A Brief Scatterfire of Halo Videos

I don’t have the x360 back yet, but I’m borrowing a friend’s. Made a few more videos like a remix on the Mongoose Overkill Extermination Splatter with different music and mo’betta angles.

There’s also an exploration demo of Lucifer7’s custom map for Avalanche, showing a remarkably decent AT-AT from Star Wars (the big 4-legged walkers from Empire) with some bizarre SW techno I came up on by accident.

Lastly there’s a small compilation of shots where my guest was repeatedly robbed by my lousy internet connection, although it’s strange that the machine would even register that bullet sparks and blood splatter would even come up if they were misses *shrug*

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Video Interview of Kid Who Drives G-ma’s SUV

Some punk munchkin (a punchkin?) stole the keys to his grandmother’s SUV and drove it around town on a joyride with a fellow 7-year-old “who smokes with cigarettes” hitting cars and plowing over mailboxes. The team at WPBF in West Palm Beach, Florida who are hosting the video online interviewed the little buzzard and the quotes are one-of-a-kind that you rarely get in journalism. Instant classic as far as news quotes go, I think. Reminds me of the “I like turtles” zombie kid.

Interesting J-Pop Trend: “Solo Angle” Concert DVDs

A clever way to get more revenue from J-pop concerts for music groups who consist of just singers (and no musicians who merely stand in one place and perform) — similar to America’s boybands like N*Sync or Backstreet Boys — is to make a DVD of a particular recording of the entire concert focused on one singer and nothing else. Many people have a certain preference of which singer they’re more there to see than just the entire group, and this is a great way to kindle that particular idol status even further, by having a concert experience centered foremostly on just the one. You can certainly get the entire concert DVD with multiple shots of everyone, also.

Kusumi Koharu Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
Tanaka Reina Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
Michishige Sayumi Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
Kamei Eri Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
Takahashi Ai Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
Niigaki Risa Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
Mitsui Aika Solo Angle DVD – Morning Musume 2007 Fall Concert Tour
… among others …

If a band had too many members to feasibly do this with, I could understand — but there’s not really a good comparison band in America to accurately describe the scope of AKB48… a group of around 46 members, divided up into three teams (teams A, K, and B) of roughly 15 members each.

Linguistic Descriptivists Unite

After posting this Ask Metafilter question, I have learned that I am a linguistic descriptivist whereas my accuser is a linguistic prescriptivist. In a nutshell, it means that I believe language rules can be identified by ways in which they have been demonstrated to operate in the past — whereas my accuser subscribes to the belief that language, in order to be acceptable, must follow a particular formula or it is incorrect.

It’s a very nerdy topic.

Descriptivism
Prescriptivism

It might also be noted that due to my previus entry regarding my official reference to Squiptipadoogleboinkaflop and Ragnakoriake, it might also be remarked that I am therefore a maker of neologisms. Hmm.

Classic Street Fighter: Amazing Comeback

Now forgive me if you’ve seen this one — I’m trying to compile a small collection of video clips that all relate to someone “snapping” (most of which are anime), in the sense that you’re pushed beyond a tolerance border that you’re familiar with and just *snap* and unleash the smackdown almost as if you’re suddenly superhuman or as if you’re body is taking over and rationale has gone completely out the window. When thinking of ideas for this particular list (feel free to add any that you think fit into this category), the video of a Street Fighter (video game) round came to mind.

For those unfamiliar with 2D fighting games (Mortal Kombat, or One Must Fall 2097 for instance), there is a point at which your health meter can be diminished that even one single tap or sneeze at you can make the round a failure, so that all you have is a mere pixel’s worth of health left and any single misstep could do you in for the round. Such is the case with this player (the blonde male fighter) is reduced to that mere shred. The female fighter, with a good half of her full health left (plenty) initiates a special combo attack that normally unleashes a kerfuffle of hard-to-deflect jabs so as to insure her victory — and yet.. The audience reaction helps to describe precisely how awesome what happens, in following along with the theme of my would-be collection. I get the chills every time I watch this. So good.

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed … Oh dear.

The local college/singles bible study leader is taking us all to go see Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed on Thursday, and I’m not really looking forward to it. When he announced it, he wasn’t even sure what it was about, so I had to explain it to the group. It may stir up some discussion, but I think more damage will be done to Christianity than will be done against science, if they really do use the terrible journalism it has been reported to use so far. However, Jesus will still be Jesus.

The Expelled wiki entry that thoroughly castrates the movie
The official Expelled movie trailer (183mb MOV).
The average movie review of twelve reviews aggregated on Rotten Tomatoes is nine percent!