Fallout 3 Bobblehead “Walk-To” Guides

It is with great relief that I can finally make this entry! I’m finally pretty much done (except for a few commentary bits for later) making all 400+ annotations to my long-awaited Bobblehead locations guide. One of the biggest reason for having so many annotations (YouTube feature where you can enter text over the top of the video at timed moments and areas) is that at the end of each video, I provide a link to all 19 other Bobbleheads in my same series. I’ve also provided a link to the Fallout Wiki’s map locations for each area, found in the video description on the YouTube page itself. Enjoy!

Here’s all twenty, shown via Youtube playlist. Whew!

Clarifying Ripley: The Singapore Flyer

It’s been a while since I did one of these, so I figured I’d get my restart perhaps on something a little easier. The most recent Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not feature comic panel notes that the Signapore Flyer is the tallest/widest ferris wheel and takes half an hour to make one complete revolution.

Singapore Flyer Official Website

Manufactured by Mitsubishi’s Heavy Industries, “the final capsule (each air conditioned and holds 28 people) was installed on October 2, 2007. The wheel started rotating on February 11, 2008 and officially opened to the public on March 1, 2008. Tickets for rides on the first 3 nights were sold out for US$6,271 (which comes to $8,888 in Singapore currency, number that predicts prosperity in Chinese culture). The grand opening for the Flyer was held on 15 April 2008,” notes the wiki article (paraphrased by me).

The wheel itself is 42 stories high, and perches atop a 3-story transportation terminal. It initially rotated one particular direction, but at the advice of Feng-Shui masters, the direction was reversed.

The following is a slightly-corny promotional video from YouTube, about the Singapore Flyer:

The Singapore Flyer was the subject of some worldwide news articles again when it suffered a power loss and trapped quite a number of people in their capsules, according to this Goldsea article. It had lost power for an hour or so at least twice since it first opened, but this particular time was a 6-hour ordeal as people waited patiently for the ride to begin moving again. Some people closer to the ground had to be lowered by ropes for rescue, while others were delivered sandwiches and soft drinks by delivery harnesses as they waited out the repairs. The ABC article for the same story has a photograph of a closeup of one of the capsules.

Flickr Pool of Singapore Flyer Photographs

A February 23, 2002 announcement published on Emporis.com notes plans for a 170-meter-tall ferris wheel to be built in Moscow, which would trump the Signapore Flyer by 20 meters, with an appx opening date of 2004, in hopes of attracting 70 million riders per year — but I can’t find any other reference to the wheel in Moscow beyond that article.

Another, larger ferris wheel is being constructed in the middle east called the Great Dubai Wheel to open in 2009, reaching 185 meters. Even still, another Chinese wheel is to be opened in 2010 reaching 208 meters, called the Great Observation Wheel according to China’s Great Wheel Corporation website.

R.I.P. Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton, the author of the world-known Jurassic Park series, has scribbled his final inkblot. According to family in this article, he has died after a battle with cancer, at age 66.

Tim Murphy: What do you call a blind dinosaur?
Alan Grant: I don’t know. What do you call a blind dinosaur?
Tim Murphy: Do-you-think-he-saurus?
— Jurassic Park (film, via)

Jpop/Jtv News Alert: Haromoni Cancelled??

Hello-Online.com is breaking a news story of speculation that the Haromoni show, a newer (and frankly, unfavorable to me) version of the wildly popular Hello! Morning daytime youth-geared show featuring the members of the Jpop group, Morning Musume, is going to be cancelled based on wretchedly-low ratings, an upcoming episode in television guides titled “End”.. While still no official word, reasonable speculation abounds.

I was a pretty big fan of the Hello! Morning program, as it not only was eye-candy of teh uber-cute girlies (often in the little-sister kind of cute.. at first xD), but the music the group puts out is always positive and always peppy, and the show itself often had Double Dare type of activities (to make an American comparison, without the goopy mess) and silly random things like another American show, Zoom on PBS.

Haromoni, a name by which the original show was simply known by until it actually changed formats, made too many very-drastic alterations to the style and flow of the program for my tastes. Not really game-themed, not so much on the colorful sets, and more out-in-the-real-world trips and lots of what I call “forced smiling” content. Plus there was the addition of this very irritating baby puppet that would bounce in his remote-controlled stroller (remote constroller, perhaps?) and make various show-directing/subject-changing suggestions.

However, my opinion of the newer version partially pivots (perhaps greatly to some degree) on the amount of fan-translated shows available on the Net at large. There are lots of Hello!Morning translations, and not really very many Haromoni eps translated. The Haromoni eps are just as plentiful outside of translation (unless I’m just looking in the wrong places) but just haven’t seemed to have taken quite an earnest attention to getting switched over for us nonJ-speakers.

I think if they can somehow revamp themselves back into the random, colorful, peppy, game-filled, and positive upbeat format, they could be even better than the original.. but will they?