Saturday, September 27, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This past weekend I took my pool training part of my SCUBA class through my school. We were just in the pool, but breathing underwater is quite possibly the coolest thing ever. 2 weekends from now is the open water dive at Lake Rawlings. I went to the Dive Shop today and got fitted for my wetsuit and BCD (Buoyancy Control Device). Should be fun.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I had reserved this game a really long time ago and I loved the demo so I went ahead and bought it Monday. The game plays just like the demo. The graphics are excellent and the use of 3 (yes THREE) physics engines really allows for some cool effects. The story is top-notch, endorsed as Star Wars cannon by George Lucas himself. The force powers make you feel like a total badass. It doesn't get much more awesome than having a 9-foot wookie about to rip your head off, then force blasting him off of a bridge into a void as the supports shatter into hundreds of splinters and the bridge bobbs up and down from the impact. Or fighting a Rancor only to stab him repeatedly in the face and shock him to death. Or bisecting an AT-ST bottom to top. Or crushing one like a can with the force. Also one of the boss fights has a sweet suprise for Star Wars fanboys (like me).
Now for the bad. The levels are extremely linear, the boss fights are punishingly difficult at times, and fighting large enemies like Rancors or AT-ST's basically consists of force lightning, run away to recharge, repeat until enough damage has been dealt, then a series of scripted quick-time events. The enemies' attacks that knock you down or stun you seem to come at the exact interval of time such that you are stunned, and right as you stand back up, you are attacked and knocked back down. This can be extremely frustrating. Also, the part where you actually get to bring down a Star Destroyer with the force is one of the most annoying and frustrating parts of the game and may as well not have been there.
Overall I enjoyed the game and I would recommend it. I give it a 7.5/10
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
UPDATE: meet was canceled and is in the process of being rescheduled
From the MR2 Owner's Club Thread:
"Save the date - Saturday, September 13, 2008.
Townhall, Haymarket, Virginia
9am to 11am - Meet and greet.
11am- depart for Luray Virginia.
12:30 Arrive Luray Wrangler Factory parking lot
1:30 depart for lunch at restaurant TBD
This is an MR2 event. Other makes are welcome. But you will be put at the end of the line.
Please make certain your car is road ready, and can take the heat of going over a mountain at speed."
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
My valve cover is all squeaky clean now. And funny thing is the engine degreaser I used has a picture of (well close enough to) my engine. The one on the can is the 4A-GE engine from the n/a AW11 MR2 and the AE86 Corolla. My engine is the supercharged 4A-GZE but close enough :).