The First Live Action Half Life 2 Short Film. Entitled “Escape from City 17”, made by The Purchase Brothers.
The Escape From City 17 short film series is an adaptation based on the Half Life computer game saga by Valve Corporation. Originally envisioned as a project to test out numerous post production techniques, as well as a spec commercial, it ballooned into a multi part series. Filmed guerilla style with no money, no time, no crew, no script, the first two episodes were made from beginning to end on a budget of $500.
The CG is well made, and the action is great. A nice short movie, especially if you’re a Half Life fans
February 20th, 2009 by Patrick G van Diest | tidbits | Tags: games, half-life, short films, valve | Comments Off on Half Life 2 Live Action Short Film
And I thought selling over-priced tickets are just enough, but No! it doesn’t stop there, now the money-leechers are suing blogs and websites who uses football club crests at their sites.
We received a threat from the
Evil Galactic Empire’s Premier League’s legal people yesterday, demanding that we stop using all English Premier League club crests here on The Offside, and all UK club crests too.
This is just pure stupid move by those bollocks.
February 18th, 2009 by Patrick G van Diest | tidbits | Tags: clubs, english premiere league, football | Comments Off on On Football Club Crest
So in a couple of weeks, we the guys in this office will leave this building and move to another building. So it’s time for me to pack my stuff.
When I packed the drawers, I realized that I have a habit to put some of the bought CD’s (that I have ripped to MP3’s) in that drawer. And I haven’t (got the time nor the memory) to brought it home to my CD collection. Not that I left these unheard, since I usually preserve the original one and go listens to the ripped MP3 instead.
Well anyway, here’s the forgotten CD’s that I left in the office in no particular order:
- Weezer – Red Album
- Vox – Pada Awalnya
- Souljah – Bersamamu
- Koil – Blacklight Shines On (Rolling Stone Indonesia bonus CD)
- StraightOut – Forsaken Upon Nemesis
- Interpol – Our Love To Admire
- Dashboard Confessional – The Swiss Army Romance
- Dashboard Confessional – A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar
- White Shoes & The Couples Company – Skenario Masa Muda
- Saint Loco – Vision for Transition
- Roxx – Retake (Rolling Stone Indonesia bonus CD)
and now I have to bring this CD on my backpack which already filled with some heavy stuffs. Good Lord, save my backbone…
February 17th, 2009 by Patrick G van Diest | Notes | Tags: CD's, collection, music, unimportant | Comments Off on The Forgotten CD’s
The Simpson’s intro is getting a makeover while the series crossover from normal cast to HD in Fox channel.
It’s bigger, longer, and reminds me of a stubborn couch that my friend and I struggled to get into a tiny Boston area apartment yesterday using levers, pulleys and the most important moving day tool of all: Gratuitous swearing.
I just wish Indonesian providers would change to HD services as well. *sigh*
February 16th, 2009 by Patrick G van Diest | tidbits | Tags: HD, series, the simpsons, TV | Comments Off on The Simpsons Goes HD
Yaay! the Lost drinking game, where you can channel your frustation on so many mysterious things on Lost to alcoholism!
Take a sip whenever: Someone has daddy issues. (Your father being a malevolent spirit force living on a magical island counts as daddy issues.)
February 15th, 2009 by Patrick G van Diest | tidbits | Tags: games, lost, series, TV | Comments Off on Lost When Drunk
Google Chrome is getting near on MacOSX. Mike Pinkerton, one of the Google dev team on Mac Chrome project stated that they had new development regarding the project. It seems the tab feature is getting more stabilize through the application.
As a frequent Google Chrome user in Windows environment, I’m excited hearing this news. If this thing is stable, so long good old Safari on my Leopard system.
(via Cult of Mac)
February 15th, 2009 by Patrick G van Diest | tidbits | Tags: browser, chrome, google, mac | Comments Off on Mac on Chrome News Update
Can’t wait to see the Watchmen in action next March? Well now you can play as the first generation of Watchmen (called the Minutemen). As a viral for next month Watchmen Movie, Warner Bros. marketing released a new flash-based website where you can play an 80’s style arcade featuring the Minutemen (Night Owl and Silk Spectre). It consist of just 2 stages. When you finish the game, you will be presented with the latest Watchmen Movie trailer. It’s very fun! especially if you’re a fan of Double Dragon or Final Fight arcade game (remember those?)
February 14th, 2009 by Patrick G van Diest | tidbits | Tags: arcade, flash, games, watchmen | Comments Off on Minutemen Arcade
Netbooks by far was the best thing to come in 2008 in my opinion. Everybody seems want to put their hands on that lucrative products. But how far would computer makers want to present their netbooks? by pushing some overkill features that’s how.
The latest introduction was the Nvidia Ion. A platform for netbooks and ultra mobile personal computer (UMPC) that consist of Nvidia’s GeForce 9400M chipset and Intel Atom Processor. They claimed it would support 1080 HD video playback.
Days later, Intel says their going to release its Atom N2780 (1.66GHz) that would support 720p HD playback (via hardware based 720p video decoder)
I thought netbooks are supposed to be a cost-effective, low power consumption platform? I know that companies would put every shiny features on it. But isn’t 720p or 1080p playback in a 10-inch netbooks a bit overkill? I don’t know about you all, but personally for me I’m not comfortable watching those HD videos in a netbook. I prefer watching in a home cinema or something like that (not that I have one, but having a home cinema would be nice
And what about battery life? one of my reason on buying a netbook is long lasting battery life, doesn’t HD video playback consume more power? So they should focusing on making a better and smarter technologies for minimizing power consumption on netbooks instead.
That’s just some of my 2 cents regarding this HD competition on netbooks that come up recently. Comments are welcome.
February 7th, 2009 by Patrick G van Diest | Tech | Tags: HD, N2780, netbooks, nvidia ion | 4 Comments »
Google Labs featured a multiple inboxes for Gmail. Especially great for those who uses Labels and Filters every time in their Gmail activities. Though seemed a bit cluttered by the looks of it.
February 6th, 2009 by Patrick G van Diest | tidbits | Tags: gmail, google labs, inbox | 1 Comment »
Phil McNulty on Michael Carrick’s development to be an outstanding world-class midfielder. I knew this day would come when Carrick’s true talent showed up. He once had the potential to be a great player, now the shine has come out eventually. He is now one of the orchestrator most of the United’s attack.
That goes to Carlos Tevez too, he is an outstanding striker, please sir Alex sign him on already!
February 3rd, 2009 by Patrick G van Diest | tidbits | Tags: england, football, manchester united, midfielder | Comments Off on Carrick’s True Shine