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What I’ve Been Doing 13 Feb 2012 [FB/IB/F/BT/GO]
Feb 13th, 2012 by Dan

Samurai Champloo DVD Cover

The journey is over. (Photo courtesy Sold Out Activist)

Big TV week for me. A lot of huge episodes and great acting made me a very happy viewer.

Movies

I was supposed to watch Hanna this weekend, but I never got around to it.

TV

Samurai Champloo – Turned out to be a show about transition and the end of things. About an age where Japan was forced to move forward and accept the great wave washing over it. Combining that with hip hop was a great idea. Mugen’s final battle was annoyingly unsatisfying. With Jin and Fuu at least the fight had something to do with the plot. The guys Mugen fought were not plot-relevant at all to anything that happened in the series. Also, everyone took ridiculous amounts of abuse and damage and then just lived to tell the tale?

Glee – What the heck was that? All of the numbers were embarrassing, Ricky Martin was used to pathetic effect, and none of the music was that interesting. When you make your episode focus Latin music, but you only really highlight pop crossover Latin stuff it’s kind of insulting to me in the same way all of that was insulting to Santana.

New Girl – For a show that gets a lot of grief, New Girl has been bringing it the past few weeks. Playing chicken with the proposed three way was hilarious. The show still has nothing for Winston to do

Up All Night – “Everyone hates flan!” Preach.

Justified – Whoa, what an episode. That last scene with Devil and Boyd…wow. Not to mention the stuff with Dickie and Limehouse. Awesome stuff. Can’t wait for more!

Breaking Bad – Everybody’s been talking about how great this show is for three years. Guess what, guys? They’re right. It’s awesome. Only saw the pilot, but it was impressive. Can’t wait to see more. Glad it’s on Netflix Instant.

Grammy Awards – Tuned in for the back half with Tiffany. I’m bummed that I missed all the Rap categories (I was pulling hard for Kanye’s stuff. Looks like he did quite well), but it was a fun show. I hadn’t realized that there were so many performances or I would have watched it in the past. Paul McCartney was pretty great, Nicki Minaj was appropriately bizarre (just rap, Nicki. Your flow is unstoppably awesome), and it was generally a good showing. Adele cleaned up, holy cow.

Music

The Weeknd – Aside from the Grammys, I’ve been listening to The Weeknd like crazy. His stuff is totally awesome and 100% free here. If you’re looking for some red hot R&B, look no further. Particular props to “House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls” and “D.D.”

Books

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Get a couple pages in here and there during breaks. Such absolute wish fulfillment writing…Bloomqvist is a weenie, but he gets laid like crazy.

Video Games

Saints Row: The Third – This game is so hilarious and awesome. I spend most cutscenes hitting the Print Screen button to try and cap the ridiculousness. Well-deserved props from the Giant Bomb folks. I’ll probably beat the main campaign this week.

Ghost Trick – Still clever and fun gameplay. I think Min is playing this on his iPad now. He might catch up and beat me!

The Old Republic – Haven’t had a lot of time to work those alts (Min’s been busy), but it’s still fun. The news that Dave might be willing to play soon is awesome and encouraging.

The King of Pop [Embedded Reporter]
Jun 29th, 2009 by Dan

Deep from the trenches, it’s time for your Monday video feature: Embedded Reporter.

The King of Pop has recently passed away. In his honor, MJ-themed youtube videos. Most of the official ones have embed disabled by request, so here’s a couple that are available.

E3 Craziness…Tomorrow [GO]
Jun 4th, 2009 by Dan

It’s not quite time for the big E3 blowout, that will come tomorrow.

How about some quick bad news: word on the street is that The Beatles: Rock Band will not allow you to play non-Beatles music in it nor will it allow you to transfer Beatles songs out. That’s a pretty serious bummer for me! I love The Beatles as much as the next guy, but the thought of being restricted to only one band’s repertoire is unnecessarily limiting and kind of disappointing. This probably isn’t Harmonix’s fault, but it still stinks. I hope that LEGO Rock Band won’t be similarly crippled.

Speaking of The Beatles: Rock Band, how about those trailers? Wow! Word on the street is that the cinematic one is the opening movie for the game.

How cool was it that Paul, Ringo, Yoko, and Olivia were all at the presser too? Neat dev interview below:

Uncharted 2 also impressed me to a ridiculous degree with its action-packed trailer. Nathan Drake is probably my favorite video game hero nowadays and it just feels right to see him being just as awesome in a new setting.

Speaking of my favorite video game heroes, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker comes as rather disappointing news to me. It’s not because it won’t be a great game or that it looks the most promising of the two that were announced in the big press conferences, but I’m bummed it’s on PSP. I don’t have one. Stupid Sony making me want to get a PSP…

Oh yeah, I finally went and beat the Endless Setlist 2 last night. It was a pretty epic ordeal; started at 1700ish and finished around 2330. Not for the faint of heart, let me tell you, but worth the 100 achievement points for beating it on expert (with minimal help from Darek), 24M fans, and 45k$ that allowed me to also get the “Spend 100k$ on clothes” achievement too. I also went and beat a guy in Score Duel, bringing me about four achievements away from full completion. Unfortunately, one of those involved beating the Endless Setlist without pausing or failing…there goes another six hours of my life…

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