Archive for September, 2010

Everybody loves Hypnotoad

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 | Gadgets, Misc | 1 Comment

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Review: Machete (2010)

Sunday, September 26th, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Been there, seen it. It seems I can’t take the same sort of action over and over again no more. I can’t even be bothered to summarize this “you killed my family, now I want my revenge” farce.

The first Rodriguez films I saw were Desparodo and his episode in Four Rooms, both pretty good. From Dusk Till Dawn was awesome at the time and for me Sin City marked the climax of his work so far. I also always like to see “From Dusk Till Dawn” bartender Danny Trejo and “Dawn of the Dead” Tom Savini aka “Sex Machine”. Apart from that, there is a lot of CGI blood, Hollywood mainstream characters and a few pretty cheesy punch lines. I do not get how Robert De Niro can play alongside “straight to DVD” Steven Seagal and “It wasn’t me” Lindsay Lohan. Let’s see it positively: if you are into straight trash and liked Rodriguez’s Planet Terror: this film may be for you.

3.5 / 10 – Very disappointing, cannot reach to the classics. Sorry Rob, I guess you are a goner…

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Resident Evil 5 Move Update / Marketing Fail

Saturday, September 25th, 2010 | Games | 1 Comment

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Marketing der Resident Evil Serie

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

Ich mΓΆchte Ihnen hiermit ein Feedback zur Vermarktung der Resident Evil Serie aus dem Hause Capcom geben.

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If I had a Twitter account …

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 | Gadgets, Tech-savvy | 2 Comments

… I would tweet about having just scanned the last tape for my tape-to-mp3 project. And after that, I would wait a few days to prepare a full featured blog post.

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Review: Resident Evil Afterlife 3D (2010)

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, Alice continues her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation that reaches new heights. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead finally takes her to Los Angeles, but when she arrives the city is overrun by thousands of Undead …

I love me my Resident Evil, games and films alike. So this one was a sure big screen title for me as well. What a pity my “friends” asked me to join the first screening – but only reserved tickets for themselves. Hypocrites. Fuck You. Thank god my wife also holds some good zombie action in high esteem, my trustworthy Resident Evil 4 “use the fricking rocket launcher” wingman. Salazar sure didn’t expect that! One shot and he was a gonner! πŸ˜€ Back to the review then …

This film did pretty much everything just right:

  • great actresses/actors: Milla Jovovich as Alice, Ali Larter (hot hot hot!! – as seen in Heroes) as Claire Redfield and sitting in a prison cell … wait for it … here it comes … almost there … Prison Break‘s main character Wentworth Miller as Chris Redfield – how kewl is that?
  • great choreography (that is English for “moves” πŸ˜‰ )
  • great technical realisation – I liked the 3D in this film better than the massively overhyped Avatar
  • awesome soundtrack! At some point I said so my wife “This background noise reminds me of A Perfect Circle, humming ‘disconnect and self destruct one bullet at a time …’ and a few seconds later the song really kicks in to reveal a frickin’ kewl remix of APCs The Outsider playing alongside the final boss battle: Wesker – I was in 7th heaven. 😎

Don’t take me wrong – if you are not into the Resident Evil thing (and don’t know kewl muzik like APC) you won’t experience the excitement I got an hour ago. Still, it might be a good action flick apart from recent mass bullshit. Give it a go.

8.5 / 10 – An awesome end of days zombie film with hot chicks. A must see for the genre affine.

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Review: Salt (2010)

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | No Comments

Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt.

After watching one of the best Futurama Episodes so far (Season 6 Episode 7 The Late Philip J. Fry 9.0 / 10) I gave this flick a go. I expected nothing, just another Hollywood action boredom. But I got proven wrong. This is a very well done action / espionage thriller, with Angelina being the perfect match for … well, I don’t want to spoil anything – just let me say the action is brilliant, almost comically, but never in a bad way.

7.5 / 10 – A surprisingly good action thriller that makes up for the somewhat screwed up Wanted.

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Manual RunKeeper: 27k Bike Tour

Monday, September 13th, 2010 | Activities, Misc | No Comments

Today I rode my bike without any friends to bring a fancy RunKeeper enabled cell.

So I decided to blog today’s stats manually. This is practically the same tour as my friend Thomas recorded (@see RunKeeper) a week ago – except that this time I did not take the hill up to Oberburg and it took me 40min less πŸ™‚

Distance: 27.24 km (16.92 miles) Time: 1:24:54
Average: 19.24 km/h (11.95 mph) Max: 49.27 km/h (30.61 mph)

Download the Google Earth kml here.

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Determining poly image map coordinates

Thursday, September 9th, 2010 | (X)HTML/CSS, Quirks, Tech-savvy | No Comments

I am currently working on a “self inflicted” project where I record all my old tapes. Expect a post about this soon. Doing so I took pictures of my tapes, linking the displayed tapes to their corresponding playlist. As this can result in non-rectangular shapes I am using poly image maps, but determining the coordinates became a drag, as my ancient Photoshop 5.5 only displays one x/y coordinate at a time. Writing this post I dl the current GIMP, because I want to know whether this tool lets you get a list of all coordinates of a polygon at once.

Anyway, googling I found Eleomap, a pretty neat online tool that lets you enter a link to a web-accessible picture (no upload supported) and draw your shapes right onto the picture. It supports multiple shapes and multiple maps. You need to get used to the usage a little bit (RTFM), but after that you will be able to get your poly coordinates in no time.

P.S. The GIMP dl just finished, I installed it, and – how could it be any different – it provides a brilliant image map tool (Filters -> Web -> Imagemap) – how kewl is that?

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It’s been a while …

Thursday, September 9th, 2010 | Misc | No Comments


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Review: Ondine (2009)

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 | Movies, Reviews | 3 Comments

Ondine is a modern fairy tale that tells the story of an Irish fisherman whose life is transformed when he catches a beautiful and mysterious woman in his nets. She says her name is Ondine, which means “she came from the sea”. His daughter comes to believe that the woman is a selkie, something like a mermaid. However, like all fairy tales, enchantment and darkness go hand in hand.

Ever since I saw In Bruges I have always been happy to see Coling Farrell (don’t just judge him by Miami Vice). His performance of the somewhat dim witted Irish fisherman is also very good and the mermaid in question is also veeery nice to look at πŸ˜› (@see Alicja Bachleda) No wonder she got preggas while shooting this film … how romatic!

7.5 / 10 – Slow and touching, a relaxing flick for a sunday evening.

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