Wreck-it Ralph is adorable while Skyfall perplexes

I’m not really sure how I feel about Skyfall yet. It was fun to watch, but some things didn’t really make sense to me.

I’ve also noticed that the Scotiabank theatre uses DLP projectors on some of their screens. It was a bit better than most, but the screen I watched on had some strange colour artifacts whenever the picture was dark or fast moving.

Wreck-it Ralph, however, I’ve seen twice now and I loved it. The snappiness is pretty heavy-handed at parts but that’s overshadowed by how gosh darned adorable it is.

The game references were there in full force and one might think that the movie would rely heavily on them, but Disney chose instead to use them as a backdrop to a fairly colourful, funny and probably textbook story of changing your stars.

This movie seemed very much like a Pixar flick despite being released by Disney and the level of detail in every object, character and backdrop makes it shine. The expressions, sounds and odd quirks made it a joy to watch. Twice even.

Now many friends seem to be keen to create costume versions of the racers from Sugar Rush. I can’t say I blame them. I might too if I have the time. How cool would it be to do a photo shoot at a go-kart track?

Anime North 2008

Anime North was even bigger this year than last if you can believe it. There were people from all over there and because I wore a Trent U t-shirt I met a few fellow Trent students there as well. I was also able to run into a few of the artists I’d seen on deviantArt in person.

I only went one day this year but that doesn’t mean I have fewer photos to share with you; in fact I have more. This can probably be attributed to the fact that I’ve moved into the world of digital SLR cameras with the Nikon D60. A “pro-sumer” camera, the Nikon D60 combines many of the features which make the D80 great with a light and easy to use package which I’m quite enjoying so far. Of course, the price is right too.


Anime North 2008 Cosplay Photo Gallery

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Thank you, Trent & NIN

So it finally arrived. I could not be having a better day.

I’ve just finished a promising project mock up at work which the client is already excited about, and so are we. After talking with a very helpful fellow at Canada Post in town and running all over town I was able to pick up my copy of Grand Theft Auto IV for the PS3. Perhaps I’ll have something to say about that later, the best is yet to come.

I ran all over town to get my new video game but my baby, my pride and joy is an album called Ghosts I-IV. I was not even expecting that package to arrive for a few weeks considering NIN.com et al are doing this sans record label as far as I know.

Why did I pay $5 extra to get a copy of NIN Ghosts I-IV? Simply put, I love it. I’ve been in love since the moment NIN.com offered up Ghosts I for free and I downloaded it. I needed to own it. I needed my own physical copy.

Do I want the pretty pictures included? Yes, yes I do. Do I want a shiny new CD? No, not really. It doesn’t mean much to me what condition the disc is in as long as it plays. I simply wanted to own a copy which I could thrash the living hell out of. Its open now.

The first track reminds me of “A warm place” from the downward spiral. From that moment on it becomes progressively harsher with different moods for each piece – all set to scenery included with the disc. It really is an interesting project and I highly recommend you check it out. 😀

Crayon Physics – Pure, Unadulterated Fun

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I hadn’t heard of this until I saw a digg video about the Deluxe Version.

Crayon Physics is a game with a simple concept. You draw on the screen with your mouse, stylus or other pointing device and attempt to get your red circle to the stars.

I find most of the fun is in drawing in crayon on a screen and making boxes fly all over the place and explode in interesting ways.

With enough levels and interesting puzzles I think this might make a great Nintendo DS game – especially if they found out some way of taking advantage of the second screen.

The soundtrack is extremely fitting and it’s available under creative commons licence.

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