tempest in a teacup

the pointless musings of a strange recluse

Niconicodouga just discovered Daler Mehndi, apparently


I fear for the future.


All out of gum

Well, this came out of nowhere.

And it was starting to look like they would actually finish the game after all this time, too!

I’m not a huge fan of 3D Realms or Duke Nukem, but they did publish a lot of the games I played when I was a kid (not the least of which was Wolfenstein 3-D, aka the great-grandfather of all first-person shooters) so they deserve my respect for that, if nothing else.

That said, you have to admit that something like this was bound to happen given that they’d been working on the same game for 13 years, with the entire process apparently being self-funded. I mean, Half-Life and its sequels were both bankrolled by Gabe Newell and yet those two games’ development cycles combined were still shorter than DNF’s.

Right now I’m wondering if some other studio will buy the DNF assets and finish the game.


This is disturbing on several levels


A fansite for a South Indian movie star in Japan.


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It’s snowing outside

God damnit.

I hope the I-5 isn’t a giant ice-skating rink tomorrow.


It’s getting hot in here

No, seriously. I was wearing a jacket to work as recently as 3 weeks ago and now the temperature regularly hits 30 degrees Celsius, turning my apartment into a sauna just in time for me to get home (my patio faces west) and making me sweat while I’m sitting on my couch and reading.

I thought Seattle was supposed to be the land of lovely summers and dreary winters, not central Texas.

I bought an oscillating floor fan off Amazon to mitigate the problem, but it won’t get here until Wednesday. In the meantime I guess I’m in for some sweltering nights :/


My Neighbour Beast

Remember that X-men manga I blogged about a while back? The one that was trying to do a weird shoujo version of X-men with the institute being an all-boys school?

Pictures have surfaced.

Many lulz were had.

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What the hell is up with the weather

It's almost April, and it SNOWED while I was at lunch today, for a good 2-3 hours or so.


Pictures as soon as I can get them off my cell phone (Bluetooth refuses to work for some reason).

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Cautious optimism

These are some screenshots and cutscene pics supposedly retrieved from Sega's FTP server. Could they be of the mystery new Sonic game “Sonic Unleashed?”

Judging by the graphics (and the fact that the screenshots are at 720p), it looks like it'll be on 360/PS3, but the game seems to follow the same template as Sonic and the Secret Rings (which is a good thing, if you ask me). I'm quite liking the graphical style, too.

Hopefully a trailer or something will surface soon.





EDIT #2:


Argh, so conflicted…the game looks great but…wtf is up with that werewolf Sonic thing?

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Same old, same old

This had me shaking my head

The main line that threw me for a loop was

While in prison, Mr Ranjan contested and won a seat in parliament for his party, an ally of the government.

Mr Ranjan is expected to remain an MP until the next election.

I think it's fairly obvious that this is bloody ridiculous.

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When I was in primary school, there was a locally-published series of books called “Bookworm Short Stories” that revolved around the daily adventures of a group of (somewhat stereotypical) Singapore kids in primary school. It was fairly popular at the time – I still have a few of the old books, but I never thought too much of them (Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl were far superior in my eyes). The publishers would come around to my school about once a semester and try and make us all buy the newest copies of their books, sign up for fan newsletters and so on..it was pretty depraved marketing, now that I think about it.

Anyhow, an idle comment in IRC prompted me to find out what had become of the series since I stopped reading it all those years ago.

The results of my investigation were somewhat…disturbing.

A quick look at the edit history confirms that this is probably the work of Wikipedia vandals (a lot of the questionable stuff was added by one guy and the citations are all nonsense), but it did surprise me for a minute. Although part of me wonders if this post-shark-jump series would be any more interesting to read :P

An upcoming release on Steam has me pretty interested. It's a game called AudioSurf, and it was a finalist at this year's Independent Games Festival. The gimmick of the game is that it takes your music (ANY music) and turns it into a puzzle/racing/rhythm game hybrid with multiple game types. It's basically a cross between Rez, Lumines and F-Zero, if that's possible to fathom :P

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk

God Knows by Aya Hirano

One Winged Angel by Nobuo Uematsu/The Black Mages

and just to annoy the crap out of my friends list, here's
Never Gonna Give you up by Rick Astley

It gets released on Steam on Friday for $10, but you can pre-order it before then and get it for $8 along with a copy of the Orange Box soundtrack preloaded into the game for you.

I'm making a note here.


Oh, and here's one for and :

And on a completely random note, I saw all 13 episodes of Minami-ke on Sunday and I loved it. バカ野郎!!!

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