Friday, November 13, 2009


First and foremost, you should watch the film below.  My friend Bill shared this with me and I loved it.  It presents what The Matrix would be like had it been done in the silent film era.  Trust me, it’s fun.  Especially if you like The Matrix, silent films, Russia, or general comedy.

Did you like it?  If you’re on Facebook, then you can’t see the embedded video because Facebook sucks.  If you want to watch the video, and I strongly recommend that you do, then click HERE or HERE.  You won’t regret it.

I cannot express how excited I am to be Nashville bound next weekend.  I’m going to see Joe Purdy in concert.  I’ve been wanting to see him live for a long time now, and the 2-3 hr drive will be completely worth it.  If you’ve not heard of Joe, you should check out his website, where you can listen to all of his music for free.  The concert tickets are cheap ($10) and the venues are small, so if he’s coming near you, you may consider a trip.

Have any of you played Oblivion?  Is it just me or is the lockpicking feature a lot harder than it was in Fallout 3?  I’m not sure I even understand it really.  I just throw the tumblers up and try to lock them in place when it hits the top, but this just doesn’t seem effective.  Bah, I’m sure I’ll figure it out eventually. 

I hoped to have a review of The Last Argument of Kings up here today, but I couldn’t finish the remaining pages last night.  I have about 50 pages or so left, so I’ll definitely review it on Monday.  Next up comes the STAR WARS Deathtroopers book mentioned a while back, since I’ve got it checked out from the library and it’ll need to be returned relatively soon.

Wasn’t The Office funny last night?  Speaking of The Office, here’s another rather interesting video.  It’s a morphing blob robot thing.  It’s actually quite astounding.  It confirms that our technological skills are slowly reaching Skynet levels and Terminators are coming.  Terminators and zombies…  awesome.

Okay, I guess that’s about it for the day.  My NaNoWriMo idea took a dramatic (is that a pun?) turn yesterday in the cogs of my head and I think I decided to change a few things in the character’s futures.  Press on everyone that’s doing it. 


David Wagner said...

That Matrix video... was... AWESOME. I may rip it and repost it on my blog... I loved it, well done indeed...

The trick with the lockpicking took me a bit to get, but now I can do it almost every time. The tumblers pop up to the top at different speeds. Just sit there and tick them up without clicking, and compare the speeds. You'll notice occasionally, one will click up noticeably slower and linger at the top for a split second longer than normal... wait for that one, and click it. Once you can pick out the "slower" ones, and have a bit of self-control, you'll be able to get it no prob.

There is a Daedric quest whose reward is an unbreakable lock pick. That's very handy. It's also a bit cheap, because once you get it, you can just click "auto pick" until it automatically unlocks. I prefer to do it myself.

There's a mod that makes lockpicking harder still by blocking the tumbler graphics off, so all you have to go by is the sound cues (like in "real life" they say)... I'm not that hardcore...

Yeah, lockpicking is completely different from Fallout 3...

That reminds me, there's another Daedric quest that grants the Azura Star as the reward, which is a refillable, reusable soul stone. Combining that artifact with Umbra will mean you'll never have to pay to recharge your magic weapons again... very handy.

Of course, that hinges on you NOT giving Umbra to the Daedric questgiver, but keeping it yourself... MUAHAHAHA!!!

Last Argument of Kings for the win!

logankstewart said...

David: I thought you might like that Matrix video. Pretty funny, indeed. And thanks for the Oblivion info. I broke around 10 lockpicks last night on one Average door. Gyargh!