Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Heat Came Back

Last night I find myself restless in my bed, feeling hotter than usual. I can felt a definite shift in the weather. Thinking back it did make sense, February is almost over and March is marching ahead.

My thin blanket now became three pieces and I only have a thick one and a quilt on my bed. I didn't fall asleep until after 2AM, which is bad because I have to work early on Sunday...

So now... After a Madea Goes to Jail again I will go to bed a bit early.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Back into the Galaxtic Fight

I recently acquired a new Space-Theme RTS game 'Sins of a Solar Empire'. My experience of playing this game has been quite unsettling so far.

The gameplay reminded me a lot of the old classic 'Master of Orion' with quite a number of differences of cause. Basically both are the same kind of game. You start out on your own planet, then began to amass a fleet and colonized empty or occupied planets. Then continue doing so until you concured the entire map.

I first try this game out at 'Normal' level and I was soon being outnumbered, especially by the pirate group who will raid your colonies every 10 minutes or so on a countdown. The pace of this game, while slow in not quite accurate though quite close, is being drag out... In comparison to MoO, Sin take quite a lot longer to finish the map, even in the small size map with 12-14 stars to take.

I restart a new map last night with 'Easy researcher' AI opponent... and I progress along nicely. I had put in about 4 hours or so for this small map with 14 stars and I managed to colonize 6-7 stars so far.

Graphically the game is beautiful. Although, just like most RTS game, you will not zoom in that close that often to take in beauty. As for battle, Sins requires little to no tactic to win the battle, only numbers and varieties of the fleets. I guess the game focuz is different than Homeworld, this game even exclude the Z axis.

Overall it is an enjoyable experience. It will sooth my game withdrawal nicely and help quell the urge to buy DS Lite. However, the game will be quite time consuming to finish each map and that will not be good for my sleep time :p.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Comedic Game Review

Recently, I have became a fan of Zero Punctuation: An animated Game Review video by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw the maker of a famous indie adventure game '5 Days a Stranger'

I came across his review video while browsing on I have to stop myself from laughting out loud since I was in my office at the time :p

The reviews are very funny and cleverly pierce through the flaw and boring part of the game, peppered with harsh language and funny visual que.

Eventhough most of you readers are probably not a gamer, it might worth a looksie :)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Madea Goes to Jail

I watch the entire play of the clip in my previous post and I Like it!

It was very entertaining play and like all play it was musical. These black people sure can sing :) Especially the lead actress (the protagonist not the antagonist) .

Madea is a great character, even more frightening when Tyler Perry, who play Madea, is a 6' 5" big black man under the fat suit and the wig (Watch the clip below ;))

The Oprah show that recently aired on my cable shows the episode of 'Why Did I Get Married' in conjunction with Perry's appearance. During the show it was said that Perry have the sell his house and move to a new place because the fans know where it is due to the fact that it was use in 'Diary of a Mad Black Woman'. Since I have not watch that movie, I figured that it must be a normal house. However, I recently saw the 'Making of...' of the said movie and found out that it was a Big F*cking house. I guess he did pretty good with all his plays and movies :P His hard works sure paid off.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Life Lesson from Madea

I was browsing for random stuff on Youtube a few days ago and I came across this clip of Madea from the play 'Madea Goes to Jail'. In this particular clip Madea's advice to her nephew is very deep and insightful. The sort of thing that Kitjar needs to instill in his mind to overcome his grieve.

I first saw Madea in 'Madea's Family Reunion' and I like the character quite a lot. It's like Big Mama with no censer in her thoughts and behaviors :P

Thursday, February 07, 2008

A Long Day Yesterday But A Good Day :)

Yesterday was quite fun. I met a new friend and made a new friend (hopefully) And here is more detail.

I had chat with a guy on a while back, he said he will come to BKK for the first times and I offer myself to show him around :)

I show up at his hotel and I was surprise that he is on a stocky chubby side... The photo he send, only face shot, was cleverly done in in half face that you couldn't really tell :p Although I thought about having a hanky panky with him, that idea quickly faded and the tour begins.

I first show him MBK mall, where we had lunch and he done a bit of shopping. Then we walked out and we walked through Siam Square. With me narrating a bit if history of the area. And then we walked into Siam Paragon. I quickly walked him to the supermarket area. I figured it will be more interesting for him, since he cook and a vegetarian. We sample a few things and I encourage him to buy instant noodles :P

Afterward, upon his leads, we walked all the way to Central World. But since we already been to two malls I walked him into Narayana Phan instead. Narayana Phan is an old three stories malls selling traditional Thai products. In a way I guess it can be called a tourist trap but the place looks rather old and out of fashion...

Then I walked him to the famous Erawan Shrine. He taken a few photos and after thinking of which place to show him next, we boarded a taxi to Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Silom road.

This temple is quite popular among Thais, regardless of their religions, who visit the temple to receive blessings and pay respects. The temple itself is construct in Madurai Gopuram style, albeit a lot smaller, but still as colorful and beautiful.

During the tour he mentioned his shopping list that include local stamps for his grandma who collect stamps. I remembered that the Central Post Office is not far from where we were so I suggest we go there next and Was I Wrong :pp

It was a really long walk, so long that we could take a cap. But we finally got there and he got his stamps for grandma :)

Then we walk back toward Silom Road. On the way we stop at a stamp collection shop to see if he might buy something else or not. And then we stop at a rock shop, where they sell different types of rocks and precious stones. My eye caught on a whitish color ring among the stone. I picked it up and feel it in my hand. I realize right away that the ring is Agate ring, just like the ones I used to have and still manage to keep the last one. The shop owner said it is 20 baht so I wear it and pay for it right away.

Then we went back to his hotel and hang out. Later on I make a new friend :) He is from Belgium and he is in BKK often so I hope to see him again soon :)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

On Route to DS Town

I am on the verge of making a DS Lite purchase... But I am still manage to keep my wallet shut, because of codename 'Cobalt Blue'

It is Soo.... tempting...

From what I read online, this will only sold in US. I am sure it will be sell in BKK as well although I am not sure of the price just yet. Again... it looks sooooooo Tempting.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Problem SOLVED

I finally pinpointed and solve the problem I been having with my Memory Stick :DD But not before I spend another 950 baht to trade the copied MS to a real one from SanDisk T^T

I have recalled the last files I add to the last MS the night the problem start. I did not want to believe it caused the problem but it is... I delete the file from MS and now it work like a charm!

I could not believe that the music file, which I made myself by ripping it from a video file, would cause me so much time and money.