Friday, July 18, 2008

One Hundred Push Ups Takes You from Zero to a Hundred in Six Weeks [Fitness]


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via Lifehacker by Adam Pash on 7/15/08

one-hundred-push-ups.pngWeb site One Hundred Push Ups details a training plan for going from 0 to 100 push-ups in a matter of six weeks. We've discussed why the push-up belongs in your fitness routine, but we didn't offer you a good road to push-up bliss. One Hundred Push Ups takes a graduated approach to 100, with a very detailed plan and several levels depending on your fitness going into it. It's sort of like the previously mentioned Couch to 5k for your muscles.


Things you can do from here:


Thursday, May 08, 2008

Marching band brings it

This marching band does Tetris, Mortal Kombat, Mario, Zelda (they form up as Triforce!!) and other favorites during halftime. The second video on the same page owns too...its a stage show of simulated Mario.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Highly recyclable paper

This stuff erases itself after 24 hours and can be reused roughly 100 times.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead: new batch of screenshots - PC Gaming news - QJ.NET
New screenshots are in for the upcoming survival-horror game from Valve Corporation, Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360, PC)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Engine mod

Would this provide extra power because its cool or suck because its outdated?


Here is an article on prototype replacement eyes for the blind. Nasty images of eye surgery not included.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Plastic Surgery explained for you and me

Children's book about plastic surgery - Boing Boing
My Beautiful Mommy is a new kids book about plastic surgery. It was written by Michael Salzhauer, a plastic surgeon in Bal Harbour, Florida. Salzhauer says he came up with the idea to help parents explain cosmetic procedures to their children. From Newsweek: Productimages Mommy-Cover

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Warrick takes a walk

This will be Warrick's last season on CSI. Gary Dourdan is done with it. I think this shows that CSI is heading towards being like Law and Order. Law and Order has been on TV for something like 15 years. The cast has had several changes, but the format remains intact and the show continues to thrive. Grissom, Katherine, and Nick will be back for more blood and guts.

Dreamworks hopes to hurt your brain in 3 dimensions

Dreamworks has acquired the rights to Ghost in the Shell and plans to make a 3-D live action version of it.

Friday, April 11, 2008

This is very interesting

And I for one applaud her for it. I can understand protecting your child, but at 9 years old I would have most likely been fine getting home also.

New York Sun column: "Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone" - Boing Boing
Lenore Skenazy wrote a piece for the April 4 edition of the New York Sun about letting her 9-year-old son find his way home from downtown NYC using the subway system. Many people were upset with her.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Some words on Pan's Labyrinth

So I just finished watching Pan's Labyrinth (rated R). I would loosely classify it as a fantasy/horror movie. The real world and a fantasy world collide in an obscure, rural military camp in 1940's Spain. Our young heroine and her very pregnant mother are going to live in the military camp deep in the woods. The troops at the camp are dealing with guerrilas. That's about all the background we get, so crack open a history book if you want more information. She begins exploring the grounds and finds an entrance to an underground passage after being led through a stone maze by a curious flying insect. There she meets a faun (sort of like a satyr) who gives her some tasks to do so she can return to the kingdom she forgot she was from. The movie goes on with her dealing with the harshness of real life (the capitain of the camp is akin to Ralph Fiennes' character in Schindler's List) and the equal terror of the tasks she must perform (remember, I said fantasy/horror). The fantasy sections are quite elaborate visually, and the creature effects/costumes/CGI are well done.

Quickly into the movie, I found myself thinking of The Cell, another movie that alternates between harsh reality and equally harsh fantasy. I quickly decided that The Cell gave us a much bigger dose of the fantasy scenes than Pan's Labyrinth did. Granted, the faun and his "pets" get a lot of screen time, but its the alternate world as a whole that really makes this movie different from just another movie about dictatorial cruelty and the horrors of war.

Pan's Labyrinth was filmed in Spanish with actors that most of us would not recognize. The acting and voices were fine. The fantasy scenes were unique...just too short and insufficient in quantity.

Overall, I thought our heroine was good, but I could not care enough about the other human characters or the plot...they were all "cookie cutter" to me...which can be ok at times, but I expect extraordinary characters in a fantasy movie. The fantasy scenes (and a couple of the reality scenes) were somewhat shocking and certainly creative, so it gets points there. I just wanted a scene or two more of the fantasy stuff, even if it would mess with my head.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Social worker befriends mugger - Boing Boing

This is a pretty neat story!

Julio Diaz, a social worker, was robbed at knifepoint by a teenaged mugger in the Bronx. Instead of getting angry or scared, he offered the kid his coat, and struck up a friendship


Possible trailer for Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War 2

Check it out and give your comments:


Monday, March 24, 2008

Ray Park as Snake Eyes

You've known him as such terrific characters as Toad, the Sith Lord, and the Headless Horseman. Now, behold him as Snake Eyes, the mute ninja from GI Joe.

Guitar Hero for the DS

This has got to make you discover new and mysterious muscles...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Deathly Hallows to be 2 movies

I haven't read it...maybe its messed up enough that it needs two movies. Or maybe its milking this series for all its worth. Maybe its both?

Anyway, here's the scoop.

Your favorite video game tunes

What if a group took classic video game tunes and made them into speed metal songs? Chances are, it would be totally freakin' cool...and sound like this.

The group, Powerglove, is currently touring with Dragonforce.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Mythbusters does important research

Here's a clip from a recent episode of Mythbusters where they ask a critical long does it take to cut down a tree with a gatling gun?

Gary Gygax, RIP

The original dungeon master has passed away.

A sad day for all geeks.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I totally want to work for Consumer Reports now.

Life and times of a Consumer Reports secret shopper - Boing Boing
Here's a little Wired profile on the secret shoppers used by Consumer Reports Labs. I've had some meetings at the labs and they're incredibly impressive: top notch researchers and top notch facilities, and integrity out the wazoo.

"Making these purchases without saying why can be tricky. Once, Jon told a phone salesman that he needed a particular model because his mother had Alzheimer's and he'd never be able to teach her how to use a new brand. He laughs when he describes the wary looks he got after filling up a shopping cart with condoms. He fondly recalls the time he purchased five different washing machines, claiming that his landlord father had given tenants their choice of brands.

But Jon's favorite story by far is the ice cream. With pints stacked on the floor and an angry stocker looming overhead, Jon had to say something. "So I go into my Rain Man routine," he says. "Count the vanilla, count the vanilla, gotta count the vanilla.' Eventually, the stocker just gives up and walks away. And I get my ice cream." Once products are purchased, they're taken back to Consumer Reports' Yonkers, New York, headquarters, where the magazine maintains 50 tricked-out, cost-is-no-object laboratories. There are labs where trained tasters sample chocolate, labs where air conditioners are evaluated to see if units are more efficient at blowing cool air to the right or to the left, and labs where strollers are pushed over a series of bumps for hours at a time."

Monday, February 25, 2008

Screw the Oscars!!!

Transformers lost to Golden Compass for special effects?!?! Are you kidding me?!!? Optimus could take out every last one of those war bears before breakfast!! What a world.

Shade and Nightengail, this one's for you

I can totally see something like this in their final home.

The world at your fingertips?

My first thought when looking at this is remembering a Cyberpunk game where I could access information on what I was looking at through my uber-expensive left eye. I suppose this is a start. My second thought, its hard to click on the right key on an I-Phone, clicking on the right thing on this device will make you crazy.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Aliens, cooperative

Aliens: Colonial Marines in late 2008, 4-player co-op - Joystiq
Sega has bumped up the Aliens: Colonial Marines street date to "late 2008," just a week after Game Informer revealed the game name and cited a vague 2009 release. The publisher also provided details of the title's plot, an original, penned by Bradley Thompson and David Weddle. As part of a United States Colonial Marine squad you and up to three additional friends will face a Nazi an Alien assault (yes, like we said, "original"). In co-op mode, players will have distinct roles to play in the completion of each mission -- we call flamethrower duty! The game also will include additional multiplayer modes not yet announced.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


IGN: Aliens: Colonial Marines Reenlist
Remember that Aliens: Colonial Marines game Electronic Arts was working on that ended up being cancelled in 2002? It seems it is being resurrected, this time by developer Gearbox of Brothers in Arms fame. The March issue of Game Informer sports a cover story on the squad-based shooter, bound for PC and consoles in 2009. SEGA will be serving as publisher.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Toshiba and the HD DVD format take a knee.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Alien vs Predator: Poker

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Flash drives expansion

[H] Enthusiast -
It looks as though flash drives are set to make another jump in capacity. How big you may ask? Some new SSDs, although they will carry a hefty price tag, are almost ready for retail shelves at 72GB as we speak.

The low power and high speed, however, make a flash drive almost irresistible for some users. A SanDisk SSD 1.8-inch drive achieves a sustained read rate of 66MB/sec and a random read rate of over 7,000 inputs/outputs per second for a 512-byte transfer, many times the speed of a hard drive--which must move an arm across a spinning platter to find data, the so-called seek time of a hard drive.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

More D&D 4Ed Info

EN World - Morrus' D&D / 4th Edition / d20 News
One of the nice things about the roles is that they let you play around with power sources without messing up the basic structure of the game. You can totally do a no magic game with the PH by sticking to the fighter, rogue, warlord, and ranger. You wouldn't have a controller, but it is possible to create a martial one.

You can also roll things back another step and do some crazy stuff with the structure of the classes. Since many of the elements of character progression are unified, you could run classless D&D by allowing players to select maneuvers and spells from any class they want, mingling the two together, or start everyone with access to all heroic abilities and grant access to divine and arcane via feats.

The really nice thing is that this structure allows you to better depict many classic D&D settings and fantasy worlds. You can run pre-War of the Lance adventures in Dragonlance without clerics. You could run Conan with just the heroic classes for PCs and NPC spellcasters as villains and allies.

The one stumbling block is that the game expects fighters to wear heavy armor, but you could get around that by building a simple house rule (a fighter in light armor gets a flat bonus to AC to make up the gap).

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Happy Birthday Lincoln

Link to the Wikipedia entry

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D&D Defense Monster

Many power gamers focus on offense, that is, how to inflict the most hurt on the enemy. But as a player whose characters have died just a little more than somewhat too often, I can vouch for the value of fighting death over fighting enemies! I think survivability is too often ignored ... until it is too late.


Monday, February 11, 2008

I like it!

We could have used this, this weekend:
Travel Form, And I'm Out

Thursday, February 07, 2008

That is really close to home!

200 Cops Surround House; 1 LAPD SWAT Officer Killed, 1 Wounded - KNBC-TV-
HILLS, Calif. - A man who had telephoned authorities to say he had
killed three family members shot to death an LAPD SWAT officer
overnight and wounded another SWAT officer during a gunbattle inside a
Winnetka home, police said. It was the first fatality in the history of
the elite LAPD SWAT team, which was created in 1967.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Forums fun

Alright I admit to being an uber-nerd. I was reading the world of warcraft warlock forums earlier and saw this.. Just hilarious.

Q u o t e:
I heard warriors read the warrior forums.
That's just a rumor.
Here is a link to the thread, that just made me crack up!


So besides for the older generations slam, I kind of agree with this description for myself.

I would say I probably fall more into the Hardcore level, but on the flip side I am more flighty then most hardcore gamers. I buy a lot of games and just sample them, never taking most of them to 100% completion... Consoles I own and play occasionally but they are not the primary focus of my entertainment.

Plenty of gamers are often stuck between the definitions of "casual" and "hardcore." They care too much to be the former, and yet they don't care enough to be the latter. If you're one of them, and yearning for your own defining category, then worry no more. You might just be a mid-core gamer. What does your new-found identity mean? According to 8-Bit Rocket, it means you're the type of gamer who doesn't want to buy a new computer every time a new game comes out. You might love MMOs, but you don't have the time (or patience) for eight-hour quests. You might own the latest consoles, but you might not finish every single game you buy. 8-Bit Rocket also suggests that mid-core gamers are generally of the older generations, but we firmly believe that young people can be mid-core as well.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Terminator inconsistency

This shouldn't contain spoilers.

Last night while watching the 2/4 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, I noticed an inconsistency. When the Hummer and Truck containing the metal arrives at the military base they have to go through a checkpoint and show ID. When Sarah and the terminatrix follow them, they skip any scene dealing with that checkpoint...


And a discussion:
What is your opinion on the regenerating nature (or not regenerating nature) of the skin on the terminators.

I think they that don't regenerate the skin and that Summer Glau's character just patches it with band-aides / clothing. Otherwise why would she still be wearing a band-aide on her face. I could be wrong and just little time has passed between episodes, and it would be more intelligent to have your terminators regenerate the skin if it gets damaged... What are your opinions?

There they go again shooting down gaming

The dark ages - Times Online
At my college evening class last week, two intelligent, thirtysomething suited guys – solicitors or managers to judge from their e-mail addresses – were talking about their new Xbox 360s and what transcendent joy was to be had from them. I eavesdropped more attentively. Apparently, in Gears of War, the smallest details of the largest battles were crystal clear, in widescreen! Surely they were discussing their children’s computer games? Xboxes are toys, after all.

Recovered Edge

Recovery at last

Unbeknown to Lady Edge, knowledge of the fallen paladin was eventually sent up to St. Argus and a recovery party was sent for the body and herself. But during this time she was being held by the Bandit Lord in the southern woods. Soon after finding herself in his grip she found herself doing nefarious deeds that don’t bear repeating in this account. As weeks went by the Bandit Lord found himself getting sick every time he wielded Lady Edge in combat. Her empathic nature was projecting her disgust and revulsion loudly enough that even he could feel it. And thereafter she was placed in the treasury room of his small hideout much to her relief.

From the memories of her savoir,

He was greatly saddened to hear his nephew and his family was dead due to bandits. The shock it sent through his wife and children was deep and painful. It had been over a decade since he was in the Citizen Knights, a group organized by the crown to defend and protect the cities in the kingdom. It differed from the ennobled knights in that any that could prove physically able and morally adequate could join. Joining the Citizen Knights was a mark of honor and he was very proud to have served almost two decades in their service, but was happy to have retired and started a swordsmanship school.

After a short discussion with his wife, it was decided that he would get to the bottom of these bandits and make sure atrocities like what had happened to his nephew would not happen by that group of bandits again. He approached the Citizen Knights and learned that they were already too few and far between to spare any knights to assist him in his goal but they would fund and offer a reward for ending the nuisance as they called it. So he started out one chilly fall morning to find out where these bandits laired.

Lady Edge felt a sudden presence enter the perimeter of her awareness. An aura clean of the sickly sour stench of the bandits. It was then that she ‘heard’ the screams and battle cries from the main chamber to the den. It appeared as if something was happening out there and she was powerless to help whoever that aura was. Anxiety and worry which had never plagued Lady Edge before plucked at her thoughts.

Eventually the heavy door into the room where she lay opened and a many peered in. Blood stained and tired looking he glanced around the treasure room. He started rooting around and organizing a bag of goods to take with him. Terror over came her and she started projecting emotions as the highest level she could to get his attention. Immediately he sprang up as though slapped, gaze darting wearily around the room. Expending a precious amount of her stored power she glimmered a faint blue in the torch lit room for a brief moment. Finally his eyes rested upon her slender grace, and she felt the pleasure coarse through his mind. Having known arms for a long time and encountered several instances of human embarrassment she found that if she were capable then she would have blushed.

The ecstasy she felt when his hand settled on her was amazing; it was especially poignant after the prolonged dirtiness she had felt by being used by the Bandit Lord. She felt him glance around for a sheath to place her in, and instantly for the first time in her life she was afraid. He must have felt her quickly squashed fear for he put his sword away in a sheath at his wasted and carried her out of the den after slinging the bag of treasure onto his shoulder.

The feel of sunlight reflecting off of her flesh was amazing after the prolonged exile into the damp dark treasure filled room. The whistle of the wind along her edges and curves tickled in the afternoon air and her delight rang out into the mind of the man holding her and she heard him laugh in enjoyment.

“I wonder to whom you belong lovely, for I would-“, he started to say.

She felt the air displacement before he could hear the grunt of exertion, and she locked her will over his mind utilizing greater control then she had in a long time with the paladins. Feeling her mind lock like a satin glove in tune with his body she twisted his upper torso and swung his right arm around in a half moon arc catching the longsword swinging at his head from behind and shearing it in half. Before the surprised bandit could utter a word she followed through on the strike and redirected the bandits’ energy back on himself and forced his own blade down into his own leg scoring it deeply.

Letting the Clean Man take control of his muscles again she felt his amazement through her enjoyment of the fact that he didn’t even hesitate. Once control was released he immediately brought his knee up into the stomach of the howling bandit and lifted him into the air with the blow. The bandit collapsed and end unconscious from his wounds.

“Well I thank you lady for saving my life, a very odd experience though feeling your body take control of itself and do stuff without your mind directing it”, he thanked her solemnly. “As I was saying prior to our interruption, and even more so now, I wonder where you belong.”

He said this as he brought her length up before his face inspecting the length of her curved edge for any flaws. She felt pleasure in giving him an unmarred surface and pondered how to direct him to the St. Argus stronghold in the northern mountains.

She was placed between his body and his weapons belt, exposed to the world and enjoyed soaking in the outside stimulation while feeling the warmth of his body and soul and she pondered her situation. He started moving away from the den in a generally southeastern direction. Days passed without any excitement as they eventually left the woods and entered more human populated areas.

She found out during the journey that he was planning on heading home to his wife and children after providing proof to the Citizen Knights order. Along with that information came bits and pieces of visions detailing his life of being a knight and helping keep order in the kingdom. She saw visions of his family and learned to tell them apart by the auras felt through his memories. He sees his wife as honorable, lovely, and kind. His son is energetic, and forthright. His daughter is intelligent, compassionate, and a fighter.

Since paladins generally don’t feel the calling to get married and have children, she had never encountered the strong rope bonds that entwine around a person’s soul that lead to wife, daughter, and son. She spent endless hours humming along happily dissecting this man’s life as they travelled. She knew he felt her interested and inquisitive nature, and let her have free reign in his mind as he delighted in her feathery soft caresses along his soul.

Finally they arrived in the crown city where the Citizen Knights were chartered. It was a busy confusion of buildings and people but Clean Man seemed to take it in stride with not a thought given. As they swept towards the charter house she began to wonder again about what would become over her. If he was truly going to turn in the proof of the bandits’ demise and return home to his family where would this leave her? With his attention focused mainly on navigating through the city he still took the time to comfort her through a quick caress on her hilt.

Winding the way through the city she got to experience yet again the confusion and resignation that her empathy feels every time she encounters large numbers of humans. At first it used to confound her on why it seemed like so many humans were discontent with their lives, then she quit pondering it. Now she noticed that flashes of pure enjoyment seemed to brighten their days occasionally, and as pair of best friends met in the market to gossip about their days, she noticed that even after they had parted ways the happiness thrust back that resignation for a while.

Finally they arrived at the charter house and her first impression was it felt like any military enclosure. Discipline and pain reigned in the air. Not the pain of a hospital or a funeral, but rather the good clean pain of muscles and flesh healing after being abused. Men and women bustled around the Citizen Knight’s charter house. Both sexes appeared to be accepted as warriors here unlike in the nobility knighthood where only men were allowed.

Clean Man was not recognized at the door, but after he had shown his credentials as a retired Citizen Knight he was quickly passed through. Finally having obtained entrance he was greeted by many of the older knights and associates who felt generally pleased to see him. – Very understandable – she thought musing on his calming aura and enjoying yet again being in his presence.

He dropped off the proof of the bandits’ demise at the Citizen Treasurer. The Citizen Treasurer was quite impressed with his turn in and gave a bonus for the job without consulting his books. After concluding the business portion of their exchange, the treasurer directed that Clean Man should see the head of the order as she was expecting him. After a brief handshake and promise of getting together for a drink later the Clean Man set off to the Citizen Commander’s office.

Standing outside the Commander’s office was a clean cut young man in polished to a shine armor standing at a slouched attention which quickly was replaced by curiosity as they walked around the corner. After verifying yet again his credentials the Clean Man was ushered into the office. And Lady’s Edge could almost feel the boys ears get longer as he tried to listen in through a several inches thick oaken door.

Seated behind the desk was an older woman, just slightly graying around the edges but obviously still a warrior as she had a brace on one arm and a gauze patch over the other arm. Tough wiry muscle threaded her frame and her concentration and will were astounding to feel. Every movement she made was deliberate and forethought.

“Lady Ysilde, I heard you wanted to see me before I left?” queried the Clean Man.

“Yes, it is great to see you yet again so soon. I have to admit great relief that you came back yet again healthy from a mission that would take a squad of my knights to resolve. Are you sure you don’t want to come back and teach tactics and the sword to the trainees?” smiled Ysilde.

“Ah, my lady I thank you for the offer yet again but the life I have created is more than sufficient for me. And good old Marcus wouldn’t have anything to do if I came back and taught sword. I still consider him one of my best students.”

“Well be that as it may, you are always welcome here. I was wondering…” she trailed off thoughtfully glancing at his waist. “That sword, can I see it a second?”

The Clean Man hesitated a second and Lady’s Edge felt a query spark her direction from him. She sent him a chime of approval and he drew her carefully from his belt. Twirling her quickly in a deft movement he presented her hilt to the commander who took it firmly. The command examined the runes marked into her flesh and nodded thoughtfully.

“I was given a notice several months ago regarding a blade that had been lost to a fallen paladin of the order of St Argus. From the letter I received the markings describe appears to be a match to the ones of this lady. Where did you find her?”

“After I had dispatched the bandits I found their stash and this blade was laying there discarded. She even glinted with a blue light for a second to make sure I wouldn’t miss her”, he winked at the blade which she felt clearly and was amused. “I seem to be picking up some feelings from the lady on occasion and she has helped me on several times when I would be dead or bored to death.”

Chuckling softly the commander responded, “well I was asked to have whoever recovered the blade take it to their stronghold up in the mountains to determine its purpose. I know this would push out your return home but the paladins have always been kind and helpful to us and I would like to return the favor if possible.”

“I agree completely and if I had thought about it more I would have realized she was a Lady’s Edge. I would be honored if you would allow me to take you home my Lady?” he inquired to the Lady’s Edge.

Both the commander and the Clean Man felt her approval and acceptance of his offer.

“Well I guess that settles it, would you like to leave a letter for us to get home to your wife before you start out on this journey, and of course I’ll have Olphan restock your bag with provisions for the trip. Also we’d be honored to lend you a horse for the trip up to the stronghold as that will significantly shorten your trip.”

“Thanks for all your help Ysilde and it is much appreciated.”

To be continued in a week...

Monday, February 04, 2008

Possible new weapon for the Navy

Here's some video of a nifty new weapon system the Navy is looking at.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Story behind schedule

I was out sick yesterday from work and haven't been feeling great so the story is behind schedule. I'm going set the tentative next date as Tuesday, with hopefully putting some hours in this weekend on it.

My deepest apologies

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


I have been kicking around the experience that was Cloverfield and I feel that I have to put some words up. As advertised, it was done using a hand-held camera. Two important things to note. Number 1, the production value was still really good and number 2, its not as jerky as the Jason Bourne series. The difference here is that its more like the camera is being worn by one of the characters instead of it just being a tool to film the movie. It made the jerkiness much more fact realistic. Cloverfield is a loud, intense experience that does not let up very has many good one-liners, and is unique in that the viewers have only one perspective the entire movie. We really don't know anything more than the people we're looking at. Its probably not something to own and watch again and again unless you've got a big setup at home, but it is a must see. Very different than many things out there.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Perhaps one of these for the next New Year party?

It seems that Texas Hold 'em is a group favorite around the New Year. Nightengail's father was totally a chip bully last time, and Shade's brother the year before that...but I digress. Here's a neat set of chips.

The Lady Edge

Born in the fires of St Argus
She was born in the fires of St Argus, burned by the intense heat, and then pounded into the shape pure. She was one single piece of silvery strength amongst the darkness of the world, battling for the light. It took her maker 15 years to forge her, tolling for over 10 hours a day in the cramped heated confines. But through the burning pain and ringing pleasure she took shape, strong of line, yet a feeling of slender femininity to her bearing. Almost 4 feet long with a brand of just over 3 feet in length, she was strength and speed combined into the silvery beauty of St Argusian holy metal.

History of honor
Throughout the ages she had been wielded by paladins of the order of St Argus. Her earliest recollections were of strong hands wielding her in the demon wars against blood that burned her flesh and pitted her soul. She was a strong lady though and weathered through those dark filled times, the shining light of her wielders kept her going. The bond between a Lady Edge and her arm is a sacred thing. The closest bonds occur during the initiation ceremony of a new knight, after the days of fasting and prayer their souls are laid bare to the order. They are then shown the brotherhood and love of the knights of St Argus, and enfolded into their order and during the final ceremony they are blooded by a Lady Edge. This blood sharing is what forges the intense mental and emotional bond between them, allowing her to anticipate his actions and amplify their effectiveness.

The Fallen One
She slept quietly in the calm loving embrace of the armory at St Argus’s northern stronghold. It had been an age since she had felt the suns warmth on her skin, and although it was nice to relax in the calm love filled room, she also felt a tingle of excitement when the portal to the room opened and she felt the aged woman enter the room. Whispered prayers that had changed only a little over the course of her lifetime reverberated through the chamber. And slowly her silvery flesh started to glow blue. She felt the jealousy and happiness surround her from her fellow Ladies Edge, their wishes for her glory and prayers to assist her in the protection of her arm.

This bonding was the painful pleasure as all the rest where she felt her soul torn asunder then melded back into a whole with the paladin whose arm will wield her. A man this time, boy really, was her wielder. Throughout the ages she had a smattering of women amongst the male dominated paladins, and both had their own strengths and weaknesses. But it was not her place to ponder the philosophical differences between a female arm or male, both were good in her mind.

The Lady Edge was content over the next few years, her Arm travelled great distances seeing the world and trying to right imbalances. They assaulted a stronghold of a necromancer, defeating all manner of lesser undead before being routed and wounded to gravely to continue, but it was a good venture and would reduce the pervasiveness of evil in the corner of the world for a decade at least and sometimes that is all they could hope for.

After the necromancer’s lair they encountered a village on the edge of extinction due to an unknown disease and spent a greater part of a year tending the sick and healing as they could. This was one the more pleasurable experiences that she had encountered. She was able to use her soul fire to empower his healing hands and assist in the recovery of the villagers, especially the children, and it was good.

Next they encountered a city wiped out by an orcish horde, after tracking the movements of the army they came upon it in the mountains wilds of the east. As is the nature of the paladins of St Argus, he openly challenged the leader of the orcs to a vendetta in the hopes it would right the imbalance of the atrocities performed upon the poor inhabitants of that city. She guided his hand and the battle was won after a two hour duel. The orc chieftain was strong, each blow delivered by his great two handed axe rang throughout her core which caused her to stiffen her resolve. Her arm took several wounds in the exchange of blows, but the orc’s wounds were much graver and sapped his strength while she fueled her arms with the clean power forged into her core and tempered and grown throughout the ages of dedication. And thus he was defeated.

Soon after they came to the paladins home town before he dedicated himself to the service of St. Argus. The whole town was pleased to see what a fine young man the paladin had grown into. She was quite proud of his accomplishments so far. Then the night happened that would anguish her forever. A childhood sweetheart of the paladin since they had come to the town was stalking him, waiting until they were alone. She threw herself at him, seducing him with all her beauty and enthusiasm. His moral indoctrination allowed him to keep a level head amongst the overwhelming surge of hormones; he had wanted her since they were children. His rejection cut her to the bone, the very next day he saw her walking arm in arm with his childhood best friend. Rage infused him, and his sight turned red.

Although he was incoherent to the world and didn’t understand his actions, the Lady Edge didn’t get that sweet release. She felt her edge bite into the innocent flesh of the young man and girl, ending their lives before they could but gasp in terror. And she wept, to her core she was wounded, how could this have happened?

He woke from his rage minutes after the deed was done and was appalled by what had happened. The blood on his hands ripped his soul asunder and the pain was unbearable. In grief he stumbled out of the town before anyone learned of what had happened. Hurrying into the wilderness he lost himself to his pain. Unable to assist her arm and furthermore lost in her grieving over the innocent lives she helped end she didn’t realize until it was too late that the paladin had during her edge against himself.

She sat encased in his body for an incalculable time, as scavengers and the weather wrecked havoc on his body. She longed for release from the unending agony of contact with a fallen paladin; she had never encountered this pain before. Some of her fellow Ladies Edge had experienced it and wouldn’t talk about it, which she now understood why.

Finally one day dawned and the hoped for release came, a man happened upon the remains of the paladin and seeing the gleaming silvery blade recovered it along with the few meager items of value from the body. As that dirty hand wrapped itself around her hilt she shuddered in agony anew. This was not a good man but rather a bandit lord who would surely use her in ways she shuddered to think of. And thus ended her bond with the fallen paladin, she never would forget that agony.

To Be Continued Thursday...

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Super scary powerful digital camera

This thing does pictures up to 160 million pixels. Uncompressed, the files are roughly a gig per shot. In case you want to see every vein on every leaf on every branch on every tree in the whole forest.

27 Dresses

Nightengail and I saw 27 Dresses this evening. We enjoyed it very much.

The plot with this as most romantic comedies is readily apparent, but Katherine Heigl carried it off nicely. I'm not a huge fan of hers, she is of course pretty, but not my particular flavor of woman (no offense Katherine if you read the blog).

You can read the IMDB summary to get a concept of the film, but for those who enjoy romantic comedies, I give it my stamp of approval.

[Pre]Review: Heavenly Sword

So I know it is an older game to most of the PS3 community, but GameFly delivered a nice little copy of Heavenly Sword to my doorstop on Friday of last week and I decided to spin it up yesterday. Now please keep in mind that I have only put in around 45 minutes into the game.

Visuals: Pretty stunning, it is obvious that the developer Ninja Theory spent a lot of time to make this game look good. The main character Nariko is drool-worthy and my only visual complaint is her hair isn't perfectly modeled (which is asking to much anyways).

Audio: Alright a confession, I generally play my computer / console games with the sound turned way down because in general it is the gameplay experience that matters to me and not the audio, plus I find repetitive audio to drive me batty. So I don't feel comfortable other then saying the combat sounds were appropriate and the music didn't bother me.

Gameplay: So, this is your standard fight / adventure game. They have had these rough and tumble beat them up games since at least the NES (double dragon anyone?). Barring that it is obvious that Ninja Theory knows what they are doing for action games, the fighting is smooth and intuitive, and it is really fun to see some of the 'killing moves' even if they do get a little repetitive. It is a little but of a button masher, you could probably finish the game without ever learning any of the 'combos' that increase damage, but I'm having fun trying them out.

Overall: Now barring the fact that I have heard the game only consists of around 6-8 hours of gameplay that would put me roughly 10% into the game at this stage. Even so I believe I can accurately say that the game is enjoyable and extremely pretty but not necessarily a masterpiece. I don't know if I will finish the game, and I just have to say GameFly is a great service.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Who is that kitty in the window?

Rainy day down here in LA, looking out the window this morning I noticed a friend hanging out watching the rain drops.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

I'm glad we are able to provide this for our population

Most of your essentials are already distributed by vending machines:
condoms, electronics, luscious 1-calorie Tab... But now, you can
finally get what you really need: medical marijuana, from Anytime Vending Machines.

Thrillist : World's First Weed ATM

Friday, January 25, 2008

Bluetooth takes a walk

Interesting article on CNN's website about the use of Bluetooth in replacement limbs.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Concept cooking-pot can be subdivided into smaller pots

This is pretty cool!

via Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow on 1/23/08

Another sweet entry from DesignBoom's Dining in 2015 contest: Kechenyi Camille's "Eco-Cook" -- a pot with smaller, divided sub-pots so that you can boil different kinds of veggies all at once. The idea is neat, but the fact that the water is all mingled means that you can only cook foods whose flavors and chemicals can be allowed to merge. For example, I don't think I'd want to do starchy pasta and greenbeans in the same pot, because you don't really want a lot of starch on the beans. On the other hand, if you had a bunch of different veggies that needed different cooking time (legumes, broccoli, carrots), this could do the trick neatly. Link

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Heath Ledger dead 28

Actor Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday of a possible drug overdose in a Lower Manhattan apartment, the New York Police Department said.

Heath Ledger was unresponsive when a housekeeper found him in a Manhattan apartment Tuesday.

Ledger was found naked and unresponsive, facedown on the floor at the foot of his bed by a housekeeper trying to wake him for an appointment with a masseuse, said police spokesman Paul Browne.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008


I am semi-permanently on blogger again. My server is being re-purposed.