Archive for January, 2009

Mass Zombie starvation solved with knitting needles

Karen Norberg, psychiatrist, designed and knitted an anatomically correct brain.

After being taught to knit three times (by my grandma, my aunt, and then an entire dorm floor), I have mastered the scarf. You want a wide scarf? You got it. Long and skinny? Sure thing!

But this – this is pure awesome insanity.

Karen Norberg is a mad knitting scientist!

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January 28, 2009 at 3:25 am 1 comment

Where’s Waldo, President style

We have a new President!

The inauguration of the 44th President of the United States was a big thing, but if you (like me) watched in on youtube, it tends to lose a bit of its grandeur. With that in mind, I call attention to this stunning photo to help remind us of just how awesome it really was.
David Bergman's amazingly huge photo

Above is a screenshot of David Bergman‘s 1474-Megapixel Photo of Barack Obama’s inauguration. If you had any doubts on how amazing cameras and their accompanying software can be, this should quell them.

Check out how detailed zooming can be!

See how far you can zoom in? Go forth and join the internet throngs in showering David Bergman with appreciative kudos for sharing this!

Try to find Yo-Yo Ma!

January 24, 2009 at 4:42 am 1 comment

Who’s in da House?

House, that’s who.
House M.D.
I really like this show. House is a jack ass, made all the better by the fact that his character is based on Sherlock Holmes (addicted to a drug, obsessive to the point of crazy, no real friends). Oh, and he saves lives. Not because he cares (which he does, a little, sometimes), but because puzzles are interesting, and it’s all he’s good at. Because he’s really, really good at it.

But really, the best part of the show is the process of diagnosis. They take the weird cases that no one can solve, and as such you get to hear about all these weird medical things and hear all sorts of biology talk!

House M.D.

On the down side, the main characters all deserve to lose their medical licenses multiple times. They break into homes, they ignore legal documents, fake phone calls, lie to patients and even other doctors. None of them seem to realize that not just some, but all of these are illegal.

But hey, what the heck.They’re saving lives!

January 17, 2009 at 2:40 am Leave a comment

1/10th of a Roman army knows this

It has been called to my attention that I have been enthusiastically using the term “decimate” incorrectly.

Long thought to be synonymous with “complete and utterly destroyed,” it is more along the lines of “1/10th completely and utterly destroyed.”

Which is not nearly the same.

January 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

Odin Sphere

Let me preface this with a disclaimer: I have never played this game.
I have, however, watched it being played. But mostly, I just drooled over how gorgeous this game is.

Odin Sphere

This game begins in the midst of a war. You play as five different characters in succession, each starring in their own story – a story that is, ultimately, the same story, simply told from different starting points and perspectives. You start as Gwendolyn, Valkyrie warrior and daughter of Demon Lord Odin, followed by Prince Cornelius of Titania, Princess Mercedes of Ringford, Shadow Knight Oswald, and finally Princess Velvet. As far as I can recall, each character fights with each other at least once.

Odin Sphere Gameplay

For reasons stated before, I really can’t say much about gameplay, but I’ll do what I can. This game is a 2D sidescroller with a linear storyline. Progressing in the game is basically fighting stages and bosses in circular sidescrolling arenas, with various storyline cut-scenes (action-RGP). Each character has their own weapon and fighting style. There is no easy, medium or hard selection. It is a challenging game.

Odin Sphere

But mostly, this game is pretty. The characters have a very smooth stylized way of moving that reminds me of hand painted puppets, and the backgrounds and bit-characters are all just as lovingly crafted. If you can’t play it, by all means, watch someone who can.

January 11, 2009 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment

Natsume Yūjinchō

Natsume Yuujin-Cho
A supernatural slice-of-life, Natsume is a high schooler who can see spirits. An orphan, he has been tossed between relatives, and has just recently come to stay with an elderly couple who live in the same area where his grandmother, Reiko, grew up.

Natsume Yuujin-Cho

Though few people remember her, Natsume quickly finds that the spirits certainly haven’t forgotten – and they’re not happy! Turns out Reiko bound a large number spirits to her will, recording their names in her “Book of Friends.” And they want them back. But other spirits want the book too – it’s a powerful item, and whoever possesses it can command anyone within it. Enter Madara, a powerful spirit in the form of a small (rather fat) cat. Accidentally released by Natsume, Madara agrees to help protect Natsume as he attempts to return the names from the Book of Friends to their rightful spirit owners. In return, Natsume promises him the Book in the event of his death.

Natsume Yuujin-Cho

It may sound somewhat heavy, but this anime is more like a cream puff – light and enjoyable. The voice acting is excellent, and if the animators might be a little overly enthusiastic with bright light filters at times, the story certainly makes up for it. Each episode focuses on its own little short story, which then fits into the larger arc of Natsume learning about Reiko, and finding his place within his new home. The humor is cute and not forced, characters are varied and each have their own motivations and attitudes, and each story is intriguing.

So take a break on a rainy day and join Natsume and his friends!

Images courtesy of Memento (www.designchronicle.com/memento/)

January 10, 2009 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

A New Beginning

When I started this blog, I didn’t really know what I wanted to write about. That, combined with a busy schedule, resulted in what you now see – or rather don’t. No posts, that is. It took time and effort, and in the way that non-essential things do, it fell to the wayside.

On the other hand, the idea of a blog still appeals to me – if nothing else, it’s a chance for me to reflect on how much awesome the world is filled with. As such, with the coming of the new year and a new semester, I am prepared to begin anew.

Wish me luck!

January 10, 2009 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment


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