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  • Battlestar Galactica: Forging a New Frontier… for real

    Posted on February 28th, 2005 Finster 2 comments

    There are some criteria that you can use to decide if you should be watching the new Battlestar Galactica. (edit: If you match any ONE of these, you should watch it.)

  • You like science fiction.
  • You like good TV.
  • You like good acting.
  • You like good story.
  • There you have it. So, go watch it.

    I could go on for pages and pages about how Battlestar Galactica is good sci-fi TV. I would most likely mention such injustices as the cancellation of Firefly versus the four seasons of televised pain that is Enterprise.

    What is more notable about Battlestar Galactica is Producer Ron Moore’s blog. Never before have I seen such a candid and frank dialog between the community of fans and a producer. I don’t think anything like this has been done before. Moore has been answering questions, giving updates on the status of series, and so on.

    Amazing that he also takes the tough questions head on and refuses to evade them like every other writer/producer/director I’ve ever seen. Kudos to you, Ron.

  • Review of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath

    Posted on February 24th, 2005 Finster No comments

    When Amit, at, declared that he enjoyed Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath more than Halo 2, I was skeptical to say the least. I went ahead and read his review and was intrigued by what was written. I HAD to rent this one.

    So I did.
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  • State of Fear

    Posted on February 18th, 2005 Finster No comments

    I recently picked up State of Fear by Michael Crichton, that one guy who wrote Jurassic Park. I’m not very far into it yet, but it’s a pretty informative book. A small introduction reminds us that characters and organizations are used fictitiously, but anything marked with a footnote is real, and the book contains an appendix citing sources for all of the footnotes. I wish all authors would do this.

    As a sidenote, I was browsing around on and noticed an interesting speech he gave establishing that extraterrestrial aliens are responsible for global warming.

    Also, in light of today’s articles about “a new study comparing 7 million real world datapoints with several computer models of global warming,” I agree with Crichton’s take on this. I’ll take a computer climate model seriously when it accurately predicts future trends for the next ten years. Twenty would be preferable.

  • Evercrack and Pizza

    Posted on February 18th, 2005 Finster No comments

    Foton at AFK Gamer noticed that Sony has built an… interesting… command into Everquest II.

    I’m not even sure what to say about it. It is indeed a sign of the times. I thought it was a fake at first, if it wasn’t actually on Sony’s domain.

    Here, check it out yourself.


  • “Oddworld: Strangers Wrath” better than Halo 2? I’m skeptical…

    Posted on February 10th, 2005 Finster 2 comments

    Amit over at one of my favorite game blogs, has an interesting review of the new Oddworld game.

    Better than Halo 2. Heresy, I know. But I couldn’t prevent that thought from slipping into my head about a quarter of the way through Stranger’s Wrath. And by the time the game was over, I couldn’t make it leave my head either.

    Ballsy. I have yet to try out the new Oddworld game, but I can’t help at least renting it, now. If and when I get around to playing it, I’ll let you all know whether or not I agree with Amit’s take on it.

    Sidenote: and I are not allies, per se. We just happen to be using the same default style sheet that comes with Movable Type. Sorry, but I just don’t have time to re-learn CSS and redesign the whole site.

  • Liberal conniption fits: Budget 2006

    Posted on February 7th, 2005 Finster No comments

    The Bush administration released the details of their budget today. Almost simultaneously, several Democrats died from severe trauma brought on by severe head explosion.

    The MSM has begun its campaign against the budget. The big problems that the Dems are having seem to fall into these categories:

  • The President hates kids because education is getting cut.
  • The President hates poor people because health care for poor people is not included in the budget.
  • The President hates farmers because he’s cutting farm subsidies.
  • The President is spending more on defense because bombs are more important than people at home.
  • The President hates the environment because he’s cutting funds to the EPA.
  • Let’s take a few moments today to examine the FACTS.
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  • Uwe Boll: Why? WHY?

    Posted on February 4th, 2005 Finster No comments

    I need someone to explain to me one of life’s mysteries. How does this guy keep getting jobs in the movie industry? I averaged the IMDB ratings of the 8 movies that Uwe Boll has both produced and directed.


    That’s somewhere between awful and crappy. I would also like to state that 48 out of 150 people gave Heart of America a 10. These people were probably the same ones that thought Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine was 100% factual. I also noticed that all 3 of the user comments gave it more than 8 out of 10… and surprisingly were not from America. Sorry, if you’re going to grade a movie called “Heart of America” about high school kids, you know, that live in America, I’m not going to take your opinion seriously unless you live IN America. This pretty much solidifies my opinion that people in Europe should NOT be trusted to give opinions on movies.

    Which I think is why Uwe Boll isn’t working at McDonald’s or Burger King by now. His movies seem to be well-liked by Europeans. Well, fine. You guys can have him back. Please. Take him back!

    If you want a good primer on Uwe Boll, I suggest reading this article written by a potential scriptwriter for Alone in the Dark. Then, read this interview that IGN did with Uwe Boll. It is awesomely powerful in its hilarity. And make sure to read them in that order.

    My favorite part of the interview:


    UWE BOLL: I’m driving to Wilshire Boulevard to go to an agency. I wanted to go to the press screening, but Lions Gate said, ‘Press don’t want to talk to the director.’ It was funny. I’ve never heard this before. They said the director always tries to sell [and] press don’t want thisÂ… So I accepted it.

    IGNFF: So you were planning to come to the screening last night?

    BOLL: (Laughs) I was not allowed to come.

    Excuse me for a minute…


    Oh wow! The movie studio actually requested that the director NOT SHOW UP to the press screening of the movie! *SNICKER*


    Oh man… comedy gold.