Archive | April, 2012

Leverage

30 Apr

Sorry I have been so busy, I will try to keep up on my blog again. Thank you to any readers I have.

Today I tried a new TV show at the recommendation of a friend. The show is called Leverage. It began in 2008 and is still on air. The show follows an ex insurance investigator who has put together a team of thieves and baddies in a sort of Robin Hood-esque capacity.

The investigator is mad at his old employer for not paying out insurance to save his sons life. Yet he is an honest man who won’t break the law. In the first episode a man come to him to ask him to steal back something of his that was stolen. He decides to take on the job. A lot happen (spoilers) and he and his crew get away with millions.

The main guy decides he likes this work, as do the others. They form a group to help people who are taken advantage of. The characters are funny and interesting. The main guy is the planner and coordinator, team leader. His group of bad guys who do good things include a computers expert, a combat expert, a cat burglar, and a con woman.

I’ve only watched five episodes so far, but it’s pretty good. I suggest the show to anyone who likes shows like Burn Notice, or White Collar.

Leverage

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Pikmin

13 Apr

Sorry I’ve been gone for so long! Had a nice Easter, though it was only a weekend. This last week I actually had a vacation from school, so I’ve been taking it easy, played a lot of video games and watched a lot of TV. Sometimes at the same time.

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I played Pikmin over again, both games. I love them still as much as the first time I played them. The games are amazing, so I decided to talk about them here.Pikmin and Pikmin 2 are GameCube games released in 2001 and 2004 respectively.

In Pikmin you are a bit strange looking humanoid creature, named Olimar, who is traveling through space. Your rocket ship is suddenly hit by an asteroid and you enter a death spiral toward a near planet. Pieces of your ship fly off as you enter the atmosphere and you crash land on this unknown planet.

Olimar survived and analyzes his situation in despair. There are 30 pieces from his ship missing, he must get them back if he hopes to make it off the planet. To make matters worse the atmosphere contains the poisonous gas, oxygen, in large quantities. His life support will only last for 30 days.

Olimar’s situation is not looking good, but as he explores a strange ship suddenly pops up in front of him and releases a seed. A plant sprouts and Olimar goes to pluck it. Lo and behold! It is not a plant, but a strange little red creature. Olimar decided to name them Pikmin, since they look like the Pikpik brand carrots from his own planet. Olimar discovers he can control this Pikmin, and if he collects material from around the world a Pikmin will bring to his ship and sprout more pikmin.

Soon you have 10 Pikmin, and nearby is an obstacle they can move with their combined strength. Beyond this is the ships engine! With this Olimar will be able to fly in the atmosphere to search other areas of the world. He needs at least 30 Pikmin to carry it though, you spend your time growing your Pikmin and soon have a fine army to carry your engine back.

After you get your engine the first day ends, and Olimar takes off for the night to avoid the nocturnal beasts of the planet. The Pikmin ship rises and follows him. Over the next 29 days Olimar must use his Pikmin army to collect his ship parts from many different areas and also fight many different enemies with his little army.

Now Olimar also finds blue Pikmin and yellow ones to go along with his red. Each color has their own attributes to help in the game. The red ones are fireproof, the blue can go in water, and the yellow can be thrown higher and carry bombs. As Olimar the player must navigate the strange world (which actually seems to be some strange future earth) and solve puzzles and defeat enemies using all the Pikmins attributes to obtain his ship parts. Also you can only have 100 Pikmin with you at once.

In Pikmin 2 you return to the planet after you find your company has gone bankrupt and treasure lies on the surface of the planet. There are quite a few differences in Pikmin 2. First of all you control two people, so you can split your tasks and work as a team. You switch between them to monitor projects you have set your Pikmin to. Also there are two new kinds of Pikmin; purple, which are extremely heavy and can carry the same as 10 Pikmin; and white, who are resistant to poison, and poison themselves. They can also dig up buried treasure. Also bombs are gone and yellow are resistant to electricity.

Both games are amazing, and Pikmin 2 is much more expansive and has more strategy. The game is really an RTS. There are big boss battles, and lots of strategy for reaching what you want. Here is a pretty cool music video on it I just found. I recommend Pikmin to anyone who loves strategy. These games are some of the few I would call perfect.

Easter

5 Apr

I missed another day again!

Well I’ve been extremely busy with schoolwork lately, and for a few days this Easter my family will be going out of state, so I won’t post for a little while. See you all soon!

Murder, She Wrote

3 Apr

Murder, She Wrote, is an old TV show. It ran from 1984 to 1996, that’s right, 12 seasons. It was a prime time mystery show starring Angela Lansbury. Since the show is very long and has very stand alone episodes I often use it to fill in when I want an english show to have on in the background.

Angela Lansbury stars as a widowed mystery writer named Jessica Fletcher. To top it all off she lives in Maine! My home state. Jessica always ends up around murder where ever she is and helps to solve it.She’s a bit like a younger Miss Marple.

The show is a bit too formulated though. The settings and characters wildly change, but the culprit is usually revealed by a, “how would you know *this thing* was *like this* if you weren’t there?” or some other slip of the tongue.

Of course it’s also seems she’s a bit cursed as murder seems to follow her where ever she goes. One woman coincidentally falling into 200+ murder investigations can be a bit much. However it’s still enjoyable to see the kindly woman solving murder, I recommend it to any mystery fans.

Portal 2

2 Apr

Since I beat Portal again recently I picked up Portal 2 and beat it in a few hours as well.

Portal 2 is great fun, definitely polished up from the first. There is a lot more story which makes the game even better and tie things up from the first. They also have added mechanics which make it a lot more dynamic.

Repulsion gel makes you bounce, propulsion gel makes you go fast, and a white gel creates portal surfaces. There are also light bridges, spring boards, and light beams you can float in. They add great depth to the puzzles.

This time around Portal 2 didn’t take me too long, but the first time I got pretty stumped a few times. The levels are longer and more complex.

Portal 2 also has a co-op mode, this is a ton of fun to play with friends. People can put their heads together and work their way through puzzles.

I recommend the Portal games to any puzzle lovers.

Portal 2