Friday, May 20, 2005

Fed Up With The Times

Today I've officially become enraged at The New York Times, the amount of damage they are causing the U.S. and its soldiers is criminal. Constant dug up (barely verified) stories of U.S. "atrocities"to further their political agenda is becoming their only "news."

Today a story about: Afghan men beaten before deaths in US custody tries to place more blame on U.S. soldiers and show the U.S. in an unfavorable light. Stories of flushed korans, and the "horrible" underwear on the head "torture" are all poor attempts to undermine the war and our country. I can't believe something cannot be done about this, free-speech or not, this is becoming out of control now. If I were in the military I would make my primary target the Times office, and feel very saddened that all of my efforts and fighting is to protect scum like the Times and allow them to keep writing things that lower my chance of survival even more in a time of war.

I will never purchase a New York Times again in my life, and would hope others do the same.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Quick Review: Tom Waits - Real Gone

Music Quick Review: Tom Waits - "Real Gone"

This is a bit of an older release now but is the latest from Tom Waits, for those who are unfortunate to not know Tom's work I am very sorry and you should check him out if you are a true music afficionado. Think Bob Dylan, raspy smoke a pack of no-filter Camels and wash it down with a fifth of whisky voice, excellent lyrics, drink yourself to death, down on your luck, old-school bluesy kick-ass tunes. His latest release "Real Gone" is a departure from the piano and guitar and moves into a world of samples, light guitar riffs, Tom's take on the beat-box, and a mechanical feel. Simply amazing groundbreaking work from a guy who never quits and never stops innovating. You'll hate it the first few listens then it will become your favorite CD.

Quick Review: Guild Wars

OK this is the first quick review, instead of the tired cliche's and long winded attempts at humor in every game review the quick review will be just that.

Guild Wars - PC

Guild Wars is probably the freshest online PC game idea in years. An online RPG that is Diablo-like minus the level grinding and no monthly fee's. The world is not totally persistant but common areas are so the bad guy you need to slay and the world is created for you and your party alone, and the parties of hundreds of others. There is excellent PvP action and the RPG storyline and PvE aspects are engaging and well executed. Levels cap at 20 so time spent is not equal to having the best character or items, skill is the name of the game. The game is great, a lack of documentation about certain aspects of items is troubling, but overall you will be very happy if Diablo or the current state of MMORPG's has you looking for a fresh face in the game.

No monthly fees
Character Development
Level Caps
Variation of enemies and missions
Ease of play
Chess-like skill required
Constant updates and play fixes

Map Travel (quick but still can be painful)
Lack of direction at times
Lack of Item/weapon/armor information
Constant updates and play fixes (nothing like wasting time on getting an item and an update makes it common)