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Ut phoenix, ex cineribus resurgam

October 10, 2010

Like the Phoenix, I will rise again

Life called, and I answered.  Every year, when summer winds down and fall ramps up, I feel steamrolled by stuff to do.  Work has been busier than usual, and when I haven’t been at work it seems like I haven’t paused for a moment.  At one point I was at home for 36 hours out of 280.  While I haven’t made any progress on my Phoenix model, there has been some fun and games.  I spent a week having and awesome time with Justin and Becky, doing things like playing Castle Ravencroft, attending a ren faire, going to the world’s largest arcade, and stalking Stephen King’s house.  I messed around quite a bit with the Caanoo.  The kids are running us ragged to soccer and scouts and everything in between.  We raised over $1600 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and participated in their local annual event.  I played and beat Metroid: Other M and Halo: Reach (solo Heroic … and now about 1/3 thru solo Legendary).  And we ditched the Blackberry’s and got new Android phones (a T-Mobile G2 for me and a MyTouch 3G Slide for the wifey).

The long and short of it is that I haven’t spent any time with the blog, which has been bugging me.  I’ve been thinking about some modifications I’d like to make, though.  I’ve also been setting up the G2 with the thought of how I can best integrate it with the blog.  No radical changes, but there may be some tests as I get things up to speed again.

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Bernice Summerfield: Dead and Buried

September 5, 2010

This came out a few days ago, but I finally got around to watching it.  If your a fan of Big Finish’s Bernice Summerfield series, you might be interested in this new animated short , which falls canonically between series 10 and series 11.  If you’ve never read or listened to any of Benny’s adventures, maybe this will get you interested.

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Papercraft Friday #100: Gatchaman God Phoenix

August 27, 2010

Woo Hoo!  We made it to Papercraft Friday #100!  And I mean “we” because as much as I love papercraft, I doubt I would have consistently blogged about it week after week if I hadn’t got such great interest and response from everyone.  So what did I choose for #100?  It had to be the God Phoenix from Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.  Possibly more well known in the U.S. as just the Phoenix in the Americanized and heavily edited Battle of the Planets, which featured that added little robot that fans now love to hate.  So when Studio Time Ring posted it in Tamasoft’s Pepakura Gallery, I knew I had my #100.  Bird, Go!  Transmute!

I’m currently building this one and hoped to have it ready to go for today, but life got in the way and I still have a long way to go.  Papercraft Friday stops for no build though, so I’ll do a followup post of the build when it’s done.  Here’s a little preview:

In honor of Papercraft Friday #100, I figured I’d dig into the blog stats and see what the three most popular papercraft posts have been.  And they are…. *drumroll*

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Decide the Fate of Carmine in Gears of War 3

August 21, 2010

Microsoft and Epic Games are running a charity promotion in which the public gets to decide the fate of Clayton Carmine in the upcoming Gears of War 3.  Fans of the series may recall that Clayton Carmine’s brothers Anthony and Benjamin met with some untimely ends in previous Gears of War games.  Will Clayton follow in his brother’s footsteps, or do what no Carmine has done before… survive?

The promotion started last month at Comic-Con, where attendees could cast their vote by purchasing real-life limited edition “Save Carmine” or “Carmine Must Die” t-shirts, with the proceeds going to one of my favorite charities, Child’s Play.  You can also buy them online at Amazon or NECA.  That has carried over to Xbox Live Marketplace, where you can buy male or female versions of the t-shirts for your avatar for 80 Microsoft Points (that’s $1.00 to you and me).  Or if you want to give to the charity in a fun way but aren’t a Gears of War fan, you can buy a Child’s Play Charity t-shirt for your avatar.

Voting ends September 2, 2010, so cast your vote now!  You can follow along with the charity promotion on the Gears of War section of Xbox.com

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Papercraft Friday #99: Link & Epona

August 20, 2010

I’ll be posting Papercraft Friday #100 next week, and have been thinking long and hard as to what it should be, since #100 is something of a milestone.  The runner-up choice is this week’s model of Link and Epona from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  A model of Link seemed an appropriate candidate, given that my 3rd highest trafficked blog post and highest trafficked Papercraft Friday post is a Link model.  More on that next week.  But I came across a model I’d been looking for but had never found that fit well with the site and chose it for next week, so Link is my runner up.

This model of Link and Epona has always been one of my favorites, so I really don’t know why I haven’t featured it before.  Ninjatoes put it out over 2 years ago, but in my opinion it’s still one of the best.

Stay tuned next week for Papercraft Friday #100!

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Papercraft Friday #98: Lara Croft

August 13, 2010

I picked a Lara Croft model for this week’s papercraft since the new Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light game will be released for Xbox Live Arcade in less than a week.  I can’t wait to see how it plays, though I do wish that the co-op play was available at release and not patched in a month and a half later.

Though there are numerous Lara Croft paper models around, I chose the Tomb Raider Legend version, as that game is my only complete 360 game (1000/1000 achievement points).  I did the same with Alan Wake, but then the DLC came out and added more points (damn you, DLC!!! *shakes fist*).  Enjoy the model, and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light next week!

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LEGO Night: 3839 Race 3000

August 11, 2010

Race 3000 is the 2nd of the new LEGO games that we got after going to the LEGO Games 2010 Summer Tour event.  Race 3000 is a race car game for up to 4 players.  The first car to make it all the way around the track wins.  Turbos, oil slicks, shortcuts, pit stops, and a unique LEGO dice configuration each game makes it a different game each time.

As with Minotaurus, you first build the board, or in this case the race track.  The rule book gives you ideas for multiple kinds of track configurations and rule additions.  We played the basic game, which took about 45 minutes once the board was built, and it was back and forth to the very end.  The track splits into 2 sections so you can put it in the box and not rebuild it every time.  But mixing it up is half the fun!  Pictures of the build and final game after the break.

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