Monthly Archives: March 2011

The First Law Trilogy

Just finished The Last Argument of Kings, the third and final installment of The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie.

I love this series. The author does a great job of keeping you interested and the story moving along but unlike many other authors, each book does not necessarily end in the in the epic battle with a little cliff hanger to bring back for the next book. In addition not everything ends up the “Happily Ever After” either.

I have to thank Sword and Laser for the book suggestion. I joined the group after they had read the first book and I’m just trying to catch up with some the reading list.

On to read the Best Served Cold and The Heroes to finish off the books by Joe Abercrombie

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fuckyeahguildwars2:

A screenshot of the map around Lion’s Arch. See Nebo Terrace to the left? Remember that from GW1? That island in the centre of the lake is a pirate island, the inhabitants of which frequently raid the surrounding area. There is a dynamic event featured in the demo in which you fend off the pirates attacking one of the villages on the shore surrounding the lake, and then defeat the pirate leader stationed on the island.

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Fringe has been renewed for a fourth season

Very happy to see this show continued, its one my favorite shows.

Fringe has been renewed for a fourth season

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LCD Monitor Teardown (by engineerguyvideo)

For the engineers out there. Interesting video on how LCD’s work.

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Doctor Who reveals the real problem with Amy Pond’s short skirts

Love Doctor Who, funny. Finally getting used to the new Doctor, David Tennant was great.

Doctor Who reveals the real problem with Amy Pond’s short skirts

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fuckyeahguildwars2:

Norn thief. A screenshot from the Scorpion Wire skill video, I think.

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AT&T data cap explanation invites skepticism

Tired of hearing of the ISPs with their record profits can’t sustain the bandwidth. If they are out of bandwidth that customers have paid for, they should turn some of those profits back into the company and upgrade their infrastructure. 

AT&T data cap explanation invites skepticism

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HTC Thunderbolt display comparison: looks are deceiving | Android Community

Unbelievable how much better the Super Amoled screen looks. If only Samsung didn’t have so many problems with Android phones.

HTC Thunderbolt display comparison: looks are deceiving | Android Community

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How a Legacy From the 1800s Is Making Tokyo Dark Today | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

This is just another reason why, in this small world of ours,  we need global standards. This would save so much engineering cost as well as headaches trying to to convert from one standard to the other, if it is even possible. Even which side of the road we drive on causes a large cost increase in design costs to sell cars in multiple countries.

How a Legacy From the 1800s Is Making Tokyo Dark Today | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

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New attributes system!

fuckyeahguildwars2:

Original system:

  • Strength—increased melee attack damage.
  • Agility—increase ranged attack damage.
  • Intelligence—increased magic attack damage.
  • Vitality—increased health; increased defense against melee attacks.
  • Perception—increased critical strike chance for melee and ranged attacks; increased defense against ranged attacks.
  • Willpower—increased critical strike chance for magic attacks; increased defense against magic attacks.

Updated system:

  • Strength—increased melee attack damage.
  • Agility—increase ranged attack damage.
  • Intelligence—increased magic attack damage.
  • Vitality—increased health.
  • Perception—increased critical strike chance.
  • Willpower—increased energy.

Current system:

  • Power—increased attack damage.
  • Precision—increased critical strike chance.
  • Vitality—increased health.
  • Toughness—increased defense/armor.

Read the article to find out why they changed the system in this way.

New attributes system!

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The first confirmed information about crafting!

fuckyeahguildwars2:

In Guild Wars 2, there are eight crafting disciplines players can choose from.

  • Weaponsmith – Weaponsmiths craft melee weapons, such as swords, axes and hammers.
  • Huntsman – Huntsmen craft ranged weapons like bows and pistol, as well as torches and warhorns.
  • Artificer– Artificers craft magical weapons such as staves and scepters
  • Armorsmith – Armorsmiths craft heavy armor pieces.
  • Leatherworker – Leatherworkers craft medium armor pieces.
  • Tailor – Tailors craft light armor pieces.
  • Jewelcrafter – Jewelcrafters craft jewelry, such as rings and necklaces.
  • Cook – Cooks can prepare food which characters can eat for temporary combat buffs.

Read the article to find out more.

The first confirmed information about crafting!

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Why gymnasts don’t really need their eyes

Since my daughter is a gymnast, thought this was interesting.

Why gymnasts don’t really need their eyes

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Seriously jaw-dropping picture of the Sun | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

This picture is incredible. There is a link in the article for another image that is just as cool. 

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bbook:

Blade Runner Sequel (or Prequel) in Development Now

Ohhhhh boy

Looks interesting, makes me want to watch the original again.

(Source: http://io9.com)
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Can’t Wait for the second season. I’ve never read the comics but I loved this series so far.

Robert Kirkman raises our hopes for an epic second season of The Walking Dead

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New Guild Wars Update

http://www.guildwars.com/gameplay/developer_updates/destination_embark_beach.php

Interesting update. I’m sure there will be a very vocal community that will bitch that 7 heroes is terrible and ruins the game  but frankly, there were times when I either didn’t have people online or just didn’t want to deal with other people. At least this will give me control over the skill bars. 

Embark beach doesn’t seem to be all that great but its not terrible either. I didn’t find it too difficult too get around before so this doesn’t make much difference to me.

If I ever decide to play minion master again, I’m sure I will like the minion bar.

I’m not planning to invest more money into this game so I won’t be trying the Mercenary Heros. Langmar in Pre-searing will be good and might actually make me try for that title with my perma-pre char.

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Wut, footage of the new demo? (guardian + thief)

fuckyeahguildwars2:

This video is unexpected! I had no idea we were getting footage of the new demo this early!

And also, the thief has been released! I can’t say I’m happy with the name. Some of its abilities are explained in this video.

Also see http://www.guildwars2guru.com/forum/gdc-2011-demo-cam-new-t13875.html for more links.

Edit: the videos/links seem to have been taken down, so you’re gonna have to wait a few days to see footage of the demo if you haven’t already.

Wut, footage of the new demo? (guardian + thief)

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Final Stargate Universe

‘Stargate Universe’ Returns March 7 On Syfy-Science Fiction, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Sorry to see the show go, it was just starting to get really good, but at least they will air these final episodes. I would like to see if there was a good turn-out, that they would continue the series.

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