This, my fine readers, constitues the advance in technology known simply as the Unreal Engine 3. Click on here to see much more pictures.
… to GoogleTMBomb for me. I want to raise the keyword SoulJah to be the first in Google and what you can do is to either
a) search for SoulJah and click on my link, or
b) make a link that looks like SoulJah on your website and click on it everyday, religiously. And post that link in forums too. If I do get top spot, hey, I have 100 Gmail accounts I’m sitting on.
|MP3tunes has introduced a Linux-powered consumer digital audio server that provides a centralized repository for music and the means to distribute it wirelessly to other devices capable of playback. These include stereos, MP3 players, computers, PDAs, or even devices at the other end of an Internet link. A software-only version is also available for DIYers.
Based on a compact, WiFi-equipped, Pentium 4 PC running the Linspire Linux operating system, the MP3beamer requires just a few minutes to set-up, according to the company, courtesy of the Lsongs music management program. Music can be loaded by dragging and dropping an existing music collection from a USB drive. Alternatively, MP3beamer will accept music downloaded from the Internet or loaded into its CD-ROM drive, converting the files to MP3format. MP3beamer supports more then a dozen popular media receivers and can store the equivalent of 1400 CDs worth of music.
The MP3beamer is available at a special introductory price of $399. The software-only version is $69.95.
For USD$400? Can I get two of these?
Let me tell you a backstory of how I found out about this game. As you know, I have newsfeeds plugged into my Opera and by chance I had Wired‘s newsfeed in there. One day, I came across an article titled “The Best Games You Haven’t Played” and I was instantly curious. Perusing the article, I found some games that were not that particularly interesting to try and look for but one game caught my eye.
Mind you, it’s not because it gained the top number 1 position, no, it’s because of the name. It’s so Japanese, but it is so not. It’s Katamari Damacy.
There the game sat, in the back recesses of my brain, when one day a friend decided to purchase the Slim PS2 (sexy, innit?) so we were perusing some games for him to take home. Then, looking at a weird image of a clumped up… mass… of things, and that instantly fired off my synapses and reminded me about the game I read off of that Wired article.
I purchased it in a heartbeat, and was eager to get home and start playing it.
Starting it up I was greeted by this guy, humming some music that instantly gets in your head, and I knew I was in for a treat. I’m a music game nut and when a game doesn’t have a blaring rock music intro which more often than not chosen by balding video game company executives to make their game look edgy, I’m all the more thankful.
The game starts of with a larger than life King of All Cosmos telling of his, uh, adventures the night before and due to some unknown reason, lost all the stars in the galaxy, to his pint sized Prince. A larger than life, turntable-scratch-voiced King of All Cosmos. And a pint sized, 3 inch high Prince. How’s that for backstory, eh?
Off I went, onwards to the first level. I already knew about the mechanics of the game from the Wired article, where you have to roll over your Katamari, or as I read in another article which pegged the literal translation at ‘Clump of Souls’ or just ‘Clump’, over objects and picking them up, hence making your Katamari bigger, and bigger, and bigger still.
And here’s where the game’s appeal gets me. You roll over stuff laying about a typical Japanese household. Mind you, these objects must at most, be as large as the katamari for it to be able to be picked up, so you can’t pick up, say, a chair when your Katamari is 3 inches wide. As you pick up more stuff, the Katamari gets bigger, and as your clump of objects become bigger, the bigger the objects you can pick up. This increase in size can go on, and on, until, until… I won’t want to spoil the end level for you, but it gets mighty, mighty big. But don’t be picking up oddly shaped objects you won’t expect to easily roll over though, like pencils, or long fences or street poles, your Katamari will be harder to control as these oddly shaped objects juts out your Katamari.
All the while, you will be treated to the most bizzare gaming experience you’ve ever seen, the best sounding music you’ve ever heard, the craziest sounds you’d ever hear, the best ne0-art presentation you’d ever bear witness to, and it never gets the mainstream audience it most deservingly should command.
The music is of note here, the weirdest collection of best sounding music for a video game ever. Even though all of them are singing about ‘Katamari Damacy’ or ‘Katamari’, the diversity of the music, from J-Pop to Jazzy bits, and to how irreverent it sounds will just appeal to you. Even the sound effects of you picking up school kids will get a smile out of you. It sure did for me.
I’d give it, 9 Katamaris out of 9.
|A disabled driver who lost his leg in a horrific motorbike smash today defended his decision to smash a teenage girl’s car windscreen.
Graham Ewen said he took the extreme measure after two years of drivers parking in disabled spaces. He confronted 19-year-olds Fiona Tosh and Leanne Benzie for parking their Renault Clio in a disabled space.
But he claims they laughed at him and he decided enough was enough.
The 30-year-old from Balmedie, an Evening Express Champion in 2003, said: “I am not a violent person at all but just about everywhere you go, people are parking in disabled spaces.
“I confronted them and was laughed at. I had just had enough.
“I swung the stick at the car and it struck the window.
“Then I just sat in the car waiting for the police to come.”
Fiona gave her side of the story in last night’s Evening Express. She admitted she parked in a disabled space without a permit at Asda, Bridge of Don, on Sunday.
Fiona said she was only going to be a few minutes and there were plenty of other disabled spaces.
However, Graham said: “Every day this happens.
“I challenge people and some folk say they are sorry but being laughed at I don’t like.
“She has broken a rule and I have broken a rule so we are even.
“Maybe if you broke a window every time they parked there, they wouldn’t do it.”
Graham picked up a Champion award in October 2003 after fighting on after he lost part of his left leg in a motorbike accident.
Within six months of the accident the electrician was back behind the wheel of his work van.
The accident happened in September 2002 when he was riding home from a friend’s house on his 200-kilo Suzuki TLR 1,000. It spun out of control on the Ellon to Methlick road.
He lost his left leg from the knee down, his right ankle was smashed and he fractured his neck and back.
He was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he spent four days in the intensive care unit.
As a result of his injuries Graham has since had to give up his job and is currently trying to get into a computing course.
On Sunday, he and his wife Emma had done their weekly shopping at the superstore.
At around 2.30pm he saw Fiona and Leanne leaving the store and challenged them.
He added: “This kind of thing happens all of the time.
“I can only walk short distances and in the past I have been in a position where I cannot find a parking space because people without blue badges are parking in them.
“It makes the blue badges pointless.
“The younger generation don’t have any respect for people with disabilities.”
Grampian Police are investigating the incident.
Serves those bitches right!
After months disappearing from the face of the earth, now he is back.
Oh, now that I didn’t get the tender for this, I feel it’s ok to post this thing on here. It was gonna be a site I was gonna work on with JTB (I KNOW!!!) for an upcoming service they are offering, VoIP kinda thing.
I don’t know, but I’d call this my best work yet.
Orlando, FL, FEB. 19, 2005 – SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today introduced the SanDisk Ultra™ II SD™ PLUS, an innovative SD flash memory card with built-in USB connectivity. The new card, which works seamlessly in any SD card slot, also can be used as a high-speed USB 2.0 flash drive. The announcement was made at the annual Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Show at the Orange County Convention Center where SanDisk is demonstrating products in Booth 2408.
The new dual-functionality device has been added to the SanDisk Ultra II product line, a family of high-performance flash memory cards with write speeds of 9 megabytes (MB) per second and read speeds of 10MB/sec.*
In other news : here.
|LONDON (Reuters) – A British woman was sentenced to two and a half years in jail Thursday for ripping off her ex-lover’s testicle with her bare hands during a drunken brawl after he refused her sex.
Amanda Monti, 24, flew into a rage in May last year after Geoffrey Jones, 37, who had ended their long-term relationship, rejected her advances.
She grabbed him by the genitals, tearing off his left testicle, then hid it in her mouth before a friend of Jones handed it back to him saying “that’s yours.”
Monti, of Birkenhead, near Liverpool, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding at an earlier hearing.
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|YOKOHAMA, Japan, February 3, 2005
Six companies including CMC Magnetics Corporation, FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD., Nippon Paint Co., Ltd., Optware Corporation, Pulstec Industrial Co., Ltd. and TOAGOSEI CO., LTD., advocates of “Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD)” announced today to form “HVD Alliance” to accelerate the development of HVD, to develop a marketplace and to promote this revolutionary technology and products. A technical committee, TC44 to discuss the standardization of “Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD)” was approved at 88th Ecma International General Assembly on December 9th 2004. The first TC44 meeting will be held in Tokyo on March 3rd and 4th.
HVD Alliance, through its activities to provide a venue for the technical discussions and information exchange among the disk manufacturers, material makers, device manufacturers and tester makers which agree with the purport of this organization, accelerates the development of HVD, develops the marketplace and promotes this technology, thus contributes to the sound development of the storage industry.Alliance companies advance final preparations towards the official launch of “HVD Alliance” in this coming spring.
Well, while Sony and Toshiba busily one upping each other with Blu-Ray and HD-DVD with promised vendor and movie studio support to become the next ‘DVD’ format for the consumer market, seemingly the HVD format will be the next format du jour, what with marked increase of over 20 more storage capacity than the previous two formats (Blu-Ray and HD-DVD). And look at the thing! It looks awesome!
And who wouldn’t want a 1TB backup storage solution anyway?