I have been making a lot of these themes lately. Mostly it is just me catching up with old projects that I had put on hold in the past. This is another one of those projects. The International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA) is an astronomy association whose website is managed by a family friend. Their old site looked like something out of a bad 1990's Hollywood film. It was a pain to navigate around and it was updated using Frontpage and MS Word. Of course I shouldn't be surprised. Many people don't know that astronomy types tend to use old reliable technology, not the most up to date technology (example: NASA still uses slide rules on occasion).

28
Oct
2014
28
Oct
2014

Froberg's Farm

I had made a previous post about Froberg's Farm but I lost it all when I accidentally formatted my drive. Thankfully all of the images were saved so I can remake the post about this place. There are a lot of little places like this in Alvin and I plan on going back here soon to see if they have any pecans on sale.

These pictures are from my visit back in February when their Strawberry Patch was in season.

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