Archive for January, 2009

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Papercraft Friday #26: Emperor Penguins

January 30, 2009

penguinI honor of my son’s birthday next week, I chose his favorite animal for this week’s Papercraft Friday: penguins!  Not sure what the facination is, but he loves ’em.  You can download the instructions and model at the Canon Creative Park.

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Game Impressions: Final Fantasy XII

January 28, 2009

ffxii-1Before you say “Why is he giving game impressions on a game that came out in 2006,” let me say (a) I don’t care, and (b) any decent game is worth playing at any time, not just within so many days of release.  I actually started playing Final Fantasy XII shortly after it was released.  Unfortunately, it was released on October 31, 2006 in North America, a mere 20 days before a little console called the Nintendo Wii came out.  I got distracted by the release of the Wii started playing Zelda Twilight Princess.  I tried to juggle both and ended up finishing neither.  But the lure of Final Fantasy XII persisted, and I picked it back up again in the Fall of ’08, finally finishing the main storyline in January 2009.  So was it worth a two year playthrough?

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New Red Dwarf!!

January 27, 2009

Oddly enough, on the heals of my post about ABC remaking “V” comes news about another old tv program.  New Red Dwarf episodes are being made!

The cast of hit sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf are to reunite for a new two-part storyline which will see them finally return to Earth.

Red Dwarf: Back to Earth will air on UKTV digital channel Dave over the Easter weekend.

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It will sit alongside two further new episodes – the improvised Red Dwarf: Unplugged, which will feature the cast dealing with no sets, effects or autocue, and Red Dwarf: the Making of Back to Earth, a behind the scenes look at the new production.

The new two-parter will begin a decade on from when the crew of the Red Dwarf were last seen, with a “shock development” throwing Rimmer, Lister, Cat and Kryten back to Earth.

Chris Barrie will return as Rimmer, Craig Charles as Lister, Danny John-Jules as Cat and Robert Llewellyn as Kryten, with the new storyline written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor. Filming of the new episodes begins next month.

As they would say in the UK… brilliant!  Same cast, same writer.  Now this is something to look forward to.  Follow Robert Llewellyn on Twitter to hear more.

Lots of good stuff coming Easter weekend from across the pond, with the next Doctor Who episode, Planet of the Dead, and now this.  Smoke me a kipper!  I’ll be back for Easter!

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ABC to remake V

January 27, 2009

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Sometimes it’s difficult to like a TV program.  Especially “cult” ones, or ones with a fan following.  After it’s gone, you hope that someday it’ll come back, and that everyone will end up liking it , proving you were right all along.  Unfortunately, if and when they do come back, they usually turn out more like Knight Rider or Bionic Woman, and less like Doctor Who or Battlestar Galactica.  So announcements of remakes bring a sense of joy and trepidation.

ABC has apparently decided to make a pilot rework of “V”.  Back in the 80’s, “V” was pretty popular as a mini-series, which spawned a sequel miniseries, which spawned a TV show that ran for one year.  It got progressively worse each iteration, but it was still a novel premise that could have gone much further.

Kenneth Johnson, who wrote and directed the original mini-series, is reportedly not involved.  (He was responsible for shows such as The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and Alien Nation.)  Johnson has been trying to do a remake or theatrical production for years, so his exclusion doesn’t bode well in my mind for this new remake.  Time will tell.

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The Nintendo Dilemma

January 27, 2009

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I’ve started and deleted this post several times, because I’ve been having a hard time collating my thoughts into a coherent post.  I probably won’t succeed this time either.  But I keep having this nagging jumble of thoughts that I need to get out.  It’s gonna be a long ride.  It’s about what I like to call The Nintendo Dilemma.

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Commodore 64 on your Phone

January 26, 2009

Yeah, okay, I can’t resist a story about my beloved C64.  This video above has been widely spread around by Engadget, Boy Genius Report and other places, and I couldn’t resist linking it as well.  It’s of someone using the emulator Frodo to play Commodore 64 games on their Nokia S60.  Sweet.

I recently tried setting up my C64 at home again in a space I cleared, but I had video issues with it.  I think a chip must be going out.  *sadness*  I’ll have to shop around for a used one somewhere.  But hey, on the bright side, I have an empty space for something else!  How often does that happen!  (At my place… almost never.)

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Zark’s Most Anticipated DS Games of 2009

January 26, 2009

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Finally, we come to the last list, my anticipated games of 2009 for the Nintendo DS.  And quite a long list it is.  This year is shaping up to be a good one for the little dual screen handheld.

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