Final Fantasy: Advent Children

Cloud's Cell PhoneI just saw it yesterday. It was definitely the only Final Fantasy game that deserved a sequel. I still haven’t finished 1, 4, or 5 since they don’t work in my PS2 and my PS1 no longer works. Even though my favorite Final Fantasy is VIII and everyone still disagrees that it can’t be my favorite, VIII had closure. Everything ended nicely with a happy ending. I’ve never played IX, I think I was busy that year. X was excellent but X-2 was terrible, I gave it a chance but I just couldn’t play through it. I just didn’t care about what happened to Tidus after awhile. I don’t do MMORPG so I haven’t played XI. I won’t pay $120+ a year for any MMORPG, especially if I can play only one game while paying that fee. Xbox Live I could live with if I get a game worth my time to play online. A lot of those MMORPG games require a lot of time to actually start having fun with it.

VII had the best story. The moment Sephiroth killed Aerith, I was genuinely shocked and angry. I rarely get these feelings when playing video games. I don’t play a lot of video games even though I may keep up with some of the things going on in the industry. I just don’t take them as seriously as others in my generation do.

It was a treat when I found that they were working on a short movie that is going to be a sequel to VII. I didn’t think much of it when it was first announced. It was only a small blurb in a magazine. I didn’t think much of it, maybe just a short clip made by the animators for fun and for fans? Just to deepen the existing story? A month later they release more info that it will be a 60 minute movie. At the same time they released pictures of main characters for XII. I was distracted with that, but before I knew it, they announced that Advent Children would be a 90-minute movie. This is when I started to become really excited about it. Little by little, they released more screenshots, stated that Dirge of Cerebus will continue where Advent Children leaves off and the DVD will be released in the US fall 2005.

Many sleepless months go by until I stumble across a copy of Advent Children fansub. It was a joyous occasion. Of course I yelled at anyone that came near my room so I wouldn’t be distracted while watching AC. And so I watched it. A few minutes went by and I pondered the movie. 30 minutes later, I watched it again. I felt like a true nerd and I couldn’t be happier.

The movie was actually pretty good as far as action movies go, although it’s much more than that. The visuals were top-notch, really detailed and smooth. The action sequence was very fantastic but it was very fast and intense. I think the plot could have been better. What made me really like it was seeing all the old characters again. I think other fans of the series felt the same way especially when each character threw Cloud up that tower. Also when they performed their limit breaks. I didn’t think highly of the new villains. One of them looked like Scott Caan, from Ocean’s Eleven and Gone in Sixty Seconds, but with white hair. Reno and Rude took such a beating. I remember them being bumbling idiots in the game but not being this tough. Apparently, Eminem was in the voiceover actor for Mr. Coates but I don’t remember the character in the movie.

If you’re a fan, you’ve probably seen it already. If you’re not but like visually stunning movies, I’d recommend it. It is also a very good action movie as well, some people have complained about the camera angles but it didn’t bother me that much. Overall, well of course I liked it, but it has been one of the best made movies this year. It’s sad I can’t even joke like that because of how bad hollywood has become lately.

Seriously, there hasn’t been any movie I’ve gotten excited to go see in months! There’s the usual remakes of old tv shows and movies but what’s up with all these horror movies that look exactly the same? I’m glad at least that they learned a lesson that Jimmy Fallon sucks and therefore his movies will also suck. Same thing with Owen Wilson. Hollywood at least knows enough to not let him in a movie by himself with the exception of Behind Enemy Lines. Every time I see him I just want to punch him in the face, that’s probably why he has a crooked nose.

Red Cross

Red CrossTo everyone that might have stumbled on to my site, I added a link to a page where you can make donations. It goes to the Red Cross’s yahoo store since their site has been bombarded with visitors.

I like Penguins!

I like penguinsAs usual like everynight, I was watching Discovery Theater HD every since we got a new HD receiver, and as usual, I fell asleep watching an animal show. How I love watching animal shows in HD! Well after 5 very intense moments where I was fighting a forest wildfire with smokey the bear by my side, I woke up to a bunch of penguins being released to the wild after being rescued from an oil spill.

When my eyes finally focused it the scene of the penguins waddling back into the ocean. They swam into the waves. There were so many of them. I just started laughing, not maniacally, just a really nice laugh. It put a smile on my face. I realized then and there that I like penguins. It is one of very few things that can still put a smile on my face.

Google’s Plan for World Domination

Google World DominationBelow is a link to an interesting article about how Google can take over the world. They talk about how Google has been quietly buying all these unused fiber-optic cables across the country from wholesalers like AboveNet. This way Google can set up their own telecom company. They would bypass going from their servers to wholesaler to ISP’s like Comcast, Verizon, etc. Going through these would cost Google $60 per megabit and of course they have a lot of traffic. This would go up when the new bandwidth-heavy services that they have planned. So basically Google wants to be their own ISP and not have to pay traffic fees. Saving that money would justify buying all those miles and miles of cables.

They would get their connection out there by covering major cities with free Wi-Fi connection. They’ve shown that they definitely have an interest in Wi-Fi when they sponsored putting up free Wi-Fi access in San Francisco. The company that set up this Wi-Fi system is called Feeva. They have a proprietary technology that can track the exact location of the everyone using their Wi-Fi connection. This is something that MSN have promised with their version of Google Maps.

If Google can locate where you are, they can put advertisements for local businesses near YOU. It’s one step below the technology seen in Minority Report when Tom Cruise walks into the mall and all the advertisements recognized who he was and advertised for his character (another Minority Report example).

Link to the article Here

New Laptop

So my desktop died and I had to get a new computer. I’ve been planning to buy one eventually but I wanted to save up and buy it cash. But I needed something to work on until I can get parts to fix my computer.

So this is what I chose. The Toshiba Satellite M55-S135. This is my second Toshiba laptop. The other was a monster desktop replacement that had a desktop Pentium 4 processor that sucked up battery life, generated a lot of lap-burning heat and was really slow for what it did. Despite my poor decision to buy a Toshiba laptop, I bought this one. This one at least has a Mobile processor so it means it’s actually designed to work in a laptop. Unfortunately, it’s a Celeron. I would’ve liked to have bought a Centrino but this is all I could afford.

Some highlights of this laptop includes a dual-layer DVD burner, built-in wifi 802.11b/g, 80 GB HDD and Toshiba display which I consider one of the better ones out there. So far I’m satisfied with it. Zipping files up take longer than I expected with no other programs running and minimal processes running. Overall, I’m happy with the purchase. It has a lot of features and I like features.