‘New on TV: True Blood’

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Since one of my current animes, D. Gray-man, has ended its season, I’ve been looking for something to fill the void and came across True Blood, a new show about vampires. The premise is interesting: Vampires have “come out of the closet” and revealed themselves to humanity in our modern day world which leads to some interesting changes in society. They have their own TV channel called VTV. Having sex with a vampire, also known as “fang banging”, is quickly becoming the new risque thing to do. Vampire blood, known on the street simply as “V” is better than crack, heroin, and coke combined. And of course, with anything new coming into society, there is always a sense of xenophobia against the newly socialized vampires.

The show touches upon a multitude of topics, but the main ones tend to be prejudice (human vs vampire, white vs black, rich vs poor, etc) and sex. The only real disappointment (but it’s a big one) is the quality of acting by the main character, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin aka. Rogue from the X-Men movies). Not to sound trite, but she couldn’t act her way out of a wet paper bag. The story is enough to bring me back week after week though, so we’ll see how it turns out by the end of the season. If you’re bored and looking to get into a new show that’s a bit edgy, I say check this one out.

‘Fallout 3: Brief First Impressions ‘

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Having never played either Fallout 1 or 2, I’m basically starting Fallout 3 oblivious to the inside jokes and references that Bethesda has included in their latest game. But that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying what I’ve played so far! Coming from Bethesda, the game definitely reminds me of Oblivion in terms of the feel and UI. I remember seeing screenshots of the earlier two games, and I’m glad they chose to move from the top-down-at-an-angle perspective to first-person.

One thing I liked off the bat was how they integrated the character creation process with the storyline (if you haven’t played it yet, you’ll see what I mean). It gives it more of that RPG feel, but I sense it could get annoying after multiple game starts. The first level, Vault 101, is your typical get-to-know-the-game type setting where you’re expected to do quick and easy missions in order to familiarize yourself with the UI and game mechanics. I also noticed that the game responded to your situational decisions offering multiple paths for different choices. If you kill a particular person, the storyline is somewhat affected and that gives a good illusion of non-linear play. I haven’t gotten too far yet so we’ll see how far that “non-linearity” goes further into the game. I didn’t have much time to play, so I stopped about when I reached Megaton, a main city in the game outside the vault in the wastelands. Hopefully this weekend will give me more time to mess around and try things out for a better review.

cvs woes

So I was trying to update some files at home off the work CVS and I get “Trouble starting the CVS process:  The handle is invalid”.  I also kept getting these AVG errors on my CVSNT files saying they were infected with a trojan, but after doing some research, it is apparently a known issue with AVG and is just a false positive.  All I did was exclude the CVSNT and TortoiseCVS folders from AVG and presto!  worky worky =)  AVG, you need to fix this.  STAT!

keating five scandal

If you have no idea what the keating five scandal is, then you should watch this video.  Don’t ever believe anything you read on the internet without researching it yourself.  This is something that you will find if you have actually done your homework on candidates.

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